Lots of fighting on the cover of Detective 60 (Feb. 42), but no sign of the Joker, who appears in the issue itself.
The Joker returns, now fully into the habit of adopting themes for a series of robberies. In this case, wearing costumes. But he doesn’t choose wild costumes, as the splash page implies. Instead, he commits crimes while his men are dressed as policemen, and firemen.
Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson are still on the art, but Jack Schiff wrote this one.
The Bat Signal makes its first appearance in this story. The most ostentatious paging device ever, it somehow fit the mood of the character.
We also see a new Batmobile. It has the great fin at the back, but no shield on the front yet. The peculiar red and blue paint job was never seen again.
Air Wave makes his debut in this issue. Larry Jordan is a lowly clerk in the District Attorney’s office who goes out and fights crime on roller skates as Air Wave.
In his spare time, Larry has develope a sophisticated device capable of tracking, intercepting and transmitting sound, enabling him to spy and communicate at a distance. The retractable skates are kind of odd, but roller skating on telephone wires is unique.
On the other hand, his way of going down a chimney needs work.
In his first story, Air Wave helps his boss retrieve vital information needed during a gangsters trial, which has been stolen by his mob.