A horrible cover for Detective 124 (June 1947), but the Joker story is better than his previous two outings in this book.
Edmond Hamilton scripts and Bob Kane pencils this story, in which the Joker decides to base his new series of crimes on the top song of the day, as announced on the radio.
Batman realizes the Joker’s crimes must have been planned before the songs were announced, and that the Joker is having his men send in votes for the winning song.
The unusual thing, for me, in this scene is that the votes are sent in by mail. I assume this is an accurate detail from how the hit parade was chosen in 1947, but it relies on a really prompt mail service.
So Batman and Robin try tracking the letters, but fail to stop the Joker, instead having to battle him amidst a huge electrical display, corresponding to the song “Stormy Weather.”
Slam Bradley comes to Canada in this story. The only remaining series that began in Detective 1, Slam Bradley’s series has not had any stories with interesting enough plot or story for me to mention for an awful long time. Shorty’s role in the series increased, to the point where the stories are often more comedic than serious. But a Canada story is always interesting, in the hopes of seeing something other than snow, trees, mounties and french lumberjacks.
This story has snow, trees, mounties and french lumberjacks. Figuring that their chances of catching an escaped felon would improve if they became mounties, Slam and Shorty ask to join for a limited time, and are allowed to.
So then we get Shorty is the dress reds, which are far too big for him. While the french lumberjacks are laughing, Slam catches the bad guy.
The Boy Commandos are asked to be in a movie, filming in England, in this Curt Swan story.
As soon as they arrive, Alfy gets a letter from his aunt (the one who refused to let him stay with her), informing him that she has enrolled him in Oxford. He wants to stay with the team, but Rip insists he get an education. Poor Alfy wanders off, but before the page is done, his replacement, Tex, is being introduced.
At least the fact that he is being enrolled in Oxford indicates that the “boys” are now adult age, despite not being drawn that way.
Rip, Pierre and Brooklyn wind up stopping a plot to steal the crown jewels, aiding by Tex, a rodeo rider who also happens to be in England, and Tex is invited to join the team.
Alfy does appear again, in the following month’s issue of Boy Commandos, which retells the change in team membership.