The cover image for Detective 106 (Dec. 45) was used again, though redrawn, in the 90s. As preposterous as it appears, it sort of occurs in the story, though it’s a matter of perspective, not a giant head.
Bob Kane does the pencils, with Ray Burnley on the inks, for this bibliophile version of the Phantom of the Opera. The story begins with a page of Bruce taking Dick to the library. Dick’s astonishment at what the library has to offer makes it seem like he has never been in one before, but perhaps that can be expected, with Wayne Manor having its own tomes.
The Phantom of the Library is Todd Torey, who was convicted of murder, and now seeks vengeance on those who sent him to prison. He lives below the library, and spends his time waiting for his intended victims to come to the library, so he can kill them there. His plan might have worked better if he had, you know, gone to where the victims were, but whatever.
It’s still an enjoyable story, and pays tribute to it’s inspiration with a chandelier scene towards the climax. Torrey dies at the end of the story, and failed to come back as a real phantom to continue to haunt the library.