Detective 76 – the Joker becomes a florist, and the Boy Commandos meet Sandman and the Newsboy Legion
Jerry Robinson takes over the pencilling on the Batman story in Detective 76 (June 1943), making Batman and his crew look a little more life-like, less stylized.
The story suits the change, as the Joker makes himself look “normal” as he takes over a flower shop.
The plants he sells come in pots that are rigged with chloroform gas, knocking out the owners and leaving the house free to be robbed. Having figured out the plan, Bruce buys some flowers, but removes the gas from the pots. He, Dick and Alfred pretend to be asleep, but once the Joker’s men have robbed them, change clothes and take them down.
Simon and Kirby bring most of their characters together in this Boy Commandos story, as the Boys are brought to the US on a publicity campaign.
Waiting to greet them once they arrive in New York are Sandman and Sandy, as well as the Guardian and the Newsboy Legion.
The Nazis are also out in force, to kidnap the boys and make the publicity campaign a disaster for morale. When the kids go missing, the other heroes jump into action to find them, but the Boys free themselves and Rip, and get to meet Roosevelt at the White House.