Detective 34 – Batman in Paris, Steve Malone returns, Speed Saunders goes flying, and Slam Bradley gets torpedoed
The looming image of Batman from the first page of the story in Detective 34 (Dec 39) would be merged with the origin story, and reprinted in Batman 1 a few months down the road.
Bruce is still in Paris in this story, which pits him against the Duc D’Orterre, a torturer with an unusually shaped head. The Duc stole the face of a man whose sister he was interested in. The man is bandaged, so presumably the Duc flayed him.
Some nicely dynamic action by Bob Kane, and a decent tale by Bill Finer, once again reminiscent of the horror movies of the era.
Steve Malone’s series moves back to Detective after its reboot in Adventure Comics, and he brings his new blond assistant Happy with him.
They break up a protection scam in this story, which, as usual, has no elements of being a district attorney in it whatsoever.
Fred Guardineer’s Speed Saunders story in this issue has the army request Speed’s help after sabotage to their weapons. We learn in this tale that Speed was “one of the best pilots in France,” which would seem to imply that he is old enough to have fought in World War I.
In this Jerry Siegel story, Slam and Shorty head off on a round-the-world cruise, but war between Tweepon and Luthoria (!) sees their liner get torpedoed by a submarine.
But that’s little problem for Slam, who takes over the submarine himself.