Another generic Batman and Robin cover on Detective 95 (Jan. 45), but considering the villain in this issue, it’s no loss.
The Blaze is introduced in this Mort Weisinger story, and thanks to Dick Sprang’s art, he looks interesting. But despite the picture, there is nothing fiery or candle-ish about him. He has a bomb.
He frees a group of men from a train taking them to prison, and leads them in a massive revenge plan against Batman. Which is kind of odd, considering the Blaze had never fought Batman before.
Also, please note the central top panel. Batman receives a diamond-studded Batman badge from Commissioner Gordon. I’m sure the police were all very happy to spend their budget on this. The badge does return in a couple of stories.
Jack Kirby returns to pencil this instalment of the Boy Commandos. All the stories had the “Simon and Kirby” logo on them, but many were drawn by other artists, and are of varying quality at duplicating the look.
This is a really fun little story, that has the boys in a haunted castle. One is expecting Nazis to show up at some point, but the story goes off in a different direction for a change.
The castle was the home and workshop of a reclusive puppeteer, and it was being invaded by a rival puppeteer. Oh, those deadly puppeteer battles.