No appearance, but again Batman is mentioned on the cover of Detective 30 (Aug 39).
Bill Finger and Bob Kane pick up the story immediately after the ending of the first, and then jump ahead slightly. Batman suspects Dr. Death is back, although this story deals more with a jewel theft than with murder.
Bruce still is keeping the costume in his living room.
While this is by no means a Batmobile, it is the first indication that his car is “special.”
Dr. Death returns, shrouded in bandages, with a new foreign henchman. The story mirrors the previous one a bit, as Batman deals with the henchman first, and then confronts Dr. Death at the end.
This specific Dr. Death never appears again, but a similar version appears in the 80s, and then another in more recent years.
Jerry Siegel continues to script Spy, but the art is in lesser hands, as a scientist plots to take over the United States using a hypnosis ray, and starts by taking over the minds of senators, having them promote suspending democracy and instituting a dictatorship. He then starts using the ray on agents, and both Jack Steele and the Chief fall prey to it. He really ought to have used it on Bart, as Bart shoots the machine and frees everyone from his control.
Jack is not seen again after this story. Makes me wonder if he really was under the scientists control, or if he turned traitor.
An overly complex story and some really poor art by Guardineer on the Speed Saunders story in this issue. The crossbow in the forehead of the victim on the first page made me laugh, which is clearly not the intent.
There is also a black honeycomb, referred to as coal, that a policeman hides in later in the tale.