The saga of Two-Face continues in this Finger/Kane/Robinson collaboration from Detective 68 (Oct. 42). The story picks up immediately after the conclusion of the story from issue 66, as if there had never been an issue 67.
A policeman bursts in, interrupting Batman as he tries to talk Two-Face back to sanity. Harvey flees, and continues his crime spree. In this story, he goes after people who use doubles, such as a reclusive millionaire who uses a double to handle social functions.
Harvey takes a break from this to attempt to re-unite with Gilda. He pretends that his face has been cured, but is simply using make-up, and when it begins to run he goes berserk and attacks the make-up artist, whose son then seeks vengeance on Harvey as well.
So it becomes quite a complicated story by the time it reaches an end, and Harvey is apprehended by Batman. The saga is not quite done, though, and there is a third, and final, chapter to this within a year.
A very anti-Japanese piece of propaganda in the Boy Commandos tale from this issue. Simon and Kirby open the story at sea, as the Boy Commandos and Rip Carter survive their ship being bombed by Japanese fighters.
The boys rescue a Japanese pilot, and together they all land on a Pacific island with really clued out natives. The pilot and the Boys then become rivals for the loyalty of the natives.
While the pilot uses science to convince the natives he has magic powers, the Boys decide to put on a show instead.
Broadway is not for them, and the natives side with the Japanese, until Rip shows up leading a rescue/assault.
The story closes with the edifying moral – the only good jap is a dead jap. No grey areas here.
Air Wave gets a promotion in this story. While a mere two issues ago Larry Jordan became an assistant D.A., as of this story he is the District Attorney himself! Quite the rapid rise for a clerk.
For what must be his first case in his new position, he prosecutes an old childhood friend for murder.
Only after he has obtained a conviction does Larry get into his Air Wave outfit, round up his parrot sidekick Static, and set out to find information that will clear his friend.
Although on the surface it would appear that Larry should have done this before bringing charges against the guy, on reflection we can see that Air Wave had a more elaborate plan in mind, proving to everyone that he is above corruption as a D.A. and willing to send his friend to prison. Shame that an innocent man had to sit in prison while the scheme was in play.
The Slam Bradley story in this issue, with art by Howard Sherman, has the hero and Shorty stumble across hoods using notes in margins of books to pass each other messages. Their larger scheme is to rob a diamond exchange next to the book store.
The reason I have included this story is that the criminals use, among other things, a Shakespeare play to write their notes in. Many Slam Bradley stories from this period have him quoting Shakespeare.
This might seem like an unusual habit for a tough guy hero like Slam Bradley, but in fact it simply shows the influence of Raymond Chandler, whose tough guy hero, Phillip Marlowe, often quoted Shakespeare as well.