Detective 73 – Batman vs the Scarecrow, the Boy Commandos and the tin box, and the Crimson Avenger gets a cloud
The Scarecrow makes his second appearance in Detective 73 (March 1943), which turns out to be the last appearance of the character until the 1960s. Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson illustrate.
Professor Crane is out of prison, and has thought up a new set of crimes, which have absolutely nothing to do with fear or scaring people at all. Nope, instead he has a little blackboard and leaves three letter rhyming clues (vat, mat, yat). What a let down. Linda Page appears briefly, buying a ridiculous hat.
The Scarecrow does hoist a nasty looking machine gun, but without the fear gas element (which had been created by Hugo Strange before the Scarecrow was introduced), the character just doesn’t sing.
Simon and Kirby give each of the boys a chance to shine in this tale, which sees the Boy Commandos navigate a dense jungle to deliver a little tin box.
There are Nazis pursuing them, of course, but unlike the other tales to date, this one gives much more play to the team itself. Brooklyn still manages to grab focus.
The tin box is revealed to be tin foil wrappers, and Rip Carter explains the importance of recycling stuff for war. So propaganda again, but far more readable than the Japanese one.
The Crimson Avenger starts using a capsule that releases a crimson smoke cloud, which he uses for dramatic entrances and exits, and also for messing up the bad guys during a fight. It seems to affect the brain at times.
The City Desk Editor is left befuddled at Lee Travis’ disappearance, while Lee himself managed to change costume and fall out a window.
The Crimson Avenger and Wing are pursuing a mob boss who likes his people to dress and use tech from the turn of the century. A mob boss keeping his people behind the times is not likely to triumph.