I love the cover for Detective 164 (Oct. 50). The story is one of numerous within the next couple of years that deal with some specific item of Batman’s arsenal or accoutrements.
The story opens with an editor complaining about declining sales, and demanding more of the writer, which probably reflects reality. By 1950 almost all superheroes had vanished.
The rest of the story is a series of short tales, in which the Bat-signal is used in as many ways as they could think of, in taking down criminals. There is even a diagram of the signal and its properties.
Roy Raymond deals with Marvella, a woman who claims to be able to talk to the dead in this Impossible But True story. Very little background is ever given for Roy Raymond, so the little bit in this story is a gift.
To prove to Raymond that her powers are real, she calls up his dead Uncle William, and has his voice emerge from a cat. He accurately recounts a shared memory of William and young Raymond, which we see in flashback.
Still, it’s a con, and Roy explains it all in the end. But the memory was Roy’s, so it remains canon.
This is a fun variation on the format for Pow-Wow Smith, with art by Bruno Premani.
The story of Ohiyesa’s tracking and battle with some thieves is told by aged Great Owl to a group of young children in the camp. Great Owl refers to everything by its “native” equivalent. The airplane is a great eagle, for example.
So the story is twice-told, back and forth, as we see the real events, and the way the kids imagine it.