Detective 202 – Batman goes to a resort, Roy Raymond gets his own series, and Robotman and Pow-Wow Smith end
I skipped over many of the issues from 1952, and almost all the issues from 1953, but Detective 202 (Dec. 53) marks the end of two series, and a name change for another, so the tales in this issue get covered in my blog, even though, on their own, they likely wouldn’t.
The early 1950s were a bleak time in comic books. They were viewed as a corrupting influence on children, and wound up neutering themselves to the point of tedium.
The Batman and Robin story in this issue has art by Sheldon Moldoff, and a story that has Batman and Robin hunting a pirate that preys on wealthy people, staying at an island resort.
There’s s bit of fun action, but it’s all been seen before.
Roy Raymond, TV Detective begins, seamlessly evolving from Impossible But True, with Ruben Moreira still on the art. Overall, this has been the best series in Detective in the last couple of years, with stories that were always interesting, even if the explanations did not always hold water. This one has to do with a ventriloquist who claims his dummy is able to speak for itself.
Although he is not able to take the dummy apart, Roy cannot find anything to prove the dummy is not speaking on its own.
In the end it’s all a piece of classic misdirection, an attempt to smuggles a midget felon out of the country, in the body of the dummy.
Robotman makes his final appearance in a story that pits him against stolen US military equipment.
Not a bad story. Short and action-packed, as Robotman tales were.
Robotman did not appear again until an issue of Justice League of America in the mid-70s, and has rarely appeared since then. In the mid-60s, a different version of Robotman, Cliff Steele, was introduced as a member of the Doom Patrol, and has “owned” the name ever since. Curiously, for DC, the two Robotmen have never met in any story.
Pow-Wow Smith is off to Hollywood for his final tale in Detective, which is, in fact, his second Hollywood story, though the last one was tv based.
In this tale he is working as a stunt man, while at the same time investigating murder attempts on the actors during the shooting.
It was the producer, doing it for the insurance. A run of the mill plot, for a series that lost its exploration of a man of two cultures for straightforward crime stopping.
Pow-Wow Smith gets promoted, taking the cover and the lead spot in Western Comics.