Detective Comics #69
September 26, 1942
"The Harlequin's Hoax"
The Joker is back and he has a new crime scheme. Before we get into the story, have to say, I love the simplistic nature of the cover of this issue. It's just the Joker looming over Batman and Robin with a black backdrop, but the details in the Joker are just wonderful. This is a cover I would love to own framed.
The Joker's latest scheme involves sending a series of odd gifts to various men. One such gift is a radio without a speaker or a car with only three wheels. Each of the men receiving these items seem to know what is happening.
We cut then to Bruce and Linda out for an evening a the carnival. All is going well until the two get stuck on the parachute ride. As they wait to be rescued, a radio mic is sent up for the two to sent messages to their loved ones that they are all right.
But then the call goes out as the Batsignal can be seen in the night sky. I love it. Batman is needed and Bruce is stuck on a ride with Linda at a carnival. And what he does in order to get away is to literally let himself fall from the car of the ride. He grabs a cable and slowly makes his way down. There, the police find him and offer him a ride home.
It's not long before he is swinging his way to Gordon and here's another image I wouldn't mind having enlarged and framed. The shading of Batman swinging from the rooftops is fantastic! There, he learns of the odd gifts from the Joker. He vows to capture him.
The Joker robs a store that turns out to be owned by one of the men that he gave the odd gift to. It was an easy crime as the burglar alarm was turned off. He gets into a warehouse owned by one of the other men by being brought in with his men in barrels that the employees are told to leave alone. Joker surprises one though and then is surprised himself as Batman and Robin arrive and get into it with Joker and his men.
Batman giving the double punch here. I love this as it reminds me of Adam West doing the double punch on the 66 show.