Detective Comics #84
December 24, 1943
"Artists in Villainy"
Merry Christmas! It's Christmas Eve and we have a new story. Interestingly enough, we're done with the holiday themed stories. Based on the title alone and the splash page the story has a art theme, but once again, we have a person who twigs on the idea of gathering the best of the best to help him in his crime spree leading to a confrontation with Batman and Robin. Let's see if I'm right.
The story opens with a shootout and car chase between the cops and a group of gangsters. Bruce and Dick lend a hand by having their car stop in the way of the escaping gangsters. They veer off and crash into a billboard, but all is not lost for them as a waiting helicopter (autogiro) takes them away. Apparently this thing is so slow, Bruce and Dick can get back home and grab the Batplane to pursue where they find the vehicle land outside a sporting club. Batman decides to follow up on this as Bruce and Dick.
And here is where I'm having a problem with this one. Bruce is more and more sticking his neck out as a civilian when it comes to investigating or even getting involved as he did with using his car to stop the gangsters. This goes against his being a carefree playboy. Is this his possible response to almost losing Dick a few months earlier, by showing he can be a responsible American and is not just a layabout?
I noticed that Batman does this a lot in these early issues - carry Robin as he swings on a lone rope. Here, it makes sense, but there are other times where it doesn't.