World's Finest Comics #19
July 27, 1945
"The League for Larceny"
God, I love the splash page. I could easily see this image being recreated for the Batman 66 show. One of these days, I'm going to produce a podcast, putting Batman 66 on trial and will use evidence such as this to point out how unfair the criticism of the show is. Let's see if the story itself could also be a 66 episode.
Totally indulgent placement of this splash page here which is gorgeous.
On a recent podcast I did with Jim Beard, he pointed out that writers should never use lines that can be used as ammo in an argument or review. Well, here's Batman pointing out the absurdity of the Joker as he manages to escape every few months from jail, allowing for a new adventure. Just how many years are on Joker's punishment at this point? And then think about the waste of taxpayers' time and money in court costs and serving as jury for each time the Joker is brought to justice.
The two track Joker down to the woods where he is able to take the two out because he's built up his muscles on the hard labor he was forced to endure. He steals the Batmobile and is able to get past the police barricades as they never think to look in the car. He reaches Gotham City where he knocks out a young Chief O'Hara. (Look at the panel!)