As a teenager, my reaction to Reed's work was mixed, vacillating between interest in his pulp-rooted storytelling and discomfort with his frequent gimmickry. The latter reaction prompted me to write a letter to Batman and Detective Comics editor Julie Schwartz, expressing my worry that Batman was in danger of devolving into the camp of the 1960s TV series. I received a reply (ostensibly from The Batman himself, though I suspect someone else--maybe Alfred--wrote it for him), promising that our hero "would eschew camp like cyanide from now on, rest assured!"
I should go back and re-read this period of Batman. Just as the passing of decades has made me much more appreciative of writer Len Wein's Batman, perhaps a fresh look at Reed's Bat-c.v. will inspire a similar reevaluation. (And I have to admit that Reed's wacky ingenuity inspired me at age 15 or so to come up with a vague notion of writing a Batman story to be called "The Men Who Read To Death!" It was a really goofy idea, even for me, and it never got further than a title.)
Along with the Batman story by Reed and artists Ernie Chua and Mike Royer and its original Hawkman backup by E. Nelson Bridwell and José Luis García-López, we've added another Hot Wheels reprint, a Robin the Boy Wonder solo outing from 1966's Batman # 184 (the first issue of Batman I ever owned), and some Golden Age adventures starring the Dynamic Duo, Phantom Lady, The Black Canary, and Minute Man and The Crime Crusaders Club. The latter was as close to a super-group as Fawcett Comics ever gave us in the '40s, a one-off combo of Master Comics stalwarts Minute Man, Captain Marvel Jr., and Bulletman and Bulletgirl. I wrote about this in a previous separate entry, but figured I oughtta include it in one of my faux Super Specs as well.
Oh. And I included a 1976 Black Canary pinup by Alex Toth, originally black and white, but colorized by someone somewhere along the way. It's an anomaly for this '76 work to appear in a 1975 comic book, but I hope no one will complain.
The Black Canary in "Time Runs Out!," Flash Comics # 99 (September 1948)
Hot Wheels belongs to Mattel Inc., and DC Comics owns the copyright on all of the other properties. The Minute Man and Phantom Lady stories are now in the public domain, while the rest can only be depicted sparingly; I share the whole thing with my subscribers. More fabricated 100-Page Super Spectaculars coming soon.