PUBLISHING DATE: March 1970
CREDITS: Frank Robbins (story), Bob Brown & Joe Giella (art)
SHOW LINK - http://bat77.libsyn.com/the-brain-pickers-detective-396
Like you, I found this one to be a real chore to get through. The Bruce investing in a movie studio is just a little thread that will lead to the plots of a couple of upcoming issues: Detective 398 by Robbins, which isn't really bad, but isn't that great and Detective 404 by O'Neil which is very good, and would have been great if Denny had not politicized in a couple of panels.
The problem with some upcoming Robbins stuff is that every page of the story but one is great, and that one page will be a real clinker.
Oh, and I'm going to say, O'Neil has a few stinkers here and there too. Just a consequence of the writers having to churn out so much material. I think Robbins writes better mystery/whodunits than O'Neil.