Detective 471-476 by Steve Englehart & Marshall Rogers. Collected as "Strange Apparitions," also known as the Dark Detective run.
i bought Strange Apparitions in TPB when it was hard to find and they only did one print, when i was waiting for it through the post they announced a re-print for a fraction of the price i paid
The first printing of this was in stock at Diamond UK for years. I didn't pick my copy up until 2005.
I don't have mine in front of me but the copy I have is a tough find it seems. I've seen it on the boards for around $40 and on ebay/amazon for that or much higher. I mentioned to a friend who stops at every LCS he drives past that I had that TPB high on my list of 'always ask and let me know comics.' Turns out he found it at my LCS on their clearance table in NM condition for $7. How random is that? Someone traded it in or the owner found one in some backstock. Pretty good day if you ask me!
Back to the topic! sorry for the story but I had to share it.
#5857395 - 07/18/1210:26 AMRe: The Best Batman Story Ever
The Post-man always rings twice. Uhm... ring ring?
Loc: Washington, DC
Great to see "Hush" and "Blind Justice" getting love here--each is a classic.
I'd add Detective 395 and esp. Batman 217 to the story. Reading Detective 395 as a 10 year-old scared the wits out of me.
And Batman 217, lame cover aside, is brilliant. Classic detective story "One Bullet Too Many," plus *spoon* Grayson retiring and leaving for college, which prompts Bruce to close up the Batcave and move downtown to the Towers, to better take on the new (white collar) criminals of the 70s.
Looking for Excitings, Black Terror 1-2, 7-8, Fighting Yank 2-8, 10-12, and America's Best 7 in raw or slabbed 3.0-7.0.