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Detective Comics (1937) - #500
"To Kill A Legend"
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Cover Date: March 1981
Cover Price: US $ 1.50

Issue Tagline: DC proudly invites you to join us in the 500th Anniversary Celebration of Detective Comics

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 80 pages

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Reprinted/Collected in:
Batman In The Eighties (2004) TPB
Batman-Sonderausgabe (1981) #1
The Best of DC (1979) #23
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988) HC vol. 01
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988) TPB vol. 01
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988) TPB vol. 01
Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino (2014) HC

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This is a retelling of "The Case Batman Failed to Solve!!!" in Batman #14 (Dec 1942/Jan 1943) (which had recently been reprinted in Limited Collectors' Edition #C-25), with Slam Bradley replacing the Batman in the lead and other Detective Comics stalwarts replacing one-off detectives John Bart, Sheriff Ezra Plunkett, Grace Seers, and Dr. Tsu.

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