Gerry Conway started writing Batman #313 (Oct79) and also took over Tec with#497 (Dec81). They alternated mostly from then though arcs stayed in separate titles. From #345 they crossed over arcs as well for the rest of his run. This continued with Doug Moench's run Bat#360-400 and Tec#527-567. Basically, it was a fortnightly comic during this time with Batman 1st and Tec 2nd. Sorry to say that your Tecs 512-67 are only half the story without the Batman issues.
Yes... I see what you mean.
I pulled my Detective #512 and sure enough it points to Batman #346 to continue the story.
Ill have to dig up another few bucks to buy the Batman #345-#399 to complete the Cross-Title stories.
The #300 series are running $2-4 on ebay in big lots, so thats another $120+..... Before I can start reading!!!
Am I safe in assuming that there were no cross-overs BEFORE Detective #512 & Batman #345?
They aren't strictly crossovers but there are some over-arching themes suchas Catwoman, Talia, Lucius Fox, Dick Grayson, Poison Ivy, Mayoral election which are ongoing prior to that. I'd recommend going back to #313 if not #305. Conway wrote 305 and 306. Len Wein did 307-12 (except 311-Englehart).
You should certainly read Tecs 469-476 aka 'Strange Apparitions' (available in collected form) before starting though since Conway picks up on loose threads from there.
Bare minimum though- Strange Apparitions and 345 onwards
I bought all the "Legends" books without much thought-- They basically are self-contained.
Then I thought I might be able to simply buy all the "Post Crisis" story arcs, Batman #389 & Detective #556 (Nov 1985) forward.
But it looks like Ill have to go back to Batman #345 (March 1982) to complete the stories that cross-over into my Detective books.
Ill try and pick up Detective #469 forward also-- Im a bit anal on this-- just want to "complete" the set without any "holes."
From what you say, that will set me up nicely for a few years worth of reading (As others have mentioned in this thread.)
Meanwhile-- Im just pulling books at random and enjoying.
THANX for the advice.
You do have all the post-Crisis though. Batman rebooted with #401 and Tec#568. You just start with #404-7 (Year 1) then LotDKs, then 408-11 for Jason Todd's new origin bringing you up to the 'present' 401-3 Tecs 568 etc etc. Happy reading!
There'll be some Shadow of the Bat issues needed to complete some story arcs as well, though most of the run was either single issue stories or multi-issue stories contained wholly within SotB. However it was a very strong series and if you only get the issues that are part of a multi-title story, you'll be missing out on some of the best Batman comics of the last few decades.
Yes... I saw that in the Index I looked at for post-crisis story arcs.
Also... some nice stuff in Batman Confidential.
I've been doing almost the same thing. About 2 or 3 issues a day.
Originally Posted by RoughNTumble
But I started at about 1968, as I wanted to read everything through the 70's in anticipation for the final Nolan film. (Turned out that was a moot point, but anyway....)
Just finished Conway's run, and it was wonderful.
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