I love nothing more than that moment where I am reading an old comic and something tips me off that this issue is going to be amazing.
Batman #303 definitely has one of those moments. In this comic, Batman gets knocked on the head and gets all confused. He thinks that Bruce Wayne is the crimefighter and Batman is the billionaire playboy! Awesome, right?
Check it out. It all starts in a museum after a fight with a villain who gets away.
Now watch as Bruce Wayne baffles Commissioner Gordon:
Sooo confusing. Bruce Wayne seems to understand that Batman is the mysterious masked vigilante identity, yet he still thinks that Bruce is the one who fights crime. Anyway, who cares? The important thing is that we get panels like this one:
No time to linger there, though! Bruce Wayne has to beat up Raveen!
Bruce also punches a dude's hair off during this fight:
So obviously it's a problem that all these people are seeing Bruce Wayne beat up a room of people, Batman-style. But don't worry. Bruce uses some quick thinking here to cover up an onlooker's accusation:
That should put an end to any further questions.
Alfred notices that something is amiss!
The next morning, things get even weirder:
Skipping ahead, Alfred is unable to keep Batman from leaving the house in the Batman costume in broad daylight. This causes some confusion with the Gotham public:
So Batman, feeling like an outcast, seeks refuge. This allows for the writers to make a SICK HIPPIE BURN!!!
Let no one say that 1978 is too late to be making hippie jokes!
No matter where Batman goes, people laugh at him or threaten him. It's sad. And it prompts this outburst:
"Good grief!" says Batman!
I always thought Batman already had "one of those days."
What I am trying to say, in a long-winded way, is that Batman #303 is awesome.