Gerry Conway and Don Newton introduce a new foe for the Batman in Detective 506 (Sept 81), the Mannikin.
Hamilton Hill and Arthur Reeves appear on a tv debate, hosted by Olivia Ortega, repeating their positions. Neither seems like a suitable choice for mayor.
That night Bruce heads out to a disco, and a massive model approaches fashion designer Kevin Clane, and kills him.
Batman tries to stop the woman, who is much stronger than him. Her costume comes off, revealing her to be in a suit of a dress dummy, a mannikin. The Mannikin escapes.
Seline Kyle has a nice cameo, as Batman goes to ask for her help in identifying the clothes. Catwoman recognizes the designer as Haston.
Batman goes to check on the designer, but the Mannikin is already there.
The story concludes next issue.
It’s the conclusion of Batgirl’s battle with the little hunchback killer in this Burkett/Delbo/Giella story.
The creature calls himself Iago, but there is a good deal of the Phantom of the Opera in him, as he is a composer, and believes that in killing women he gains inspiration.
Batgirl defeats him with the oldest ploy. Hey, could you play your music for me? Oh,wow, that’s really good. Just keep playing and pay no attention as I free myself from my bonds.