This is an interesting story which believe DC has just reprinted in the trade Paperback The Strange Deaths of Batman. This was written by David V. Reed who is perhaps more well known for his stint as a Batman writer in the 1950s than the 1970s. It’s interesting to note that after his run in the 50s he quite comics for a time before re-emerging in the 70s, where he ended back on Batman from 1975 – 1978.
The cover to this first issue of the story, from Batman 291, is by Jim Aparo and has become quite iconic in its own rite.
Reed’s second stint on Batman had a very mixed reaction from fans. At the same time guys like Denny O’Neil, Steve Englehart and Frank Robbins were wrting a darker Dark Knight, whilst Reed’s version was more humousous and goofy, sorta like the way he was written in the 50s and early 60s (before the camp).