Batman has a habit of talking to someone like Commissioner Gordon, then disappearing when their back is turned.

Batman talks to Commissioner Gordon and disappears

When was the very first time that Batman did this, either in the comics or some other medium?

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The first time we see Batman pull off his iconic vanishing act was back in 1972.

In Detective Comics: Issue #424 (1972), Batman is discussing with Commissioner Gordon about a murder of a stockbroker. At this time, Batman vanishes for the first time (image below).

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Detective Comics #424 (Page 3-4)

This is the first time he does it in any media (movies, comics, TV series etc.).

If you want to know how he does it, you can find the answer to that here

The second time we see it was in 1973 (Swamp Thing: Issue # 7) when he's investigating the presence of a monster (Swamp Thing) in Gotham.

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Swamp Thing #7 (Page 8)

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    Is the second example also the first time he appears out of the dark to speak to an ally? Also, how can Gordon get the government's "secret files"?
    – Taladris
    Aug 16, 2019 at 5:29
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    Nice finds. Congrats on 10k by the way!
    – Jenayah
    Aug 16, 2019 at 14:12
  • @Taladris most probably yes. Need to check it though
    – Shreedhar
    Aug 16, 2019 at 19:19

He's been doing it since his very first appearance.

See this page from his first story, in Detective Comics #27 (1939).

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  • "A fitting end for his kind."
    – Adamant
    Jul 4, 2022 at 11:30

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