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According to the cover these are twelve of the best Batman stories ever told. Some of them are reprinted for the first time in a trade paperback. This paperback was published to coincide with the release of the movie Batman Begins.
This trade paperback reprints stories from the following issues:
- Detective Comics #33 (The Batman and How He Came to Be from November, 1939);
- Batman #5 (The Case of the Honest Crook from March, 1941);
- Batman #62 (The Secret Life of the Catwoman! from December, 1950);
- Batman #156 (Robin Dies at Dawn from June, 1963);
- Batman #250 (The Batman Nobody Knows! from July, 1973);
- Batman #251 (The Joker's Five-Way Revenge! from September, 1973);
- Detective Comics #439 (Night of the Stalker! from March, 1974);
- DC Special Series #15 (Death Strikes at Midnight and Three from June, 1978);
- DC Special Series #21 (Wanted: Santa Claus -- Dead or Alive! from April, 1980);
- Detective Comics #574 (My Beginning... and My Probable End from May, 1987);
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #79 (Favorite Things from January, 1996);
- Batman: Gotham Knights #32 (24/7 from October, 2002).
- This trade paperback has an introduction by Les Daniels with the title "Nobody knows who Batman is".
- This trade paperback also contains a poster by celebrated Batman artist Dick Sprang from Detective Comics #572 (March, 1987).