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This trade paperback collects seventeen Batman tales. Two are actually from 1939, the other fifteen are from the 40's. This paperback looks at the Dark Knight's beginnings and includes Batman's first appearance, the debut of Robin, the first telling of Batman's origin, and the debuts of the Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman and the Mad Hatter.


This trade paperback reprints stories from the following comic book issues:

This trade paperback also collect the story Half Man Half Monster which was originally presented in newspapers in June/August, 1946.


  • The paperback includes an introduction by Bill Schelly.
  • The paperback includes some information about Batman in the 40's in short chapters called Milestones, Props, The Batman Family and The Villains.