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As a celebration of the 50th birthday of Batman this trade paperback collects stories from 50 years of the Dark Knight.
This trade paperback reprints stories from the following issues:
- Batman #1 (The Giants of Hugo Strange, reprinted here as Dr. Hugo Strange and the Mutant Monsters from March, 1940);
- Batman #25 (Knights of Knavery from October, 1944);
- Batman #47 (The Origin of the Batman! from June, 1948);
- Batman #61 (The Birth of Batplane II! from October, 1950);
- Batman #156 (Robin Dies at Dawn from June, 1963);
- Batman #234 (Half an Evil from August, 1971);
- Batman #250 (The Batman Nobody Knows! from July, 1973);
- Batman #312 (A Caper a Day Keeps the Batman at Bay! from June, 1979);
- Brave and the Bold #197 (The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne! from April, 1983);
- DC Special Series #15 (Death Strikes at Midnight and Three from June, 1978);
- Detective Comics #31 (Batman Versus the Vampire (Part I) from September, 1939);
- Detective Comics #32 (Batman Versus the Vampire (Part II) from October, 1939);
- Detective Comics #211 (The Jungle Cat Queen! from September, 1954);
- Detective Comics #235 (The First Batman from September, 1956);
- Detective Comics #345 (The Blockbuster Invasion of Gotham City! from November, 1965);
- Detective Comics #404 (Ghost of the Killer Skies! from October, 1970);
- Detective Comics #429 (Man-Bat Over Vegas! from November, 1972);
- Detective Comics #437 (Deathmask from November, 1973);
- Detective Comics #442 (Death Flies the Haunted Sky! from September, 1974);
- Detective Comics #457 (There is No Hope in Crime Alley! from March, 1976);
- Detective Comics #474 (The Deadshot Ricochet from December, 1977);
- Detective Comics #482 (Bat-Mites New York Adventure from March, 1979);
- Detective Comics #500 (To Kill A Legend from March, 1981);
- Star-Spangled Comics #124 (Operation 'Escape' from January, 1952);
- World's Finest #94 (The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team from June, 1958).
This trade paperback also collects the story 1001 Umbrellas of The Penguin which was originally presented in the Sunday papers from February until October, 1946.
- This paperback has an introduction by Dick Giordano under the title Growing up with the greatest.
- This paperback also has a foreword by Mike Gold.
- The paperback ends with end notes by Robert Greenberger and biographies by Mark Waid.