This trade paperback reprints stories from the following comic 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 #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);
- 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 #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).
Also it reprints the one-shot:
- Batman: Son of the Demon (from September, 1987).
This trade paperback further collect 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.