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With Batman's 300th appearance in Detective Comics #327, editor Julius Schwartz decided to give Batman and Robin a "new look". This paperback is the first collection to reprint the first stories from Detective Comics and Batman with this new editorial approach in black and white, and in chronological order. This first collection reprints stories from May, 1964 to September, 1965.
This paperback collects stories from the following comic books:
- Detective Comics #327 (The Mystery of the Menacing Mask!)
- Batman #164 (Two-Way Gem Caper!, and Batman's Great Face-Saving Feat!)
- Detective Comics #328 (Gotham Gang Line-Up!)
- Detective Comics #329 (Castle with Wall-to-Wall Danger!)
- Batman #165 (The Man Who Quit the Human Race!, and The Dilemma of the Detective's Daughter!)
- Detective Comics #330 (The Fallen Idol of Gotham City!
- Batman #166 (Two-Way Death Trap!, and A Rendezvous with Robbery!)
- Detective Comics #331 (Museum of Mixed-Up Men!)
- Detective Comics #332 (The Joker's Last Laugh!)
- Batman #167 (Zero Hour for Earth!)
- Detective Comics #333 (Hunters of the Elephants' Graveyard!)
- Batman #168 (The Fight That Jolted Gotham City!, and How to Solve a Perfect Crime - In Reverse!)
- Detective Comics #334 (The Man Who Stole from Batman!)
- Detective Comics #335 (Trail of the Talking Mask!)
- Batman #169 (Partners in Plunder!, and A Bad Day for Batman!)
- Detective Comics #336 (Batman's Bewitched Nightmare)
- Batman #170 (Genius of the Getaway Gimmicks!, and The Puzzle of the Perilous Prizes!)
- Detective Comics #337 (Deep Freeze Menace!)
- Detective Comics #338 (Batman's Super-Powered Punch!)
- Batman #171 (Remarkable Ruse of the Riddler!)
- Detective Comics #339 (Batman Battles the Living Beast-Bomb!)
- Batman #172 (Attack of the Invisible Knights! and Robin's Unassisted Triple Play!)
- Detective Comics #340 (The Outsider Strikes Again!)
- Detective Comics #341 (The Joker's Comedy Capers!)
- Batman #173 (Secret Identities for Sale! and Walk, Batman - to Your Doom!)
- Detective Comics #342 (The Midnight Raid of the Robin Gang!
- Batman #174 (The Human Punching Bag! and The Off-Again On-Again Lightbulbs!)
- Although Detective Comics #327 was intended to be the first issue to feature Batman's "new look", the costume actually made it's debut in World's Finest #141 in May, 1964.