643 – Luthor-Joker Team-Up

In World’s Finest #88 (March 1957), Luthor and the Joker team up for the first time. Luthor invents “mechano-men”, robotic automatons that can do their bidding. Superman and Batman try to foil what appear to be attempted crimes only to be made fools of for stopping legitimate activities. The villains attempt to rob the treasury […]

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640 – Owlman

In Batman #107 (Feb 1957), Dick Grayson (Robin) accidentally is exposed to a gas that ages him to adulthood. Yep, it turns out that Superman was too busy to analyze a lead-lined device he found in space, so he left it with Batman, and poor Robin took a blast of space gas in the face. […]

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638 – Batwoman Returns!

In Batman #106 (December 1956), Batwoman makes her exciting return to crime-fighting from her early retirement. Despite previously promising Batman to not play caped crusader, Kathy Kane wears her costume to a masquerade ball, but gets embroiled in a case with Batman and Robin again. All’s well that ends well, and Kathy promises yet again […]

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631 – No Seriously, Only One Robin!

Complete with a cheeky sidelong glance to the reader, Detective Comics #237 (September 1956) seeks to ensure Dick Grayson that there will _NEVER_ be another Robin. “Search for a New Robin” finds Bruce Wayne seeking a new identity as “Barney Warren”. While sinking into his new identity, he encounters a couple of brash youngsters and […]

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627 – The Bat-Track

In Detective Comics #236 (August 1956), a criminal scientist is released from prison and starts selling defenses against Batman’s gadgetry. As a result, Batman switches up all their tricks, introducing new vehicles like the above “Bat-Track” tank, an aerodyne, and the like. Of course once the scientist is re-captured, it’s back to the same ol’ […]

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625 – Lew Moxon and Thomas Wayne

In Detective Comics #235 (July 1956), Bruce and Dick are cleaning out the attic when they discover an older bat costume and evidence that Bruce’s father, Thomas Wayne, originally wore a bat costume to a masquerade party wherein he foiled a crime by a mob boss, Lew Moxon. It is later revealed that Lew Moxon […]

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622 – Bat-Amnesia

Well it happened enough to Superman, so I guess it was Batman and Robin’s turn to get amnesia. In Detective Comics #234 (June 1956), the dynamic duo is subject to a “sonic beam” that completely robs them of their memories of who they are. Some nice detective skills are exhibited as the pair piece together […]

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618 – Batwoman!

In Detective Comics #233 (May 1956), Batwoman makes her exciting debut, challenging Batman and Robin to keep up with her. Batwoman is Kathy Kane, an heiress who was once a “circus daredevil performer”. In typical misogynist fashion, Batman tries to convince Kathy that her antics are too dangerous – and Kathy agrees to give up […]

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615 – Only One Robin?

In the Batman feature of Detective Comics #231 (March 1956), Robin learns that early in his crime-fighting career, Batman took on a partner called “Batman Junior”. Batman Junior was John Vance, a rando kid who got caught up in a case of Batman’s. Robin exhibits jealousy and sadness at not being special, but Batman assures […]

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598 – Ace the Bat-Hound!

Ace, the Bat-Hound is introduced in Batman #92 (April 1955), since it seems like Krypto, the Super-Dog was such a hit, why not also give Robin a pet? Basically they rescue a German Shepherd, decide to slap a mask on him and he helps them solve crimes occasionally…

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