321 – Batman Dickless Again

In World’s Finest #24 (July 1946), Bruce Wayne full-hand slaps Dick Grayson for spilling a cup of water on him, publicly denouncing him, and sending him back to an orphanage. Batman is Dick-less again! Of course this is so that Dick can infiltrate an orphanage and spoil some crooks’ plans. Of course all is better […]

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312 – Dinosaur Islands

In Batman #35 (April 1946), Batman and Robin visit an island filled with animatronic dinosaurs called Dinosaur Island. Kind of a precursor to DC’s actual Dinosaur Island, and it appears this is where Batman and Robin pick up the mechanical T-Rex as a trophy for their Batcave.

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311 – Catwoman o’ Nine Tails

Batman #35 (April 1946) marks only the seventh appearance of Catwoman, but apart from her blonde hair she looks mostly like she would throughout the rest of the Golden Age: Purple mask and matching tight-fitting dress and gloves with a green cape.

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303 – Batman is a Swinger

Twenty-five years before the Batusi and forty years before the Batdance, there was Batman #33 (December 1945). Bruce Wayne infiltrates a criminal organization by frequenting a swinging “jive joint” and trying to fit in with all the hep cats.

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299 – Time Travel Hypnotist

Bruce and Dick pay Professor Carter Nichols another visit in Batman #32 (October 1945). Prof. Nichols was introduced the previous year. He has the astounding ability to use hypnosis to send our two heroes into the past. This time they visit France in the 1600s and get involved with the Three Musketeers. I always disliked […]

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298 – Robin, Year One

For the first time in five years, the origin story of Robin the Boy Wonder, is re-told in Batman #32 (October 1945). The story recounts how his parents were murdered and the criminals brought to justice, but it also focuses on how Dick Grayson worked hard to transform himself from circus acrobat into detective sidekick.

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297 – Wayne’s Wealth Woes

In Detective Comics #105 (September 1945), we get a little more information about Bruce Wayne’s business dealings, when the treasurer of his new motor company absconds with $3M, causing Bruce to have to sell everything he owns to pay back investors. Of course by the end of the story, the treasurer has been found and […]

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272 – In the Year 3000

In Batman #26 (October 1944), a story was featured about a man taking up the mantle of Batman and inspiring the next generation to fight for their independence from Saturn invaders… It featured a twist in that the man who becomes the Batman from the Year 3000 is actually a direct descendant of Bruce Wayne.

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266 – First Batman Villain Team-up

In Batman #25 (August 1944), the Joker and the Penguin team up for the first time to try and foil Batman and Robin. By this time, Batman definitely had the most interesting rogues gallery of villains, so this team-up must have been pretty interesting to see!

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250 – Supporting Feature

Alfred the Butler becomes the first non-sidekick supporting character to get his own stories in Batman #22 (February 1944). Mostly focusing on Alfred’s bumbling attempts to be a successful detective, Alfred’s stories came long before Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen got their supporting stories in Superman comics.

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