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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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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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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352 – Batman and Robin on Mars

I’ve talked a bit about crazy fantastical Batman and Robin storylines before. In Batman #41 (April 1947), we get the first truly far-out-there storyline, “Batman, Interplanetary Policeman”. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson are identified as Batman and Robin by Martian alien scientists visiting Earth. These scientists have observed Batman and Robin for years with their […]

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347 – Kitty Car

In Detective Comics #122 (February 1947), the Catwoman returns again to plague Gotham City with her “black cat” crimes. Her “Kitty Car” is introduced which seems to have more power and gadgetry than the Batmobile… how?!? The story also brings back her black hair, I guess she got tired of being a blonde while in […]

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337 – Robin Solo

Robin replaces the Guardian and the Newsboy Legion in Star-Spangled Comics #65 (December 1946) as the main feature. The story itself is an uninspired affair in which Robin has to outwit a corrupt reform school.

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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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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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