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This hardcover is the first collection to reprint all Batman stories from the issues of Batman, in chronological order. This first collection reprints stories from April to December, 1940.


This hardcover collects stories from the following comic books:

  • The Legend of the Batman - Who He is, and How he Came to Be
  • The Joker
  • The Giants of Hugo Strange
  • The Cat
  • The Joker Returns
  • The Joker Meets the Cat-Woman
  • Wolf, the Crime Master
  • The Case of the Clubfoot Murders
  • The Case of the Missing Link
  • The Strange Case of the Diabolical Puppet Master
  • The Ugliest Man in the World
  • The Crime School for Boys
  • The Batman vs. the Cat-Woman
  • The Case of the Joker's Crime Circus
  • Blackbeard's Crew and the Yacht Society
  • Public Enemy No. 1 Starts Jail Sentence
  • Touchdown for Justice


  • The asylum featured in The Giants of Hugo Strange is never identified as Arkham Asylum, however it is safe to assume that it exists as the Earth-Two counterpart to the moderately famous mental health facility.