...giving readers of the early 1960s an incredible look back at the 1950s adventures of Batman and Robin all under a cover by Curt Swan, Sheldon Moldoff, Dick Sprang and Charles Paris.
Let's take a look at the tales contained here.....
Detective Comics #190
Batman and Robin face a foe that gave Batman amnesia, so Robin had to train Batman in being a crime-fighter (and recaps both his and Batman's origins in the process) as they work to capture the evil Dr. Sampson, and to restore the memories Batman and the other victims of the doctor!
Detective Comics #165
This time around, Batman shows off how ready he is for any eventuality, with costumes designed for specific cases and crimes, such as an all-white costume for snow camouflage, a gold costume to face a man with the Midas touch, a glowing costume to prey on a criminal's superstition, a space suit so Batman could go into space, a compressible costume to allow Batman to hide it and go into action in prison, a scuba equipped costume to allow Batman to handle villains underwater, and a special, secret costume that they unveil in this issue to handle Dr. Robert Darcy!
Detective Comics #164
City Editor Melton sends reporter Dave Purdy to see if there was a case where the Bat-Signal itself saved a life, and while talking to Commissioner Gordon, learns a little about the Bat-Signal, and becomes involved in a case with the Dynamic Duo, leading to the reporter getting the story he wanted, as well as being a part of his own story along with the Batman!
Detective Comics #205
This story doesn't quite match later accounts of Batman's origin, as it has an adult Bruce Wayne buying Wayne Manor, and finding the cave below (Bruce and his family usually had lived in the manor their whole lives in other origins), but this origin did have Batman and Robin travel back in time (using hypnosis from their friend, Prof. Carter Nichols) to the 1600s, where they meet Jeremy Coe, discovering his role in creating the Bat-Cave, as he saves settlers from attacking hordes of American Indians (and, Batman later has to substitute himself for the wounded Jeremy....).
Detective Comics #229
Batman allowed a television crew into his Bat-Cave (something that would almost never happen later in Batman's career), and showed them his crime files (which, a criminal disguised as a crew member was able to steal). Using the files, he was able to capture these criminals, (and one would hope be better at maintaining his own secrets, and the secrets of his extensive files in the future).
Detective Comics #221
Batman and Robin get trapped by the King of Crime (Paul King), and relate stories of how they escaped from various traps other criminals put the Dynamic Duo in....all the while, getting ready to escape the most dynamic trap of all, one that the King himself had devised!
Batman and Robin use personal flying jets, a radar tracking Sleuth Machine, and a Flying Eye in the sky to catch criminals in Gotham (with the later two feeling very much like modern day drones.....).
Flash Annual)....paving the way for DC's 80 Page Giants!