...and it seems odd to have an extra-dimensional imp in the world of Batman.
But, Bat-Mite has been around for decades!
A Long Time Ago
(Something to be said about truth in advertising....).
A fan of Batman's from another dimension, Bat-Mite showed up in the Batcave to help make Batman's adventures more fun..
...and, after finding a way to help a little, Bat-Mite heads back to his home (much to the joy of Batman and Robin!).
This little gem of a story has also been reprinted a few times, in Batman Annual #7, Batman in the Fifties, Batman: the Black Casebook and in DC Comics Classics Library: the Batman Annuals #2, so it shouldn't take too much magic to find and read it yourself!
(Well, you can't say early comics weren't honest....).
This time, along with annoying the Dynamic Duo, Bat-Mite also meets and works with Batwoman (another Gotham City crimefighter, secretly Kathy Kane), who also really wants little to do with Bat-Mite, but they all put up with the pest, and solve crimes as well.
(Sadly, this story hasn't been reprinted as of yet).
Life Is Better With FriendsAce the Bat-Hound as well...and Bat-Mite also met Superman (and his imp foe, Mr. Mxyzptlk) in World's Finest Comics #113 (November, 1960 by Jerry Coleman and Dick Sprang).
Batman #133 was reprinted in Batman Annual #7 and in DC Comics Classics Library: the Batman Annuals #2, and World's Finest Comics #113 can be found in Batman from the 30s to the 70s and in World's Finest Comics Archives #3.
Sadly, neither of these appearances have been collected as of yet.
The Imp Gets Around
One Last Time
....with little success.
This must have caused Bat-Mite some level of upset, as he didn't appear to bother Batman in his own titles for a while..
....(or, maybe Bat-Mite was annoyed that this tale hasn't been reprinted either!).
Hiding In Plain Sight
...but both times he was disguised as someone else (no spoilers, but the covers should give you a clue)!
Look for Showcase Presents: World's Finest Volume #3 for these two tales (though they are only in black and white).
Be Careful What You Ask For
Bat-Mite's last hurrah pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths came to us in Brave and the Bold #200 (July, 1983) (where Batman was working with the original Batman, and the Outsiders were being introduced, continuing tales of a more serious Batman, and sadly a world where Bat-Mite just didn't fit...).
Stephen DeStefano gave us this 1 pager, wherein "Bat-Mite Speaks His Mind"...and says it well enough for himself!
Post Crisis Bat-Mite
Batzarro and Mr. Mxyzptlk for a reality bending adventure with Superman and Batman, and as an inspiring hallucination (or was he real?), encouraging Batman to go on during 2008's Batman R.I.P. storyline by writer Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel (which also brought back other 1950s Batman elements like the Batmen of Many Nations and Zur En Arrh, and those tales are in Batman: The Black Glove and Batman: R.I.P. the Deluxe Edition, and the 1950s tales that inspired Grant Morrison are in Batman: the Black Casebook).
Bat-Mite sneaks around the corners of the DC Universe...
...showing us all its okay to have heroes, and to inspire us all to keep going!