With Batman's 300th appearance in Detective Comics #327, editor Julius Schwartz decided to give Batman and Robin a "new look". This hardcover is the first collection to reprint the first stories from Detective Comics and Batman with this new editorial approach in color and in chronological order. This first collection reprints stories from May to November, 1964.
This hardcover collects stories from the following comic books:
- Detective Comics #327 (The Mystery of the Menacing Mask!)
- Detective Comics #328 (Gotham Gang Line-Up!)
- Batman #164 (Two-Way Gem Caper!, and Batman's Great Face-Saving Feat!)
- Detective Comics #329 (Castle with Wall-to-Wall Danger!
- Detective Comics #330 (The Fallen Idol of Gotham City!
- Batman #165 (The Man Who Quit the Human Race!, and The Dilemma of the Detective's Daughter!)
- Detective Comics #331 (Museum of Mixed-Up Men!)
- Batman #166 (Two-Way Death Trap!, and A Rendezvous with Robbery!)
- Detective Comics #332 (The Joker's Last Laugh!)
- Detective Comics #333 (Hunters of the Elephants' Graveyard!)
- Batman #167 (Zero Hour for Earth!)
- Although Detective Comics #327 was intended to be the first issue to feature Batman's "new look", the costume actually made it's debut in World's Finest #141 in May, 1964.