In hot pursuit of a criminal named “Smiley Dix” and his gang, Batman unfortunately crashes The Batmobile while driving over a collapsing bridge.
Batman is injured in the crash (How he isn’t killed, I’ve no idea. Yes I do, it’s comic book!), and decides to construct a new, and technologically advanced, Batmobile.
Yes, it has all the Bat-bells and Bat-whistles!
The cover of DETECTIVE COMICS #156, February 1950
While convalescing, Batman has Robin do some detective work on Smiley Dix and his gang.
Once healed, Batman and Robin track down the Dix Gang and are able to take ‘em down with the help of the “Batmobile of 1950”!
The injured Batman reveals the new Batmobile to Robin in DETECTIVE COMICS #156.
So, does the fact his leg cast is OVER the Bat-Suit indicate
Bruce never took the cape and cowl off back in the Golden Age?
DETECTIVE COMICS #156 was written by Joe Samachson, penciled by Dick Sprang, and inked by Charles Paris. It went on sale for 10 cents in December of 1949 and has a cover date of February of 1950. You can find this issue reprinted in Batman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 8 and Batman in the Fifties. The great Michael Uslan -- friend of BOF and the executive producer of Batman on film -- considers DETECTIVE COMICS #156 as one of the most important Batman comics of all-time.