At the height of the 1960's Batman television show's popularity, a shonen manga magazine in Japan serialized fifty-three chapters, starring The Dark Knight, which were all written by Jiro Kuwata. These rare Batman tales were known by relatively few outside of Japan until award-winning designer Chipp Kidd's 2008 book, Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman, published in Japan by Pantheon Books, introduced them to a whole new generation of Batman fans. DC Comics is proud to publish the complete Jiro Kuwata-penned Batman Manga adventures in three painstakingly restored and translated volumes. Batman Manga Volume 1 collects the first twenty chapters.