This volume of the DC Archives reprints issues 51 to 70 of Detective Comics from May 1941 to July 1942. The Batman comics are to me the best of the Golden Age comic books. The stories can still be enjoyed today without any warnings or caveats about them being the `product of their times'. The artists are primarily Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, and the writer is primarily Bill Finger.
The stories feature a wider range of characters and situations than you see nowadays, as superheroes have moved away from the real world and into a meta-world, but in the Golden Age, the `real' world was a fertile ground for the writer's imagination. Whacky characters still fill the pages though, along with many archetypes - not stereotypes - with the odd Hollywood film plot, and of course the occasional mad scientist, scheming crime boss and cunning hoodlum, as well as old favourites such as the Penguin (Detective #58 & #59), and the Joker (Detective #60, #62, #64).
Golden Age comics are an acquired taste, and many are only of interest to a specialist public, but Batman and Robin are timeless - except possibly to fanboys only interested in the `here and now'; and they are always with us, regardless of when their `now' is. This is a five-star collection, as are all the Batman Archives!