This volume of the DC Archives reprints issues 26 to 31 of the Batman comic book from December 1944 to October 1945. Each issue contains three Batman and Robin stories and one short Alfred the Butler adventure. The Batman comics are to me the best of the Golden Age comic books. The stories can still be read today without any warnings or caveats about them being the `product of their times'. The artists are primarily Jerry Robinson and Dick Sprang, with occasional art by Jack Burnley. The writers are varied, but Don Cameron and Bill Finger predominate (along with `unknown'). There is a wide range of stories, from regulars the Joker and the Penguin, to minor characters the Cavalier, Punch and Judy, and Ally Babble. There are also some `public service' stories, celebrating the role of the `ordinary man' in the maintenance of society, as well as a traditional Batman Christmas story. There is even story set in the year 3000. Nobody mentions the War, though.
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.