6. 'The Untold Legend of the Batman'
The writing by Len Wein is of the "Robin, old chum" old school, the art by John Byrne and Jim Aparo follows suit and the origin stories it contains for Batman and his allies and enemies have all been rebooted half a dozen times since its 1980 release. But thanks to a black-and-white paperback re-release following the blockbuster Tim Burton Batman movie, this compulsively readable mystery-cum-guide to the Dark Knight showed a lot of kids just how wide and wild Batman's world could be. It's still a fascinating, kaleidoscopic read, even though that world has changed.