Batman (1940) #667
First appearance of the Black Glove. With a character that has more than 65 years of history, you expect that pretty much every possible storyline has been done. Batman has gone through many phases in his storied career in DC Comics as a virtual army of writers and artists continually changed the tone of his capers to fit the times they wrote for. "Camp" was one of the longest-lived genres and saw Batman battling increasingly sillier foes, jumping off giant props, throwing out bad puns and generally acting like a clown through much of the 50s and 60s.
However, the dark style that revived the Dark-knight Detective's pulp roots in the early 1970s has endured into the 21st century. And here, writer Grant Morrison brings modern sensibilities, including torture, obsession and revenge, to a campy concept introduced in the happy-go-lucky '50s. The notion that a league of international "Batmen" would get together from time to time to fight crime seems to ill-fit the brooding loner the organization models itself after. But the Black Glove has brought them all together again: heroes from Italy, France, the U.K. - even Native American lands, for one purpose: murder! "The Island of Mister Mayhew" is drawn by J.H. Williams III.