The Best of the Brave and the Bold

The Best of the Brave and the Bold #1

Cover Date: October 1988
Subtitle: Batman & Green Arrow: The Senator's Been Shot // The Viking Prince: Battle for the Dragon Ship // The Golden Gladiator: The Thunder of the Chariots // The Silent Knight: Shield of Terror
Writer(s): Bob Haney // (?) // (?) // (?)
Artists(s): Neal Adams // Joe Kubert // Russ Heath // Russ Heath
Storyline: (1) Newly elected Senator Paul Cathcart was shot during his acceptance speech. Batman tracked the van with the shooter, but was thrown off. The governor asked Bruce Wayne to take over the senator's term - they'd worked together on a new crime bill. Wayne agreed to think about it.
Oliver Queen mulled over his proposal for a new city to be built over a landfill. Donning his Green Arrow costume for the first time in ages, Queen stopped a bombing attempt on himself. A man named Miklos Minotaur was going up against both Queen's proposal and the Wayne / Cathcart anti-crime bill.
Edmond Cathcart told Wayne he must succeed his father, and Bruce came clean with him - he was Batman. Knowing Edmond was a psychiatrists, his secret was safe. Oliver Queen similarly told Edmond his secret identity. When Edmond was kidnapped by Minotaur's goons that night, Green Arrow and Batman took the case. Bruce Wayne decided to take the Senator appointment.
Batman and Green Arrow saved Edmond from his kidnappers, but Minotaur got away. Queen, in his civilian identity, captured Minotaur. Wayne's vote broke the deadlock and passed the anti-crime bill. With Cathcart recovering, Wayne resigned his temporary seat.
Edmond Cathcart erased his memories of the two heroes' identities through self-hypnosis.
(2) In the year 964, a Viking fishing vessel picked up a man at sea. He was still alive, but his memories were gone. They took him back to their village where he was seen by a spy. The village was attacked by Baron Thorvald's men, the young man survived and fought like a true warrior. Gunnda, Captain Olaf's daughter began calling him Jon, after a viking prince of legend. Later, Thorvald's ship attacked the fishing vessel. Jon helped the fishermen defeat the would-be pirates and take their ship.
(3) A young sheep herder named Marcus was arrested and forced into slavery for a crime he didn't commit. After stopping a loosed lion aboard a ship, he was sold into the gladiator circuit. His new owner, the man who framed him, put him against the champion; Marcus was victorious. Immediately thereafter, he defeated a bull, and won a chariot race. After the three deeds, he was freed and named the Golden Gladiator.
(4) The Silent Knight fended off the Robber Baron and continued to fend off his girlfriend, who suspected his secret identity.


The Best of the Brave and the Bold #2

Cover Date: November 1988
Subtitle: Batman & Flash: But Bork Can Hurt You // Viking Prince: The Ice Dragon // Robin Hood: The Forest of Traps // Viking Prince: Invasion of the Sea Eagles
Writer(s): Bob Haney // (?) // (?) // (?)
Artists(s): Neal Adams // Joe Kubert // Russ Heath // Joe Kubert
Storyline: (1) While police scientist Barry Allen visited GCPD, a man named Carl Bork developed invulnerability. Batman went to investigate. He attempted to apprehend the man, but realized he truly was unstoppable. Bork had taken control of the waterfront rackets.
Flash set out to follow Bork's recent footsteps in order to find out how he'd gained his power. He soon learned that a statue of him had been carved on Desolation Island. Flash saved the statue from an erupting volcano.
Batman was able to get Bork into jail, but he bashed his way free. As time ran out on Bork's ultimatum (he was attempting to hold the city hostage), Flash found out that noting on earth could destroy the statue. He threw it into the sun, and Bork lost his power. Batman defeated him and the riots stopped.
(2) Thorvald's men carved an iceberg into a dragon and began attacking Jon's people. He uncovered the plot and rescued Gunnda using a whale.
(3) Robin Hood and his Merrie Men took down three sets of bandits who were masquerading as them and tarnishing their good name.
(4) Thorvald loosed a pair of giant birds, trained to attack the viking village. One captured Gunnda. Jon followed them to their home and saved his lady.


The Best of the Brave and the Bold #3

Cover Date: December 1988
Subtitle: Batman & Aquaman: The Sleepwalker from the Sea // Viking Prince: The Threat of the Phantom Vikings // Golden Gladiator: The Sword of Attila // Robin Hood: The Battle of the Kites
Writer(s): Bob Haney // Robert Kanigher // Bill Finger // Robert Kanigher
Artists(s): Neal Adams // Joe Kubert // Russ Heath // Joe Kubert
Storyline: (1) In the waterfront district, Batman witnessed a man in SCUBA gear shoot and kill another man. He latched onto a car which appeared to be working with the shooter. Batman was attacked from behind, knocked unconscious, and tossed into the water. When he awakened in Gordon's care, he said he'd been attacked by Aquaman. He raced off to a date Bruce Wayne had with a model named Alisa (after forgetting he also had a date with a girl named Honor).
Bruce soon learned he and his date were on opposite sides of the law. After giving her a check for a business venture, she tossed him off the ledge of a building. He followed her and realized she was somehow connected to the shooting earlier. After more watching, he realized she was a willing participant to a millionaire's plot. He attempted a citizen's arrest on them, but he was taken down again by Aquaman, who was in plain clothes and apparently under mind control.
Orm Marius (the millionaire) watched Wayne and Aquaman fight and fall into the sea. Believing they were both dead, he congratulated himself and left. Aquaman came clean to Batman - Orm was his amnesiac half-brother and greatest enemy - the Ocean Master. He'd joined his brother after accidentally killing a marine biologist who he thought was a poacher.
Batman had Aquaman drugged and hypnotized into believing the man he thought he'd killed had not died, and that his wife was not missing. After awakening, he suited up and went with Batman to take down Orm. Alisa was shot attempting to escape with Orm, but Batman got her to safety as Aquaman followed his brother into the depths.
(2) Thorvald continued his attacks on the fishing village in hopes of taking out his rival, the Viking Prince. They used a "ghost" ship and began burning cottages. Jon sent them running by defeating a man disguised as Thorvald.
(3) The Golden Gladiator singlehandedly fended off Attila the Hun's forces by defeating him and breaking his sword.
(4) Robin Hood was captured after fighting with a trained boar, but he was able to escape Prince John's castle riding the boar. He later returned and freed King Richard.


The Best of the Brave and the Bold #4

Cover Date: Winter
Subtitle: Batman & The Creeper: And Hellgrammite is his Name // Viking Prince: Monster of the Viking Sea // Golden Gladiator: The Invisible Wall // Robin Hood: The Apple of Peril
Writer(s): Bob Haney // Robert Kanigher // Bill Finger // Robert Kanigher
Artists(s): Neal Adams, Dick Giordano // Joe Kubert // Russ Heath // Russ Heath
Storyline: (1) Sensationalist reporter Jack Ryder almost cost Batman his life. After the perpetrator he was after was captured, Batman spoke with Ryder. The reporter told him to watch his show that night. On it, he did a story on Hellgrammite - "the most dangerous criminal alive."
Later, Batman encountered the Creeper (secretly Jack Ryder), who was also after Hellgrammite. They found the creature on it's way back to it's nest to revitalize itself. Hellgrammite escaped. Commissioner Gordon asked Batman to watch (and possibly save) a mob boss. Batman, en route to aiding Dalko, once again encountered Hellgrammite and the Creeper (also a wanted man). With help from police interference, Hellgrammite again escaped. Creeper was captured. Batman freed him as Hellgrammite abducted his third gang lord.
Batman and Creeper found and freed the bosses, who were in cocoons - Hellgrammite was planning to turn them into creatures like himself. With the use of electricity and fire retardant, they took down Hellgrammite. Creeper escaped.
(2) A great monster (dinosaur) was loosed by Ulric, a man mad with jealousy over Jon. The beast had been wrecking their fishing haul under the sea. Jon chased it away with fire as it attacked their village. The beast fell into the sea and took a ship with it.
(3) The Golden Gladiator fended off Crassus the Conqueror and his men with only some children, some goats, and a toy ship.
(4) Robin Hood won the golden apple by completing three tasks set forth by Prince John.


The Best of the Brave and the Bold #5

Cover Date: Holiday
Subtitle: Batman & House of Mystery: Red Water, Crimson Death // Viking Prince: The Ghost Ship // Golden Gladiator: Captive Champion // Robin Hood: The Secret of Sherwood Forest
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil // Robert Kanigher // Bill Finger // Robert Kanigher
Artists(s): Neal Adams // Joe Kubert // Russ Heath // Russ Heath
Storyline: (1) Batman stumbled taking down a gunman. Gordon ordered him to take a vacation - he'd had no rest in a week since the prison break. Batman agreed and took a cruise. While at sea, a storm struck. A young boy was thrown overboard, and Bruce went in after him. He rescued the kid and they were both brought back on board.
Having nothing better to do, Bruce stayed with Sean until he reached his destination. The kid's family insisted he stay with them. That night, Bruce saw Sean sleepwalking outside. He realized he was dressed as Batman even though he'd intentionally thrown the outfit into the sea. He went after Sean.
Villagers attacked him, but he finally convinced them he was a friend. They assumed he was one of the evils from the nearby castle. Batman followed the kid into the castle and soon stumbled upon the secret - men were inside attempting to scare the locals off so they could get the area's fishing market all to themselves. Batman took the men out and went after their boss, who had Sean. He stopped the kid from being poisoned, but accidentally ingested some of it through an open wound. After a few twists of fate, he was cured and the boss was dead.
Batman took Sean back home to safety.
(2) Jon returned from the dead (or presumed dead) to stop some invading pirates.
(3) The Golden Gladiator and his girl, Lucia, were captured by a gold collector. They escaped on a chariot used in battle against him.
(4) Robin Hood rescued Little John. They were tracked through the forest (the escape was allowed) until they uncovered the trickery which was allowing them to be followed.


The Best of the Brave and the Bold #6

Cover Date: January 1989
Subtitle: Batman & Teen Titans: Punish not my Evil Son // Viking Prince: Peril of the Burning Sea // Robin Hood vs. the Merrie Men // Viking Prince: The Outcast Viking
Writer(s): Bob Haney // Bob Haney // Rober Kanigher // Bob Haney
Artists(s): Neal Adams // Joe Kubert // Russ Heath // Joe Kubert
Storyline: (1) When one of Bruce Wayne's companies began to lose millions of gallons of oil, Batman and Robin investigated. Batman was following a suspicious looking character when he whisked up in a current of oil and loaded into a tanker. Robin fished him out of the river once he escaped. When they returned home, Alfred introduced them to Lance Bruner, Bruce's new ward. His father was good friends with Thomas Wayne, and he'd promised to take in Lance should anything happen to his parents. Bruce honored the deal. Dick, trying to be his friend, ended up taking the blame for some of the boy's screw-ups. When Bruce went to a board meeting, Robin went to the Teen Titans.
The Titans, in their civilian identities, attempted hanging out with Lance, but he was not into it. Instead, he faked his own kidnapping and scored $50,000 from Bruce. When he was returned safely, Bruce found out he was an escapee from reform school. Bruce agreed to give the boy one more chance. While he was out checking on Zenith Oil stuff (with the Teen Titans), Lance found the cave.
He sold Batman and Robin out to one of Zenith's board members (who was embezzling the oil). The Titans came in to help. When Robin was struck down, Lance swapped clothes with him and attempted to save Batman. He was shot dead in the process.
The oil case closed, Bruce held a funeral service for Lance.
(2) The fishermen's boat was destroyed by a fire troll. Though he saw it, Jon did not believe it. He took their remaining boat, armored, into the fire and discovered the "troll" to simply be a volcano. He pulled the top down into the sea.
(3) Robin Hood suffered amnesia after a bump to the head. Under his foe's orders, he captured his Merrie Men. Later, he regained his sanity and freed them.
(4) The Viking Prince was banished from his adopted village due to a prophecy. He returned in time to save them from stampeding mastodons, freed from ice by a volcano.