*DC: In 1964, the sales of Detective Comics starring Batman had slumped to such a low ebb that serious consideration was being given to ousting Bats and having the Flash take over the lead slot in the title. Before such a drastic move, however, the editorship of detective was switched to Julius Schwartz, and a New Look was introduced – the first of many, many DC ‘reboots’, but probably the most successful! Back-up feature Martian Manhunter was shunted over to House of Mystery and replaced with the Flash’s crime-solving buddy, the Elongated Man, while scripter John Broome and illustrators Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella brought a slick, sophisticated and modern look to the Batman series, utterly devoid of aliens, robots, gorillas, and all the other tropes that had characterised the previous run. This series of Detective opens with #327, the first ‘New Look’ issue, and continues through to #358, just before the debut of a certain Dominoed Daredoll. Along the way, we take in such highlights as the death of Alfred, the first appearance of the sinister Outsider, a pair of guest appearances by the enchanting Zatanna (one, admittedly, in heavy disguise), the premier of Blockbuster, and the first appearance of the Cluemaster. Oh, and they did slip in one or two gorillas, for old times’ sake – but taken much, much more seriously!