''The Brave and the Bold'' was a Creator/DCComics [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] comic book series that ran from 1955 to 1983. It is best known for its incarnation as a superhero team-up comic, in which various DC superheroes joined forces with each other (but mostly with Batman) to fight menaces too big to face alone.

The original concept for ''The Brave and the Bold'' was an AnthologyComic of historical adventure stories, featuring the likes of RobinHood, the Viking Prince, and the Silent Knight. From issue #25 it became a try-out title for new potential series, beginning with the debut of the SuicideSquad, and going on to introduce the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, Cave Carson, the Silver Age {{Hawkman}} and Hawkgirl, and "Strange Sports Stories", all of which went on to achieve at least occasional recurring status except for "Strange Sports Stories".

It became a team-up comic with issue #50, which featured an alliance between GreenArrow and the MartianManhunter. (Although with occasional lapses back into being a try-out title, such as #57, the debut of ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}}.) Issue #54 featured a team-up between ComicBook/{{Robin}}, [[TheFlash Kid Flash]] and [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} Aqualad]], which led a few issues later to the formation of the Comicbook/TeenTitans. Franchise/{{Batman}} appeared in the title for the first time in #59, teaming up with Franchise/GreenLantern, and from #67 on, he was in every single issue. The series ended with its 200th issue, a double-sized special featuring a team-up between Batman and ... [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Batman]].

The quality of the team-up stories varied considerably. Some were very good (you wouldn't think a crossover between ''Batman'' and ''House of Mystery'' would be one, but in #93 Denny O'Neil made it work), and some were, to put it bluntly, the kind of Silver Age potboilers that made [[Website/{{Superdickery}} Superdickery.com]] what it is today (Exhibit A: #108, in which Batman accidentally sells his soul to the Devil).

A new ''The Brave and the Bold'' series ran from 2007 to 2010, which removed Batman's ex officio status and returned to being a series where any combination of heroes could team up. The spirit of the Silver Age original is arguably better carried on by the animated series ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
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!!The Silver Age version of the comic provides examples of:

* AvengersAssemble: Featured in issue #28, the debut of the Justice League of America.
* BackForTheDead: Issue #187, "Whatever Happened to What's'ername?", features a team-up with the MetalMen and the return of a character who had fallen victim to ChuckCunninghamSyndrome in ''Metal Men'' over a decade earlier. Three guesses what happens to What's'ername in the end.
* ClearMyName: Played with in #59, as Time Commander claims he escaped jail to prove he was convicted in his civilian identity of a crime he did not commit, going so far as to claim he's "a modern [[Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo Edmond Dantes]]." He steadily maintains his desire to be cleared of that crime throughout the story, but we never learn if he was actually innocent. His crimes as the Time Commander that didn't have anything to do with clearing his name render it a moot point.
* EnemyMine: Two separate issues, #111 and #191, had Batman teaming up with ''the Joker'' to solve murders that the Joker had been framed for.
* EyeRemember: In issues #188-189, during a teamup between Batman and Rose & Thorn, Batman comments that seeing the image of a killer in a dead man's eyes is myth, but nonetheless checks. Sure enough, he sees an image of the killer frozen in the victim's eye. No explanation is ever given.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: In issue #191, when Batman and the Joker turn the real villain over to the police, the Joker says "Take him downtown and book him!" Then he turns to Batman and says "I always wanted to say that!"
* MuggedForDisguise: Issue #166 has a female mercenary being hired to impersonate ComicBook/BlackCanary. The real Black Canary is held bound and gagged in her undies while the impostor dons the heroine's trademark fishnet outfit in order to fool Batman.
* TheNounAndTheNoun
* TeamUpSeries: Batman teaming up with others, in the TropeCodifier.
* TotallyRadical: The Comicbook/TeenTitans in their introductory stories.

!!The 21st-century version of the comic provides examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted, Issue #16 has Catwoman complaining about them, she longs to see a boy scout for a change. Then she bumps into Superman who heard everything she just said.
* AuctionOfEvil: Issue #16 has Superman and Catwoman investigating an underworld auction where one of the items being sold is the location of the cave containing the Clayface protoplasm.
* CoveredInKisses: The cover to issue #16, a Superman-Catwoman team-up.
* GoingByTheMatchbook: In "The Lords of Luck", the first story arc in the revival, a matchbook found on a corpse leads Batman and Comicbook/GreenLantern to the casino where he worked.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: Used by ComicBook/WonderWoman in issue #7 in an attempt to dispose of the MacGuffin.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: Issue #31 had {{the Atom}} literally shrinking down inside of the Joker's brain at the request of some scientists. He is given a tour through [[MultipleChoicePast what may or may not be]] Joker's childhood after accidentally walking through the wrong synapses and absorbing some memories.
* MythologyGag: Issue #1 is a team-up between Batman and Green Lantern, just like the first Batman team-up in the original run.
* PhilosophersStone: The MacGuffin in issue #7.
* {{Prequel}}: Issue #33 is a prequel to ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''.
* SelfMadeOrphan: In a look at SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's childhood in Issue #31, as a child the Joker burned down his house with his bickering parents inside. This being the Joker, [[MultipleChoicePast who knows how accurate the story is]].
* StepfordSmiler: Elasti-Girl in issue #8.
* TeamUpSeries
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: A story arc running over several issues had the Book of [[ComicBook/TheSandman Destiny]] fall into the wrong hands.
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