[[caption-width-right:300:Issue #124, where the villains attack Batman by attacking the comic's writer and artist... Just a normal day for Batman!]]

''The Brave and the Bold'' was a Creator/DCComics [[UsefulNotes/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 Myth/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 original (pre-Amanda Waller) ComicBook/SuicideSquad, and going on to introduce the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, Cave Carson, the Silver Age ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} and Hawkgirl, and "Strange Sports Stories", all of which went on to achieve at least occasional recurring status.[[note]]Even ''Strange Sports Stories'', which was a short-lived anthology series in the 1970s.[[/note]]

It became a team-up comic with issue #50, which featured an alliance between ComicBook/GreenArrow and the ComicBook/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}}, [[Franchise/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 ... [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Batman]].

The tone of the team-up stories could vary considerably. Some were straightforward Batman stories (you wouldn't think a crossover between ''Batman'' and ''House of Mystery'' would work, but in #93 Denny O'Neil made it), but many, to put it bluntly, carried the torch for the kind of Silver Age wackiness that made Website/{{Superdickery}} what it is today, into the Bronze Age. (Exhibit A: #108, in which Batman accidentally sells his soul to the Devil to save a child, then teams up with Sergeant Rock[[note]] With absolutely no explanation of why Rock is still a young-ish man in 1973[[/note]] who reveals the "Devil" is actually Hitler! But also actually the Devil!). Most of these (and the majority of the series, in fact) were written by "Zaney" Bob Haney, the man so famous for his cheeky defiance for continuity, common sense and logic that even his editors once claimed his stories might take place in their own alternate universe, "Earth-B(ob)". Needless to say, Haney's stories have developed their own fans, not hindered by the fact that he worked with Neal Adams and Jim Aparo doing career-best work.

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 Golden/Silver/Bronze Age Bob Haney original is arguably better carried on and very faithfully adapted by the animated series ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
!!The Silver/Bronze 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 ComicBook/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.
* HorrorHost: Cain, the host of ''House of Mystery'', introduces and narrates issue #93, in which Batman [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane might or might not be receiving spectral assistance]] in his latest investigation.
* 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!"
* JourneyToTheCentreOfTheMind: Played literally in #115, where the Atom shrinks down and jumps on Batman's brain to control his OnlyMostlyDead body. Includes the revelation that Batman punching criminals is ''[[CrazyAwesome literally]]'' a reflex for him.
* 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.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Issue #63 (from 1965) revolves around this trope. Basically, Franchise/WonderWoman and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} both get new boyfriends that don't approve of what they do and would be disillusioned if they saw them at work. This leads the two to bend over backwards trying to save lives without losing their boyfriends by lying to them about their actions. Finally, they give it up and return to [[TheyFightCrime fighting crime]], as they realize that it is what they need to do.
* {{Superdickery}}: Many instances, including the particularly unusual version in the page picture, where the villain ''threatens the artist'' to make him draw Rock shooting Batman, and thus, kill him.
* 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 Comicbook/{{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.
* BadGuyBar: In ''The Lords of Luck'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} needs to hire SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} to take her to Rann, and her "guide" insists on stopping by every seedy bar he knows along the way.
* BarFullOfAliens: On their way to planet Rann in ''The Lords of Luck'', Supergirl and Lobo stop by several alien bars.
* CoveredInKisses: The cover to issue #16, a Franchise/{{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 ComicBook/{{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 Comicbook/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.