Writers: Bill Finger and Gardner Fox
Artist: Bob Kane
Catwoman also debuts in Batman #1, though she is referred to as simply "The Cat" and has yet to discover bodysuits. She, more than the Joker, Robin, Commissioner Gordon or anyone else, provides some character development for Batman. Turns out, he has a weakness for women, even the evil ones. He essentially lets her escape because he's smitten.
Over the decades, Batman stories have not always worked for me. I'm way behind on the movies. The Dark Knight Returns comics by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson are good, though not enough to inspire my long-term devotion. I preferred the Green Lantern stories in the New 52 relaunch a few years back. The old 1960s TV show is fun, though I know it irks many among the devoted. I'm not even sure I like Batman himself as much as I enjoy the supporting cast. I enjoyed these early stories, though, and will keep an eye out for others - especially if they include The Joker!