When Did Batman First Train Outside of Gotham City?

Oddly enough, it was Sam Hamm, the guy who wrote the screenplay for the first Batman movie, who introduced the idea that Batman traveled the world to get his training. This was revealed in Detective Comics #599 (in a short storyline by Hamm and artists Denys Cowan and Dick Giordano with Frank McLaughlin. The regular creative team on the series, Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle, naturally were not thrilled that they got replaced right before an extra-sized anniversary issue. Can you imagine what the royalties were on that issue?), when the government was suspicious of all the world traveling Bruce Wayne did in the past...

Soon after, John Byrne showed some more of Batman's past in a short storyline in Batman #433-435, when people were killing Batman's teachers...

Finally, this last training actually took place IN Gotham City, but I figured I'd throw Shiva in there just because she made for a better featured image...

Thanks for the question, T!

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