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Originally, there was only a secret tunnel that ran underground between Wayne Manor and a dusty old barn where the Batmobile was kept.Later, in Batman #12 (August–September 1942), Bill Finger mentioned "secret underground hangars." In 1943, the writers of the first Batman movie serial, titled Batman, gave Batman a complete underground crime lab and introduced it in the second chapter entitled "The Bat's Cave".Bruce Wayne discovering the cave as an adult remained the case at least through Who's Who #2 in 1985.Upon his initial foray into crime-fighting, Wayne used the caves as a sanctum and to store his then-minimal equipment.
Kane used this clipping as a guide, adding a study, crime lab, workshop, hangar and garage.
This illustration appeared in the Batman "dailies" on October 29, 1943 in a strip entitled "The Bat Cave!
" In this early version the cave itself was described as Batman's underground study and, like the other rooms, was just a small alcove with a desk and filing cabinets.
He discovered the cave by accident when testing the floor of an old barn on the rear of the property, and the floor gave way.
This story also established that a frontiersman named Jeremy Coe used the cave as a headquarters 300 years earlier.