January 11, 2014


Fans of the original 1966-1968 Batman were treated this year to a wonderful new comic series based on the show by Jeff Parker, as well as a host of retro-styled merchandise. The Pop Art sensibility of the 1960s Caped Crusader was featured in many Spy Vibe posts covering art, new releases, an interview with Batman designer Shane Glines, Andy Warhol's Batman, and our extensive image archive on Pinterest. With so much Batmania, we can almost forgive the fact that the show has never been released on DVD (yet!). In the meantime, we have cool comics to quench our Bat-thirst. DC Comics will release Batman 66: The TV Stories on January 14th. The book compiles stories that were adapted into episodes for Adam West's TV show. More below. Original Batman costume images from Chip Kidd's excellent series about DC Comics history and featured on our Pinterest site. The costumes were designed by Jan Kemp for: Batman (Adam West), Robin (Burt Ward), and Batgirl (Yvonne Craig).

From Bud Plant books: "Batman 66: The TV Stories: For the first time, DC Comics collects Batman stories originally published between 1948 and 1966 that were adapted into specific episodes of the classic Batman TV series! And this presents a Who's Who of the best writers AND artists of Batman! Starring The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler and Mr. Freeze (here called “Mr. Zero”), and featuring the debut of Batgirl. These stories have never been collected together before.

Additional artists here include Jack Burnley, George Roussos, Joe Giella, and Charles Paris. New cover by Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts. Look again at the credits line and you'll find here are collected stories and art by the premier creators of Batman, from the Riddler story of 1948, with the story by Bill Finger (the co-creator of Batman) and artwork by the great Dick Sprang, with Charles Paris, and a cover by the unheralded but excellent Win Mortimer.

And here is an outstanding final story to this collection, "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl," written in 1967 by Gardner Fox and drawn by the superb team of Carmine Infantino and Syd Greene…with a cover by Infantino and Anderson, who most collectors consider the premier Batman artists of the Silver Age. Ten complete stories, collected from Batman #53, 73, 121, 140, 169 and 171, and Detective #230, 346 and 359. Introduction by Michael Uslan."

Batman 66: The TV Stories at Amazon and Previews.  Related posts: Batman in Swinging London, Julie Newmar, Batman 66 posters, new comic and Adam West Sings!, Shane Glines Interview, Adam West spy ad, Spy Vibe visits the Batcave, James Bond & Batman Robots, Andy Warhol Batman, Man From UNCLE & Batman Manga. Spy Vibers might also want to check out Jeff Parker's comic, King's Watch, which unites classic King Features characters The Phantom, Mandrake, and Flash Gordon. Collage below from Spy Vibe's image archive on Pinterest

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