Batman ’66

Archie Meets Batman ’66 #4

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2018

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Archie Meets Batman '66 #4 comic reviewThe Bat-villains reign of terror in Riverdale continues as the Joker attempts to brainwash Jughead (a process that turns out to be harder than the Clown Prince of Crime expected), and Catwoman, under the guise of Miss Kitka (in a nice nod to 1966’s Batman: The Movie), wins the hearts of the high school boys (although she is startled by the sudden appearance of Batgirl and Robin). Now the pair will just to have to fight their way through the rest of the school to get their hands on the felonious feline.

We still don’t get an appearance of Batman, but Bruce Wayne finally arrives in town to attend the gala at the estate of Hiram Lodge where he discovers not only the Siren swaying the adults under her spell but also the town being turned over to the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, and Catwoman.

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Archie Meets Batman ’66 #2

by Alan Rapp on August 21, 2018

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Archie Meets Batman '66 #2 comic reviewWith Batman‘s most fearsome villains (the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, and others) relocating to Riverdale for easier pickings, the Dark Knight Detective sends Robin and Batgirl in undercover as transfer students to Riverdale High. Meanwhile the villains, confounded by the sheer number of teenagers in the small town, set to recruiting new henchmen and discover there are some bad apples everywhere, even in Riverdale.

The mashup of the the 60s Batman TV-series and the pre-Riverdale gang provides all kinds of fun as the tones of both mesh perfectly.

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  • Title: Batman – The Purr-Fect Crime / Better Luck Next Time
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Batman - The Purr-Fect Crime / Better Luck Next Time TV review

Pirates, and tigers, and Catwoman… oh, my! Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. “The Purr-Fect Crime” marks the first appearance of Catwoman (Julie Newmar) on the show. The villain makes two separate robberies to get her claws on a pair of golden cat statues. However, Catwoman is after something far more valuable than the cats themselves. Together the statues reveal the location to a secret pirate treasure hidden in caves underneath Gotham City. Yes, I said secret pirate treasure. To get her her hands on the prize she’ll need to out-wit the Dynamic Duo including putting the pair through multiple death traps (one inspired by the famous Lady and the Tiger conundrum).

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  • Title: Batman – The Curse Of Tut / The Pharaoh’s In A Rut
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Batman - The Curse Of Tut / The Pharaoh's In A Rut TV review

For Throwback Tuesday we take a look back at another episode of the classic 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.The two-parter “The Curse Of Tut” and “The Pharaoh’s In A Rut” introduced audiences to a new villain specifically created from the show. While King Tut isn’t the only original villain created for the series, he is the most well-known (today he even exits as a LEGO Batman Minifigure). Victor Buono stars as the former professor of Egyptology who, thanks to a blow on the head, believes he is the reincarnation of King Tut and Gotham is his kingdom. The episodes feature some smoke and mirrors with Tut using a large statue to proclaim doom and gloom to come while kidnapping Bruce Wayne and holding him for ransom. Batman is able extricate himself out of not one but two separate kidnappings, survive the pebble torture, and reunite with Robin to take down Tut.

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Adam West: Farewell, Old Chum

by Alan Rapp on June 13, 2017

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Adam WestFor two decades Adam West was Batman. While Batman’s rebirth in Tim Buton’s 1989 film began DC Comics’ attempts to distance themselves from the campy 60s incarnation of their most recognized star, including a long-standing refusal to release the series on home video, DC thankfully softened their stance in recent years allowing a whole new generation to discover, or rediscover, TV’s first Batman in new comics, toys, and (finally!) the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the show.

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