Holy retro digital comic awesomeness, Batman!!! DC Comics announced that they will be launching a digital-first comic this summer based on the original Batman TV show from the 60’s, that starred Adam West and Burt Ward! Holy crap, I am giddier than Robin and about to become just as corny. The new series, Batman ’66, will be written by Jeff Parker, feature art by Jonathan Case and covers by Mike Alfred. It will be released on the DC Comics app by Comixology and be collected monthly in print.
“POW!”- The original Batman show was one of the biggest hits in the 60’s, running for 120 episodes, three seasons, from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968 on ABC! Each show featured delightfully corny dialogue, and zany portrayals of Batman’s awesome villains such as Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, and Joker. The show was notorious for using sound effects written across the screen dramatically like a real comic would, and having two episode story arks split with a cliffhanger where Batman faced his destruction.
“ZONK!”- Ever since Frank Miller wrote The Dark Knight Returns in 1986, the character has been so grim, gritty and dark (as has the industry), but the original Batman show was lighthearted and fun. While many view the show as tacky, it may have saved Batman; during the late 50’s and early 60’s, Batman sales were down and DC nearly had to cancel the comic series. When the show was aired, Bat-mania took over the world and sales for the comic skyrocketed. It seems ridiculous that the Batman from today’s comics or movies would dance around with villains, but I yearn for Batman to boogie and smile for once. Dance Batman! Dance your beautiful Batusi dance!
“BAM!”- I have never been a fan of DC and I am in my early thirties, but I was addicted to this show growing up. It was everything comics for kids should be. Today, those amazing books seem so depressing (How many Robins have died? It is a mystery that Batman hasn’t totally lost his mind and checked himself into Arkham yet. I go into deep depression even reading his books). The market rarely targets kids anymore and most titles aim for the “mature audiences”. It would be refreshing to see more light-hearted entertainment.
“BOOM!”- For many years, a lawsuit between Fox and Warner Brothers has left the series in limbo, but an agreement has been reached and Warner Brothers Consumer Products is planning on releasing all kinds of merchandise goodies. Bat-figures, Bat-shirts, other wonderful Bat-toys! Even a San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive six-inch action figure of Batman dancing the Batusi! We just might finally see the series released on DVD format!
Are you as excited as I am? Tune into the DC comics app and your local comic store — same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!
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