Way back in 1966, not long after I turned 13 years old, the ABC Network announced that it would be premiering a new Batman TV series in the Fall.
As an avid comic book
reader and collector I was thrilled and excited.
While I read far less DC
Comics than Marvel Comics at the time, one of the DC Comics I still kept up
with was Batman.
When the show finally
aired on TV I was there front and center taking in every scene. At the end of the first episode cliffhanger,
the announcer spoke of the upcoming episode airing the same week! WOW!
For the three years the
showed aired, I never missed an episode, despite its over-the-top campiness and
I still marveled at the
Dynamic Duo, their cast of characters, especially the villains, the Batcave,
the Batmobile, Robin’s motorcycle and all the various and exotic gadgets Batman
cooked up. When the Batman movie came out
I was front row and center.
Over the course of the
show’s run, villains would occasionally switch actors and actresses (Catwoman
being the most obvious), Batgirl was introduced and the action and antics got
wilder with each episode.
Titan Books and writers Bob Garcia and Joe
Desris proudly present their new hardbound, oversize book: ‘Batman: A Celebration
Of the Classic TV Series’.
Besides being cleverly
designed as if to look as if Batman’s utility belt is binding the book, it
contains a plethora of Batman goodies.
Learn how the show came
about, why it was decided to go for campiness, how the actors were chosen, who wrote
the music, the special visual and physical effects, post and pre-production, costume
designs and so much more.
Jammed packed with full-color
and black and white photos, both in front of and behind the cameras, production
sketches and art, set designs, vehicle designs and even an episode directory,
the book is so much fun to look and read I found myself totally immersed in its
“Holy page-turner Batman!” It’s nostalgia at its very best and a whole
lot of fun to boot!
Dare is say it? “Same Bat
time, same Bat station!