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Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters Paperback – November 28, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1466333055 ISBN-10: 1466333057

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466333057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466333055
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Beard, a native of Toledo, Ohio, is a comic-book writer, historian, and journalist. His credits include work for DC, Dark Horse, IDW, and TwoMorrows, and he currently provides weekly content for Marvel.com.

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This book is a must have for any fan of Batman, super heros, or pop culture in general.
Steve
The 14 essays included here cover nearly every aspect of the classic TV show as well as the 1966 Batman movie.
Bruce Scivally
I must interject that "The Official Batman Batbook" (Eisner) is the bible for BatFans who love the TV series.
Jeff Cooke

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on February 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I really don't know how this academic piece of research wound up in the toy section of Amazon.com, but after trying to track it down, I thought I'd write up my review anyway.

When I first heard of this text being released about five months ago, I was eagerly awaiting its arrival. After all, anything that can bring attention to the great Adam West series, is all right in my book.

This book is wonderful. All fourteen essays have something to say, and are an invaluable resource in looking back at the program, and in particular for those fans who still would like to recapture the feel from the late sixties with its unique music to its Bat-Toys.

Chuck Dixon's essay is especially memorable in its telling of how he tried to slip an Adam West like script past his comic books editors. The Bat-Discography chapter is great and helps track down memorable Bat-Tunes, but left me wondering why some composers never wrote a Catwoman "cue" or theme like Burgess Meredith and Frank Gorshin had for their criminal counterparts.

The text also helped me identify where I originally heard a Bat-Story from the series. It wasn't from the Official Batman Batbook or the James Van Hise reference materials; no, it was from the expanded Cinefantastique issue that came out in the early ninties. Note: Any Bat-Fan should track down that magazine and keep it. It's invaluable.

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only who is nostalgic for that era. The reference to the great 1966 Batman Utility Belt was awesome (they just don't make toys like that anymore, why not?) The aforementioned toy is now worth big bucks on ebay in mint condition or otherwise.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Paddon on October 15, 2011
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I had to check this out since as a fan of the TV Batman, the first version of the character I ever saw, I always appreciate a chance to see the show placed more in context and to see some revisionism aimed in the direction of those who think some uber-dark interpretation of the character is somehow the true standard. When it's a collection of essays, you do have to brace yourself for the fact that you'll probably like some more than others and this book proves no exception to that which is why I can only give it three stars overall. It's worth having, but for me the good was very good and the not so good was very hard to get through.

First, the good. Peter Sanderson's "The 1960s Batman TV Series From Comics To Screen." This is an outstanding five star essay that not only provides important context for what comic stories were used in the show's first season, but also provides important background on the general history of the Batman comic book in the preceding decade that helps make for a strong case that the direction the TV show was going in at the start, reflected more of the improved tone in the comics than people realize. I also was glad to see cleared up the mystery of why two random comic stories from the 50s (the Joker one and the Mr. Freeze one) were adapted for Season 1, and the fact that they had just been reprinted at the same time the other stories used for the series appeared explained things perfectly.

I also wanted to say a hearty THANK YOU for James Beard's essay comparing the TV Batman of Season 1 with the character as it originally appeared in the early issues of Detective Comics.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Galassie on March 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I first heard about this book via the comic book blogs I read religiously, Later, I learned there was a Facebook page devoted to it so I "liked" it and my anticipation reached new levels as the Facebook page became, for me, a veritable countdown until the book's release. Early on, I decided I just had to have this book and I am happy to say, it did not disappoint. To this child of the sixties, one who witnessed Bat-Mania first-hand and who was a willing participant in it, the book's meticulous and scholarly approach to this iconic TV series astounded even a fan such as me. That so much academic discourse could result from a fun televison confection even now relegated to a kid's cable network, belies the show's roots as a throwaway entertainment, so much like the comic books that inspired it.

The scholarship is just incredible. Countless times, I'd find myself writing down the name and issue number of yet another Batman or Detective comic book I found myself wanting to reread. Be it the first appearance of Aunt Harriet or perhaps one of the rare appearances of The Riddler, which eventually spawned episodes of the TV series, it was a rare day I didn't sit down with a pencil and a pad nearby to jot myself some note or reminder as I read along. As a life-long comics collector, I have many of the issues cited in the book and these references by way of the TV series were just another reminder of how great the Silver Age of comics really was.

Editor Jim Beard, himself a journalist and comics historian, has assembled an eclectic group of bloggers, writers, illustrators, musicians, comic book professionals, who meticulously analyze all aspects of the Batman TV mythos, from the soundtrack to the villains to the gadgetry to the role of the women on the show.
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