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Batman '66 Vol. 1 Paperback – October 21, 2014
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"Artist Jonathan Case gets the Riddler's manic energy right and his Batman and Robin are on the money."—New York Post
"Even if you aren't a fan of the classic TV show, you'll have a good time here. It's a blast from start to finish."—IGN
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- Grade Level : 5 - 9
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401249310
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401249311
- Product Dimensions : 6.64 x 0.24 x 10.14 inches
- Publisher : DC Comics (October 21, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 10 - 14 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #116,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So I've not read Barman comics and while I do admit to liking some of the 90's movies and The Dark Knight trilogy, in the end they aren't Barman to me. So I knew the instant I saw this in a store (somehow not hearing about it before), I had to own this. Finally, comics written for me.
And it's everything I could have hoped for. Each story feels just like you're watching the show and I can practically hear the actors giving the dialogue. While each is drawn differently, most capture the actors' looks really well and they are all colored perfectly. I can even recommend reading this on the Kindle as the colors show quite well and you can get an in depth look at each panel.
So I'll definitely be continuing this series; I'm off to read the second collection now!
The visuals are a definite highlight here, with the various artists doing a great job capturing the "pop-art" razzle-dazzle style of the tv series (which of course was inspired by the look of old comic books in the first place -- Holy Turnabout is fair play, Batman!).
Writer Jeff Parker has a pretty good grasp on the verbal style of the show as well. The characters sound like they should, and there's all the bombastic melodrama and tongue-in-cheek self-awareness you would expect as the action unfolds. He also comes up with some novel uses for the classic bad guys. The mostly forgettable Sandman gets a big upgrade here, and the sequence where Batman has to logically work out that he's trapped in a dream is great fun.
In some cases, though, the stories feel a little thin. A big part of the fun of the old series was the elaborate cat-and-mouse game between Batman and his foes: the initial skirmishes, the slow reveal of the villain's ultimate plot, and then Batman finally figuring everything out and lowering the boom. The first story in this volume, featuring the Riddler and Catwoman, has some of that feeling, but many of the others seem rushed. You barely have time to register, "Oh yeah, I remember that guy from the one episode..." and then the story's over.
I was also disappointed that one classic staple of the tv show -- the cliffhanger death-traps -- are mostly absent. We do get one big escape sequence in the Egghead story, and it's one of the best bits in the book.
Still, I can't complain too much. The book accomplishes what it sets out to do: Deliver a big hit of nostalgia to those of us old enough to rememeber watching the reruns on the local UHF station after school. Another job well done, Caped Crusader!
I am a huge fan of the Batman television series from 1966, so when this comic was announced, I knew it was must-buy for me.
Much like the TV show, this series shouldn't be taken too seriously. The dialogue sounds very similar to what we heard Adam West speaking on the TV show, which I found incredibly entertaining (and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny).
Many of the characters are depicted exactly like the actors that portrayed them, however there are some that look totally different.
I loved the artwork for this book because it had a very retro feel.
I would not recommend this to anyone that doesn't know and love the 1966 television series that it is based on. Part of the fun of this is pure nostalgia.
I can't wait to read more!
I don't want serious, I want fun. I want to read comics with my kids where the good guys are good, and the bad guys are bad, but not evil. This book reads like it came right off the screen from the old Batman show. After I read it, I gave it to my kids and they're adoring it. Can't wait for the next volume!
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That’s a convoluted way of saying to modern Batman comics readers that Batman ‘66 isn’t the Batman you’re familiar with. This is before he became the Dark Knight and was known as the Caped Crusader; this is pre-Miller/Moore/Morrison, pre-Burton/Nolan movies; this is Batman when he went out in the daytime - and smiled! Fans of the Adam West show already know all of this because this is the comics version of that celebrated - and mocked in equal measure - TV series.
The Batman ‘66 comics are exactly what you’d expect a comic book of the series to be: the same silly tone, corny dialogue, bonkers storylines and charming characterisations. Writer Jeff Parker and artist Jonathan Case haven’t just matched the tone of the series but the likenesses of the actors from the show are also present and correct.
The legendary Adam West and Burt Ward are back as Batman and Robin while Alan Napier is Alfred (sans glasses), with Cesar Romero as the Joker (with moustache beneath the greasepaint of course), Frank Gorshin is the Riddler, Burgess Meredith is the Penguin, Otto Preminger is Mister Freeze, Vincent Price is Egghead, David Wayne is The Mad Hatter, and both Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt are Catwoman (in two separate stories). Also appearing are Chief O’Hara alongside Commissioner Gordon and Yvonne Craig makes a cameo as Batgirl.
It’s essentially the same setup as the TV show with one crucial difference: there is no TV budget holding back the stories. That means we get the same cast and tone of Batman ‘66 but sexed up in a way that wasn’t possible before. The first story - The Riddler’s Ruse - shows us what to expect as Batman and Riddler have an aerial fight on a biplane with Batman using his cape as a glider! Later on in London, The Mad Hatter escapes on giant flying top hats(!) with Batman in tow, while back in Gotham harbour, a massive iceberg is the set piece for a showdown between Batman and Robin and the Penguin and Mister Freeze.
The only other addition to mention is that Jeff Parker’s taken to introducing characters from elsewhere in the DC Universe that didn’t appear in the show like Red Hood and Dr Harleen Quinzel (yet to become Harley Quinn).
But full credit to Jeff Parker for this book. What a home run this series was to read! The stories were brilliantly conceived, the dialogue was pitch perfect - he matched the same cadences with which West... delivered... his... lines! - and it was an absolute blast to read. For all intents and purposes, these were new episodes of Batman ‘66!
And what about Jonathan Case? I was floored with his outstanding artwork in this book - his Adam West Batman is perfect down to the last detail, in fact all of the characters he drew were extraordinary, and the layouts were dynamic and exciting. After his work on Batman ‘66, he is an artist whose name I now look out for - he’s turned me into a fan for life! (Also check out his excellent work on Green River Killer, an excellent true crime comic)
Case isn’t the only artist on this title and he’s joined by the brilliant Ty Templeton who brings to life the Penguin/Mister Freeze storyline, Joe Quinones who draws the Joker’s story, and Colleen Coover who gives us the Batgirl/Catwoman episode. Throw in blindingly awesome covers by the one and only Michael Allred and you’ve got one hell of a good looking book!
In recent years DC has had a tendency to change characters and the kinds of stories they appear in, like when the New 52 launched in 2011 and everything got rebooted with nearly every title becoming darker and more serious, but Batman ‘66 stands out as the direct opposite to that approach. It’s been a series that was conceived as entirely faithful to the show (otherwise, duh, it wouldn’t be Batman ‘66!) so if you’re expecting a darker, more realistic take on the show with this book, prepare to be disappointed.
However, if what you’re after is more of the same fun hijinks that you got on the show, you’ll love this book! Batman and Robin - in costume and in broad daylight - taking a public plane to London and being greeted at Heathrow like the Beatles, was a highlight (in that same story, spot the Tardis in one of the panels). There are also the famous bits you’d expect like Batman and Robin walking up the side of a building on a rope, the KWAM! BOFF! KICK! SWHACK! sound effects are on the page, Robin’s punching his fist into his palm and saying “Holy…”, and there’s a Batusi reference (though no dancing from Batman - yet!).
If you read some of the issues digitally (they were released as digital firsts weeks ahead of the single issues), the transition to the printed page isn’t that bad but I definitely preferred the effect of guided view technology on this story. Sound effects would pop up when you hit the side of the screen, panels would turn different shades of colour, and characters would move on the page like it was animated. In the print edition, a lot of the movements have been limited so rather than have 2 or 3 Batmans in a panel, they’ve discarded two and left just one. It’s definitely not a bad transition but if you compare the two side by side, they’re noticeably different and, honestly, I prefer the digital, made for guided view versions better.
Batman ‘66 is one of the most entertaining, enjoyable and best releases from DC in years. Superhero needn’t be dark and gritty to be enjoyable so long as they’re created with passion and heart, and this series is certainly that. You get the sense of Parker and co.’s deep affection for Batman ‘66 on every page and it’s definitely appreciated.
I love the grown-up Batman stories of Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder, but I also love the silliness and irreverence of the Adam West Batman - so long as you do too, you’ll get a lot from this series.
This volume contains the first five issues (or first 15) digital chapters and villains featured include the Riddler, Penguin, Mr Freeze, Catwoman, Joker and Mad Hatter.
There are bat fights galore and cliffhangers - although these are more affective in the digital forum as the printed issues barring issue 1 tend to collect both parts of an adventure as one whole removing the text that replicates the televised cliffhanger at the conclusion to part 1.
You will not be disappointed with this purchase if you are a fun lover at heart!