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Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters Paperback – November 28, 2011
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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.Read more ›
"Gotham City 14 Miles" is an absolute joy to read based on that nostalgic perspective. It is basically just a collection of independent essays (ranging from the look of the show, the music, the villains, the creation, its place in pop culture, etc.) about the show and how it had the trajectory of a bottle rocket: quick up, quick down. All the essays are very well-written and, despite covering some "same ground", I didn't find one to be "bad" or anything like that.
This is also a book that can be used for dual purposes:
On one hand, it can almost be looked at as a "research volume" for the way it examines "Batman" within the context of its times. Granted, none of the authors go "too deep" and bring out the psychology mumbo-jumbo that can turn similar-themed books into textbooks, but there is a lot of cultural heritage within these pages.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been re-listening to John S. Drew's Batcave podcast (incredibly fun stuff - give it a listen!). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert B. Long II
Great Book if you are a fan of the '60s TV series! Happy memories and new insight. Love the bookPublished 13 months ago by David Hodges
A collection of well written and informative Batman themed essays. It's short and sweet, a good read all the way through, and a good price too.Published 22 months ago by Jonny Sorensen
As a major fan of the '60's TV show and all things Batman. This book brought back some great memories. I plan on rereading it prior to the show being released later this year....Published on June 26, 2014 by james mccarthy
Some of the essays contained in this were very good and informative, others I found repetitive or wanted to skip.Published on January 31, 2014 by Everett Robert
There are some books that we read quickly just for the adventure and entertainment. Other books we read slowly because they are merely informative and we must plod through them for... Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Jeff Cooke
Great History of a show that never took itself to serious . A look into the show that helped sell color TVs in most householdsPublished on April 28, 2013 by MPK
Gotham City 14 miles takes you back to a simpler time to a show that was a national phenom with essays that have their unique take on the success of the series. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by james