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Back to the Swingin' '60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TVseries in comics form. These all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader,The Boy Wonder and their fiendish Rogues Gallery just the way viewers rememberthem. When False Face goes looking for a shape-shifting formula, he ends upcreating Clayface! Then, it's a bewitching evening as Marsha, Queen of Diamonds,crashes a gala of Gotham's elite. Later, The Scarecrow and The Harlequin areintroduced, and Batgirl makes an appearance as Batman grapples with the maskedmenace, Bane. Collects Batman '66 #23-28.
Jeff Parker is a Portland, Oregon-based writer and comic book artist. He worked as a storyboard artist on the television cartoon Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot , and has written a number of Marvel Comics titles including, X-Men: First Class, Agents of Atlas and Thunderbolts . He is currently writing Batman '66 and Aquaman for DC Comics.
Library Journal Review
It can be argued that, by playing things completely straight, the 1960s Adam West/Burt Ward Batman TV show (finally due for release on home video later this year) exposed superhero stories or at least the kind that the Comics Code of the day allowed as ridiculous, and thereby set back public acceptance of comics as a valid and valuable art form for many years. It can also be argued that the show was a lot of fun. This series does a fine job of reviving the show's heroic and comical spirit, aided by use of the actors' likenesses, including Frank Gorshin (the Riddler), Burgess Meredith (the Penguin), and both Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt as Catwoman. It's a contemporary "meta" take, decorated with pop-art effects and full of in-jokes relating to the show, its era, and other Batman stories. There's not quite as much "Biff! Pow!" and "Holy halitosis!" as one might expect, and a Joker story falls flat but Bat-gadgetry is on display, and when Egghead (Vincent Price) calls his eggshell-helmeted henchmen "my Eggmen," all is forgiven. VERDICT A lot of fun. S.R. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.