In keeping with our last two posts on Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and the current BATMAN ’66 comic book, I’ll throw out this quick item.
Lorenzo Semple, Jr. had Robin the Boy Wonder utter this now classic pair of lines, when the Batmobile took off on its first “14 Mile” trip to Gotham City, in the pilot episode – and (one would imagine, via stock footage) often thereafter.
“Atomic Batteries to Power! Turbines to Speed!”
“Roger! Ready to move out!”, would come the grim reply from Batman!
|The iconic scene from BATMAN '66 # 8 (2014)|
But, did this ever take place in the original comic books?I certainly haven’t read every Batman comic ever done, but I have read a fair number of them and would tend to think not. However, this iconic scene WAS recreated in the pages of BATMAN ’66, Issue # 8. A wonderful "tribute comic book" to the TV series
Now, I may never know if “Atomic Batteries to Power! Turbines to Speed!” was uttered in a BATMAN comic book before BATMAN ’66 # 8… but I CAN say with absolute certainty that it WAS part of the dialogue of another comic story.
Why? Because I wrote that dialogue myself!
Check out this panel from “Moldfinger” or “The Spy Who Ducked-Out On Me”, from Boom! Studios' 2010 hardcover collection “Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Classics Quack Up”. (Click to Enlarge)
Oddly, I didn’t know it at the time I was writing the script, but this story dated back to that wonderful year of 1966, making it more appropriate than even I realized for me to include that iconic bit from the BATMAN 1966 TV series.
“Why don’t you just blast him with your Nucleonic Planet Buster?” says young Will Robinson to Space Pirate Alonzo P. Tucker.
After all this… My name might not be “Roger”, but I’m clearly “Ready to move out!”.