I'll resist the temptation to say: "Same Bat-Saturday"... even though it was!
|Okay, it was "Perfect", but let's not get carried away!|
In our LAST POST, we discussed that "Perfect Saturday Afternoon" (...Stop laughing, up there, Bat-buddies!), spent out on the back patio with a copy of BATMAN '66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET # 1.
But, along with that Bat-tastic comic, I also purchased this one -- and had the same great time with it, back-to-back.
Funny thing... I can honestly say that I get far more enjoyment out of "two-or-three-wisely-chosen-new-comics", than in the days when I'd come home with 15 or more of them!
And, look at the GOOD TIME they're all having on that cover... even if the laughs on the part of our Caped Crimefighters are involuntarily induced!
I guess those are SOUND WAVES, and not SPIKES, otherwise no one would be smiling (...except, maybe The Joker), and Catwoman would be in serious danger too!
And, check out the PAINTED COVER! You don't see nearly enough of those on comics today!
Not like when Gold Key used to do them regularly -- and, I might add, impressively!
And, so unique was this particular painted style, that Bongo Comics tributed it for RADIOACTIVE MAN!
Enough "Gold Key Nostalgia", now let's move on to (pardon) "the issue at hand"...
There's a therapeutic talent show taking place at Arkham Asylum (...which did not exist in 1966, but we can forgive that, because it's become such a Bat-fixture in the intervening years), with Bruce (Batman) Wayne, Dick (Robin the Boy Wonder) Grayson, Commissioner Gordon, Chief O'Hara, and Barbara (Batgirl) Gordon among the attendees.
The various acts are a wonderful "Who's-Who" of Bat-TV villains: Chandel, The Siren, King Tut, Bookworm, and False Face (...who appears as both Bruce Wayne and Egghead, giving representation to the Vincent Price-portrayed villain).
Just because we like him so much, here at TIAH Blog, here's King Tut attempting some excruciatingly bad and boring poetry!
The talent show results in the escape of The Joker and Catwoman... marking the first time 1966 TV's Joker has teamed with the Julie Newmar version of the Feline Felon! All attendees receive, not a Goodie Bag, but involuntary Joker-induced fits of paralyzing laughter, for showing up!
As part of The Joker's stand-up comedy act, he takes the following shot at King Tut and, by extension, Tut-actor Victor Buono's trademark physical girth:
|"Fun's fun, loyal subjects, but this may be too much!" Awww... Who am I kidding, I'm FAT, and I know it! Ha-ha-haaaa!"|
I've said it in the Comments Section of THIS POST, and I'll say it again here. Series writer Jeff Parker does an almost perfect job in capturing what BATMAN '66 should be. I say this as someone who watched the premiere episode live, and has been a fan ever since.
However, in both issue # 3 and now # 11, Parker appears bent on imbuing The Joker with the "deep, dark, all-consuming madness" that is the trademark of the MODERN version of the character, but was NOT the way Caesar Romero played him.
|"Well, at least it LOOKS like me!"|
Parker also incorporates a very popular '90s element into the world of BATMAN '66! I won't spoil what that is, for anyone yet to read the issue, but it is done well enough -- and could open up enough interesting future story possibilities -- that I'll get on-board with this!
Besides, this comic manages to do a great overall job of "looking and feeling sixties", that you'll get few complaints from this sixties aficionado.
I continue to enjoy this series immensely. If you haven't tried it yet (and have any interest at all in the BATMAN 1966 TV SERIES), do so at your earliest Bat-convenience!