13 Fabulous BATMAN ’66 Illustrations

An ANNIVERSARY tribute: Artists make their mark…

Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, debuted on ABC-TV on Jan. 12, 1966 — 57 years ago. We’ve got a number of columns for you this year, so make sure you check out the links at the bottom of this piece. Holy promo! — Dan

Hey, since it’s the Batman ’66 anniversary, might I recommend a trilogy of season guides featuring a litany of first-rate writers and edited by our pal and columnist Jim Beard?

Dig these — all of which are available at Amazon:

I’m a proud contributor to all three but I also admit that I’m envious of my multi-talented colleagues, many of whom also happen to be illustrators.

So dig these 13 FABULOUS BATMAN ’66 ILLUSTRATIONS by a number of folks connected to the book project.

Baby Jane Towser would dig all of these:

Batman/Bruce Wayne (Adam West), by Matt Orsman

Robin (Burt Ward), by Robert Long

The Batmobile, by Orsman

The Joker (Cesar Romero) and the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), by Orsman

Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton), by Long

Marsha, Queen of Diamonds (Carolyn Jones), by Scott McCullar

Mr. Freeze (George Sanders), by Long

Mr. Freeze (Otto Preminger), by Orsman

Lisa Carson (Lee Meriwether), by Ed Catto

Shame (Cliff Robertson), by Keith Howell

Alfred (Alan Napier), by Orsman

Clock King (Walter Slezak), by Long

Chad and Jeremy, by Catto


— BATMAN ’66: 13 Great BAT-GADGETS From the TV Show. Click here.

— 13 COVERS: The Comics World of BATMAN in 1966. Click here.

JIM BEARD has pounded out adventure fiction since he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. He’s gone on to write official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comics stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. His prose work includes his own creations, but also licensed properties such as Planet of the Apes, X-Files, Spider-Man, Kolchak the Night Stalker and Captain Action. In addition, Jim provided regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, for 17 years.

Check out some of his latest releases — a Green Hornet novella How Sweet the Sting, his first epic fantasy novel The Nine Nations Book One: The Sliding World, and the most recent Batman ’66 books of essays he’s edited: Zlonk! Zok! Zowie! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66 – Season OneBiff! Bam! Ee-Yow! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66 – Season Two and Oooff! Boff! Splatt! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66 – Season Three.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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    • I own The Clock King original, mostly because Bill Finger co-wrote the episode!

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  1. These are swell and the books terrific!

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  2. I was 6 years old in 1966, and my mom bought me my first comic book…Batman (I still have it), at a Rexall’s drug store! The “Batman” TV show was the best, especially the intro-song of the spinning logo and the Batmobile’s engine firing up !!!

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