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Batmaven Jim Beard, historian Rich Handley and the fine folks at Crazy 8 Press are gearing up for the release of the second volume in their series of books analyzing the 1966 Batman TV show — and how groovy is that?
BIFF! BAM! EEE-YOW! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66 — Season Two is due for a March release and, like Season One’s ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!, features essays on every episode by a coterie of top Bat-experts (your humble host included).
In addition to the essays, the book features sketches by a Batcave full of artists paying tribute to Season Two’s highlights.
Check out these examples:
And here’s the episode/author line-up, featuring many names familiar to 13th Dimension readers:
Shoot a Crooked Arrow/Walk the Straight and Narrow: Stacey Smith?*
Hot Off the Griddle/The Cat and the Fiddle: Paul Kupperberg
The Minstrel’s Shakedown/Barbecued Batman: John S. Drew
The Spell of Tut/Tut’s Case is Shut: Dave Dykema
The Greatest Mother of Them All/Ma Parker: Laura E. Perez
The Clock King’s Crazy Crimes/The Clock King Gets Crowned: Steven Thompson
An Egg Grows in Gotham/The Yegg Foes in Gotham: Brian K. Morris
The Devil’s Fingers/The Dead Ringers: Peter David
Hizzoner the Penguin/Dizzoner the Penguin: Keith DeCandido
Green Ice/Deep Freeze: Pat Evans
The Impractical Joker/The Joker’s Provokers: Bobby Nash
Marsha, Queen of Diamonds/Marsha’s Scheme of Diamonds: Aaron Rosenberg
Come Back, Shame/It’s How You Play the Game: Alan Porter
The Penguin’s Nest/The Bird’s Last Jest: Lou Tambone
The Cat’s Meow/The Bat’s Kow Tow: Andrew Farago
The Puzzles are Coming/The Duo is Slumming: Russ Colchamiro
The Sandman Cometh/The Catwoman Goeth: John Bruening
The Contaminated Cowl/The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul: Chris Franklin
The Zodiac Crimes/The Joker’s Hard Times/The Penguin Declines: Jim Beard
That Darn Catwoman/Scat Darn Catwoman: Dan Greenfield
Penguin is a Girl’s Best Friend/Penguin Sets a Trend/Penguin’s Disastrous End: Greg Cox
Batman’s Anniversary/A Riddling Controversy: TJ Glenn
The Joker’s Last Laugh/The Joker’s Epitaph: Forrest Helvie
Catwoman Goes to College/Batman Displays His Knowledge: Bob Greenberger
A Piece of the Action/Batman’s Satisfaction: Joe Crowe
King Tut’s Coup/Batman’s Waterloo: Ed Catto
Black Widow Strikes Again/Caught in the Spider’s Den: James Sams
Pop Goes the Joker/Flop Goes the Joker: Frank Schildiner
Ice Spy/The Duo Defy: Michael Jan Friedman
Batman PSAs: Rich Handley
A few thoughts:
— I haven’t asked Jim, but I’d wager that Season Three guide’s will be purple with Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl in the corner.
— I’m deeply flattered to be a part of this project, with so many fine writers attached. I wrote about The Thirteenth Hat in the first edition. It was a real gas to do and it was even more fun to write about the Catwoman episode guest-starring Lesley Gore this time around.
— * That question mark is officially part of Stacey Smith?’s name.
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