THE GOTHAM TRIBUNE: Mike Allred’s favorite ‘Batman ’66’ episodes!

Mike Allred is doing the covers for DC’s Batman ’66 comic. Here are his Top 5 Bat-Episodes!

Allred’s one of my favorite modern-day artists. I love his winking, Silver Age-y style and DC was very shrewd in bringing him aboard for this project. After all, check out his Batusi Batman from DC’s “Solo,” a collection of work from a variety of artistic impresarios.

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He’s certainly the guy to help bring to 21st century audiences the campy cultural touchstone that was so emblematic of the Swingin’ Sixties. Here, Allred gives us his five favorite Bat-eps!

5. “Fine Feathered Finks/The Penguin’s a Jinx.” Burgess Meredith as the Penguin was the perfect Batman villain. I dig ’em all, but no one jumped from the comics to real life as perfectly as the Penguin.

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4. “Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” is big fun. Lots of beautiful women made their way through “Batman” and Yvonne Craig was no exception.

3. “A Piece of the Action/Batman’s Satisfaction.” The Green Hornet and Kato, kiddies! Bruce Lee! Need I say more?

2. “The Purr-fect Crime/Better Luck Next Time,” simply because it’s the first Julie Newmar Catwoman episode. She’s easily one of the most gorgeous women to ever be on a TV screen. And still incredibly lovely in person.

1. “Hi Diddle Riddle/Smack in the Middle.” The first two-parter has left the biggest impression. That weird hollow elephant … the Riddler’s girl, Molly (Jill St. John), actually falling to her death in the Batcave. That was pretty dark. As goofy as the show can be – (Ed.: This is where the Batusi came from!) — I’m still able to watch it now through the filter of my “little kid brain” and re-experience the thrills again and again.

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A version of this story first ran at Parallel Worlds.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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