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#108 The William Dozier Fanboy

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Release Date: 04/18/2019

#130 Reading Fan Letters in the Wayne Living Room show art #130 Reading Fan Letters in the Wayne Living Room

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

In 1966, one sure way to make money was to tie your product to the Batman TV show in some way. Bill Adler was an expert at riding the latest wave, and in that year he released Bill Adler's Funniest Fan Letters to Batman, a collection of real (?) fan letters sent by fans (mostly kids) of the Caped Crusader's TV show and comic books. In this episode, we discuss this book and read some of our favorite letters from it. Then Ben Bentley of 66batman.com (AAA-aa, AAA-aa) stops by to fill us in further on last episode's question regarding the similarities of various "living room" sets from the show,...

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#129 The Show's Ratings, and Rating #129 The Show's Ratings, and Rating "Godzilla"

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

At last, we're back! Week-to-week Neilsen ratings info isn't easy to come by, but some research on the ratings has been shared on the all-seeing, all-knowing 66 Batman message board by Bob Furmanek. This time we examine Bob's research and how it puts another nail in the bat-coffin of the pervasive fourth season myth. Also in this episode: A prince getting weighed? Holy Deja Vu! A review of the first issue of Your mail reacting to our season three wrapup episode Stills of Bruce Wayne, Karnaby Katz, and Lord Ffogg's living rooms - are they all the same set? (Sure looks like it!...

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To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

Tim and Paul explain why the next episode will be delayed a bit. Also, how you can put yourself in a drawing to win a !

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#128 Roast Godzilla show art #128 Roast Godzilla

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

This time, a double-header! First, we finish what we started by discussing Legends of the Superheroes: The Roast. Was it a great achievement by West and Ward? (Um…) Was Frank Gorshin probably better off for having skipped it? Was the inclusion of Ghetto Man racist? Is it really a roast at all? Is it, you know, funny at any point? We discuss all these questions, the big and small names that appeared in the credits, and more. Then, we talk to Eric Elliott, who's in charge of a project to turn a 1960s treatment for an unrealized movie into an online comic! Plus Toma Lazarov's , and your...

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#127 It’s a “Challenge” Just to Sit Through “Legends” show art #127 It’s a “Challenge” Just to Sit Through “Legends”

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

In January 1979, Adam West, Burt Ward, and Frank Gorshin reprised their '66 roles in two specials that barely registered in the Nielsen ratings. The first was "Legends of the Superheroes: The Challenge," in which Batman, Robin, and other DC Comics heroes went up against a group of villains (including the Riddler) who, for no clear reason, were plotting to destroy the world. Adam looked sub-par in his "gila cowl," and all three struggled with a script that only the laugh track found funny. In this episode, we take one for the team to explore this highly unmemorable program. Also, we go all the...

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#126 Season Three Wrapup: The Problem with Batgirl show art #126 Season Three Wrapup: The Problem with Batgirl

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

We've finished season three (and the series), so it's time to examine the final year of Batman. It's not a task we relish; so much of season three is a disappointment, from the writing to the production values, the head-scratching cliffhanger-free episode tag scenes to the phoned-in acting. And then there's the introduction of Batgirl. While Yvonne Craig was always a delight, the execution of introducing Barbara Gordon/Batgirl into a show that had just been cut back to once a week, and sometimes one-part stories, left a lot to be desired. Where did the show go wrong in its approach to...

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#125 Minerva: Holy self-parody! show art #125 Minerva: Holy self-parody!

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

And so we arrive at the last episode of Batman. Of course, the show didn't get a spectacular sendoff; they didn't even give us any of the major villains. Instead, Zsa Zsa Gabor, who had twice almost appeared on the show, finally gets her turn, as (relatively?) evil spa owner Minerva. ("How could she be evil? She's so beautiful!") What's perhaps more notable is the amount of self-parody in the episode, including appearances by executive producer William Dozier and producer Howie Horwitz! Join us as we wrap up the TV series - but not the podcast series! Also, Richard Bakalyan inspires "deja...

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#124 Penguinalysis: How would '60s comics fans have seen Meredith? show art #124 Penguinalysis: How would '60s comics fans have seen Meredith?

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

How might a longtime Batman comics reader in 1966 have reacted to Burgess Meredith's portrayal of the Penguin? That's the question our friend Kyle hit on a few months ago, and in this episode he joins us to read pre-'66 Batman comics to compare how similar Meredith's Penguin was to the character in stories by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff, France Herron, and the like. How similar are the two versions, and where are they different? Plus, your mail about our discussion of The Joker's Flying Saucer! Four and Twenty Penguins: from Batman 43 (1947) and Batman 155 (1963) Burgess...

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#123 Dr. Cassandra makes the show disappear show art #123 Dr. Cassandra makes the show disappear

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

As Batman neared the end of its run, the budget situation got worse (occasioning the need for an invisible fight), and the writers threw caution to the wind: witness at least half a dozen double entendres in "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" — this at a time when most viewers who were old enough to get these naughty jokes had already bailed. In this episode, we examine this, this final episode written by Stanley Ralph Ross. PLUS: Lily Munster has a deja vu episode, John Burgess sends us his own take on Hefti's Batman theme, and we read your mail about our discussion of the Dynamic Duo on The...

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#122 Parade of Bat-Parodies show art #122 Parade of Bat-Parodies

To The Batpoles! Batman 1966

When Batman was the hottest show on TV, it naturally became a major target of humor and parody as well. In we looked at a couple of contemporaneous Bat-parodies from 1966-67, and this episode we examine three more: , featuring the actual Batman and Robin, who are both dealing with the effects of West/Ward Batman on their own lives, and acting in ways that parody their TV counterparts; the CRACKED magazine parody ""; and "Ratman and Bobbin In The Clipper Caper", an audio parody by folk-music outfit The Brothers Four! Plus the , deja vu from the Petrie household, and !  

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William Dozier

We all have our favorite characters and actors from Batman, but how many of us are fanboys for Executive Producer William Dozier? Well, for one, there's Oscar Lilley, proxy researcher at the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming. In the process of working with Dozier's papers, Oscar has grown intrigued with Dozier's backstory and impressed by how he did his job. In this episode, he tells us about his selflessness, his business sense, and how the trajectory of Dozier's 1965 series The Loner tracks with that of Batman. Also, more circumstantial evidence that seem to disprove the Fourth Season Myth!

Plus, the Amosdoll Music version of the theme, and your response to our discussion of the Funny Feline Felonies!

Semple to Dozier - Hi Diddle Riddle

Doizer response to Semple

Dozier to ABC - cliffhangers

Dozier to Rod Serling

Dozier to Adam West about Lyle Waggoner screen test

Semple to Dozier - Frank Gorshin etc

ABC's notes on Hi Diddle Riddle - caviar etc.

Dozier response to ABC

Semple notes Max Hodge's Mr. Freeze script

Semple to Dozier -- "Doom Trap" (which became "Zelda the Great")

More letters from Semple

More Semple reaction to Hodge script: "Worse than I thought"

Bob Kane writes to Dozier with suggestions

Docket from Dozier's 1943 trial

Dozier pardoned by Harry Truman

Dozier's "Glossary" of Hollywood stars

 

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