The Archer Gets The Shaft

Growing up on reruns of Batman '66, with Adam West and Burt Ward, I never laughed. I thought it was a serious live-action adaptation of The Dark Knight. It was only a few years ago, when the flood of merchandising started and the series was collected on Blu-Ray and DVD and that comic book series was launched that I finally learned that it was more of a sitcom! It was nominated for an Emmy in the sitcom category.

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Over the years, it was no secret that Hollywood celebrities wanted to guest star on Batman. Most of them were doing it for a couple reasons: their kids wanted to see them fight Batman; or they wanted to have some fun and ham it up. C'mon - Cliff Robertson as Shame! "Uncle Milty" as Louie, the Lilac. A lot of the rogues created for the series were just flat out silly...and "campy". Like Art Carney, Norton, from The Honeymooners, as The Archer. His moll - every one of the dudes in Mr. West's had a moll! - was Maid Marilyn. It was a whole send-up of Robin Hood. As a kid, there were a lot of jokes and punchlines that I missed. I never understood why the show was tagged with the "campy" label.

There've been a lot of great moments in the Batman '66 revival. SPOILER ALERT! False Face revealed as Basil Karlo. One of King Tut's Henchman becoming Killer Croc. The introduction of Poison Ivy and The Scarecrow. I'll even confess that the '66 version of Bane is pretty cool.

I'm bummed that Batman '66 has seemingly come to an end - at the same time as Mr. West's passing. I understand that out of respect for The Bright Knight, we should appreciate what he left us. Three seasons of 120 episodes; one live action film and two animated sequels. There's a small die hard inside of me that wants to see The Bright Knight continue, as an ongoing tribute to Mr. West. Because, I'd love to see Carney's Archer comeback. Maybe partnered with Shame and The Minstrel. He's like a live action Kite-Man. A lot of the live action rogues were; like The Minstrel. "Yes, Batman, I'm going to sing you to death!"

Carney's The Archer was a one-and-done appearance. The legendary comic actor was born November 4th, 1918. He won an Oscar as Best Actor in Harry and Tonto. He died of natural causes, just five days after his 85th birthday, in 2003.

I'd also like to see classic rogues introduced into the Batman '66-verse. I'd like to see Kirk Langstrom and Man-Bat introduced. Same with Lucius Fox and Leslie Thompkins. It would be cool to see Julie Madison. Legend has it that DC, Julius Schwartz, Neal Adams and Dennis O'Neil took Batman Gothic in response the the live action series being cancelled. That was when characters like Langstrom's Man-Bat and Ra's Al Ghul were created.

What if...? What would you like to see in Batman '66

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Batman '66 VS. Poison Ivy!

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November 2nd is Stephanie Powers' birthday. For one brief, shining season she was April Dancer, The Girl From Uncle; in the '80's and '90's she was Jennifer Hart opposite Robert Wagner's Jonathan Hart on the ABC mystery series, Hart to Hart. That was pretty much an updating of Hammett's classic The Thin Man, which was adapted to film, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.

One of her "lesser" known roles was as an alien cybernetics expert on The Six Million Dollar Man. If anything, most people remember, Lindsay Wagner's Jamie Sommers, The Bionic Woman; Andre the Giant as Bigfoot; The Bionic Boy; The Bionic Dog; and the Fembots. Powers played Shalon on the Bigfoot episodes.

While she had a film career in the '60's, one of her biggest roles was as Becky McLintock - John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's daughter - she's pretty much been a television staple.

Which would make her perfect for fan-casting for Batman '66.

Poison Ivy made her debut in between the first and second seasons of Batman '66. She was never brought to live action in the three seasons the show was on the air. She made her Batman '66-verse debut in issue 28, October 2015. Jeff Parker wrote her as a southern belle. She next appeared in Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Film stars like Raquel Welch or Ann-Margaret could have played Ivy. Tina Louise from Gilligan's Island could have guest-villain-ness-ed in the role.

I would go typecasting with Stephanie Powers.

Batman '66 guest-villains were either film stars re-inventing themselves, or television stars re-inventing themselves. Like, say, George Sanders, Rudy Vallee, Art Carney, or Milton Berle. Or maybe reaching a wider audience. Or getting their big break. While I could see a big name film star in the role, more realistically, I could see a television star. Powers shifted from film to television in the '60's guesting on a number of series before landing Hart to Hart, almost two decades later. The Girl From UNCLE didn't catch on and build an audience, so that's why it lasted only one season.

What do you think? Do you believe that Raquel Welch could have translated her Fantastic Voyage image to the role? She was up for the role of Ginger on Gilligan's Island. Or maybe Ann-Margaret translating Bye, Bye Birdie and Viva Las Vegas to the small screen? Or, maybe someone else entirely...?

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Batman '66 Meets The Teen Titans

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Go buy Batman '66 Meets the Legion of Super-Heroes one-shot by the Allreds. Lee Allred wrote it. Mike and Laura Allred provide the art and cover. Either read it digitally or buy the "floppy". I personally still go for the actual comic book. I read a Tenth Doctor trade paperback on a tablet, and I really do not believe there is a way to read comics digitally - even though they have been formatted to fit a screen. It think the device should accommodate the story and the comic book and not the other way around. "But I digress."

This is not a review.

The awesome one-shot introduces a couple of elements into continuity.

First, the Legion of Super-Heroes are in the Batman '66 Universe. The final issue of Batman '66 did show that George Reeves' Superman and all THOSE characters were in the same universe. One of the cool jokes is that the Legion has come back to get help from THE greatest teen hero. They ask, Where are Giant Robin, Zebra Robin, Mermaid Robin and Giant Turtle Olsen. Giant Turtle Olsen! Yeah. Couple things. All of those characters are Jimmy Olsen. Second, the next best World's Finest team is Robin and Jimmy. They're Bro's

Another thing the one-shot introduces to the Batman '66 Universe is, Time Travel. Time Travel! King Tut has already traveled back to ancient Egypt through a mystical sarcophagus. He brought back an ancient elixir that provided the origin for Killer Croc! So, now, we have the potential for Adam West's Batman to team-up with characters like Jonah Hex and Kamandi. As an aside, there's a comment by Ferro Lad that hints at multiple timelines and realities, which could also mean infinite universes. I'm no rocket-brain surgeon; so, that's a "guesculation" (mash-up of guess and speculation)

Finally, the whole point of the story, the Legion needs Robin's help. In return they want to offer him Legion membership. Batman's reply is that HE needs Robin's help as much if not more, on a regular basis. He SAYS that he's sure that Robin can find other teen super-heroes in the '66 time period to partner with!

Mind = blown.

It's the simple things really.

Hello '66 Teen Titans!

Here's what I'm getting at: Batman '66 Meets The Teen Titans.

Since it's the '60's and Beach Movies were a thing - along with Flipper - and that time The Joker tried to steal that surfer's mojo - the first Teen Titan would have to be Aqualad. I would say probably Frankie Avalon, Fabian Forte or somebody like that. Maybe Luke Halpin from Flipper, just color his hair dark.

It's gets tricky from here. Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 shows that Wonder Girl is on Paradise Island. Since Wonder Woman is a recluse in the '60's, it would be a stretch for Wonder Girl to come to Gotham. Unless there was a spark when she and Robin met. And Batusi'd.

With Aqualad on the team, I would suggest Jimmy Olsen. He could do any one of a couple things. He could be the original Dial H for Hero. Since it's the '60's, borrow some special effects from Star Trek and make that dial look more like a futuristic flip-phone. That could explain his transformations. He could also be Elastic Lad.

I would also suggest Supergirl.

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I have absolutely no idea how this image came about. It looks like it may be an homage to Supergirl's first appearance. Sandra Dee was a big star in the '60's. So was Patty Duke and Sally Field.

I might suggest Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman as Speedy, if he were able to come across more as a marksman than as a Robin "one-off" like Green Arrow was kinda like a one-off of Batman. There were plenty of shows that featured kid stars.

Burt Ward appeared in a shot with Lost in Space stars Billy Mumy and Angela Cartwright.

I would have Alfred as part of the group. Batman and maybe Yvonne Craig's Batgirl could make a cameo. She's an adult, like Batman, so she would not be a Teen Titan.

I've got Robin, Aqualad, Supergirl, Jimmy and maybe Speedy. Speedy's on the bubble. How about Wally West's Kid Flash? Is this the right line-up for the time period? Who am I missing?

Now, if we're adapting the origin, where the mentors go rogue, would it be Poison Ivy? I've never really liked The Antithesis. Okay, confession: I never liked Mister Twister, either. I would change that to Weather Wizard partnering with Pied Piper. But, that's just me.

Since Marvel is doing their Legacy characters back to the Stone Age, who would be Teen Titans of '66?

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Batman '66 Meets The Doctor

Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs Peel was a very enjoyable mini-series. I'd only seen a few episodes. Mostly the Dame Diana Rigg episodes and a few more of The New Avengers. I'd seen the film with Ralph Fiennes (Daniel Craig's new "M"), Uma Thurman and Sean Connery. Even though the reviews were not the best, I enjoyed it. I had no idea that Steed and Mrs. Peel had fought Cybernauts...kind of like The Doctor's Cybermen.

Which got me to wondering... What if Batman '66 met The Doctor?

But which Doctor would should it be?

Off the top of my head, I would suggest Jon Pertwee, The Third Doctor. Let me tell you why: Even though The Third Doctor began his tenure in 1970, a full two years after Batman '66 was canceled, this Doctor was much more flashy and colorful. He had a cool car. Oh, and his son Sean Pertwee is Alfred Pennyworth on Gotham. Yeah, kinda flimsy, I know.

I started watching Doctor Who with The Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston. He was The Invisible Man on Heroes. I had tried watching The Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, on PBS in high school. He was running from The Daleks. No disrespect to longtime Doctor Who fans, but It just didn't connect with me. Until Doctor Who #101 - Rose. My wife suggested I give it a try. Everything about that episode clicked - especially when Rose Tyler asked who he was, and he told her. He didn't just say I'm The Doctor, he explained how he was Who he was.

But, really, which Doctor should it be? After seeing An Adventure in Space and Time, I'd say William Hartnell. But he's a little old to stand next to Adam West's Batman. So, I'm wondering if it should be The Fifth Doctor Peter Davidson; David Tennant's The Tenth Doctor; Eleven Matt Smith or even Eccleston's Nine. That might also be determined by the companion. Maybe Susan could develop a brief crush with Robin? Or maybe Rose? Or maybe Martha Jones?

So, I guess it's a couple of questions: Which Doctor and companion should Adam West's Batman meet? Secondly; Which Doctor Who villain and which member of the Batman '66 rogues gallery should team up? The Master (Which iteration?) and The Joker?

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Batman '66 Forms The Justice League of America!

Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 just wrapped up. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the ABC live action Batman series that starred Adam West and Burt Ward. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the ABC/CBS Wonder Woman series that starred Lynda Carter and "almost-Batman" Lyle Waggoner. Batman '66 has been rockin' the team-ups: The Green Hornet, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Steed and Mrs Peel. Next up, Legion of Super-Heroes jump in a Time Bubble and get back in time to meet the greatest hero of them all: Robin, "The Bye Wunder"!

If you haven't read Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 - I highly recommend it. I read the first five issues before seeing the new film with Gal Gadot. I get Wonder Woman now. She's the original Thor. Thor, with a dash of Steve Rogers. I understand how and why she would come to Man's World to stop Ares and end "the war to end all wars". That's what World War I was called: "the war to end war". I could see her usefulness at an end in 1918. I believe she would come back after December 7th, 1941, to end World War II.

Things would get murky and grey around the Korean War. DC: The New Frontier says that Wonder Woman does indeed "return" (we know she never left, she just fights for a different cause then.)

Sometime during the mid- to late-'60's I would think she might return. According to Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77, she remains on Paradise Island; possibly through the Vietnam War. That war ended in 1975. So, what could cause her to come back in '77? Possibly an alien invasion, like in the Justice League animated series? Darkseid, maybe? Again, according to the mini-series, she comes back on the trail of Talia, and The Demon's Head. At the conclusion, she suggests to Batman that they form a League of their own. This could be the Super Friends or the 1979 Challenge of the Super-Heroes.

Since Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman bring together the Justice League this November, I would think that something could happen near the start of a Fourth Season that would bring together a Justice League '66 - even though it would probably be more likely a Late '68-Early '69 League.

Because Wizard: The Guide to Comics doesn't do "Casting Call" anymore, here are MY suggestions. I invite and welcome suggestions in the comments.

Batman

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Adam West showed how it was done. He was The Bright Knight. While everyone seemed quite embarrassed by how he portrayed the character, the comics from - let's say 1946 through 1969 were quite light-hearted and campy. Neither Cesar Romero, nor the Batman writers pulled how The Joker came across out of thin air. They may have written the rogues in a generic way - sometimes confusing The Riddler, The Puzzler, Bookworm and The Joker with the same sort of modus operandi - remember that time The Joker left a clue by throwing out a Riddle? Yeah.

Wonder Woman

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Let's say that Bruce IS able to coax Wonder Woman into joining his '66-ish Justice League. For you and me, it could be Lynda Carter. If we're talking a straight-up '60's era League, who better than pioneering female sitcom star Mary Tyler Moore? Star of The Dick Van Dyke Show; as well as her own self-titled dramedy. Not only did she have a short-lived variety show; she created the incredible Beth Jarrett, in Robert Redford's debut as a director, in the film Ordinary People. If a dancer like Yvonne Craig can pull off Batgirl, Moore can pull off Wonder Woman.

Black Canary

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Let's say that Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman is out of the question. It's possible. Let's say that maybe we're leaving the door open for a sweeps three-part JLA-JSA crossover. Meredith MacRae, singer-daughter of musical legend Gordon MacRae would be perfect as the '66 Arrowverse Westverse Dinah Lance, also known as Black Canary. The mind boggles with the daydreams of who could be cast as Oliver Queen, The Green Arrow, for an archery showdown with Art Carney's The Archer.

The Flash

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Justice League of America #9 - The Origin of the Justice League! showed that the team was originally formed by Barry, Hal, Diana, Arthur and J'onn. Before the Wonder Woman film KILLED at the box office, I argued that Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern was DC's Iron Man - the start of the DC Cinematic Universe. When that bombed, I argued that Barry Allen was DC's best hope for launching their live action universe. Along came Grant Gustin's The Flash on the CW in the Arrowverse - boom! Dennis Cole is my suggestion for the optimistic, idealistic Forensic Expert CSI Barry Allen, The Fastest Man Alive!

Green Lantern

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Legend has it that Green Lantern, Alan Scott was modeled on actor Alan Ladd. Roy Thomas went so far as to give his full name as Alan Ladd Wellington Scott. Hal Jordan, The Greatest Green Lantern of Them All, was modeled after actor Paul Newman. Alias Smith and Jones star, Ben Murphy has that Paul Newman-esque...quality. You might have seen him recently on series like NCIS or JAG. He starred as The Gemini Man, a short-lived series about a secret agent that used a wrist watch to turn invisible for short periods of time. The series was created to replace David McCallum's more expensive The Invisible Man.

J'onn J'onzz

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David Harewood, Carl Lumbly, Phil Morris and Dorian Harewood have all laid the groundwork for DC's First Super-Hero of Color. debuting in 1955, J'onn pre-dates T'Challa's Black Panther, Jeff Pierce's Black Lightning and Nicholas Luke Cage's Black Power Man. None other than member of The Galileo Seven and star of Land Of The Giants, Don Marshall would be The Manhunter from Mars. He could very well be the most expensive character to bring to live action in the late '60's. A shape-shifter. legend has it that ratings-vs-revenue caused the Batman '66 series to be cancelled. It was just too expensive considering the faltering ratings.

Aquaman

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One of Martin Milner's early roles was an episode of The Lone Ranger. He starred in Operation Pacific with John Wayne and Mister Roberts with Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, William Powell and James Cagney. He moved on to appearances on Dragnet with Jack Webb and the classic The Twilight Zone episode Mirror Image, before landing a starring role on Route 66 from 1960 to 1964. His next series Adam-12, ran from 1968 to 1975. Since Arthur Curry traditionally has had a WASPy appearance, Milner would be perfect.

Superman

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George Reeves tragically passed away seven years before Adam West made his first appearance as Batman on January 12th 1966. Reeves died mysteriously June 16th 1959. His death has never been resolved, although there are many theories. I believe his Man of Steel is a better fit with West's Batman that Christopher Reeve's would. I would pair Reeve with Keaton and Reeves with West. In lieu of Reeves, I would suggest Denny Miller. Miller played Tarzan in '59, and starred on Wagon Train. For years he was a fixture on the small screen from Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch to The Six Million Dollar Man and Magnum, PI. For fourteen years he was The Gorton's Fisherman. Only one other actor, Mission: Impossible's Peter Lupus, played Superman between Reeves and Reeve.

So, that's who I could see as a '66 Justice League of America. What do you think? Like my suggestions, or do they suck? Got better suggestions? Fire away in the comments.

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How Paul Williams Made Me Like The Penguin

I gotta tell ya, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is not one of my favorite Bat-villains. He's got a pretty cool comic book origin. An outcast, he walks in and takes over a gang from it's leader. By. Killing. Him. That's pretty hardcore. Burgess Meredith was an incredible actor. He starred in a couple classic Twilight Zone episodes. He was Stallone's trainer, Mickey, in the Rocky films. He was George in the classic adaptation of Of Mice And Men. But his The Penguin? That's just fingernails on a chalkboard.

It didn't help that the '70's cartoon version was just as annoying. That Cyrano de Bergerac schnoz, and that grating voice.

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Maybe it's the whole fish thing. The only thing I can stomach is fish sticks. I do like shrimp. But most seafood is just slimey and tastes like chewing gum. That's kinda what I thought of Danny DeVito in Batman Returns. Now, no disrespect. If you enjoyed it and thought it was the greatest depiction of the character, hats off to ya. The whole thing was just weird and trippy. An homage to Penguin stealing the Batmobile - pretty much any rogue stealing the Batmobile on the '60's series. The whole Mayor storyline, which was a re-hash, too. Then there was the whole kidnapping Gotham's firstborn, elevating Cobblepot to Pharaoh of the Underworld.

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It wasn't until Bruce Timm and Paul Dini developed Batman: The Animated Series that I started to like The Penguin. He was given a personality outside of an umbrella and fish theme. He became a sympathetic social climber. A "wanabe." Most of his crimes had an ambition to them. He wanted to improve his social status. The whole Mayor thing made sense. On the '66 series most of these schemes like marrying an heiress or running for Mayor were just cover for some elaborate scheme to either kill Batman and Robin, or steal something. He'd always go to a lot of effort, for what? What Timm and Dini did was give him an ulterior motivation, I think. I could totally understand Penguin. Especially in his first appearance, kicking off The Batman Adventures. Not only is he planning a crime, but he's teaching his gang manners and sophistication, too! Helping them enrich their word power. Brilliant!

So, maybe it's not singer/composer/actor Paul Williams, who voiced The Penguin on The Animated Series that really did the trick.

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The guy is best known for writing Kermit's "Rainbow Connection" for the first The Muppets movie; the theme from the '70's The Love Boat; songs for Helen Reddy, The Carpenters and "Evergreen" from A Star is Born, with Barbara Streisand. He was Little Enos in the Smokey and the Bandit movies.

And then, he turned his career around; and, became one of the greatest adversaries ever.

What are your thoughts on Penguin? Any insights on how the character comes across on Gotham? What's your favorite Penguin comic story?

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That One Time I Met Batman

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Adam West, best known as "The Bright Knight", millionaire-philanthropist Bruce Wayne by day, and Batman in the waning hours of daylight has died. In a statement, his family said that he fought a brief, but heroic battle against Leukemia. He was 88.

He is fondly remembered by co-stars. Burt Ward said that he and West had been friends for 50 years, and, that West was the one, true Batman. Julie Newmar, Kevin Conroy, Val Kilmer, Will Arnett and Kevin Smith are just a few of the celebrities sharing tributes. Ben Affleck thanked West for "showing how it's done."

I met Mr. West briefly once. It was at the Chicago Hilton on a Sunday afternoon. He was in town for a two day convention celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Batman TV series. He was there with The Riddler, Frank Gorshin; Van Williams, who played The Green Hornet, Wende Wagner who played Lenore Case; and Werner Klemperer, Col. Klink from Hogan's Heroes - who had a Bat-climb window cameo on the show. The Black Beauty was on display there, too. No Batmobile, though.

That Sunday afternoon, only Adam West and Van Williams were on hand.

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1991 - the 25th Anniversary of the Batman '66 TV series - was a couple of years before I started a career in broadcasting. Over twenty-five years in Country radio, I've been fortunate enough to meet George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn. In 1983, I saw Styx at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. After the show, guitarist Tommy Shaw came out back of the theater on the street to sign autographs. He was mobbed by fans. There was a small window of opportunity where I could have jumped in, said something witty, shaken his hand and gotten an autograph myself. Instead, I handed my ticket to a friend and asked if he wouldn't mind. He didn't. That tells you what it's like to meet a celebrity.

I met Mark Waid once. He signed my issues of Kingdom Come. We chatted. At the time, he was supposed to write a Quantum Leap series for Dark Horse. That never happened. I asked him about that. He shrugged. We laughed. Right next to him was Alex Ross, fellow Chicagoan. You might have heard of him. I was in awe of him, and his work on Kingdom Come and Marvels. I think I managed to squeak, or maybe burp out a "hi" and mumble something before composing myself to ask for an autograph. I met Chris Jones and Terry Beatty. Both have been incredibly friendly and engaging with fans. So is Gordon Purcell. As a fan of Starman, Gordon and I named all the characters that had fin-head costumes. Probably the best conversation I had was with Terrance Griep, the writer on Scooby Doo. He told me the story of how he wrote a story where Scooby would be flying a plane. His editor told him that Scooby Doo flying a plane was unbelievable. Un. Be. Lievable. For. Comics. I've met both Tom Nguyen and Doug Mahnke. I interviewed Tom on radio. Doug remembered me months later when I ran into him at the Comic-Con in Chicago.

I share these memories for irony sake. Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking (rimshot), there ARE some famous and well-known people I can converse with.

Regrettably, Adam West was not one of those people. I muttered and stammered and stuttered. I think I managed to say Hi. My name's Dave. May I have your autograph? Of course! he said. At the time, I didn't think to have a camera ready. This was in those ancient, dinosaur days, when cameras were actually cameras and not built in to something called a cellular telephone.

I'm sure I am just one of a legion of fans that want to take a second to say thank you. For, y'know, pretty much... everything.

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Here's Why I Want Adam West to "Meet" George Reeves

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If you're a "fan-boy" like me, and you saw the link to Alex Ross' website for a few recent prints he did, including George Reeves' Superman flying over Adam West and Burt Ward in the Batmobile you had ONE thought - I know I did. The World's Finest! Give me my Batman '66 Meets Superman '55! Take my money!

I'm not sure why The Adventures of Superman has been designated Superman '55 - maybe it's because that's when the series went from Black and White to Color episodes. I'd love to hear the explanation. Since Batman '66 and Wonder Woman '77 launched, there have been fans, including me, that have been asking for Superman '55.

Let me tell you why I would rather see Adam West and George Reeves team up than Adam West and Christopher Reeve.

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I haven't seen the Wonder Woman film yet. I'm planning to go see it this weekend. (Probably Saturday, June 10th) Here's what I'm thinking: If Wonder Woman is nigh-immortal, she's the line. I can't recommend Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 highly enough. The most recent issue introduces a '77 Nightwing - Burt Ward's Dick Grayson in bell bottoms! Now there's an image.

I can see Lynda Carter's Diana Prince with Adam West, George Reeves and Jackson Bostwick/John Davy. I can see her with Michael Keaton, Christopher Reeve and John Wesley Shipp, too. I can't see Adam West and Christopher Reeve together. I see Reeve's Superman as more of the Modern Age. An "Earth-One" version of the character along with Keaton's Batman. Adam West's Batman is more of the "Earth-Two" Batman.

I have a pile of comics that starts with The Batman Adventures #25, featuring a '90's mullet Superman and an equally mulleted and bearded Lex Luthor! That was followed by Superman & Batman Magazine, then a few other guest appearances in Gotham Adventures, before Superman: The Animated Series and Superman Adventures debuted. It's cool to see how Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly have embraced their roles as The World's Finest. Tim Daly has a YouTube channel and he and Conroy were in a hilarious video together when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice came out.

I'd love to see George Reeves' Superman make a comeback. I'm probably one of the few fans that would actually spend money on a Superman '55 style book. I think what would make that and a World's Finest team-up work, is following The Batman Adventures format. Those early issues laid out a Three-Act format, so that an issue was pretty similar to an episode of Batman: The Animated Series. To it's credit, that book changed titles a number times, but it endured for something close to a decade!

If I had any quibbles about the issues of Batman '66 it's that the stories feel rushed and jammed together.

Are you a fan of George Reeves' Superman? I would also recommend watching Ben Affleck in Hollywoodland, it's one of those E! Mysteries and Scandals that AJ Benza used to host. Would you buy and read a Batman '66 Meets Superman '55?

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Gotham City on the Edge of Forever

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"Captain's Log. Stardate...unknown. Due to some strange anomaly, the Enterprise has found itself in orbit above...Earth."

"Captain."

"Yes, Mister Spock?"

"Scans indicate we have arrived at Earth in the year 1966. Fascinating."

What is fascinating is that a number of stars in the '60's were pretty much all over the place. Or, maybe I want to say, in Gotham City and on the Enterprise. Frank Gorshin was legendary as The Riddler, the first special guest villain on the live action Batman series. He was also in the epic Let This Be Your Last Battlefield, Season Three episode of Star Trek. Yvonne Craig, best remembered as Gotham City Librarian Barbara Gordon by day and Batgirl by night, was also an Orion slave girl in one episode. Roger C. Carmel is infamous as rogues Harry Mudd and Colonel Gumm. Lee Meriwether was Catwoman in the 1966 Batman film, Lisa Carson in the Season Two King Tut episodes; she, too, guest-starred on Star Trek, joined the cast of Mission: Impossible after Barbara Bain left, and was a series regular on The Time Tunnel. False Face actor Malachi Throne was the original voice of the Keeper in the Star Trek pilot The Cage. He returned as Commodore Mendez in The Menagerie. Who can forget Joan Collins? She was Lorelei Circe and the legendary, doomed Edith Keeler in Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever.

(If I have forgotten any actors to appear on both series, feel free to remind me in the comments.)

Star Trek has previously teamed with The X-Men and The Planet of the Apes and is currently teaming up with Green Lantern. As much as I enjoy the revisions of the alternate timeline created by J. J. Abrams' rebooted Star Trek, I'm a TOS fan. Give me Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley any day over Pine, Quinto and Urban. No disrespect to the updated Enterprise and her crew - I love the fast-paced action - there's still a place in my heart for the original.

With Shatner providing the voice of Harvey Dent and Two Face in the upcoming sequel to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, I'd like to see Batman '66 Meets Star Trek. Whether it features the Guardian of Forever or a slingshot around the sun, that doesn't matter so much. I'm leaning toward this being a Riddler story. Or maybe a King Tut story since it would span centuries. An artifact of some kind. Perhaps the return of Lisa Carson. Perhaps stolen once by Catwoman.

A few years ago, a fan film was made of Star Trek Vs. Batman. It's on YouTube. In three parts. The Joker takes control of Kirk and Spock. They fight Batman and Robin. Wackiness ensues. Catwoman is part of the story. I've watched it in fits and starts. It captures the campiness of the time.

What would Batman '66 Meets Star Trek look like to you? Would the Enterprise be after the Bat-diamond to power the engines? What story would work for you?

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Create a Wonder Woman Team-Up Book!

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Congratulations! Welcome to DC Comics' internship program. It's been an incredible weekend! Wonder Woman earns the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of any DC or Marvel film. It earned more than any Marvel film - other than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - opening weekend. Despite trailing other DC films at the box office, it looks like it has "legs"; the longevity to earn big over a longer period of time! It's awesome that the film could generate further revenue, by repeat viewings, before heading to the home video market for further revenue.

We here at DC believe that the market is ripe for Wonder Woman. In the vein of Mark Waid's relaunch of The Brave and the Bold, the success of Batman: The Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents starring Superman, we think it's time the Amazing Amazon had her own team-up book.

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We're looking for suggestions for creative team. What writer captures Wonder Woman? What artist would be a fit?

Would you go the route of Waid and launch a six-issue arc to start the book, or would you go stand-alone issues. Remember, sales figures count! Who would you team Wonder Woman up first, and in the first few issues?

Remember our motto: Any thing can happen! We're looking to give the Wonder Woman "bump" to our library of characters.

What would you call a Wonder Woman team-up book? Batman inherited The Brave and the Bold. We specifically titled DC Presents for Superman and his co-stars.

Each submission will be considered equally.

(DISCLAIMER: Intended as entertainment. Not really from DC...but wouldn't it be cool if it were?)

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