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DC Celebrates Batman’s 75th Anniversary With Mike Allred’s ‘Batman 66′ Inspired Variant Covers

Batman #31 cover by Mike Allred

In case you haven't noticed from the constant parades I've been throwing around my neighborhood for the past four months, 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of Batman's creation by Bill Finger and Some Artist. To mark the occasion, DC is setting aside the month of May to honor one of the Caped Crusader's most successful ventures into mass media: the 1966 Batman television show!

All month, DC's titles will feature variant covers by Batman '66 cover artist Mike Allred, drawing the DC Universe in the style of the '60s TV show, and they are pretty awesome. Check out a handful below, featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, and even Swamp Thing '66!

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Figures Toy Company Fills The Toy Batcave With Upcoming ‘Batman ’66′ Crime Fighting Accessory Pack

Batman Classic TV Series Action Figures Accessory Pack

Figures Toy Company's been furnishing Batman '66 collectors into MEGO-style 8" figures with plenty of characters over the past several months, but they're not stopping at in-box accessories when it comes to the always-prepared Dynamic Duo. A comprehensive 25-piece "crime fighting accessory pack" is coming soon that will outfit Batman and Robin with much of what's seen in the Batman 1996 movie, along with its corresponding TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

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‘Batman ’66′ Writer Jeff Parker And Artist Colleen Coover: The ComicsAlliance Interview, Part Two

Batman '66 by Jeff Parker and Colleen Coover

We are currently living in the middle of a renaissance of interest in the 1966 Batman TV show. With licensing deals that have taken decades to work out falling into place, we've got action figures, clothes, and DVDs are finally on the way, and at the leading edge of it all is DC's digital-first Batman '66 comic, written by Jeff Parker with art by Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton, Joe Quinones, Sandy Jarrell, Ruben Procopio and Colleen Coover.

This week, the first hardcover collection of the series is out in print, and to mark the occasion, I sat down at Portland, Oregon's Periscope Studio to talk to Parker (and special guest Colleen Coover) about their work on the series. Today, in the second half of the interview, we discussed Parker and Coover's attitudes towards the multiple Catwomen,

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‘Batman ’66′ Writer Jeff Parker And Artist Colleen Coover: The ComicsAlliance Interview, Part One

Batman '66, by Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case

We are currently living in the middle of a renaissance of interest in the 1966 Batman TV show. With licensing deals that have taken decades to work out falling into place, we've got action figures, clothes, and DVDs are finally on the way, and at the leading edge of it all is DC's digital-first Batman '66 comic, written by Jeff Parker with art by Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton, Joe Quinones, Sandy Jarrell, Ruben Procopio and Colleen Coover.

This week, the first hardcover collection of the series is out in print, and to mark the occasion, I sat down at Portland, Oregon's Periscope Studio to talk to Parker (and special guest Colleen Coover) about their work on the series. In the first half of the interview, we'll discuss the competitive relationship between Batman and his villains, the addition of big stunts to the show, and why Parker doesn't think it's necessary to be a fan to write a good comic.

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Lorenzo Semple Jr., the Writer Behind the 1960s ‘Batman’ TV Series, Dies at 91

Batman 66 creator Lorenzo Semple Obituary

Lorenzo Semple Jr. arguably did more to popularize Batman than anyone else in the character's 75-year history. The man who created the beloved 1960s Batman TV show died Friday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Link Ink: Video Game Screens Morph Into Movies, ‘Batman: Evolution,’ And Stan Lee Media Keeps On Suing

Morphing Gifs Video Game Screen Movie
Warner Bros.

Wednesday's links await, after the cut.

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Holy Vincent Price! The ‘Batman ’66′ Egghead Action Figure

Batman 66 Egghead Figures Toy Company
Warner Bros./Figures Toy Company

If you were worried that you wouldn't live to see a proper action figure of a 1966 classic Batman TV series villain portrayed by Vincent Price, Figures Toy Company has eggcellent news for you: An 8" tall Mego-style Egghead is coming soon.

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‘Batman ’66′ Is Officially Coming To Home Video, Finally

Batman 1966 Movie Poster

From the It's About Darn Time Department: In the midst of a renewed push that includes licensed toys and comics, Warner Brothers has confirmed that Batman, the 1966 television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward, will be released on home video some time this year. To say that this is pretty welcome news around here at ComicsAlliance is understating things quite a bit, since some of us have been waiting decades for a complete series set of Batman.

It's not entirely surprising news, though. With the licensing we've seen from the show over the past year, it felt like it was only a matter of time before everything was sorted out between Fox (the producers of the TV show) and WB (who own DC Comics and, therefore, Batman) to get the actual show back in the hands of fans. What is pretty surprising, however, is that the news was broken by Conan O'Brien on Twitter. Really.

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Ask Chris #177: Reformation ’66

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

 

Q: Do you think that, for all their superficial campiness, the Adam West Bat-villains are actually the least likely to reform or even feel bad about the crimes they've committed? -- lego-joker

A: I'll be honest with you, folks: I got this question on Tumblr a few days ago, and while I wrote a (relatively) brief answer over there, it's something I've been thinking about ever since. Fortunately, it's my column, which means that the only rule is that there are no rules. And, you know, the weekly deadline. That is a pretty serious rule if I intend to stay employed.

Point is, there's a very simple answer to this question, which is that it's absolutely right. The arch-criminals of Batman '66 will never, ever reform, mostly due to the fact that nothing is ever meant to change on that show. There's a status quo that has to be maintained, one that's even more strict than the one in the comics. But at the same time, that lack of momentum says a lot about how those characters and the world in which they live are constructed.

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Mattel Releases Wearable Utility Belt And Batarang, Crimefighters No Longer Need Fear Embarrassing Pants Mishaps

Batman Classic Utility Belt, Mattel

One of the more unfortunate side effects of living in modern society is that we're expected to wear pants whenever we're in public. Seriously, they want you to do that every time you leave the house, even though that is clearly an unrealistic proposition for a society that has already perfected pajama technology. It's an undeniable hassle, but this month, Mattel released something that helps make it a little more awesome: a recreation of the classic Batman '66 utility belt, complete with a folding Batarang.

It's the latest entry in the tidal wave of merchandise that's been hitting shelves in the truly wonderful Batman TV series revival that we've been seeing over the past few months, and unless you're willing to get creative with your "Surf's Up" Batman action figure, it's the first one you can actually wear. Check out a video of the belt in action below!

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