I think 2016 is looking pretty groovy for us fans of Batman ’66. I mean we have a brand new animated movie featuring Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar just around the corner. DC Comics is continuing to publish their 1966 inspired line of comics – stories finding the Dynamic Duo crossing paths with the likes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and even Steed and Peel from The Avengers.
Now we have the release of Batman: Facts And Stats from the Classic TV Show from Titan Books. In all honesty the book is what is advertised on the tin. It is a collection of interesting information concerning the three seasons of the TV series.
I hope you will forgive the quality of my scan on these pages. The book itself is appropriately colorful as was the Batman ’66 series. The design is thanks to Rian Hughes and it really pops – it certainly manages to capture the spirit of the show.
Now of particular interest is the text…written by one Y.Y. Flurch. I bring this up because that is the name of a fictional author from episode 31 of the first season of the 1966 series. In an episode entitled Death in Slow Motion!
So who is Y.Y. Flurch really? Turns out it is none other than Joe Desris – who just so happens to be a Batman historian. Desris has a coffee table book coming out in December entitled Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series!
Who is Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show for?
Everyone that has a passing interest in the 1966 Batman series, naturally! I do think I should point out that this is by no means an in-depth look at the TV show. At 80 pages it succeeds in its task – to give the reader some fun facts and stats. From quick bios on not just the Caped Crusaders and Batgirl but the supporting players in that classic show. Of course one of the things that really made the 1966 show stand out was the many guest stars who lined up to play villains. While not every single one gets the spotlight, the book definitely goes out of the way to focus on some of the most memorable.
Key locations used frequently in the show are given entries as well as those stylish vehicles that made appearances throughout the three seasons.
You can pick up Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show today, nay, right this second at most bookstores. Of course you can also hop on over to Amazon and order your copy here.