"Simon the Pieman" &

"A Mad, Mad Tea Party"

Aired November 30, 1968

Filmation introduces a new villain of their creation, Simon the Pieman.  Simon's theme is pastry related crimes while cross-dressing as Mother Apple.  He takes over the crime scene in Gotham City by capturing all the major criminals in Batman's Rogue's Gallery.  How is it that such an odd villain would make such a perfect Batman 66 villain.

Plus, Filmation offers their version of The Mad Hatter, now with the Alice in Wonderland theme.  But there are elements from the 66 show.

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss the odd moll Simon has, the odd choice not to have any of the other villains that Simon captures speak considering all the voice talent were involved in this episode, and how Filmation was introducing new stock footage visual images to vary up the content on the show.

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Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.

 

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Category:Podcast Episode -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT
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"HORNET, SAVE THYSELF"

AIRED: MARCH 3, 1967

Britt is accused of murder after he kills a former employee in a room full of witnesses.  Now, he must break ranks with Scanlon and go rogue as the Hornet in order to prove his innocence.    John and Jim use this episode as an example of a point they've been making since the very beginning of the podcast, the missed potential in only making these episodes thirty minutes in length.  Despite this, one of the two ranks this episode as one of the best in the series, plus Jim does a wicked impression of Roger Corby from Star Trek.  

The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson is a reference work we're consulting as we move through the series.  Pick up your copy by clicking on the link and getting it today.

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Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT
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"ALIAS, THE SCARF"

AIRED: FEBRUARY 24, 1967

 

The Hornet takes on a killer from the past come back to life.  In another unusual story that didn't fall under the Hornet's usual MO of operations, we're given the series first true rogue.  Does The Scarf live up to the potential the story sets up?  How does he compare with other figures who appear from the past in series such as The Flash and Batman: The Animated Series?  What is it with Casey that her use in the series is so uneven? And what gets Jim and John all excited about Kato in this episode?    

The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson is a reference work we're consulting as we move through the series.  Pick up your copy by clicking on the link and getting it today.

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Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 10:16am EDT
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Catwoman finds a ringer for Robin and manages to get him to replace the real  deal.  But Batman doesn't appear to be buying it.  Can it proves his suspicions before this ringer can reveal Batman's identity to Catwoman?

Plus, Mr. Freeze kidnaps a maharaja, right under the noses of the GCPD and Batman and Robin.   Can they rescue him before he is frozen and tossed into Gotham Harbor?

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss the gaping plot hole of what is one of the best stories of the series, the voice work of Casey Kasum, and the Bat Midget Car.

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Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.

 

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Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT
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It was a whirlwind three days as John and Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension jetted out to LA for the Batman 66 experience of a lifetime.  And the two meet up in the Batcave to talk about the experiences they shared, from seeing Burt Ward getting a hot dog named after him to visiting Adam West's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, to visiting Bronson Canyon and seeing the Batcave entrance, to getting a chance to tour Barris Kustom Industries (where the Batobile was developed and built), to touring the Warner Brothers lot (where Gotham City Police Headquarters still stands) to spending an evening with Bat-Fans and Bat-Celebrities alike at the opening of the Hollywood Museum Batman 66 exhibit.  The two share their thoughts on all they witnessed in the space of those short few days.

For ticket information on the exhibit head on over to The Hollywood Museum.

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 8:46am EDT
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Burt Ward, Robin the Boy Wonder himself, returns to the Batcave to talk with John and Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension about the upcoming Batman 66 exhibit at The Hollywood Museum (opening January 12).  He tells us who is really the inspiration for the exhibit, talks about his friend and co-star Adam West, and gives us the ingredients of the Robin the Boy Wonder Hot Dog that will debut at Pink's Hot Dogs on January 9.

Plus, Burt has exciting news about distribution of his Gentle Giants Dog Food, making it easier to obtain for your dog.  Also, he tells us how Gentle Giants is branching into a new line of pet food for your felines.

Links to Gentle Giants

Homepage for Dogfood

Homepage for Rescue Service

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For ticket information on the exhibit head on over to The Hollywood Museum.

 

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 8:16am EDT
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"A Game of Cat and Mouse" & 

"Beware of Living Dolls"

Aired November 16, 1968

Catwoman pulls off an amazing crime as she not only steals a display of priceless jewels, but she steals the entire castle containing the jewels!  Joker is impressed and wants in on the action, but Catowman refuses.  A contest of wits ensues with Batman and Robin in the middle.  How do they survive?

Plus, it's the debut of Dollman on the cartoon.  But this is not the Dollman of DC Comics, but a villain created by Filmation exclusively for the cartoon.  The story holds up, but the villain doesn't.

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss the voice work of Jane Webb, the derivative nature of the Dollman villain, and their excitement at the upcoming Filmation created villains for the series.

Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

 

Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.

 

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Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 12:00am EDT
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Voice actor and Batman aficionado, Wally Wingert joins us in the Batcave to talk about the upcoming Hollywood Museum Batman 66 exhibit.  Wally gives us how the exhibit all came about, teases us with some of the displays we can expect to see, and tells us some great stories about the people who made the series possible, including a look at costume designer Jan Kemp.

For ticket information on the exhibit head on over to The Hollywood Museum.

Check out Wally's bio by clicking here or visit his homepage here to see even more of Wally's World.

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT
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"TROUBLE FOR PRINCE CHARMING"

AIRED: FEBRUARY 17, 1967

The Hornet gets involved in international affairs when a visiting prince and his fiancé are targets of a coup.  There is a great deal of potential in the idea of this story, but the limited time of the individual episode doesn't allow for it.  In addition, Jim and John question if the motivation for the Hornet's involvement is practical with the way the series is set up.  

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Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT
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Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension.com returns to the Batcave to share some of his best picks for holiday gifts for the Batman 66 fan.  We discuss the Funco line of 3.75" figures, the Diamond Select busts, DC Comics 66 line, and Entertainment Factory's Batcave.  It's all here, from the stocking stuffer to the "You love me, you really love me" gift!  Happy holidays!

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 6:31am EDT
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