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.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 12:00pm EST
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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 EST
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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!

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 6:31am EST
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Throughout the run of the podcast, we have often commented on the various locations used in the show and joked about how fora New York-like locale, Gotham City looked a lot like California.  John decided to bring together two fans who have made an extensive study of the locations of the series to have a talk.  They discuss the confusion some have over the locations at the Warner, Fox and Culver City lot, the fact that the front and rear of police headquarters are two different locations, and what locations a Bat-fan can visit today without causing any legal problems.

Check out the video tour Scott Sebring shot over at the 66 message board by clicking on the link. 

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

 

"Ben Bentley is an internationally published music photographer and Bat-Fan based in the United Kingdom. When Ben isn't behind the camera, you can find him sharing his lifelong love of Adam West's TV Batman as a co-moderator over at the 1966 Batman Message Board (66batman.com). Having traveled to California several times to attend conventions and hang out with Bat-friends, Ben has been lucky enough to try on one of Adam's original screen worn Cowls, meet several surviving cast members from the show and even run up and down the steps of Gotham City Police Headquarters in his own Adam West Batsuit. 

You can keep up to date with Ben's photographic work over on his blog... http://www.benbentleyphoto.tumblr.com or why not come and join Scott, Ben and the gang at the internet's longest standing 1966 TV Batman message board... http://www.66batman.com"

 

I’m originally from a place called Bradenton in Florida.  I lived there until I turned twenty three and decided to move out to Southern California to pursue my musical ambitions.  Musical ambitions?  Yeah, I was one of those long haired rockers back in the eighties and into the nineties.  The hair mutinied and decided to abandoned ship bit by bit as did the ambitions of being a rock star.  I still dabble when the creative kick in the head won’t leave me alone.  But, I’m not subscribing to Billboard to find out what’s the latest thing or hocking the furniture to buy the latest gear.

I am a freelance multimedia artist.  Graphic design, web-mastering, audio engineering, video editing, photography, photo retouch or whatever seems to blur the lines of such things is what I do.  Heck, even acting is in the mix.  Prior to this,I spent years in various careers such as a full time recording engineer running tape machines (remember those?) and making albums (remember those?).  Eventually I took a stab at the nine to five with benefits world of music instrument retail and did that for well over a decade.  Won awards and stuff too while I was at it but quite honestly I was pretty miserable most of the time.  I’ve learned so much at all my jobs. From mixing paint to cutting produce, the experiences and people along the way have taught me much.

Why a blog?  Quite a  few years ago, I started a website  about the 1966 Batman television series starring Adam West at batfriend.com. Very soon after starting the site, I started to experience all kinds of adventures in the wonderful world of Batfandom.  As I wrote about it online, the reaction and feedback prompted me to share more and more about it.  The experiences were numerous and the adventures took me across the country many times as various people from all over the world wide web started to become close friends and colleagues in my real life.

So the question still exists.  Why a blog now?  Through my experiences, many other things happen or come to mind that don’t really fit simply in the Batman world.  Batman isn’t my life.  It’s just one of the fun parts of it.  So, I’m finally gathering together the many different facets of my thoughts, experiences, and some here and there nonsense to share with those who might enjoy it.  Batman’s still there punching away.  Music is still there banging around in my head.  But, there is even more.

I’ve said it before.  The journey is everything.  And if it’s a good journey, it’s best shared.  Fortunately, I’m incredibly lucky to share so many of them with my wife, love of my life and soulmate, Vickie.  She really is the girl of my dreams.  As of this writing, we’ve been married for over twenty years.  She’s my best friend.

It’s a fun life and I’m not done yet!

 

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Writer/Producer James Tucker joins John and Dan Greenfield in the Batcave to talk about his involvement with both The Return of the Caped Crusaders and Batman Vs. Two-Face.  James tells us how the projects came about, how they were actually developed at the same time, and how Lynda Carter almost appeared at the end of the second movie as a tease for a Wonder Woman 77 animated movie.  Plus, James shares his memories of watching Batman, shares one of his favorite episodes, and previews the upcoming Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated movie.

Check out all the coverage 13th Dimension has given to this Batman vs. Two-Face by clicking on the link.  Plus, check out James' top 13 episodes of the Batman 66 TV series over at 13th Dimension.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 6:18pm EST
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"Batman Vs. Two-Face"

Released October 10, 2017

How is it possible to top the success of last year's The Return of the Caped Crusaders? You add William Shatner to the mix!  Shatner takes on the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in this new feature length film and just as with the previous film, the producers bring us an interesting take on the classic villain.  In this episode, we discuss Adam West's final performance, just how couched in the first season this film is, and our thoughts on the possibility of the series continuing without its lead actor.

Joining John to breakdown this movie in a double-sized episode is Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension, Billy Flynn of Geek Radio Daily, and Ben Bentley of the Batman 66 Message Board.

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.

 

Links

13th Dimension Website

Facebook page

Twitter

 

The Wonderful Billy Flynn brings the funny each week on Geek Radio Daily! His daytime alter ego is mild-mannered (well, that part is a stretch) radio station personality at WLEE in Virginia.   He actually gets paid to sit on his butt and run his mouth! His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington, the Columbia School of Broadcasting, and University of Phoenix. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Xbox Live (flynn71), rockin’ out on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, watching movies, reading comics, working out, or posting on the forums at geekradiodaily.com (ding!).

 

"Ben Bentley is an internationally published music photographer and Bat-Fan based in the United Kingdom. When Ben isn't behind the camera, you can find him sharing his lifelong love of Adam West's TV Batman as a co-moderator over at the 1966 Batman Message Board (66batman.com). Having traveled to California several times to attend conventions and hang out with Bat-friends, Ben has been lucky enough to try on one of Adam's original screen worn Cowls, meet several surviving cast members from the show and even run up and down the steps of Gotham City Police Headquarters in his own Adam West Batsuit.  

You can keep up to date with Ben's photographic work over on his blog... http://www.benbentleyphoto.tumblr.com or why not come and join Scott, Ben and the gang at the internet's longest standing 1966 TV Batman message board... http://www.66batman.com".

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We conclude our weeklong look at the creative forces behind the Batman Vs. Two-Face release with interviews with producers Jack Tucker and Michael Jelenic and director Rick Morales.  They discuss the making of this feature, the missed opportunities and the possibility of future projects.

Check out all the coverage 13th Dimension has given to this movie by clicking on the link.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 7:24pm EST
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We continue our weeklong series of media roundtable interviews with the stars, producers, and director of Batman Vs. Two-Face with Burt Ward.  As one half of the Dynamic Duo for over 50 years, Ward is still as enthusiastic about the role as he was when he first donned the cape and mask.  Here, he talks about the movie and his friend Adam West.  Thanks to Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension, who got to sit in on these roundtable interview events and recorded audio for all of them.

Check out all the coverage 13th Dimension has given to this movie by clicking on the link.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Last year's The Return of the Caped Crusader proved so popular, it only made sense that a sequel would be developed.  And how does one raise the stakes for a sequel?  You bring in the legendary William Shatner to voice a villain many fans hoped to see in the original run of the 66 series - Two-Face.  

As we did last year, we're bringing you a series of interviews that were conducted at a press junket for the new movie, Batman Vs. Two-Face, at New York Comic Con 2017.  Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension got to sit right next to Shatner and he was generous with his time in discussing the movie, how he approached the role, and the fascination of discussing the dual nature of man. 

Check out all the coverage 13th Dimension has given to this movie by clicking on the link.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

 
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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 7:03pm EST
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Factory Entertainment has an impressive selection of favorite genre collectibles from Game of Thrones to The Green Hornet to ​Ghostbusters to many more.  And now they've created the ultimate Batman 66 collectible in the form of fully functional Batcave.  Barry Eldridge, creative director for Factory Entertainment joins John and Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension to discuss how the project came about, what one can expect from the collectible, and how one can obtain a copy.

Check out all the coverage 13th Dimension has given to this fantastic project by clicking on the link.

Check out all the coverage 13th Dimension has given to this fantastic project by clicking on the link.

See exclusive pictures of the set.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 12:55pm EST
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"BAD BET ON A 459 SILENT"

AIRED: FEBRUARY 10, 1967

The Hornet is shot when he stumbles on two crooked cops helping themselves to the leftovers from a robbery.  How can he get medical help when every cop in the city is looking for him?    Jim and John find this story fascinating as it puts the Hornet and Kato immediately into the action, gives Kato extra screen time, and features a scene that the recent Green Hornet movie would use as well.​

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.

Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 9:52am EST
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The Penguin gets himself a computer and begins plotting crimes with it.  Soon, it's a battle between Penguin's computer and the Batcomputer and then with the Dynamic Duo themselves.  Plus, we have the premiere of the Scarecrow on the cartoon.  But he doesn't have the same MO as most fans are accustomed to seeing.

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss Filmation's tech design in their cartoons, their love for Alfred when he gets involved in the case, and the good and bad of this version of Batgirl.

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Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 9:37am EST
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AIRED: FEBRUARY 3, 1967

The Hornet is trying to broker a deal between two rival gangs, but the arrival of Mike Axford nearly threatens the whole thing.  A quick thinking Hornet makes it look like Axford's dead, when in reality he's holding him until the case is closed.  But one of the gangsters discovers Oxford's alive and that the Hornet is double crossing them.  If this sounds more like a comedy than a drama or adventure story, you might not be mistaken.  John postulates to Jim that this could be The Green Hornet's attempt at humor that didn't go over very well.  In addition, John and Jim talk about the different versions of Batman and The Green Hornet that we see over the course of their respective 1966-1967 seasons.  Are they the same characters in each episode we see them in? Or are we looking in at alternate Earths?

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.

 Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 1:13pm EST
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August 16 marks the birthday of Ms. Julie Newmar.  Her role as the first Catwoman on screen still stands as the template that every other actress has followed as she defined the role.  To celebrate, John invites Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension into the Batcave to talk about Ms. Newmar's Catwoman, her roles before and after the Batman 66 series, the characteristics that distinguish a Julie Newmar performance, and her love of gardening.  Plus, Dan release how his friendship with Ms. Newmar developed.

Check out all the coverage of Ms. Newmar over at the 13th Dimension sight by clicking on this link.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 6:00am EST
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"Hizzoner the Joker" & 

"Freeze's Frozen Vikings"

Aired November 2, 1968

This is an interesting duo of episodes. First, the Joker runs for mayor and wins in "Hizzoner the Joker". What is it like when a criminal holds a public office? And then, Mr. Freeze is back and using a Viking hoax to commit crimes in Gotham City.

WARNING: If you do not have a sense of humor about the current political situation, this episode of the podcast will not be for you.

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss the potential for toys based on the characters and vehicles in the Filmation series, lament the fact that Mr. Freeze is not properly used in the series, and enthuse about how the series is hitting its stride at the moment with the excitement of new villains coming to 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.

 

Links

13th Dimension Website

Facebook page

Twitter

 

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Category:Podcast Episode -- posted at: 9:41am EST
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"CORPSE OF THE YEAR"

AIRED: JANUARY 13 & 27, 1967

 

A two-part story brings us a cast of characters and a murder mystery where the Hornet is the prime suspect.  This story has a lot going for it, but it also has a number of clumsy elements including a duplicate Hornet and Black Beauty which appears to have no real purpose to the plot other than it looks cool.  John and Jim are pretty much on the same page when it comes to this story and John is happy to see, albeit briefly, actress Angelique Pettyjohn.

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.

 Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 8:47am EST
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"Partners in Peril" & 

"The Underworld Underground Caper"

Aired October 26, 1968

We've had two villain team-ups, but what about three?  Joker, Penguin, and Riddler get together and engage in a contest to see who will control Gotham City's criminal empire.  Not interesting enough?  How about Catwoman getting them to abandon their competition with a plan to cripple the GCPD, making the city ripe for the taking?  It's all here, plus Barbara, Batgirl, and Alfred in "Partners in Peril," a story that could easily be a sequel to the 66 Batman movie or at least, if fleshed out more, a feature length animated movie.  For our one part story, "The Underworld Underground Caper" we have another team up with  Riddler and Catwoman committing crimes by tunneling under the city.

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss the Bill Finger-esque situations of "Partners in Peril" and Dan proposes that the Filmation Catwoman is the most ruthless to date in comic or moving image form.

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.

 

Links

13th Dimension Website

Facebook page

Twitter

 

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Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 8:00am EST
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A big thank you to all who downloaded and commented on The All-Star Adam West Tribute.  It was a labor of love for John to put together and he's glad to see that it helped many who are coping with the passing of our Caped Crusader.  In the rush to get it out though, John missed placing one of the contributions into the episode.  He presents it here with his humblest apologies to illustrator Al Bigley (who was cool about it, but John wasn't having anyone who contributed miss out.).  Here now is Al's thoughts on the passing of Adam West and his memories of meeting the man himself. 

 

Award-winning illustrator Al Bigley has been working as an in-demand commercial artist since 1990, providing artwork to such clients as: Golden Books, DC Comics, CTW, Disney, Marvel Comics, Saban, Film Roman, Scholastic, McDonald's, Kenner Toys, and many more.


Al's work has been used in conjunction with toys, concept art, design, packaging, books , magazines and comics, posters, storyboards, apparel, style guides, and much more!

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 12:13pm EST
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Adam West's passing has proven to be an even larger blow to the Batman 66 community than ever imagined.  Here on the podcast, we've received numerous requests to join in on the first tribute episode we presented last week.  It just wouldn't have been possible to have a coherent conversation with so many people.

In order to give everyone a chance to have their say, John is presenting a second tribute episode where each participant offers his thoughts on Adam's passing and what his role as Batman meant to each.

In addition, John sits down with multimedia artist and long time Batman fan, Scott Sebring.  Scott attended the LA Bat-Signal lighting event and shares the experience with us as well as some stories of his encounters with Adam.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Contributors to the Tribute

Billy Flynn of Geek Radio Daily

Michael Falkner of The Weekly Podioplex

Michael Bailey of Views from the Longbox

Chris Franklin  of The Supermates Podcast

Barry King of B.K. on the Air

Ken Holtzhouser

Jeff Andrews of Second Union

Kevin Eldridge of The Flopcast

Pat Evans of The Beat of the Bat

Cosplayer Bob DeSimone

Cosplayer Scott Sebring

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 12:49pm EST
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It's the first new piece of equipment we see in Batman's arsenal against crime in the Batman 66 motion picture.  It comes equipped with a Bat Ladder, Bat Shark Repellent Bat Spray, and a mobile crime lab.  It's the Batcopter! 

John and Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension sit down to discuss this aviation wonder.  But unlike their previous discussion of the Batmobile, they have someone who is quite familiar with the workings of the Batcopter.  He's owner/pilot Eugene Nock.

Eugene joins us to talk about how he first came to know Adam West and many of the cast on Batman back in 1966, how he acquired the Batcopter, and what the schedule is for its East Coast tour this summer.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

 

 

Eugene Nock is the owner/pilot of the original Batcopter as seen on the 66 television show and the Batman motion picture.  Eugene has logged in more than 14,000 hours in the air as a professional pilot.  He is the owner of Nock Entertainment FMX, a group that specializes in aerial shows both with air vehicles and trapeze artists.  Find out more by visiting his websites.

Main website

Facebook page

 

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 3:03pm EST
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Adam West passed away on Friday, June 9th at the age of 88 after a brief battle with Leukemia.  His passing came as a shock to many in the fan community and for John and his guests, it was something that hit them harder than they expected.  John decided to bring 13th Dimension's Dan Greenfield, the Batman 66 message board's Ben Bentley, and Gotham City 14 Miles's Jim Beard together to talk about Adam, his life, his role in their lives, their encounters with the man, and their reaction on hearing the news of his passing.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 10:02pm EST
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"The Big Birthday Caper" & 

"Two Penguins Too Many"

Aired October 19, 1968

 

It's a team-up extravaganza in our two episodes for this podcast.  First, Penguin and Riddler team-up to determine who Batman really is. There are some tropes one would recognize from the 66 series, including Alfred dressing up as Batman.  The is followed by the Penguin and Joker teaming up, but a pair of pesky penguins get in the way and Penguin refuses to get rid of them despite Joker's protests.

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss watching the cartoons in the 1970s on Channel 5 in New York as kids.  This leads to a rabbit hole of discussion on afternoon television in the 70s that including Batman on Channel 11 while dealing with Batman the Movie on the 4:30 movie on Channel 7 during Superhero Week.

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Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 4:01pm EST
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Reis O'Brien joins John and Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension to talk about the upcoming release of the first wave of Batman 66 3.75 inch action figures. They discuss what was the thinking in the choices for the first wave releases and what might be seen in a second wave, plus a look at what the thinking is for action figures in general.

Any comments or questions on this episode, please post them here or by writing thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

 

Some fun facts to know about Reis O'Brien:

  • Funko Senior Product Designer

  • Design Lead on all Funko Action Figures

  • Has worked at Funko for over 5 years

  • Collects way too many toys (and other weird stuff)

  • Is incredibly handsome

 

Dan Greenfield has done extensive coverage on the Funko Batman 66 line from initial prototype shots to interviews with the designers.  Click on the links below to find out even more info on this exciting new line.

The Inside Scoop on Funko’s New Batman ’66 Line -- with CONCEPT ART. Click here.

The Art of Sculpting BATMAN ’66: An Interview With Sculptor Shelley Rappleye -- with CONCEPT ART. Click here.

The Secrets of Funko’s BATMOBILE Revealed! -- with CONCEPT ART. Click here.

INSIDE LOOK: Funko’s CATWOMAN Figure. Click here.

Ordering Info on Funko’s BATMOBILE. Click here.

Ordering Info on Funko’s BATMAN ’66 Wave 1 is Coming in June. Click here.

SCREEN TEST BATMAN Will Be a Chase Figure. Click here

 

 

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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 4:00pm EST
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"Rubi, Rubi, Who's Got the Ruby?" & 

"1001 Faces of the Riddler"

Aired October 12, 1968

Catwoman and Penguin are at odds over a priceless ruby and the Terrific Trio are caught in the middle in our two-part story review.  Next, Riddler is back in town and he's using disguises to thrown the Dynamic Duo off his trail even more so than his riddles.

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss whether Ted Knight did the voice of Commissioner Gordon and how cool it would be if Funko's Pop Vinyl line did a series based on the Filmation cartoon. Plus, Dan talks about the relationship between Gordon and Bruce Wayne that started all the way at the beginning of the Batman comic in Detective Comics in 1939.

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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Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_74.mp3
Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 4:22pm EST
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"The Nine Lives of Batman" & "Long John Joker"

Aired October 5, 1968

The Catwoman makes her debut in the animated 68 series and there's a lot to like, a lot to dislike, and a lot to simply appreciate.  In the story, Catwoman traps the Dynamic Duo in a series of traps that appears to ultimately lead to her desire to learn Batman's identity.  And then it just gets more complicated.  Plus, there's also a Joker story that could have come right out of the third season, complete with Batgirl!

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss how the 66 series brought Catwoman back to prominence and how her appearance in the 68 series is a mix of good and bad.   Plus, they look at the lyrics to the Batman Superman Hour theme song.

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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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Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_73.mp3
Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 9:44am EST
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A trio of Korean War vets hatch a plan to bust their sergeant out of prison with a stolen tank.  Will the Hornet be able to stop them in time? John and Jim are back with an episode that they are once again decided on.  They both agree the episode has merit, but one of them is overly enthused by the premise.  Also, they discuss the influences of the Batman series on The Green Hornet and the music of Billy May. 

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. 

Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_016.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 5:25pm EST
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"How Many Herring in a Wheelbarrow?" &

"In Again, Out Again Penguin"

Aired September 27, 1968

Our series of reviews of the 1968 Filmation series continues as the Joker and Penguin return in solo stories for this episode.  First, the Joker is committing a series of petty thefts from technology firms.  It seems like a joke, but Batman suspects there's more to it than meets the eye.  Plus, the Penguin is committing crimes while still in his jail cell.  How does he do it?

 

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension website clarify the airdates confusion of the previous two podcasts, revel in the joy there must have been at the Saturday morning offerings of superhero shows in 1968, and discuss the Larry Storch/Ted Knight voicing of the Joker in the series.

 

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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.

 

Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_72.mp3
Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 10:34am EST
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"The Beat of the Bat" is a full-length documentary that tells the story of the music of the 1966 "Batman" Television Series and how composers Neal Hefti, Nelson Riddle & Billy May gave Batman his first real musical identity- and one that has remained inexorably tied to the character for over 50 years!

In fact, if you saw the just released "Lego Batman Movie" you might have noticed the numerous references to the music of the TV series.

And face it, you can go up to anyone, anywhere in the world and sing "Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na!" and they will instantly know what you are talking about!

The music was as important to the show as the bright colors, campy dialogue and tongue-in-cheek performances. Yet, strangely, the story of how it came to be has never been told...

Until now.

John is joined by the director of the documentary, The Beat of the Bat, Pat Evans to discuss the importance of the project and the Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to make it a reality.

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The first album Pat Evans ever owned was Neil Hefti's "Batman Theme & 11 Hefti Bat Songs", which sparked his lifelong love of Bat-Music.  "The Beat of the Bat" is Pat's way of giving back to the talented composers and musicians who created that music.

A talented Graphic Artist, Pat's works has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter and the late, lamented Defamer. Since 2012 Pat has worked as a casting coordinator on many large studio films including "Jason Bourne", "Straight Outta Compton" and "Steve Jobs".

"The Beat of the Bat" marks his directorial debut.

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Direct download: Batcave_File_031.mp3
Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 5:00am EST
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"The Cool, Cruel Mr. Freeze" &

"The Joke's on Robin"

Aired September 20, 1968

We continue our look at the 1968 Filmation series with a review of a pair of stories.  First, we look at the premiere of Mr. Freeze on the cartoon as he plans to bring Gotham City to its knees with a frosty gamble that not only threatens the city, but the Wayne fortune as well.  Next, Robin is thinking he's losing his touch but we quickly learn, "The Joke's on Robin" thanks to the Joker.

In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension website discuss the theme song and Ted Knight's contributions to the show and beyond.

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Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_71.mp3
Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 10:30am EST
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There's an arsonist on the loose in the city and the Hornet takes the case.  But Mike Axford has a former police investigator with a specialty in arson that he'd like to bring in.  He quickly learns that the man has more to prove than just the case.  John and Jim are at odds over the merits of this episode.  Take a listen and see 

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.

Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_015.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 6:26am EST
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"My Crime is Your Crime" & "A Bird Out of Hand"

Aired September 13, 1969

We take a look at the 1969 Filmation series that shows the influences of the 66 series on its film cells.  In the first episode of the series, we discuss "My Crime is Your Crime" in which the Joker and Penguin team up to confound Batman by switching their M.O. in order to commit their crimes.  Next is "A Bird Out of Hand" as the Penguin goes straight, but it's clearly a ruse.

 

Joining John to discuss this episode, the voice actors, and memories of watching the Filmation series on New York television is Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension website.

 

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Direct download: The_Batcave_Podcast_-_Episode_70.mp3
Category:The Adventures of Batman and Robin -- posted at: 6:09pm EST
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We take a look at another William Dozier pilot for another comic related property.  This time, it's Dick Tracy - He's a Good Cop.  This time though, Dozier went all out with a full length half-hour episode featuring Victor Buono as the villain, Mr. Memory - which starts the batter of questions about where this show was going.  

 

In "The Plot to Kill NATO", Mr. Memory kidnaps three NATO ambassadors at the request of Major Powers.  His method of operation seems interesting enough, but there is still something lacking in his character.  And yet, despite this, the pilot is an enjoyable viewing experience with a lot of recommend including Jan Shulman as Liz and the well choreographed fight scenes.

 

John is joined by his The Hornet's Sting co-host, Jim Beard, to pitch these questions.  Just how committed was Dozier to this property? What would a relationship with Chester Gould have been like had the show gone forward? Why wasn't one of the established villains used in the pilot?  And why did Dozier still build in little nods to Batman and The Green Hornet when both shows were on their last legs?

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A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he's written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history.

 

His prose work includes GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series; SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring an Edwardian occult detective; MONSTER EARTH, a giant monster anthology; and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure.

Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, and is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press.

 

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Direct download: Batcave_File_030.mp3
Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 6:43pm EST
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We move into the post-review era with the first in a series of episodes looking at the Batman related works of the producers and stars of the show and at the pop culture influences from the series.  First up, a look at William Dozier's attempt at adapting another DC property - Wonder Woman.  In this curious short, "Wonder Woman: Who's Afraid of Diana Prince?" we are only given a taste of the potential of the series.  Which begs the question, why wasn't a full pilot produced, especially in light of the fact that a full script was commissioned, co-written by Batman scribe Stanley Ralph Ross?  This question and possibly a few more will be asked by John and his guest, Chris Franklin of the Super Mates Podcast.

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Chris Franklin is a mild-mannered graphic designer by day, but at night, he retreats to his secret headquarters festooned with action figures, and podcasts with his long-suffering wife Cindy on the Super Mates podcast, a proud part of The Fire and Water Podcast Network. Together they take a look at all things geeky, such as comics, TV, movies, and toys, from a couple’s perspective.

Direct download: Batcave_File_029.mp3
Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 6:16am EST
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District Attorney Scanlon is running for re-election and it looks like it's going to be a rough one as his life is threatened.  The Hornet has to step in to investigate, but how does he do it without connecting himself to the DA?  This is an interesting episode of the series as it addresses a number of questions, the least of which is why should one elect someone who has failed time and again to catch public enemy number one, The Green Hornet?  

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.

 Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_014.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 6:33am EST
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"FREEWAY TO DEATH"

AIRED: DECEMBER 16, 1966

The Hornet and Mike Axford teaming up?  How is this possible?  When Britt orders Mike to work with the Hornet in order to bring down a construction racket, Mike has his own ideas that could threaten his life.  John and Jim are in agreement that this is a "Must Watch" episode, but they're not entirely sure why.  Is it the appearance of Jeffrey Hunter?  Is it the Black Beauty versus three bulldozers?  Is it the Hornet Mortars?  Is it the Hornet and Mike working together?  Take a listen and maybe you can help them figure it out.  Also, the two take a moment to talk about the late Van William and his legacy of The Green Hornet.

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.

 

 

 Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

 

Direct download: The_Hornets_Sting_013.mp3
Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 8:48pm EST
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