Batman, as I first met him
"The Dark Knight Rises" tonight and box office records are about to fall.
Big screen incarnations of Batman are dark, brooding affairs with great toys, lots of action and more often than not a very complex Caped Crusader.
Fine, but the Batman I remember was simple dude with a utility belt, a really cool car and a youthful ward named Robin at his side. He came to us in 30 minute allotments delivered twice weekly.
Adam West may be the mayor in "Family Guy" to Gen X...
...but he'll always be the protector of Gotham City to those of my ilk. His ABC-TV version of "Batman" in the late 60's was campy, corny and...awesome.
The formula was simple: some sort of themed villain would pop up each week and put the Dynamic Duo in peril as the credits rolled on the first weekly episode. Batman and Robin would extract themselves from said predicament early in episode two before dispatching the threat. The good citizens of Gotham would then be safe for the weekend.
Good stuff. Between "Batman" and "The Monkees", my childhood needs were fulfilled. In fact, we even had the Julie Newmar incarnation of "Catwoman" to introduce us to adolescence.
Go back to that golden era here, with Life Magazine stills from the set of "Batman". Remember those days gone by, or use them to whet the appetite for "The Dark Knight Rises".
Or, just watch MeTV for the Adam West reruns.