Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters

Gotham City Miles Essays on Why the s Batman TV Series Matters From to both on ABC and in theaters America embraced Batman as a campy cultural icon But in the ensuing decades many vilified the show as an embarrassment that needed to be swept under th

  • Title: Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters
  • Author: JimBeard Timothy Callahan Chuck Dixon Robert Greenberger Paul Kupperberg Will Murray Peter Sanderson Michael D. Hamersky
  • ISBN: 9781466333055
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • From 1966 to 1968, both on ABC and in theaters, America embraced Batman as a campy cultural icon But in the ensuing decades, many vilified the show as an embarrassment that needed to be swept under the rug if Batman and super heroes were to be taken seriously Now, we can return to Adam West s Gotham to the unapologetic fun of colorful, cackling villains hatchingFrom 1966 to 1968, both on ABC and in theaters, America embraced Batman as a campy cultural icon But in the ensuing decades, many vilified the show as an embarrassment that needed to be swept under the rug if Batman and super heroes were to be taken seriously Now, we can return to Adam West s Gotham to the unapologetic fun of colorful, cackling villains hatching bizarre schemes to phrases like Atomic batteries to power and Same bat time, same bat channel to deadpan heroes climbing walls and defying deathtrap cliffhangers and find these aspects rich with cultural meanings we may have ignored GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES offers the series the critical reevaluation it deserves The book s diverse essays examine Batmania, camp, the role of women, the show and 60s counter culture, the show s celebrated actors, its lasting cultural effects, and other subjects From Sequart Research Literacy Organization More info at http Sequart

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    1. Growing up in my house, you watched what my dad wanted to watch come evening TV time. Luckily, he had pretty good taste. I remember a lot of Dragnet and The F.B.I. And Batman. We both loved that one!I loved it so much, I frequently slept in my Batman costume - No, that's not me, but I was equally adorable.Pop music show, Shindig had just been cancelled, and ABC needed something to fill it's spot. Producer William Dozier was handed the job of turning a comic book into a series.“ABC had bought t [...]

    2. Ah, the 60s-era Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward—campy, colorful, and a far cry from the Bat-men of the present day. What more could be said about it?Quite a bit, actually, and Gotham City 14 Miles proves it!Within the pages of this book are fourteen essays exploring all aspects of the show, from the many stars that visited Gotham, to the show’s relation to and effect on the comic hero, the role of women, the villains the show produced, the predictive technology, how Batman [...]

    3. This is a great collection of essays exploring various aspects of the 1960s Batman TV series: the Batmania that swept the country, the evolution of Batman from comics to television, the music, the pop art aspects, youth culture, gadgetry, etc.For those of us who grew up watching the series, either when it first aired or later, in syndication, this book is a wonderful mixture of nostalgia and insight into the times and the television/pop culture phenomenon that was Batman.Those who have not seen [...]

    4. This is an excellent book for people who wish to understand the Batman TV series better. It's a series that's much maligned, but it's also one that catapulted Batman to pop stardom decades before Burton's 1989 film. So we all know the TV show is important, but we sometimes have trouble understanding its place in history, not only in terms of American television and pop culture but also in terms of storytelling and the history of Batman. This book does that in spades. If you've ever even been cur [...]

    5. If you love the goofy, pop-art "Batman" TV series of the '60s -- and if you were ever mocked by your peers for doing so, as I was -- you should sample this collection of serious and entertaining essays about the show and its impact on our culture. The wide range of authors and viewpoints illuminated new aspects of the series that I never considered -- positive and negative -- and revisited several that I always held dear. As with any anthology, readers will probably find some authors' viewpoints [...]

    6. I loved the Adam West "Batman" TV show in 1966 when I was 9 years old. This book brought back a lot of great memories and I learned quite a bit about the show that I did not know. The idea of including 14 essays by 14 authors is kind of a gimmick (14 essays for 14 miles) that doesn't wear well. As I got through the book, there was a lot of repetition in the essays.

    7. Fun collection of essays on the history and pop-culture impact of the 1960s Batman tv show (and movie). Whether you love the show (as I do) or hate it the arguments inside these pages probably won't sway you one way or the other, but it's a nice tribute to a pop culture milestone that sadly remains unavailable on home video.

    8. As a fan of most things Batman,.I enjoyed reading about the cultural impact the 1966 TV show had. Some if the essays were a bit long/dry and so many brought up the same points and references, do it felt very redundant at times. That said, I'm glad to have read it and have started re-watching episodes on YouTube.

    9. Fun compilation of essays looking back on the classic 1966 Adam West/Burt Ward Batman TV show. As with most anthologies, the quality varies and some of these essays are certainly skimmable. But at its best, this book lives up to its subtitle, reminding you why the show mattered and inspiring you to seek it out and watch it again.

    10. As a young child, I was completely and utterly entranced by the TV adventures of Batman & Robin. Though made in the "camp" form in the middle of the pop-art movement of the 1960s, as a kid I knew nothing about that kind of stuff. I took everything completely and have probably seen every episode 20+ (and even that is a very conservative estimate) times. Yet, for a show that reached the heights of popularity ("Batmania") that Batman climbed to, there are relatively few tangible artifacts of it [...]

    11. Bat-Fanatics will find a lot to like in this collection of essays. This book (for the most part) looks back fondly on the show, it's place in history and it's effect on all that came afterward. However, casual viewers of the show or 60s pop culture aficionados will find this book far to repetitive (which might be expected when this many writers contribute).

    12. Very enjoyable. Bought this on a lark when I met Jim Beard at Motor City Comic Con, and I'm glad I did. Learned things I never knew and have a greater appreciation for the show. Well worth while.

    13. Essays were uneven, but some were highly informative/entertaining. Lots of repeat information. I'm glad I read it.

    14. Generally good, but the various essays tend to repeat. I wish editors of books like this one cut parts that say the same thing again and again.

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