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Surprise, surprise

Greetings, readers. I know, I said we weren’t going to have a blog entry until late August, but a few things have changed. I might be returning in late August to my former fast food job. Book sales are stagnant and much more income is needed. That is not a hint to buy my books, but …

I had a wonderful idea for a writing project until I realized I would be plagiarizing part of it. My story is based on the video game Ultimate Fishing Simulator. It was going to be about a group of people at Betty Lake in Colorado; the first level lake in the game. I was going to use said scenery from the game as my mind’s eye inspiration as I wrote. If I decided to put my characters in the game, that could turn out to be a plagiarism sticky wicket. As a lot of you know for movies or plays fictitious settings are usually chosen, unless it is based on a true story. This project is certainly not off the back burner, for Rebecca and I have already begun to develop some characters.

However, the project I am going to start this afternoon for sheer practice of course, is a complete Batman television show script circa 1966. I know this could only be posted on some fan fiction website, but it would be super practice for starting and completing a project. I own all three seasons of that series and have been binge watching them lately. I know all the characters, what they would say and what they wouldn’t say. I think I will chose the Penguin as my foe, who was so brilliantly portrayed by Burgess Meredith. This is a project that I could easily work on at camp on a rainy day or in the evening. I would love it so much that it wouldn’t feel like work to me. It is going to be tons of bat-fun.

Until next time, probably sooner than later, wish me luck on my project, take care, and remember, same bat-time

same bat-channel

and oh yes … happy reading.

Same bat – time, same bat – channel!

Greetings, readers. As promised, here is my blog entry on the topic of the 1960s Batman series. The new movies, as well as the old comic books, portrayed the Caped Crusader as a darker figure. Not quite evil but almost. The 1960s TV series was anything but that. The show was labeled a comedy spoof, yet the acting quality makes it still one of my favorite shows today.

The major players included Adam West as millionaire Bruce Wayne and Batman. Adam had a knack for over acting everything, but it worked so well. I remember as a child wanting to be that man, whom I saw on the TV screen. He lived in that big house with nice things and drove around in that super cool car, the Batmobile.

Burt Ward played Dick Grayson and Robin. Along with his costume, he only wore a black mask over his eyes, and yet not even Aunt Harriet knew it was Dick Grayson. Major hand wave there; in the interest of fun we’ll let it go.

Speaking of hand waves, the biggest one of the entire series happened in the third season when new character Batgirl arrived on the scene. Is anyone really going to try to tell me that Commissioner Gordon couldn’t realize the voice coming out of Batgirl was that of his own daughter Barbara? The man was not that inept.

Some of the notable villains and villainesses were Cesar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as the Penguin, Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, and Julie Newmar as the Catwoman. They are who I call the big four. All other villains and villainesses are smaller potatoes in my eyes. I heard once on an interview show that it was something of a status symbol if you were asked to be a villain or villainess on Batman. My favorite minor villainess was the lovely young Joan Collins as the Siren.

Shifting gears, no pun intended, the Batmobile was based on a concept car, the Lincoln Futura. I’ve seen photos on Yahoo!. You can definitely tell it’s the Batmobile. It’s too bad that Lincoln never produced the car for the public. That would have been cool. One of the six Batmobiles the show used was in State College, PA. at our annual car show a few summers ago. What fun it was for me to stand right next to such an iconic vehicle.

Though Batman only went two and a half seasons (it was a mid-season replacement when it premiered) it took the nation by storm and fizzled out just as quickly. By the third season, ratings had dropped. Batgirl was a nice change but the Aunt Harriet character was all but dropped. She was always traveling, they said.

They have had several renditions of Batman since this series, including cartoons and feature films. My favorite, however, will always be the ’66 to ’68 Batman. Adam and Burt, thumbs up for a job well done.

Until next time, take care, happy reading, and to the Batpoles!