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Diamonds Are Forever 0

If there were a scale to rate the villains from the live action Batman '66 series, it might look like an outdoor thermometer. There would be the "Fab Four" at the top: The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin and The Joker, in that order. Then there would be the rest of the rogues falling toward the bottom of the scale as far as depth, dimension and interest. False Face might score high points as far as imagination and creativity; although he's a Chameleon one-off and a lighter version of Two-Face. Ki...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Arkham Idol '66! 0

#This is it! A full-issue length story!"The Joker's Big Show" finds Dr. Quinn gathering Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Chief O'Hara, Commissioner Gordon and his daughter Barbara to Arkham Institute's Patient Pageant Night. Catwoman starts the show with a dance performance accompanied by Chandell. King Tut reads poetry. Siren attempts to sing. False Face does impressions. The Joker does stand-up comedy. Every one in the audience starts laughing uncontrollably. He's teamed-up with Catwoman; and they'r...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Summer In The City 0

While actress Anne Baxter played two very distinctly different characters on the Batman television series - the ambitious Zelda the Great in Season One and the Russian Olga, Queen of the Cossacks in Season Three - there were instances where more than one actor played the same guest Bat-villain. According to legend, and Joel Eisner's The Official Batman Batbook, Frank Gorshin was looking for a larger paycheck as The Riddler and was replaced in a couple of episodes by John Astin from The Addams Fa...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Holy Doppleganger!" 0

It's pretty typical for an actor or actress to play a dual role. Ask any actor, and the answer is usually that there is more fun and depth in playing a rogue than in playing a hero. Heroes do the right thing, while villains have all the fun. Barbara Eden and Elizabeth Montgomery played straight-laced characters on I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched respectively; then, turned right around and cut loose in dual identities opposite themselves on those sitcoms. It's an opportunity to play against type...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"...Born In Arizona, Moved To Babylonia..." 0

Holy golden idols!In 1977 the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago hosted an exhibit on the Egyptian King Tutankhamun. The history, as well as the curse, of King Tut became evident. Pop culture reduced Tut to a Steve Martin parody song in the '70's; and previously a Bat-villain in the '60's. The '60's live action Batman television series was, in it's time, what shows like Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island would be in the '70's and '80's. Shows that would feature legendary...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Never Judge A Bookworm By His Cover" 0

For three-quarters of a century the greatest Batman stories have not been about The Dark Knight. The greatest Batman stories of the last seventy-five years have been about his twisted and tragic rogues gallery. Which is one of the many reasons why the Caped Crusader has endured over all those years. A figure of the shadows, and the background, he appears when needed to thwart more colorful characters. That is truly an enduring quality.There is one figure that has had almost as close a connection...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"...Perchance To Dream." 0

The late Michael Rennie, star of the original "The Day The Earth Stood Still" appeared in a two-part, second season episode partnered with Julie Newmar's Catwoman opposite Adam West's Batman and Burt Ward's Robin. According to Joel Eisner's "The Official Batman Batbook", screenwriter Ellis St. Joseph had turned in a brilliant script for the British actor Robert Morley to appear as the guest Bat-villain. His script was recycled for Catwoman's appearance, Morley turned down the revised, diminished...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It's About...Time. 0

It's shame that the '66 live action Batman television series peaked so quickly and caved in under the weight of it's own formula. Over the years a term has been coined, "simulacrum", to defined how similar each episode is to each other based on the formula. First, a villain commits a crime. Gotham police are alerted. Commissioner Gordon uses the Batphone to call Batman. The Dynamic Duo race to police headquarters; then, either back to the Batcave or to an encounter with the villain. The episode...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Eggsquisitely Delicious! 0

It would be easy to assume from the Batman '66 series that all of The Bright Knight's rogues are equal. That The Riddler, is the greatest of the rogues since he was the first to make an appearance. Or, since the Dynamic Duo faced Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin and The Riddler that those four stand out above the rest. Picking up Detective Comics or Batman Comics there is a different ranking or rogues. Batman's greatest adversary is The Joker.He doesn't have a mustache in the comics...Jeff Parke...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Wild!" 0

Everyone buys the first issue. That's a broad generalization; more people buy the first issue of a comic book than the second issue. Sales figures bear out that the sophomore issue of a comic book sells fewer copies than a first issue. Fewer people stick with a title beyond that first issue. The second issue of Batman '66 is cool, though, in more ways than one.Jeff Parker is back, with Ty Templeton on art and a giant iceberg in Gotham Harbor! The Penguin is holding the city ransom! His iceberg i...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Bright Knight Returns! 0

There is a reason "The Bright Knight" is such an enduring pop culture icon. Batman can be divided into two distinct eras. Light and Dark. At first, Batman was a dark, Gothic figure. Once Robin was introduced, the tone lightened. When the Batman television series was launched it was a product of its time; but, the Batman that was brought into living rooms was the Batman of the '50's in the '60's. The morals and values The Bright Knight passed along to The Boy Wonder seem out of place and anachron...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Super Saturday Mornings 0

This was an homage to Super Friends? Really? Seriously? Okay.Honestly, it never read or felt like a slavish, blatant tribute to Saturday mornings. Maybe it was because it featured the full Justice League line-up and dispensed with Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Samurai; Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog; and Zan, Jayna and Gleek. This reads more like a definitive Bronze Age Justice League story. What Super Friends could have and should have been. The story is a little heavy and melodramatic for Saturday...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Super friends 0

Comparisons between the Justice League and The Avengers are inevitable. Just like comparisons between the Doom Patrol and the Fantastic Four; or, between The Invaders and the Justice Society of America or the All-Star Squadron. Comparing DC teams to Marvel teams is like comparing apples to oranges. The Invaders fought World War II mostly in Europe, while the All-Stars and the JSA were kept out of Hitler's front yard by the magic he used through the Spear of Destiny. While both teams have strang...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Just Super 0

Okay, so maybe what Paul Dini and Alex Ross have been doing amounts to over-hyped fan-fiction. But I like the early '70's they've recreated. It took me a while to put together all four of their over-sized graphic novels; Peace on Earth, War on Crime, Power of Hope and Spirit of Truth. Once I had them all, I was hooked. Like reading Marvels and Kingdom Come. Kurt Busiek. Mark Waid. Paul Dini. Ross keeps some good company! JLA: Secret Origins could be nothing more that an over-sized Who's Who, or ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Holy Houdini, Batman! This is like - - magic! 0

The biggest announcement of the year, for Batman fans and comic book fans, is that ALL three seasons of the Batman '66 television series will be collected on Blu-Ray and DVD sometime in 2014. That is the culmination of a merchandising flurry that started in the summer of 2013. Launched with the digital-to-print Batman '66 comic.If you are not reading this comic, you should be.Like the television series, Batman '66 is and light-hearted and madcap. Yes, it is campy. To quote the late Don Adams' Ma...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

What Fear Lurks In The Hearts of Batman and Dog? 1

The question for all-ages writer Sholly Fisch is, how do you build and maintain momentum on a book like Scooby-Doo Team-Up? The first issue featured the Mystery Inc. gang teaming up with Batman and Robin. Originally, the book was conceived as a mini-series that would be Scooby Doo-Batman team-ups. This second issue runs the risk of being a Batman Forever or Spider-Man 3. A bloated excess of too much of a good thing that caves in on itself. There are some excesses, but none that hamper an enjoyab...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Holy Two-In-One! 1

Growing up with Scooby Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang the best episodes were the guest episodes. They met stars like Dick Van Dyke, Sandy Duncan, Don Adams, The Harlem Globetrotters and Batman. It was fun to see Batman and Robin with Scooby Doo. That kept the whole theme going from the 1966 live action Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward through The New Adventures of Batman and Super Friends. Watching Super Friends, with Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog, was like the best of all worlds. Like ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Digest-ibility! 1

The Beloit College Mindset List is an invaluable resource understanding the current generation. It helps college professors understand the perspective of entering freshmen; it should help people understand the audience he/she/they are trying to reach.There was a time before trade paperback collections; padded monthly comics designed for trade paperback collection and graphic novels. There was a time when comic books only reprinted themselves in comic book pages. The value and collectibility of a...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 0

Thankfully, Superman in Action Comics 0 is the conclusion to the four-part "Peer Pressure" storyline running through all the Superman Zero Issues.Superman wakes up after being stunned by Conduit's Kryptonite ray blast. He speeds back to the apartment to make sure Lois is alright; because, that is after all, what matters most.Conduit returns to his base of operations, The Pipeline, in the Metro Palace Theater. he is a rogue CIA agent that has managed to put together a highly organized and staffed...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A "Baldy" Sour Or A Sour "Baldy"... 0

Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding pick up the second chapter of "Peer Pressure" from Superman: The Man of Steel 0, here in Superman 0 as October 1994's Zero Month continues, following the Zero Hour: Crisis In Time event. This could have been the launch of the storyline. It should have been. The cover image is striking and engaging. The interior art is cleaner than Bogdanove's on The Man of Steel.The story here opens with the mysterious, shadowy Conduit planting a device somewhere. He is discovered ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Titans 2.0 0

I'll second @haydenclaireheroes high marks for Young Justice 20. It is a great jumping on point for new readers. If you are watching and enjoying the Young Justice series on Cartoon Network and, like me, either can't get enough or want more, the Young Justice comic is for you.I like the cover homage to the Giffen-DeMatteis-Maguire era Justice League.I almost expect Superboy to be saying "What're you lookin' at?Our story begins on Nightwing's birthday, both in the present and in flashbacks. He's ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Nothing In Common 0

The Avengers, in its second week of release, earned another 103.2 million - a drop of only fifty percent from its opening weekend - and passed the one billion dollar mark worldwide. The success of The Avengers film is nearly as staggering as the losses John Carter endured.Three years before Robert Downey, Jr. suited up as Tony Stark and Iron Man, Marvel released the first of an eight issue mini-series, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Written by Joe Casey, with art by Scott Kolins and color b...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

And Wackiness Ensues! 0

I've lost count how many times Marvel has relaunched its all-ages line. I've nearly given up on it, because the approach seems to be to keep the run of issues short and quickly relaunch a new number one. What keeps me coming back, though, is that the stories are fun and enjoyable, well written, and - most importantly - each issue is done-in-one.Spider-Man has had a number of all-ages titles. Most recently, there were at two back to back iterations of Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, written by Paul...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It All Comes Out in The Wash... 0

If you are NOT reading Aquaman, you SHOULD be. That may sound cliched, but it's true. The trade paperback collection for the first story arc, Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench releases in September, if you need to catch up.Aquaman #8, "The Others: Chapter Two", is Aquaman at his best. I've been very selective in what I read by Geoff Johns, so I don't think I've been disappointed by him yet. I'm reading Aquaman based on what he's done with Hal Jordan and Green Lantern. I'm not a fan of bringing Barry ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Team Theirstory 0

Avengers Classic #1 is interesting re-reading before the monster movie premiere this week. Interesting, because the book is designed after X-Men Classic and Classic X-Men. Avengers Classic was a reprint series featuring remastered versions of classic Avengers stories. Like a comic book version of a Blu-Ray re-release of a television series or movie.This new number one features the classic origin story, "The Coming of The Avengers!" by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, inked by Dick Ayers and lettered by ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Burden of Command 1

IDW follows up an adaptation of the Star Trek pilot with an adaptation of the seventeenth episode, "The Galileo Seven"; in the continuity of the 2009 J. J. Abrams film reboot. The goal must be to focus on the relationship between newly commissioned Captain Kirk and the officer here replaced in line for command, First Officer Spock. Kirk's rise to the captain's chair is highly unusual, and one of the focal points of the big screen adventure. The updated adaptation of "Where No Man Has Gone Before...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Road Less Traveled 0

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference." - The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)As originally broadcast, the story Star Trek's "The Galileo Seven" tells is about the logical choices Mr. Spock makes while in command of an ill-fated shuttle expedition to explore a scientific phenomenon. It is about how he uses logic to make the best of a bad situation he, Doctor McCoy, Mr. Scott and four other crewman find themselves...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Come Here, Let Me Hit You. 0

The challenge for Geoff Johns is to keep Green Lantern fresh. While reviving DC Entertainment's flagship title Justice League; and, infusing The Cool back into Aquaman.I have to admit that I stopped reading Green Lantern during Brightest Day. So I missed Sinestro coming back from being the White Lantern, Hal being let go by the Lanterns and some of the other details and fallout from Blackest Night. Black Hand apparently is not a Black Lantern any longer. I wonder if there ARE any Black Lanterns ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Assemble! 0

The closer May 4th comes the more excitement builds toward the live-action Avengers film. Marvel/Disney has been building excitement since the 2008 blockbuster release of the live action Iron Man with Robert Downey, Jr. Slowly but surely, Marvel/Disney has been building a strong live-action universe with The Avengers characters. Now, with Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Disney XD, Marvel is building a strong, solid animated universe.I have not had the opportunity to see more than the ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Me And My Shadow... 0

Sometimes I wonder if DC understands their own characters. Sometimes I think the answer is yes.In the new Green Lantern animated series, Hal Jordan and Kilowog follow a Green Lantern Corps ring to the farthest reaches of protected space. In a ship. Called the Interceptor. With a female onboard navigation system named Aya. That sounds like David Hasselhoff having adventures behind the wheel of a customized Trans Am, code named K.I.T.T. with an alien sidekick. Oh, wait - Green Lantern has been re-...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Good People Doing Bad Things 0

I don't want to grow up, I'm a Scooby Doo kid! I loves me some Scooby Doo, Where Are You?This issue features the typical two stories. The lead, cover story, "Pepperoni Poltergeist", is set at Shaggy and Scooby's favorite pizza parlor, Sal's. Sal, He's-a Italiano, yes. That comes across pretty clear in writer and artist, Scott Gross story, nicely lettered by Dezi Sienty (he's-a Italiano, too, no?) and colored by Jason Lewis. Shag and Scoob make a habit of eating Sal's place empty - of both food a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Man Is Defined By The Company He Keeps 0

Samuel A. Peeples original Star Trek pilot teleplay, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is, in a word, fascinating. After the first pilot, with the late Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike, failed to excited network executives to greenlight a series some retooling was done. Costume changes, set changes. Most importantly of all were the cast changes. Gone was Hunter's Pike as captain of the USS Enterprise, replaced by William Shatner's Kirk. The female Number One, played by series creator Gene Roddenberry...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

...And Carry A Big Stick! 0

A Country taste or familiarity is not a per-requisite, though, to enjoying his 2009, 12-Gauge Comics debut in the first of a four-issue mini-series, Trace Adkins is Luke McBain. The story is pretty similar to Billy Jack and Walking Tall.This first issue, East of Eden opens with Luke walking back to his backwoods hometown, Eden, Louisiana, after fourteen years away. He stops at a gas station at the edge of town, run by a childhood friend, for a soft drink. His friend warns him of trouble ahead in...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Where We've All Gone Before...? 0

I'm a Star Trek fan. Not that I cos-play, or engage in techno-babble. I just simply enjoy a good Star Trek story. Mostly Classic Star Trek, when things were simpler. There may have been a time when I entertained the idea that I could write a Star Trek story for the Strange New Worlds series, but that starship has long sailed. Enterprise F, or Epic Fail, I believe.I really enjoyed J. J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek film. It was a really cool reboot of the series. It had it's flaws, like the third act a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Boldly Going! 0

1992 was a landmark year for DC Animation.Batman: The Animated Series, produced by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini and inspired by the Tim Burton films Batman and Batman Returns, debuted on the Fox network. The show debuted in prime time on Sunday, September 5th with the first of a two-part episode, "The Cat and the Claw". The first episode, "On Leather Wings" aired the next day in its regular afternoon time slot. The second half of "The Cat and the Claw" aired the following Sunday again in prime time....

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Holy Missing Persons, Batman! 0

The cover of Young Justice #11 sez it all - Batman and Robin facing Ra's Al Ghul. Young Justice...not so much.The Dynamic Duo are at Cape Canaveral, fighting Al Ghul's foot soldiers and Ubu. The Boy Wonder runs interference with the foot soldiers, while the Caped Crusader goes up against Ubu. The object is a rocket that is about to launch. Robin helps Batman overpower Ubu.Then, with seconds left before the rocket launches, The Dark Knight faces Talia. With both Robin and Alfred watching, the Det...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Good Times, Good Times... 0

I'm a sucker for Who's Who books. I read every issue of DC's Who's Who, even the updates. I love the Secret Files; not only do you get background, but you get a couple of good stories, too. I've only picked up a couple issues of Marvel's version of Who's Who. Instead of a quick snapshot and highlights for each character, there's a whole biography.When this came out in August of 1994, Hero Illustrated's Comic Book Who's Who was probably pretty cutting edge. Character snapshots for super heroes fr...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Haste Makes Waste 0

I always thought Quicksilver was a jerk. Arrogant, proud, aloof, rash. He certainly is no Barry Allen/The Flash. He isn't even Jay Garrick. Maybe a little like Wally West. He is more like Professor Zoom, The Reverse Flash - an evil twin. And that costume, ugh. The only thing worse than Quicksilver's costume is Aquaman's Time and Tide costume!My first encounter with Pietro Maximoff, he was on of Captain America's New Avengers. A Thunderbolts version of The Avengers. There was Hawkeye, Quicksilver...

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First Son 0

As a proud, and enthusiastic, new adoptive "Popi", it's interesting to read and re-read comics like Uncanny Origins 1 Featuring Cyclops, and see how strong a theme adoption and orphans is in comics. Bruce Wayne was tragically orphaned as a child, but had a cushion of wealth to fall back on and not end up in an orphanage or with wicked or saintly step-parents. Up until the current, Modern Age, Clark Kent was orphaned as a teenager. Peter Parker was orphaned, but raised by his sainted Uncle Ben an...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Series of Unfortunate Events 0

My local comic book store was sold out of Aquaman #2 and Justice League #2, so I didn't get a copy of either issue until just yesterday. I re-read the first issue this morning and then dove in - couldn't resist - to this second issue. It moved along a little quicker and finished sooner than I had expected. I even counted the pages, first the Aquaman story, then the Batman: Noel preview. For $2.99 it did seem about right. There's no getting around that this New 52 is going to be a long term...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.