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You Decide – Which Superhero TV Series Deserves to Get the “Batman ’66” Treatment?

With Batman ’66 #1 coming out this week, we thought it would be interesting to see what past superhero TV series that you folks would like to see receive the Batman ’66 treatment!

Read on for the choices:

19 Comments

No Super Friends?

No Automan?

I recall reading that when doing the Superman ’52 series a decision was made that the Superman comic wouldn’t do anything that couldn’t be done on TV since they apparently were worried that the show’s limited budget and effects would look even cheaper if the comics did spectacular things that couldn’t be done on TV, hence the more… mundane villains of the 1950’s Superman comics. So essentially the Superman comics of the time were the Superman ’52 comics.

Where’a the Reb Brown Captain America? I always dug his motorcycle helmet.

By “Wonder Woman ’74” I assume you’re suggesting a series featuring the Cathy Lee Crosby Wonder Woman, since a Lynda Carter Wonder Woman would be Wonder Woman ’75 (when the first movie aired) or Wonder Woman ’76 (when the series began).
Really, I’m all for a CLC WW series. They could probably make that an interesting read.

Superman ’52, but only if it’s presented in black and white, and only if it has to be a TV series, and we’re totally unwilling to do a series based on the Christopher Reeve movies.

I think one glaring omission from this list is The Greatest American Hero. While It wasn’t a stylistic as Batman ’66, it still seems like a good idea for a DC2/Infinite/Thrillbent style treatment.

I had to go with Wonder Woman here, for sure, with Isis a distant second.

I’d also buy the heck out of an Electra Woman and Dyna Girl series.

Watching the whole show back-to-back on a DVD set, I was more impressed with Birds of Prey than I ever expected to be. I wouldn’t mind seeing that “comic-booked” if only to bring it to a conclusion.

Some candidates strike me as already being done: Didn’t they suddenly start running stories set in WW2 in Wonder Woman after it debuted? A wasted effort, since the next season of the show was set without explanation in the present day.

And didn’t Marvel publish a magazine-sized Hulk comic that used the tv show’s set-up? Wandering town to town fixing OPP (Other People’s Problems). I think it was the first magazine they did in color.

These shows really make Batman ’66 look good…I mean it was already fun, but you know.

Andrew Collins

July 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I’d buy a Lynda Carter WW book in a heartbeat…

Believe it or not, I’m going to say “The Greatest American Hero”.

So may good choices, but Wonder Woman ’74 stand out.

Andrew Collins

July 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Here’s another one. I just got the new Buck Rogers hardcover Hermes Press put out collecting the first few issues of the Gil Gerard version of the series. Reading them got me thinking about how much I’d buy a “Batman ’66” style comic returning to those versions of the characters…

Ethan Shuster

July 21, 2013 at 1:08 am

It should be noted that DC has been continuing Smallville in comic form for a while now, so it shouldn’t be on the list.

If you really think about it, not one other show on that list has ever had anywhere near the impact of the Batman series, so they wouldn’t sell as well as this comic. Superman may have been as iconic at one time, but it’s really watched as much, neither is Wonder Woman. And who really KNOWS the WW series, anymore?

BUT, I’d say that Superman would work better, which could be a nice parody and homage at the same time. Maybe in muted colors to be somewhere in between black and white and color? It may also be fun just for the sake of reminding the grumpiest, nitpicky critics of Man of Steel that old TV Lois was a redhead when they went to color.

Should Painkiller Jane (2007) also be on the list?
or the Tick (2001)?

Mike Loughlin

July 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Hulk ’77: Death of the Incredible Hulk was a dour note to end on. The tv movies (bad as most of them were) began establishing a low-rent Marvel Universe with appearances by Thor & Daredevil. We never saw what happened to Jack McGee. The “done-in-one” approach to each episode lends itself well to comics, but the writers could try to incorporate a greater sense of continuity. I could see a Hulk ’77 digital comic working nicely.

Why is the ’60s Spider-Man cartoon not on here? It’s the only show that ranks up with Batman in terms of having a style worth imitating. (Plus every issue could come with a recommended playlist of hip jazz tunes — and the tablet edition could have a soundtrack!)

Why is the ’60s Spider-Man cartoon not on here?

Same reason no cartoons are on there. It’s only for live-action series.

All of the show’s barely there beaded costumes are by London-based knitwear designer Mark Fast, and original music comes from David Lynch and Swizz Beatz.

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