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The 2016 PopCult Gift Guide: Batman ’66

giftguide-graphic-008Our first broad-themed PopCult Gift Guide post for 2016 is one that’s near and dear to this PopCulteer’s heart. We have several recommedations for fans of the 1966 Batman TV series…you know, the one starring Adam West.

First we have the recently-released Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, available on DVD and Blu Ray. Just released on November 1, after a limted theatrical showing in October. Fans of the TV show were overjoyed, and a sequel, guest-starring William Shatner as Two-Face, is already in production.

91hkcf2hfrl-_sl150qq0_This is a brand-new animated adventure of the caped crusaders from the TV show, complete with Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin and Julie Newmar as Catwoman, returning to the roles they originated fifty years ago.

Batman and Robin, the boy wonder,swing into action when the earth is threatened by Gotham City’s most malevolent master-criminals, Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman! The Dynamic Duo try to save the day when Batman is turned from good to bad. Now Catwoman and Robin must team up to stop him from taking over Gotham City and ultimately, the world.

This animated adventure is a blast of pure nostalgic glee and a testament to a time when superheroes could be fun, and not all grim-and-gritty. Available where ever videos are sold.

51e7sfodwslNext we have Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series, by Robert Garcia and Joe Desris. This coffee-table book will be released on November 29, giving you plenty of time to get it, wrap it, and shove it under your tree.

Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series is the definitive book for all fans of the popular Sixties show. Presented in a lavish hardcover edition, the book features classic images, rare stills, photography and production art and serves as the ultimate tribute for fans of the series.

Now at long last, collectors and Bat-fans alike can indulge in a detailed and in-depth look at the show that inspired generations.You can order this from local bookstores using the code number ISBN-13: 978-1781167885, or snag it from Amazon, where it can be pre-ordered for more than fifteen dollars less than the list price.

51icjbb9x2lMore of a stocking-stuffer is Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show, a handy little book with text by Y.Y. Flurch and designs and illustrations by Rian Hughes.

This action-packed gift book is the perfect introduction and guide to the beloved 1960s Batman Classic TV series. The Dynamic Duo, the colourful villains, the gadgets–it’s all here! Filled with fascinating facts, statistics and quotes, this fun-filled book is loaded with great photos. The ideal gift for all Batman fans!

This book can be ordered from Amazon, or from any local bookstore with the code, ISBN-13: 978-1783294695.

61mzy-6pkmlIf it’s comics you want, how about the double-whammy of Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet, a fun graphic novel collection of the mini-series by Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman and Ty Templeton? Just check out that epic Alex Ross cover, too!

In 1967, television history was made when two masked crime fighters met in a historic crossover. Now, superstar filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor/comedian Ralph Garman join forces with artist Ty Templeton (BATMAN ’66) to bring these two iconic characters and their famous partners together again. Set in the continuity of that earlier team-up, Batman, The Green Hornet, Robin and Kato must go up against a very different General (formerly Colonel) Gumm. What crime could be so deadly as to force these rivals to put aside their differences and join forces again? And what surprise does Gumm have up his sticky sleeve?

This book can be ordered from Amazon, or from any local bookstore with the code, ISBN-13: 978-1401252281.

There are tons of Batman ’66 Toys out there, but not too many recent releases. If you have a die-hard Bat-fan on your list, remember, Google is your friend so you can hunt down more collections of the Batman ’66 comic books and videos of the complete series on DVD or Blu Ray.

The 2016 PopCult Gift Guide will be back tomorrow…same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!


  1. Thomas Wheeler

    I’ve been under the impression that the reason Gumm looked so different in this comic story is because the estate of the lake actor Roger C. Carmel has always been very hesitant about licensing his likeness. It’s the same reason anytime Harry Mudd has turned up in a Star Trek comic, he hasn’t quite looked like he did in the TV series. Great list of items, Rudy! Couple I wouldn’t mind having!

  2. Cami Ciotta

    Feel free to visit to watch documentaries on popular characters and behind the scenes of Batman 66.

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