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

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Jim Beard, a native of Toledo, Ohio, is a comic-book writer, historian, and journalist. His credits include work for DC, Dark Horse, IDW, and TwoMorrows, and he currently provides weekly content for

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

Authored by Jim Beard, Joseph F. Berenato, Timothy Callahan, Chuck Dixon, Robert Greenberger, Michael D. Hamersky, Michael Johnson, Paul Kupperberg, Michael S. Miller, Will Murray, Peter Sanderson, Jennifer K. Stuller, Becky Beard
Afterword by Jeff Rovin
Cover design or artwork by M. Mrakota Orsman
Edited by Jim Beard

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 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.

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Publication Date:
1466333057 / 9781466333055
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US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Literary Criticism / Science Fiction & Fantasy

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