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Join host John S. Drew (The Chronic Rift, Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast) on his journey as he explores each and every episode of the classic 60s series starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig and a host of villainous guest stars as he attempts to justify his love for the series to himself.

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    Electra Woman & Dyna Girl: "Ali Baba"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 58:43

    "Ali  Baba" Aired: October  23/30, 1976 This might just be the episode that could be considered the best overall.  It certainly looks and feels like a Batman 66 episode from the villain to the guest stars to the situation that Dyna Girl gets herself into.    John and Kevin Eldridge of The Flopcast are back in Electra-Base keeping Frank company. ​This time around, they discuss how Malachi Throne is the King of the Two-Part TV Stories, the career of Sid Haig, and the great turn Judy Strangis does as an evil Dyna Girl.  Take a listen and let us know what you think by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid of a Bomb! 9: "Star Trek Vs. Batman"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 108:44

    "Star Trek Vs. Batman" The Dynamic Duo are given a taste of the future when the starship Enterprise is catapulted to the past.  But the Joker and Catwoman are also aware of Kirk and Spock and the power at their command if they can take the ship. ​John and Robert Long sit down in the Batcave and discuss a fan film that clearly has a love for the material being presented.  The question is, "Is this really a Batman fan film?"  John and Robert argue that this film, while showing love for the Batman series, is primarily a Star Trek fan film with Batman playing a supporting role.   ​Take a listen and let us know what you think by commenting here or writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Monster Squad - "The Ringleader"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 44:44

      "THE RINGMASTER" October 2, 1976 Monster Squad was a one season NBC Saturday morning live action show for kids in 1976.  In it, Walt, who worked in his uncle's wax museum, discovered that he could bring the figures of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolfman to life.  Wanting to atone for the sins of their past, the trio, with Walt's crime computer set out on a mission to stop evil wherever they found it. ​We dive into the fourth episode with the villain - The Ringmaster.  This one is proving to be a dark episode as the Ringmaster holds 20,000 orphans hostage. ​John and Joe Crowe of RevolutionSF and the Dragoncon American SciFi Classics Track discuss the unfortunate imagery of Bonnie Bon, the use of "Chekov's Gun" in this story, and a missed plot point that could have been developed into something more. ​Take a listen and let us know what you think here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    The Hornet's Sting 024: Writer Jim Beard on "How Sweet the Sting"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 47:04

    WRITER JIM BEARD TALKS ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR THE GREEN HORNET You thought it was the end of the podcast, but then writer Jim Beard presents another challenge for the Green Hornet, his aide Kato and their rolling arsenal the Black Beauty.  John and Jim sit down to discuss Jim's Green Hornet novella from Moonstone Press, "How Sweet the Sting".  They discuss the challenges and fun moments in writing the book, the unique vision Moonstone Publishing has for the character and Jim's preoccupation with the military in his writing. Get your copy by ordering from Moonstone Press. ​Take a listen and then let us know what you think of the episode by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943: Episode 15 - "The Doom of the Rising Sun"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 67:48

    1943 - Episode Fifteen  "The Doom of the Rising Sun" The final confrontation between Batman and Daka is actually their first confrontation as we discuss in the final episode of our look at the 1943 movie serial. ​John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave as we're wrapping up our look at the 1943 serial as we discuss the missed opportunities of the story, the unintended campiness, and the similarities with the 1966 TV series. ​It's all here and we want to hear what you think.  Comment here or write us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 77: "Reading, Writing & Wronging"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 43:58

    "Reading, Writing & Wronging" April 2, 1977 Penguin has started a school for criminals and in order to pass, you have to defeat Batman and Robin! John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are back in the Batcave talking about this episode that is an odd duck.  It has potential and it has some fun moments, but in the end it just doesn't hold up.  The two discuss how this episode may be where some of the hate for Batmite comes from, John's dislike of the Penguin as a character in general, and the heavy use of "Holy" exclamations in this episode.​ ​Let us know what you're thinking as you listen to the episode by commenting here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943: Episode 14 - "The Executioner Strikes"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 36:19

    1943 - Episode Thirteen  "The Executioner Strikes" The Batman is closing in on Daka, but will his search lead him to a crocodile grave? ​John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave as we're up to the penultimate episode of this serial.  The two discuss the missing Colton, the far from normal cliffhanger, and Daka's preoccupation with his crocodiles. ​It's all here and we want to hear what you think.  Comment here or write us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 77: "Bite-Size"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 46:42

    "Bite-Sized" March 27, 1977 The alien Electro comes to Gotham City to shrink the Dynamic Duo and use them to discover America's defense systems prior to his invasion of the planet. John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are back in the Batcave talking about this episode with a new villain with a familiar name.  They discuss Nom Prescott possibly subbing for Adam West, Marvel's lack of attention to a villain named Electro, and the attitude of the Batcomputer. ​Let us know what you're thinking as you listen to the episode by commenting here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943 Serial: Episode 13 - "Eight Steps Down"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 30:50

    1943 - Episode Thirteen  "Eight Steps Down" Using some genuine detective skills, Batman and Robin are able to track the captured Linda to Daka's lair, but Batman falls into a deadly trap.  Can he escape? ​John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave as we're coming to the end of our look at the 1943 serial.  In this episode, they discuss the well used stock footage, the missing Colton, and the similarities with the trap in this episode and in an episode of Batman 66.   ​It's all here and we want to hear what you think.  Comment here or write us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 77: "Curses! Oiled Again!"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 52:13

    "Curses! Oiled Again!" March 20, 1977 Catwoman teams up with Clayface to steal all the oil in the world.   John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central welcome Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension back into the Batcave where they discuss the first team-up of the 77 Filmation series.  They discuss the potential for toys based on the characters and the vehicles seen in the episode, they comment on the rotoscope used, and Joe tries to make a Batmite lover out of Dan. ​Let us know what you're thinking as you listen to the episode by commenting here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943 Serial: Episode 12 - "Embers of Evil"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2021 29:08

    1943 - Episode Twelve  "Embers of Evil" Having escaped another exploding building, Batman and Robin find themselves on the trail of the missing Linda. ​John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave and the two are not at all impressed with this episode.  There really isn't a whole lot to say as it's the shortest episode of the serials and of this podcast.  We do continue to lament the loss and lack of sense of loss of Colton to this story.   ​It's all here and we want to hear what you think.  Comment here or write us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Monster Squad - "The Tickler"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 44:13

    "THE TICKLER" September 25, 1976 Monster Squad was a one season NBC Saturday morning live action show for kids in 1976.  In it, Walt, who worked in his uncle's wax museum, discovered that he could bring the figures of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolfman to life.  Wanting to atone for the sins of their past, the trio, with Walt's crime computer set out on a mission to stop evil wherever they found it. ​For our look at the third episode of the series, we deal with the depressing villain with the misleading name - The Tickler.  He's the first "returning" villain in terms of the Squad has faced him before, but he's new to the viewer.  He wants revenge on Walter and the Squad for sending him away for a long stretch. ​John and Joe Crowe of RevolutionSF and the Dragoncon American SciFi Classics Track discuss the darkness of The Tickler and his henchmen, the great humor that still works in the episode, and the potential for a Monster Squad/Batman 66 team-up facing The Tickler and The Joker. ​Take a listen and let us know what you think here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943 Serial:Episode 11 - "A Nipponese Trap"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2020 50:48

    1943 - Episode Eleven  "A Nipponese Trap" As Chuck White, Bruce learns of one of Daka's hideouts, but the Dynamic Duo find themselves under attack as soon as they arrive. ​John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave where Jim has serious issues with a number of elements that go against the unspoken rules of the Batman comic.  John is simply tired of the simple resolution of the cliffhanger ending, a staple of the 40s serials.   ​It's all here and we want to hear what you think.  Comment here or write us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 77: "The Bermuda Triangle"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2020 41:10

    "The Bermuda Rectangle" March 13, 1977 Professor Bubbles is engaged in some real underwater deep sea piracy and it's up to Batman to stop him.  Where is Aquaman when you need him? John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are at odds with this fifth episodes of the 77 series and not in the way you would think.  Usually, Joe can find the joy in the goofiest of plots, but he struggled a little with this one while John enjoyed every 70s cliche the episode threw at us, from the CB lingo to the sharks to the underwater base. ​Let us know what you're thinking as you listen to the episode by commenting here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    2: Monster Squad - "Mr. Mephisto"

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2020 47:01

    "Mr. Mephisto" September 18, 1976 Monster Squad was a one season NBC Saturday morning live action show for kids in 1976.  In it, Walt, who worked in his uncle's wax museum, discovered that he could bring the figures of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolfman to life.  Wanting to atone for the sins of their past, the trio, with Walt's crime computer set out on a mission to stop evil wherever they found it. ​And in our second episode review, the Squad take on Mr. Mephisto (Barry Dennen) and his dolls, Baby Doll and Arlene Doll as he tries to subvert the political system in Metro City by replacing many of the major figures with animatronic dolls.  John is joined in the Batcave by Revolution SF host and DragonCon American Sci-Fi Classics Track co-moderator Joe Crowe to discuss the parallels with this series and Batman 66.  And there are quite a few. They discuss the guest cast that includes two actors who appeared in Batman 66, how Walter may have been inspired to fight crime from Batman, and wonder what kind of media outlets are in Metro City that no one reports on the mayor's proclamation commending the Monster Squad for their work. ​Take a listen and let us know what you think here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943: Episode 10 - "Flying Spies"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2020 29:04

    1943 - Episode Ten  "Flying Spies" After escaping from another death trap, Bruce dons the guise of Chuck White once again in order to learn about a dropped shipment of radium that they must recover before Daka's men. John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave and talking about the possibility of there being more than one Batman, the frustrating resolution of the cliffhanger and the equally frustrating new cliffhanger. ​It's all here and we want to hear what you think.  Comment here or write us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.  

    Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid of a Bomb!: 8 - "The Scheme is Sound"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2020 58:27

    "The Scheme is Sound" Batman and Robin must foil a new plot by the United Underworld to create and use the world's largest loudspeaker in order to rob a bank. ​John and Robert Long sit down in the Batcave and discuss a film that is the complete polar opposite of the film they discussed in the last episode.  The Parkview Elementary School Music Club in Van Buren, Arkansas produced this 13 minute fan film complete with music and they clearly get the source material.  The two discuss the plot, the portrayals, and the Batmobile that was used in the production. Take a listen and let us know what you think by commenting here or writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 77: "A Sweet Tooth in Gotham City"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2020 41:34

    "A Sweet Joke on Gotham City" March 6, 1977 We take a look at another Filmation original village for the 77 Batman series in the form of Sweet Tooth.  Sounding like Paul Lynde and ready with a crime where he holds the city's water supply hostage (why does that sound familiar?), this is one of the crazier stories and yet our hosts are more than happy with how goofy it is. John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are giving this fourth episode of the Filmation 1977 Batman series embrace this episode wholeheartedly even though it's got a number of problems, which they bring up in their discussion. In this episode, they discuss how good a Paul Lynde Lenny Weintraub does for Sweet Tooth, how Batmite is more useful than Robin, how Batgirl is better used in this version of the series, and the dynamics of the Bat Family in this series. ​Let us know what you're thinking as you listen to the episode by commenting here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943: Episode 9 - "The Sign of the Sphinx"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2020 29:04

    1943 - Episode Nine  "The Sign of the Sphinx" Colton is dead, but there isn't time to mourn his passing as the Dynamic Duo get a lead on one of Daca's men's hideouts.  John and writer Jim Beard discuss the odd title choice, the lack of concern for Colton's passing, and how bad guys never think to just shoot Batman.

    Filmation Batman 77 #3: "Trouble Identity"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2020 45:14

    "Trouble Identity" February 26, 1977 Catwoman is back and she's got a new scheme to make herself rich by stealing a revolutionary device that turns garbage into rich fabrics.  And in order to throw suspicion off her, she dresses as Batgirl when committing the crime.  While the GCPD are tracking Batgirl down, the Terrific Trio are dodging robot cats while trying to prove her innocence. John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are giving this third episode of the Filmation 1977 Batman series equal parts love and equal parts, "What were they thinking?"  In this episode, they discuss the new look Catwoman, the vocal talent of Melendy Britt, and the wasted talents of Catwoman. ​Let us know what you're thinking as you listen to the episode by commenting here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 66 #12: "The Queen of Diamonds' Big Heist"/"To Be or Not To Be"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2020 49:00

    Batman 66 #12 "The Queen of Diamonds' Big Heist"/"To Be or Not To Be" Published: June 25, 2014 We're back to a two-parter and backup story with two villains created for the series.  First, Marsha, Queen of Diamonds has a new plan to get her hands on the Bat-Diamond.  Then, the Minstrel robs Wayne Manor and takes only one thing - the Shakespeare bust! ​John and Dan discuss the likeness issues of the characters in these stories, how John liked a story with a character he doesn't like and was disappointed by a story with a character he loves, and how far filling in the gaps of the Batman 66 series one should really go.   Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.   Links 13th Dimension Website Facebook page Twitter ​ We'd love to hear what you think.  Leave your comments here or write us at the batcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Preview - The World's Greatest Super Friends Podcast: "The Androids"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2020 50:29

    "The Androids" Aired: October 27, 1973 What gives?  A Super Friends Podcast episode in the Batcave Feed.  John and Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension have often pointed out how elements of the Batman 66 series fed the Filmation 68 cartoon series and then the Super Friends and this episode is a prime example as it has a great deal of the camp you found in the 66 series. Make sure you check out the podcast via any of the great podcasting apps or by visiting our Libsyn page - http://wgsfp.libsyn.com/ A lunar mission returns to Earth, but the astronauts are missing.  The Super Friends are brought in to investigate and soon discover that the entire space program is endangered by a scientist and his army of androids.  John and Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension are at odds over how good this episode is. Together, they discuss how much like a Batman 66 episode this story is, how much the space program meant to us, and how the cartoon was mirroring the Superman comics of the time. John references The Ultimate Super Friends Companion by Will Rodgers.  Check it out for yourself by purchasing a copy via Amazon.   Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.   Links 13th Dimension Website Facebook page Twitter  

    Batman 1943: Episode 8 - "Lured by Radium"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2020 39:52

    1943 - Episode Eight  "Lured by Radium" The Colton movie serial guest starring Batman and Robin continues with a shocking cliffhanger ending for episode eight.  Well, that's the way John and Jim Beard are looking at this series as Colton continues to be much more interesting character than either of the Dynamic Duo.  Bruce and Dick track Colton, captured by Daka, to his radium mine where there is chaos in the cave system that leads to an explosive ending.  We talk this, the good and bad story elements in the episode, and the heavy New England accent of Bruce Wayne.

    From the Files of the Batcomputer #49: Eric Elliott & Ian Miller on BATMAN MEETS GODZILLA

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2020 44:56

    From the Files of the Batcomputer 49Eric Elliott & Ian Miller on BATMAN MEETS GODZILLA John and Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension are back in the Batcave talking with two members of the creative team behind the fan produced BATMAN MEETS GODZILLA comic book, Eric Elliott & Ian Miller.  They talk about the unusual origin of this comic book that is based on a proposed movie from the 60s, they talk spoilers, and they discuss trying to be as faithful to the movie pitch while also including more of the 66 universe's characters.  Take a listen and then head on over to get your free copy of BATMAN MEETS GODZILLA.

    Filmation Batman 77 #2: "The Moonman"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2020 50:59

    "The Moonman" February 19, 1977 The Moonman is a strange, new villain the Dynamic Duo have to confront.  Even with the help of Batgirl and the limited interference of Batmite, can they stop this super powered menace?  And what does Bruce Wayne's friend, astronaut Scott Rogers have to with all this? John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are on differing sides when it comes to how much love to give this episode.  And who loves it more may surprise you.  They discuss the limited use of Batmite in this episode, the comedic romantic interest Batmite has in Batgirl, the comparisons with the 1958 World's Finest comic, "Menace of the Moonman", and those amazing gymnastic skills of the Dynamic Duo. ​Let us know what you're thinking as you listen to the episode by commenting here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943: Episode 7 - "The Phoney Doctor"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2020 38:58

    1943 - Episode Seven  "The Phoney Doctor" The Colton movie serial guest starring Batman and Robin continues with episode seven.  Well, that's the way John and Jim Beard are looking at this series as Colton continues to be much more interesting character than either of the Dynamic Duo.  Colton is captured by Daka while Bruce and Dick investigate a Chinese laundry at night. Bruce and Dick?  Not Batman and Robin?  What gives?  We talk this, the weak ending to last episode's cliffhanger, the detection skills of Batman and the payoff of the caveman guard outside Daka's hideout.    

    Batman 66 Comics #11: "The Joker's Big Show"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2020 41:33

    Batman 66 #11 "The Joker's Big Show" Published: May 21, 2014 It's a full-length story in which The Joker and Catwoman escape from Arkham with a plan to take over Gotham by instilling madness in the population. ​John and Dan discuss actors who could have played mainstream Batman villains who appear in this comic series, the art style of Jonathan Case, and the poor portrayal of Robin in this story. ​We'd love to hear what you think.  Leave your comments here or write us at the batcavepodcast@gmail.com.   Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats, Lex and Zod.  

    Filmation Batman 77 #1: "The Pest"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2020 55:09

    "The Pest" February 12, 1977 The Joker has stolen a prototype energy efficient car that is unstable and could blow up.  But that's the least of the Dynamic Duo's problems as Batmite only wants to help and his help is never helpful.  It's a new era of Batman in the 70s, with two familiar voices, Adam West and Burt Ward. John is back in the Batcave, ready to take on a new series of reviews, this time on the 1977 iteration of Batman from Filmation.  And joining him is a familiar podcast voice, Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central.  Together, they celebrate the good and the bad of the series.  Of course, there is the case to be made for and against Batmite, but there's also a discussion of the vocal talents of Lenny Weinrib, the theme song, and peculiar theme of energy that runs through most of the episodes of this series. Let us know what you're thinking as you listen by commenting here or writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943: Episode 6 - "Poison Peril"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2020 28:09

    1943 - Episode Six  "Poison Peril" We take a look at chapter six of the 1943 Batman serial and it takes a turn with the introduction of a new character that Jim will find more interesting than Batman and Robin.  Plus, Alfred gets to go undercover once again and the Battrap/cliffhanger is so elaborate, surely Batman cannot possibly survive.  Or can he?

    Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid of a Bomb! 7: Batman XXX

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2020 92:38

      Batman XXX Is it possible that an adult film manages to create a Batman 66 homage that is more aware of the source material than other films that are just a cheap money grab?  It is and John and Robert Long discuss on an all new episode. ​John and Robert Long sit down in the Batcave to discuss a film that doesn't have the deepest plot and yet is still is deeper than Nora Clavicle.  While they acknowledge this is an adult film, the focus is on the story and visual elements that any Batfan would appreciate and director Axel Braun manages to hit the right notes. ​Take a listen and let us know what you think by commenting here or writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 66 Comic #10 - "The Summer of Freeze"/"Cleo-Bat-Ra"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2020 33:22

    Batman 66 #10"The Summer of Freeze" & "Cleo-Bat-Ra" Published: April 30, 2014 Mr. Freeze returns to Gotham with a scheme to freeze the city based on the needs of the people.  Plus, Batgirl searches for an antidote for a poisoned Bruce Wayne and faces Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. ​John and Dan talk about both stories work nicely in the Batman 66 universe, but John is disappointed that both stories weren't more drawn out.  Plus, they get into the licensing situation with Lee Meriwether and the three Freezes and how one managed to get through even though there was no deal.   Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.   Links 13th Dimension Website Facebook page Twitter

    Electra Woman & Dyna Girl: "The Empress of Evil"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2020 70:58

    "The Empress of Evil" ​Aired: October  9/16, 1976 In what has to be the oddest adventure for the Voltage Vixens, we take on a villain with no real plan and isn't what she seems.  John and Kevin Eldridge of The Flopcast are back in Electra-Base keeping Frank company. ​This time around, discuss how creepy it is that Frank just stays in the basement, the dodgy effects that mark this episode, and the lost opportunities in what is one of the more interesting and darker stories.  Take a listen and let us know what you think by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943: Episode 5 - "The Living Corpse"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2020 45:13

    1943 - Episode Five  "The Living Corpse" Our look at the 43 Batman serial continues with a discussion of the actor who portrayed Alfred, plus confusion over why the Japanese would go to such lengths as they do in this episode to deliver a message.

    From the Files of the Batcomputer #48: Holy Triple Feature! Burt Ward Returns to the Batcave!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2020 36:04

    From the Files of the Batcomputer 48 Holy Triple Feature! Burt Ward Returns to the Batcave!   Burt Ward returns to the Batcave to talk Robin, the Boy Wonder on the eve of his 80th anniversary as a character in the Batman mythos.  But there's also much to celebrate with our own Boy Wonder as Burt tells us about his appearance on the recent Arrowverse Crisis crossover event, his upcoming star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his Batusi charity event, and the latest news from his animal rescue, Gentle Giants.  John is joined by Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension to share in the celebration. Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.     ABOUT GENTLE GIANTS PRODUCTS, INC. This event is co-sponsored by Gentle Giants Products, manufacturer of Gentle Giants World Class Canine Nutrition Dog and Puppy Food (www.gentlegiantsdogfood.com).  Natural Non GMO Super Premium Gentle Giants Dog and Puppy Food along with the Gentle Giants Special Feeding and Care Program helps dogs longer, healthier, happier lives up to 27 years with a wonderful quality of life. This amazingly successful nutritious diet was created by Burt and Tracy Ward along with expert pet nutritionists and in consultation with highly respected veterinarians.  It is the charity of Burt Ward and Tracy Ward who take no salary from the sales of Gentle Giants pet foods to intentionally make it affordable so that all dogs can benefit. Gentle Giants World Class Canine Nutrition Dog and Puppy Food is sold at Walmart Supercenters nationwide throughout the U.S. and Canada, at thousands of other retail stores nationally, including grocery stores, pet stores, veterinary clinics, and feed stores.  Major retailers include Stater Bros, Ralphs, Gelson's, Save Mart, and Lucky grocery stores, and in March 2020, Gentle Giants Dog and Puppy Food will be in Target stores nationally. ​ ​ ABOUT SUPERHEROES TO THE RESCUE, INC.  This event is co-sponsored by Burt Ward's and Tracy Ward's Superheroes To The Rescue, a production company that produces family entertainment, educational materials, clothing, toys and other merchandise and products to make a better world for all of us to live in.  We seek to empower everyone to do great deeds for others.  We encourage kids of all ages to become Superheroes and do whatever we all can to help those in need – and to care for and protect animals.  The goal is to encourage and empower each and every one of us to realize that We Can All Be Superheroes When We Do Whatever We Can To Help - to use our own special abilities and 'SUPER Powers' to help each other, to help animals, and to help the world. ​ ​ ABOUT GENTLE GIANTS RESCUE AND ADOPTIONS, INC. Burt and Tracy Ward operate the world's largest giant breed dog rescue.   www.gentlegiantsdogfood.com Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non profit public benefit corporation that has rescued, cared for and found loving forever homes for more than 15,500 dogs during the last 25 years. Through decades for personally caring 24/7/365 for so many thousands of dogs, Burt and Tracy created their special feeding and care program along with their dog and puppy food to help all dogs live the longest, healthiest, happiest lives possible.  Holy 'Quality of Life' Super Feast, Batman! Every day, Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions feeds more than 600lbs of Natural Non GMO Gentle Giants Dog and Puppy Food to rescued dogs.  

    Batman 1943: Episode 4 - "Slaves of the Rising Sun"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2019 35:08

    1943 - Episode Four  "Slaves of the Rising Sun" We continue our look at the 1943 Batman serial with the fourth episode, "Slaves of the Rising Sun".  In it, we discuss the history of Bruce Wayne's romantic relationships, the sadistic nature of Dr. Daka, and Batman's relationship with the government.  Plus, we look at the career of Shirley Patterson who plays Linda Page.   A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he's written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. His prose work includes GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series; SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring an Edwardian occult detective; MONSTER EARTH, a giant monster anthology; and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure. Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, and is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press.   Websites http://www.facebook.com/thebeardjimbeard http://www.sgtjanus.blogspot.com

    Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid of a Bomb! 6: Alyas Batman en Robin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2019 103:45

    Alyas Batman en Robin In 1989 Regal Entertainment, based in the Philippines, produced a musical comedy spoof of the Batman 66 series.  At that time, Michael Keaton's Batman was about to hit the screens.  DC Comics and Warner Bros. halted the release of the film for two years over copyright infringement.  It should have been held back for the crime of being an awful film. ​John and Robert Long sit down in the Batcave to discuss this film that is much more an homage to Batman than some of the other films we've discussed in the past.  That doesn't make it a better film though.  Despite this, they do find some points of interest to talk about such as how the costuming seems to mimic those of the Mego action figures of the 70s, how the music in the film are all plays on other popular songs, and how meta this film really is. ​Warning:  Just before posting the episode, John found a copy of the film with subtitles.  He and Robert were fairly accurate with their interpretation. ​Take a listen and let us know what you think by commenting here or writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943: Episode 3 - "The Mark of the Zombies"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2019 53:59

      1943 - Episode Three  "The Mark of the Zombies" We continue our look at the 1943 Batman serial with the third episode, "The Mark of the Zombies".  In it, we see the process by which Dr. Daka converts humans into his living zombies and we watch as Batman foils another attempt at stealing the badly needed uranium.  Plus, we wonder how Daka ever came to being the diabolical leader he's supposed to be; we discuss the colorful career of J. Carrol Naish (Daka); and we comment on how Alfred may be the most interesting character in this serial.   A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he's written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history.   His prose work includes GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series; SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring an Edwardian occult detective; MONSTER EARTH, a giant monster anthology; and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure. Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, and is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press.   Websites http://www.facebook.com/thebeardjimbeard http://www.sgtjanus.blogspot.com

    Monster Squad - "Queen Bee"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2019 68:24

      "Queen Bee" September 11, 1976 Monster Squad was a one season NBC Saturday morning live action show for kids in 1976.  In it, Walt, who worked in his uncle's wax museum, discovered that he could bring the figures of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolfman to life.  Wanting to atone for the sins of their past, the trio, with Walt's crime computer set our on a mission to stop evil wherever they found it. ​And in our first episode review of this Stanley Ralph Ross-helmed series, the Squad take on Queen Bee (Alice Beasley) and her bee drones, Spelling Bee and Bumble Bee as she tries to take over the world.  John is joined in the Batcave by Revolution SF host and DragonCon American Sci-Fi Classics Track co-moderator Joe Crowe to discuss the parallels with this series and Batman 66.  And there are quite a few. ​They discuss the henchmen, the merchandise for this series, and attempts at layering the humor as was done in the 60s Batman series. ​Take a listen and let us know what you think here or by writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman Movie 1966 Supplement - The Austin Statesman - July 29, 1966

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2019

    It's July 29, 1966. The Batman movie is set to premiere the next day in Austin. The Austin Statesman provided a 16 page supplement filled with fun articles and advertisements for Batman. In an age of instant Internet access, we kids back then would have treasured such an insert.    Download the pdf. 

    Batman 66 Comic #9 - "Zelda's Great Escape"/"Showdown with Shame"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2019 40:31

    Batman 66 #9 "Zelda's Great Escape" & "Showdown with Shame" Published: March 19, 2014 Zelda the Great is free and back to her scheme of coming up with inescapable traps that she needs the unwilling help of Batman and Robin to solve.  Plus, Shame and Batman have a showdown on top of a moving train.  ​John and Dan talk about John's disappoint with Zelda returning to crime, the "poor deluded girl" lured into a life of crime and adventure, and how the Shame story could easily be a third season episode.

    Episode 88: Filmation 1968 Overview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2019 47:00

    We conclude our look at the Filmation 68 Batman series.  In it, we discuss the voice work, the animation, and our favorite stories.  In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension talk about the times the series aired on cable, how the show managed to take some of the better elements of the 66 series while also leaning on the comics, and how the series got better as it progressed. ​Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Batman 1943 Serial: Chapter 2 - "The Bat's Cave"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2019 39:03

      1943 - Episode Two  "The Bat's Cave" We pick up our look at the 1943 Batman serial with the second episode, "The Bat's Cave".  In it, the Dynamic Duo bring a prisoner back to their secret base to interrogate and we see the grandfather clock entrance to the Bat's Cave.  Plus, we learn that Bruce can be a little sadistic as he fires an unknown energy weapon near his butler, Alfred; we discuss the career and wig of Douglas Croft (Robin); and we comment on the duplicate cliffhanger so early in the series. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he's written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. His prose work includes GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series; SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring an Edwardian occult detective; MONSTER EARTH, a giant monster anthology; and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure. Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, and is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press.   Websites http://www.facebook.com/thebeardjimbeard http://www.sgtjanus.blogspot.com  

    Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid of a Bomb!: 5 - Rat Pfink A Boo Boo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2019 89:16

    So how does one approach a Batman spoof that wasn't intended to be one?  John and Robert are sitting in the Batcave and watching the infamous Ray Dennis Steckler film, Rat Pfink A Boo Boo.  In it, our hero's girlfriend is being menaced in the first 45 minutes of the film.  Based on the setup, one would think that our hero would turn detective to try and stop it, but when she's kidnapped at the halfway point, he and the gardener in his girlfriend's building enter a closet and come out as the masked avengers - Rat Pfink and Boo Boo. ​John and Robert Long are watching their Bat-Monitors and are cringing at the turn of the events for this film as well as the costumes our heroes wear, while marveling at some of the directing choices and laughing at some genuinely funny lines.  It all adds up to a movie that leaves you scratching your head and wondering what it was you just watched.​ Take a listen and let us know what you think by commenting here or writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.   Robert Long is a full time graphic designer and independent filmmaker.  As a first generation Batman syndication kid, he manages the 1966-68 Batman Television Series Group on Facebook.  He has had the pleasure to meet and work with Adam West and Julie Newmar with various projects in the past.  Visit Robert's production company - Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking to learn more about it.

    Batman 1943 Serial: Chapter 1 - "The Electric Brain"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2019 81:42

      1943 - Episode One  "The Electrical Brain" It's the start of a new series of podcast reviews looking at the serials of the 1940s.  The serials are often cited as the inspiration for the 1966 TV series.  John and writer Jim Beard sit down in the "Bat's Cave" to discuss just how true this really is.  In the first episode, they discuss the racism of the time, the fighting style of the Dynamic Duo, the career of Lewis Wilson (Batman), and how Robin looks more like a Brady than a Greyson.  Take a listen and let us know what you think.

    Episode 87: "It Takes Two to Make a Team"/"Opera Buffa"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2019 80:12

    "It Takes Two to Make a Team" & "Opera Buffa" Aired January 1, 1969   Our final look at the Filmation Batman 68 series is a celebration of all that your hosts love about the series.  It has a multi-villain story, Batgirl, Alfred, many nods to the Batman comics of the 50s, current pop culture references and so much more.  In the first story, Riddler, Penguin and Joker team up to break up the team of the Terrific Trio by playing mind games with Robin.  In the second story, the Joker thinks he has finally rid himself of the Dynamic Duo, but he finds himself haunted by their ghosts. ​In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss how the second half of the series really hit its stride in terms of story telling and lament that there wasn't more after that.  They also give a brief wrap-up by talking about their favorite comics adapted and original villains. ​Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.   Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.   Links 13th Dimension Website Facebook page Twitter

    Electra Woman & Dyna Girl 2: "Glitter Rock"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2019 70:25

    "Glitter Rock" ​Aired: September 25/October  2, 1976 Glitter Rock has a plan to take over the world with his hypnotizing music.  But how can his music reach our to the entire world?   John and Kevin Eldridge of The Flopcast are back in Electra-Base and talking about the "Electra-Chicks" and their latest adventure. ​ This time around, they take a look at Electra Woman star Deirdre Hall, they talk about the potential backstory that was hinted at in this episode, and John clearly sees more hints not only of the Batman 66 series, but of the relationship between Adam West and Burt Ward compared to Deirdre Hall and Judy Strangis.  Take a listen and let us know what you think by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com

    Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid of A Bomb! - 4: The Wild World of Batwoman (1966)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2019 91:11

    The Wild World of Batwoman John and Robert Long take on a Batman inspired movie that clearly was trying to cash in on the Batman craze with a heroine that calls herself Batwoman, has an army of Batgirls who help her fight crime, and that's about it.  Producer Jerry Warren exploited not only Batman, but the women in this movie about a mad scientist who wants to create a better world by having beautiful women mate with monsters he's created.  (At least, that's what we got out of it.) ​ John and Robert Long are watching their Bat-Monitors and are finding this one difficult to understand or appreciate even with thought it is in English.  ​ Take a listen and let us know what you think by commenting here or writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.   Robert Long is a full time graphic designer and independent filmmaker.  As a first generation Batman syndication kid, he manages the 1966-68 Batman Television Series Group on Facebook.  He has had the pleasure to meet and work with Adam West and Julie Newmar with various projects in the past.  Visit Robert's production company - Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking to learn more about it.

    Electra Woman and Dyna Girl - "The Sorcerer's Golden Trick"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2019 68:27

    "The Sorcerer's Golden Trick" ​Aired: September 11/18, 1976 As part of the Krofft Supershow, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl ran for 16 weeks in two part installments.  The series clearly borrowed a great deal in terms of concepts from the Batman 66 television show.  John and co-host Kevin Eldridge of The Flopcast take on these episodes, discussing them scene and scene and exploring what the "Voltage Vixens" have in common with the "Caped Crusaders". ​In the opening episode, The Sorcerer escapes from a maximum security prison with a scheme to steal all the gold from Fort Knox.  But there is something wrong with the scheme as it involves the use of mirrors.  John and Kevin discuss the episode, the guest cast, and try to determine how the Electra Comps work and the extent of their powers.  Let us know what you think by writing us here or at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.

    Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid of a Bomb - 3: Mexican Batwoman

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2019 80:26

    When is a Batman movie not a Batman movie?  When is a wrestling movie not a wrestling movie?  When it's the Batwoman.  This 1968 gem may not have the elements one expects in a Batman ripoff film, but it still has much more going for it than the previous outings. ​John and Robert Long are watching their Bat-Monitors and enjoying this movie with only a few reservations.   ​Take a listen and let us know what you think by commenting here or writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.   Robert Long is a full time graphic designer and independent filmmaker.  As a first generation Batman syndication kid, he manages the 1966-68 Batman Television Series Group on Facebook.  He has had the pleasure to meet and work with Adam West and Julie Newmar with various projects in the past.  Visit Robert's production company - Smash or Trash Independent Filmmakingto learn more about it.

    Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid of a Bomb! - 2: Filipino Batman 1966 - JAMES BATMAN

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2019 75:08

    James Batman 1966 Our next look at those movies from around the world inspired by the 66 Batman TV series takes us to the Philippines.  Mere months after the premiere of the television series, James Batman burst on to Filipino screens.  In fact, the movie came out before the American theatrical one did.  That in itself is impressive, but then there is the added wrinkle of Batman teaming up with James Bond.​ That's right, two of the "Three Bs of the 60s" as Adam West once stated are featured in this film.  It's a shame that the boys from Liverpool are not represented in this film.  It might have made it more interesting. John and Robert Long sit down once again in the Batcave and break down this film and it's not as pretty as the last one, even with the help of subtitles. Take a listen and let us know what you think by commenting here or writing us at thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com. Robert Long is a full time graphic designer and independent filmmaker.  As a first generation Batman syndication kid, he manages the 1966-68 Batman Television Series Group on Facebook.  He has had the pleasure to meet and work with Adam West and Julie Newmar with various projects in the past.  Visit Robert's production company - Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking to learn more about it.

    Episode 86: "The Jigsaw Jeopardy" & "Wrath of the Riddler"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2018 44:49

    "The Jigsaw Jeopardy" & "Wrath of the Riddler" Aired December 28, 1968 As you have heard before on the podcast, we're not entirely sure of the broadcast dates or order of episodes when it comes to Filmation Batman 68.  We have been relying on Wikipedia for our schedule.  Based on that, the penultimate episode features a double dose of The Riddler.  In these two stories, he wants to blow up an art museum that refused to feature his artwork and then kidnaps Dick Grayson to stop the development of a crime lab by Wayne Enterprises. ​In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss the inconsistent use of Batgirl in the series, the singular moments where the animation seems above average, and appeal of having Bruce Wayne be an actual character who continues the fight against crime, doing things Batman cannot do. ​Comment on the episode here or write thebatcavepodcast@gmail.com.   Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.   Links 13th Dimension Website Facebook page Twitter

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