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Beard, Jim, ed. Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 essays on why the 1960s batman tv series matters. Sequart Journal. Edwardsville: Sequart Research & Literacy Organization, 2010. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780578064611
BibTeX citation key: Beard2010
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Keywords: "Batman", Adaptation, Collection of essays, Superhero, TV, USA
Creators: Beard
Publisher: Sequart Research & Literacy Organization (Edwardsville)
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Gotham City 14 Miles offers the 1960s Batman TV series the critical reevaluation it deserves. Its essays examine Batmania, camp, the role of women, the show's participation in '60s counter-culture, its many celebrated actors, its lasting cultural effects, and other critical subjects.
From 1966–1968, on both ABC and in movie theatres, America embraced Batman as a campy cultural icon. The nation thrilled to deathtrap cliffhangers and phrases like “Atomic batteries to power!” and “Same bat-time, same bat-channel!” 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. Having won this battle for legitimacy, perhaps we can now return to Adam West's Gotham, to the unapologetic fun of colorful, cackling villains hatching bizarre schemes, and deadpan heroes ridiculously climbing walls. And perhaps we may find it not only fun but rich with deeper cultural meanings.

Table of Contents

Jim Beard: “Giant Lighted Lucite Map of Gotham City”: An Introduction (1)
Robert Greenberger: Bats in their Belfries: The Proliferation of “Batmania” (6)
Peter Sanderson: The 1960s Batman TV Series from Comics to Screen (27)
Jim Beard: Such a Character: A Dissection of Two Sub-Species of Chiroptera homo sapiens (56)
Timothy Callahan: Notes on Bat-Camp (76)
Becky Beard: Aunt Harriet’s Film Decency League (84)
Bill Walko: POW!: Batman’s Visual Punch (97)
Chuck Dixon: “Known Super-Criminals Still at Large”: Villainy in Batman (121)
Michael S. Miller: May I Have this Batdance? (144)
Jennifer K. Stuller: The Best-Dressed Women in Gotham City (155)
Michael D. Hamersky: “Holy Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor!”: Youth Culture in Batman (175)
Michael Johnson: Gotham City R&D: Gadgetry in Batman (189)
Robert G. Weiner: Theatre of the Absurd: The 1966 Batman Movie (200)
Will Murray: Jumping the Bat-Shark: The Demise of Batman (219)
Paul Kupperberg: “Some Days You Just Can’t Get Rid of a Bomb”: The Legacy of Batman (243)
Jeff Rovin: Afterword (262)
Joseph F. Berenato: Appendix: Episode Guide (266)
Michael S. Miller: Appendix: A Bat-Discography (276)
About the Contributors (285)
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