Capitalizing on the popularity of the Batman comics from the thirties and forties, Columbia released a 15 chapter Batman film serial in 1943. Think Buck Rogers, but featuring Batman. The serial featured actors Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft as Batman and Robin respectively.
What becomes clear watching these old films is that they provided much of the basis for the “Batman” television show featuring Adam West which ran from 1966 to 1968. The show itself was largely a parody of these old programs. The stilted language and goofy costumes that became synonymous with the sixties TV show were all direct jokes about what, by the sixties, would have felt dated and cheesy about these films from the forties.
The series was popular during its initial run, and enjoyed a second-wind of sorts in the sixties, when it was re-released theatrically to capitalize on the popularity of the Adam West show. Perhaps now, with the sixties Batman show potentially gaining popularity among young viewers thanks to the forthcoming DVD release, and the websites that have made the show viewable (more info here), there will also be a resurgence in popularity for these old serials.
Check out the first Batman film of all time!
For Immediate Release
HERO INITIATIVE ORIGINAL JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #50 COVERS MAKE NATIONAL TOUR
All 100 covers displayed and auctioned over three tour stops
LOS ANGELES, CA (Nov. 2, 2011) – The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need, is taking its Justice League of America #50 show on the road.
All 100 original covers created by comics’ top artists are currently available for view on the Hero Initiative Website. And starting in December, you’ll be able to see them live and in person…and own them through on-site auctions according to the following schedule:
• Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA, December 3, 2011: World premiere display of all 100 covers and auction of first one-third
Proxy bidding will also be available for bidders unable to attend the events.
The Justice League of America 100 Project represents Hero Initiative’s first major collaboration with DC Comics. DC generously donated 100 blank-covered cardstock copies of Justice League of America #50 to Hero, and 100 well-known stars such as Alan Davis, George Pérez, John Romita, Alex Ross and many more created original covers for Hero.
“I’m thrilled to be part of such a great project, and also showcased among so many of the greatest artists in the world,” said Hero Initiative Chairman George Pérez. “And of course, it’s wonderful that sales of the covers will go toward helping many comic creators in need.”
Both hardcover and softcover editions of The Justice League of America 100 Project, a book collecting all the covers, will be available for sale at all three auction venues as well.
“We are honored to support such a worthwhile cause and encourage DC Comics fans to participate in these Hero Initiative auctions that offer one-of-a-kind JUSTICE LEAGUE #50 covers,” stated Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Entertainment.
Art attached: Justice League of America 100 Project cover, Charlie Adlard cover, Walt Simonson cover, Alex Ross cover
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.
CAUTION! There is a very real possibility that YOUR BRAIN IS GOING TO MELT upon seeing this EXCLUSIVE TRAILER!
Of all the titles in the DCNu, TEEN TITANS is the series that is the most radical departure from the series we’ve seen! Yeah, we all wish it was three weeks later and we have a copy of the first issue in our hands… but for now will have to make due with the premiere of this pulse-pounding trailer!
Buy all your DC Comics New 52 and any of the other great comics coming out these days from our OWN EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL COMICS DOWNLOAD SITE:
We have a full night of entertainment coming up on Tuesday August 30th, so let’s dig right in!
First, at 8pm, we have Nerdy Secrets!
Ever wanted to know what your favorite creative types go geek-tastic over but were too timid to ask? Sure you did, which is why host Mo Fathelab will take that burden off of your shoulders and ask those awesome questions.
And since it’s the end of the holy month of Ramadan, come down to The Nerdist Theatre at Meltdown Comics to enjoy an authentic end of Ramadan feast as Mo and his cohost DC Pierson chat it up with:
-KUMAIL NANJIANI (The Indoor Kids; star of “Franklin & Bash”)!
-MATT SELMAN (Executive Producer/Writer of “The Simpsons”)!
-AZITA GHANIZADA (Star of the new SyFy hit “Alphas” & the 1st Afghani-American lead of a TV show)!
With Nerdy Kid, GIL T. DOMINGUEZ-LETELIER, who’ll give us a rundown of the best and worst films of 2011 (so far).
-Opening for Nerdy Secrets is the always funny DAN CURRY!
This show is $8 in advance, $10 at the door, so get your tickets now!
Then after the show, stick around for Meltdown Comics’ DC Reboot Party!
As you probably know (I mean, you are reading this blog), DC is relaunching all of its main titles, starting with Justice League #1, launching August 31st and starring Batman, Superman,Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman.
Starting around 10:30, we’ll have a night of costume contests, a eulogy for the old DC Universe, a live reading of the new comic, comedy, and more fun!
And best of all- it’s FREE!
Meltdown Comics is proud to announce our Midnight Release party for Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1, the starting point for the NEW DC Universe.
In addition to getting your copies before anyone else, you’ll be treated to awesome comics-related comedy by Tom Franck of Comics and Comics, who will also interview two of the New DCU Architects: Scott Lobdell (Teen Titans, Superboy, Red Hood & The Outsiders) and Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, Deathstroke). All Attendees are invited to compete in our cosplay contest, with first prize being a complete set of all 52 #1 issues DC is releasing in September!
The fun starts at 11 PM on Tuesday, August 30 (*Flashpoint #5 & Justice
League #1 go on sale at 12:01 AM Wednesday August 31st) – don’t miss it!
MELTDOWN COMICS’ DC COMICS RELAUNCH MIDNIGHT PARTY!
SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE
SCOTT LOBDELL (TEEN TITANS, SUPERBOY)
KYLE HIGGINS (DEATHSTROKE, NIGHTWING)
plus more to be added
ENTER OUR COSPLAY CONTEST
FIRST PRIZE IS ALL 52 NUMBER #1′S ON US!
WAYNE CASINO CHIPS WILL BE HANDED OUT WILL SUPPLIES LAST
ALL DC COMICS ACTION FIGURES, GRAPHIC NOVELS, & TSHIRTS
20% OFF ALL NIGHT LONG!