Batman #164 is something of a landmark issue. Then again, with this opening scene, how could it not be?
Did you know that the guy who played Robin on the Batman TV show in the 60's cut an album?
Frank Zappa rules. Here's more on that bit if'n you're so inclined.
But I don't think there are any hootenanny songs on that album.
Hootenanny is the rage! THE RAGE, HEPCATS!
Anyway, the comic is really starting to take the tone of the tv show. Here, we have the first appearance of...
.... although in the show, they slid down poles. Maybe that was too tough to draw.
And here's the first appearance of the Silver Age Batmobile!
And here's a... a....
... well, it was just a garage door opener. Those things had been around since 1926 and were certainly common after WWII. This reminds me of that time Sue Storm was showing off the marvelous invention known to us as "the windshield." Shut up, Sue. (tm!)
I believe we were promised some hootenanny.
Oddly enough, even though the tv show would have costumed villains more often than not, the comics would often go in the opposite direction. Here's a cringeworthy happening for every Batman fan:
Man, that was not a proud moment. Both of them were schooled by a pretty average crook. He was obviously a bit clever but still.
Give me more hootenanny!
Why is Dick Grayson saying the song is honoring him? This song is about Batman and Robin!
Oh, crap! Did I Just Say That Out Loud? (tm!)
See you Monday!