Batman in the Sixties, by Rick Taylor, Dick Sprang, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff, E. Nelson Bridwell, Chic Stone, Frank Robbins, Mike Friedrich, Irv Novick, John Broome, Adam West, Gardner F. Fox, Robert Kanigher
adventurous emotional inspiring lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
- Plot- or character-driven? Plot
- Strong character development? It's complicated
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated
I just couldn't get used to the style.
This is a good sampling of stories from the sixties that demonstrates the changing look and feel of the wholesome stories of square jawed crime fighter and supervillain defeater with juvenile side kick of the 1950s to the brooding Dark Knight of the 1970s and beyond. There's a shift in the supporting cast, a/k/a “the Batman Family,” as well. During the decade Bat-Girl Betty Kane in a costume color coordinated with Robin’s is replaced by Batgirl, crime fighting librarian Barbara Gordon, in a costume matching the Batman’s. Police Commissioner Gordon grows younger while Dick Grayson, Robin, grows up, graduates from high school and departs for college. Remaining consistent throughout though is the word play in the scripts: the puns, alliteration and jokes, some good, some bad, but always issuing from the lips of the heroes just before the “THUD!, SOK!,” and “WHACK!” of the villain stifling fist fights.