Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters

Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters
Genres: Anthology, Non-fiction
Tag: DC Comics
ISBN: 1466333057
I had the privilege of penning the opening chapter to this essay collection. Here, I set the stage for what pop culture in America was like just before the January 6, 1966 debut and how Batmania swept the country oh so briefly.
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About the Book

From 1966 to 1968, both on ABC and in theaters, America embraced Batman as a campy cultural icon. 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. Now, we can return to Adam West’s Gotham… to the unapologetic fun of colorful, cackling villains hatching bizarre schemes… to phrases like “Atomic batteries to power!” and “Same bat-time, same bat-channel!..”. to deadpan heroes climbing walls and defying deathtrap cliffhangers… and find these aspects rich with cultural meanings we may have ignored. GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES offers the series the critical reevaluation it deserves. The book’s diverse essays examine Batmania, camp, the role of women, the show and ’60s counter-culture, the show’s celebrated actors, its lasting cultural effects, and other subjects. From Sequart Research & Literacy Organization. More info at

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