Jun 29, 2017
In 1966, the
Batman TV show was big in numerous countries, including
Tim’s adopted home of Japan,
where it led to the licensed creation of a series of Japanese
Batman comics. While the purpose of the comics (written and drawn
by Jiro Kuwata) was to cash in on the show’s
popularity, the stories are based on Batman comics of the early
‘60s and before, though often greatly decompressed, with added
elements, and sometimes just freeform weirdness.
In this episode, manga translator Kumar Sivasubramanian joins Tim and Paul to dig into the series — its influences, how it compares to the show and to the source-material comics, and a comparison of the 2008 Chip Kidd art book on the topic vs. the subsequent full publication of the ‘60s series in English — which is more worth your time?
ALSO: The Sheena and the Rokkets version of the theme, a plot glitch in “Batman’s Satisfaction” that we somehow missed, and your mail!