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Like many who grew up in the '60s and '70s (and perhaps even '80s and later), Tim and Paul had the course of their lives changed by the 1966 Batman TV show, from the types of play they did growing up to their present-day interests.

In this series, they discuss the show's allure and its failures, the arc of the show from satire to sitcom, its influences (the '40s serials and the comic books themselves) and the things it, in turn, influenced.

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Jul 19, 2018


Fashions in Crime, Batman 47, 1948

In late in 1965, writer Peggy Shaw (a.k.a. Peggy O'Shea) submitted a Batman script called Fashions in Crime. It was based on a story of the same title from Batman 47 (1948), but naturally much expanded, and it shows signs that Shaw must have been reading Lorenzo Semple Jr.'s early Batman scripts (e.g. Hi Diddle Riddle and The Joker Goes to School). While parts of the script fit the tone of Batman '66, others would have been better suited to a Mickey Spillane novel. In this episode, Tim and Paul go through the script, and reveal a surprise ending — not to the story contained in the script, but to the story of the script itself!

PLUS: The Washington Dead Cats version of the theme, and your mail!

"Fashions in Crime", unfilmed script by Peggy Shaw, PDF

"Fashions in Crime" thread on the '66 Batman message board

"The Cat's Tale," unfilmed script by Stephen Kandel, PDF

"The Cat's Tale," thread on the '66 Batman message board



Below, a couple of pages from the 1948 "Fashions in Crime" from Batman 47

Fashions in Crime, page 6