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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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Jun 9, 2022

The Joker Jury

As we know, many episodes of Batman — especially in the first season — were based on stories from the comics. And additional comics stories were floated as possible episodes but didn’t make the cut. This time, we focus on one such story: The Joker Jury, by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff, originally appearing in Batman 163 (May 1964) and adopted into an unproduced treatment by Max Hodge, writer of the first two Mr. Freeze arcs of the show. What changes did Hodge make to the story and why? Why might this not have been produced?

PLUS: Chris Holland’s rock guitar version of the theme, more Adam West on the Merv Griffin Show, and some of your mail about Episode 183’s bat-costume discussion with Chuck and Lynne Williams.

The Joker Jury comics story

The Joker Jury treatment

13th Dimension: Photos of bat-costumes owned by collector "Alfred"