If you are a Batman fan, you have seen or heard of the Batman TV series in the 1960s.
It was a wildly popular, campy show that starred Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Burt Ward as Dick Grayson/Robin. It was known for its witty words, over-explanations, devices called the “bat-something” and Robin usually exclaiming “Holy (insert word here), Batman!”
The show ended in 1968, but with the 75th anniversary of Batman’s creation, DC Comics have been celebrating everything about the Caped Crusader. In this one-shot, “Batman ’66: The Lost Episode,” a lost episode created by Harlan Ellison comes to life on comic book pages. Jump back into 1966 with “The Two-Way Crimes of Two Face.”
In this comic, we are introduced to Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face. We find out that he was injured when a suspect splashed his face with acid, and slowly he went crazy. He uses his two-sided coin to determine the fate of his violent acts, so he will hand robbery money back if his coin dictates so. But this time, he is determined to kill Batman.
After a constant wild-goose chase, Batman and Two-Face comes to blows — twice. Both times Batman prevails and Tw0-Face eventually faces jail.
What makes this comic so special is, the villain Two-Face was never introduced on the television show, and would have been if Ellison’s script was produced.
Behind this special one-shot comic there are two special features: the pencil sketches of distinguished comic book artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, who drew “Batman ’66: The Lost Episode.” Behind that is a copy of the original screenplay manuscript by Ellison. Writer Len Wein used this manuscript to create this comic.
Batman fans will thoroughly enjoy this kooky, fun comic book. It is rated E for Everyone, and it makes a perfect stocking stuffer for those comic book fans. Check it out at your local comic book store soon.
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