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From Batman 66 #4, the Mad Hatter may be a loon, but he's an ERUDITE loon!

Look, it can't ALL be Lewis Carroll references. In the series the Hatter used the name without the Alice in Wonderland theme, he was genuinely obsessed with hats themselves.

"But why?" you ask? Well, Batman 66 #4 addresses that question, when the Hatter visits London (None of that weird "Londinium" thing the show used in it's 3rd season) to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

All that AND promoting business amongst tourists too! You have to admire a villain who seeks to boost the economy of the country he's visiting.

For those interested in such things, the Mad Hatter in the 1966 Batman TV show was played by versatile stage and screen character actor David Wayne. Noted for creating the role of Og in "Finians Rainbow" (Where he sings the charming, and wordplay filled When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love" and played the villain in the TV version of It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman, as well as being Ellery Queen's dad in the wonderful "Ellery Queen Whodinnits" in... oh ye gods it was 1975. Damn I feel old again.

As you might notice from the video clip, his Mad Hatter had one of the most gloriously exagerrated accents you can imagine. And he'll always have a special place in my warped little heart for being the only villain in the entire series to properly gag Robin.

And speaking of the Boy Wonder, he has a nice couple of moments in this issue too.

As he discovers that the Beatlemania level of attention on arrival at Heathrow Airport can get a little... dangerous.

And then has to drive the British Batmobile, with help from Alfred.... it doesn't start well!


Date: 2013-10-19 10:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] razsolo
I am really gonna have to start buying this, it looks so fun :)

Date: 2013-10-19 10:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] his_spiffynesss
Paul Cornell's British heroes from Knight and Squire would fit so well with Batman '66. I could see a pre-Bond Roger Moore would be a good model for the Knight.

Date: 2013-10-19 11:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] randyripoff
Not really a fan of the British Bat-mobile. Not that there's anything wrong with it other than not looking like a Bat-mobile. I'd understand if they were going undercover, but they're pretty much announcing to the world that they're in London.

Of course, I didn't remember Robin being bound and gagged by the Mad Hatter in the TV series, but of course I wasn't looking for it either.

Date: 2013-10-20 04:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
It looks more like the classic 40's Batmobile:

Date: 2013-10-20 04:10 am (UTC)
randyripoff: (Butterworm)
From: [personal profile] randyripoff
For me, part of what made the 1966 series great was the Bat-mobile. It was something truly different, and to this day it's still special for any number of people.

I agree that this version does harken back to the 1940's version, but I can't say it's better.

Date: 2013-10-20 04:00 am (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Was Bats ever referred to as "THE Batman" in the TV show? From what I remember Batman was always used there as a proper noun rather than as a title.

Date: 2013-10-20 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
According to certain sources on the Internet, David Wayne actually hated his role on the show - I think he even claimed that Dozier and company "blackmailed" him into doing the second Hatter storyline. Don't know how much of it is true, though.

On a lighter note: holy cow this looks fun. I might have to pick it up myself (sadly, it appears that Batgirl is absent).

Date: 2013-10-20 10:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
Odd... I would have sworn they visited England, or at least some part of Europe, in the show itself. I bring it up because I seem to vividly remember Batman instructing Robin to remember to drive on the left, as only Adam West could.

Date: 2013-10-20 03:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filthysize
I think they're just trying to keep with the fictional cities tradition. If America has a Gotham instead of a New York, then England has a Londinium!

Date: 2013-10-20 09:35 pm (UTC)
lbd_nytetrayn: Star Force Dragonzord Power! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
...ah, that would explain that part.

Date: 2013-10-21 01:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jkcarrier
And, IIRC, New Jersey became "New Guernsey".

Date: 2013-10-21 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] donnblake
Huh. My first thought was different types of cattle. *I swear, I'm not a farmboy, really! (plucks hay out of hair)*

Date: 2013-10-21 11:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ensiform
They are also both types of cows. Perhaps that's what they were going for.

Date: 2013-10-22 01:13 am (UTC)
ensiform: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ensiform
I don't want to belabor this point, and say the following with all due respect, but I would think that as a moderator you would not be so quick to come across as pedantic and condescending. (You mean, place names in America with "New" in them are... named for some OTHER place? Gawrsh!)

As a half-Brit who has made multiple trips to the UK all my life, I'm aware of the geography. I was merely remarking what I thought the *writers of the show* might have used as their inspiration rather than an article of clothing basically unknown in the States. I'm happy to be convinced otherwise, but I don't need a map or someone informing me of what is a fairly obvious (the cows are named for their place of origin?!) but moot point.

Date: 2013-10-22 11:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ensiform
I appreciate it, and hope I in turn did not come off as too aggravated over a minor matter. I've always loved your often witty posts and your calm, amenable Internet manner, so coming from you it seemed to me a bit more aggressive than it might have from anyone else.

Date: 2013-10-20 09:34 pm (UTC)
lbd_nytetrayn: Star Force Dragonzord Power! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
Ah, that would explain that... but still doesn't really explain Robin's inexperience with driving on the left side of the road.

Any idea why they made up all those places?

Date: 2013-10-21 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] donnblake
It's all what you're used to. I've been to England numerous times, but I still have to remind myself each time that things are reversed. Meanwhile, I actually know someone who got in an accident because an English driver who'd been living in the States for years forgot one day and drove down the wrong side of the road.


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