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Holy Retro Pop Culture, Batman! 48 years ago today – Wednesday, January 12, 1966, BATMAN premiered on ABC for the first of 120 episodes of campy, Caped Crusader goodness. Like many, I grew up watching it in re-runs on WFLD Channel 32 here in Chicago, a staple of 1980s post-school viewing. As a parent, I’ve introduced my little ones to the series via the 1966 feature-length film on DVD, with hopes that we’ll eventually see the long-awaited proper Blu-ray and DVD release… which seems to become rumored at least once a year.


We have a couple of different Hot Wheels 1966 Batmobiles here at Rock Father HQ, and with outfits like Mattel, Diamond Select Toys, Figures Toy Company and NECA now producing toys based on the classic series, I’ve been tempted. Modern versions of the BATMAN aren’t exactly “kid-friendly,” though the recent LI’L GOTHAM was pretty cute.

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