Batman '66 is a DC Comics' comic book series running from 2013 to 2016. It continued the TV adventures of Batman and Robin. The series was published in both print and digital versions. The standard run totaled 30 print editions and 73 digital editions; both versions printed the same material. In addition, four crossover miniseries and one "Lost Episode" Special were published.
The main monthly series ran for 73 digital editions and 30 print editions. The print editions were compilations of the multi-part digital stories. The digital stories were released weekly from July 2013 to November 2013, then bimonthly from December 2013 to September 2015. The print editions were released monthly from September 2013 to February 2016. The stories have also been reprinted into five compilation collections, which have been released in hardcover, trade paperback and digital editions. The fourth volume also included a reprint of the "Lost Episode" Special.
Batman '66: The Lost EpisodeEdit
This 2015 one-shot print-only edition was based on an unused episode treatment by renowned science fiction author Harlan Ellison. The story, titled The Two-Way Crimes Of Two-Face, would have introduced Two-Face into the TV villain lineup, but the series was cancelled before the script could be fleshed out. The published volume adapts the story in comic form by writer Len Wein and artist José Luis Garcia-Lopez. The book also includes Ellison’s original prose story outline and the complete, original pencils by Garcia-Lopez.
Batman '66 Meets The Green HornetEdit
In conjunction with Dynamite Entertainment, DC published a miniseries sequel to the crossover TV episodes A Piece of the Action and Batman's Satisfaction. The story was co-written by Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith. Interior art was done by Ty Templeton and Jon Bogdanove, and the main release covers were done by Alex Ross.
The miniseries was published in twelve bi-weekly digital issues (released from May 21 to October 22,2014) and six monthly print issues (from August 2014 to January 2015). The series was compiled into a collected edition in both hardcover and trade paperback editions in 2015.
NOTE: The reason for Gumm's physical deformity in the story is due to the fact that DC Comics could not secure the rights to actor Roger C. Carmel's likeness.
Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Edit
Inspired by the success of the Green Hornet miniseries, DC Comics published another crossover miniseries involving characters and scenarios from the TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. The series was written by Jeff Parker, and featured interior art by David Hine and standard covers by Mike Aldred.
As with the Green Hornet miniseries, this story was published in twelve biweekly digital issues (released from November 23, 2015 to April 27, 2016) and six monthly print issues (released from December 2015 to May 2016). A hardcover compilation was released in Decenber 2016, and a softcover "trade paperback" version is due out in April of 2017.
In this story, the Terrific Trio of Batman, Robin & Batgirl are teamed up with U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin to thwart the machinations of the evil organization of T.H.R.U.S.H.--now with a mysterious new leader--who are planning to indoctrinate many of Gotham's worst arch-criminals into their membership. Could the new leader BE one of Batman's enemies? And can the combined forces of Gotham's Guardians and the men from U.N.C.L.E. stop Batman's Rogues Gallery and T.H.R.U.S.H. from dominating the world?
Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs. PeelEdit
A third crossover was published by DC Comics starting in June 2016, this time in conjunction with Boom! Studios, teaming Batman and Robin with the team of John Steed and Emma Peel from the TV series The Avengers. The series was written by Ian Edginton, with interior art by Matthew Dow Smith and covers by Michael Allred and Cat Staggs.
As with the previous two crossovers, the series was published in twelve bi-weekly digital issues (released from June 8 to November 9) and six monthly print issues (released from July to December 2016). A hardcover compilation is due out in March 2017, and a softcover "trade paperback" is presumed to be released later in the year.
In this Trans-Atlantic tale, Steed and Peel arrive in Gotham City on the trail of the White Star Diamond, which has become the target of desire for the nefarious Catwoman. The "Avengers" team with the Dynamic Duo to save her from the newly-arrived robotic Cybernauts and retrieve the gem. The trail leads them back to London, where the quartet face off against Lord Ffogg, Mr. Freeze, the Cybernauts and their high-tech creator.
Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77Edit
Continuing the series of crossovers with the Caped Crusaders, DC Comics launched a fourth miniseries, this time teaming Batman and Robin with Wonder Woman, as personified by Lynda Carter in the 1975-1979 Wonder Woman TV series. The comic series was co-written by Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker, with interior art by David Hahn and Karl Kesel and covers by Alex Ross and Mike Allred.
As with the three crossovers before it, this one will be published in twelve bi-weekly digital issues (released from November 23, 2016 to April 26, 2017) and in six monthly print issues (from January to June 2017). No word has been given on hardcover or softcover compilation releases as yet.
The series spans over four decades of action, from the 1940's to the 1960's and the 1970's, pitting Wonder Woman and the Dynamic Duo against Catwoman and Ra's al Ghul.