‘Batman’ TV series marks 50th Anniversary

January 18, 2016
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A few items from the Holmsey ‘Batman’ collection

Last week was the 50th Anniversary of the Television premiere of one of my favorite TV series……..’Batman’. I don’t remember the series first run on ABC since it premiered in 1966 and I was born in 1964. However, I sure do remember it and loved watching the series in reruns on Channel 29 in Philly and many other cable channels over the years. Last year was a memorable year when the entire series was finally released on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Batman on the fron cover of Life magazine as ‘Batmania’ swept the country

Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to meet various members of the cast over the years. My first encounter with ‘Batman’ himself was in the 1980’s while I was attending ‘Rider College‘ and Adam West appeared on stage and talked about the wonderful series and answered questions from the audience.

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Rider College flyer from 1985 promoting the appearance of Adam West

Helen and I were fortunate enough to meet Adam West many more times over the years at various conventions along with some other ‘Batman’ cast members including, Burt Ward (Robin), Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Frank Gorshin (Riddler), and Malachi Throne (False Face).

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Autographed photo of Adam West ‘Batman’

Adam West (Batman) with Helen

Adam West with Helen

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Adam West with Johnny Boy

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Burt Ward (Robin)

Autographed photo of Burt Ward ‘Robin’

Frank Gorshin ('Riddler' from Batman) with Johnny

The late Frank Gorshin (The Riddler) with Johnny Boy

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Autographed photo of Julie Newmar ‘Catwoman’

Malachi Throne ('False Face' from Batman) with Johnny

Malachi Throne (False Face) with Johnny Boy

Last year I had the opportunity and privilege to chat with author and ‘Batman’ expert Joel Eisner. Below is the entire ‘Batman’ conversation I had with Joel on the internet radio station “Radio Once More”.

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Johnny Boy with Joel Eisner’s ‘Batman BatBook’ from the 1980’s and his updated edition from 2008

 

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Adam West as ‘Batman’ on the front cover of TV Guide in 1966

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Autographed movie poster from the 1966 theatrical released ‘Batman’ movie

Last October at the ‘Chiller Theatre Expo’, Helen and I had the opportunity to attend a mini Batman reunion with Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar!!!!!  What a thrill it was.

This wonderful show will no doubt continue to entertain Bat-fans for generations to come with it’s unique campiness, colorful sets, Hollywood guest stars, and as Adam West put it….the superb, “Theater of the absurd”.

We’ll catch you next time…..same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel!!!!!!

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Helen and Holmsey at the mini Batman reunion with Julie Newmar (Catwoman), Adam West (Batman), and Burt Ward (Robin)………Woo-Hoo!!!!!

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2015 Helen & Johnny Movie Night List

January 4, 2016

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2016 is here and Helen and I enjoyed another fun year at the movies!!!! Some of the films that stood out to me in 2015 were; Whiplash, Woman in Gold, Inside Out, Mr. Holmes, Southpaw, Bridge of Spies, The Martian, and The Peanuts Movie. Here is a list of all the movies Helen and I saw in 2015:

2015 Helen & Johnny Movie Day
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01/06/2015-Into the Woods
01/15/2015-Selma
01/20/2015-The Imitation Game
01/29/2015-Whiplash
02/01/2015-Birdman
02/03/2015-American Sniper
02/12/2015-Jupiter Ascending
02/19/2015-Kingsman: The Secret Service
02/24/2015-The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
03/12/2015-Still Alice
03/19/2015-McFarland, USA
03/24/2015-Chappie
03/29/2015-Cinderella (2015)
03/31/2015-Home
04/07/2015-Insurgent
04/14/2015-It Follows
04/23/2015-The Age of Adaline
04/30/2015-Ex Machina
05/05/2015-Avengers: Age of Ultron
05/12/2015-Woman in Gold
05/19/2015-Unfriended
05/26/2015-Poltergeist
06/13/2015-Tomorrowland
06/16.2015-Jurassic World
06/20/2015-Love & Mercy
06/24/1015-Jaws 40th Anniversary
06/30/2015-Inside Out
07/08/2015-San Andreas
07/14/2015-Minions (3D)
07/21/2015-Ant Man (3D)
07/30/2015-Mr. Holmes
08/04/2015-Southpaw
08/13/2015-Shaun the Sheep Movie
08/20/2015-The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
08/27/2015-Fantastic Four
09/03/2015-Sinister 2
09/08/2015-The Gift
09/29/2015-Everest
10/06/2015-Black Mass
10/13/2015-The Visit
10/22/2015-The Martian
10/27/2015-Goosebumps
11/04/2015-Bridge of Spies
11/07/2015-The Peanuts Movie
11/11/2015-Crimson Peak
11/13/2015-Spectre
11/24/2015-The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
12/05/2015-Krampus
12/08/2015-Creed
12/15/2015-Spotlight
12/22/2015-Brooklyn
12/31/2015-Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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It was an exciting and fun year at the movies for us this year, and some of the films that look interesting for 2016 include, The 5th Wave, The Secret Life of Pets, The Boy, Independance Day: Resurgence, and Star Trek Beyond.

Helen and I look forward to seeing you this year at the movies!!!!! Have a fun year at the Theater and don’t forget the Popcorn!!!!!

Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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