"Billy's Batman Story" (Why I LOVE The 60's BATMAN TV Series) Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
July 18, 2014
Let me tell y’all a story about a little boy named “Billy” from southeast Texas…
Billy was born in the mid-1960s and was raised by a hard-working single mother. Billy’s father had gone to Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and didn’t return the same person he was before he left. As a result, Billy’s parents divorced – which was a “BIG DEAL” back in those days.
While Billy had wonderful “father figures” in his two awesome grandfathers, not having a “Dad” – when all of his friends seemed to have one – there was a little bit of him that wished he had one too…Billy’s Mom probably realized that too.
Ultimately, Billy found another father figure (amongst many that would ultimately come) that would have a HUGE impact on his life: Batman.
This “Batman” didn’t have superpowers. He didn’t fly and wasn’t invincible like Billy’s second favorite superhero, Superman. Batman was just a regular guy, like Billy.
Realistic and relatable.
“If I had a really cool stretchy suit with the mask and cape,” Billy thought, “maybe I could be Batman!”
So Billy’s Mom did THIS for his 4th birthday party...
…and he was Batman!
If you haven’t picked up on it by now, I am “Billy” and this is my story of how I found Batman.
The ‘60s BATMAN TV series was how I discovered the greatest fictional character in the history of literature and Adam West was my “First Batman.”
Naturally, I turned to the comics for more Batman. It was there that I discovered “The Dark Knight” via the stories and artwork of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams. By the time I read THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS in ’86 and saw Tim Burton’s BATMAN in ’89, I had completely turned my back on my “First Batman” and regulated it to an embarrassing chapter of Batman’s past.
“Billy” in 1968 was way smarter than “Bill” in 1989, methinks.
Over the years, I realized how wrong I was to turn my back on what originally made me a Batman fan. Yes, the “campy” Adam West take on Batman in that series hasn’t been “My Batman” now for over 40 years. Thankfully, time – and the wisdom that comes with it – has allowed me to appreciate this important era of Batman history.