The Batcave Podcast, Episode 42!

Hey! Weren’t you thinking, “Gee, isn’t it about time for yet another exciting episode of  The Batcave Podcast?”

BOOM! Here you go.

As you doubtless know by this point, host John S. Drew has been taking an extended walk down Memory Lane as he continues his review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s twenty-first story (and 43rd and 44th episodes overall), he’s joined by the purveyor of podcasts over at Views from the Longbox, Michael Bailey, as they discuss the return of the Catwoman in “Catwoman Goes to College” and “Batman Displays His Knowledge.”

From John’s write-up:

“Julie Newmar makes her final bow as the Catwoman in an episode many fans remember fondly. Catwoman decides to follow the straight and narrow as she enters college. But the theft of a statue of Batman from the college and a found beanie cap are all the clues Batman needs to figure out Catwoman is up to something.”

See what John and Michael think of these episodes: “Catwoman Goes to College/Batman Displays His Knowledge


The Batcave Podcast, Episode 41!

Another episode of The Batcave Podcast, already? What’s up with that?

It seems that host John S. Drew has put his foot on the gas, at least a little bit, as he continues with his retrospective of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West, Burt Ward, and cast of favorites. For the second season’s 22nd story (and 45th and 46th episodes overall), he’s joined by indie filmmaker Robert Long to discuss the return of the Clown Prince of Crime Joker in “The Joker’s Last Laugh” and “The Joker’s Epitaph.”

From John’s write-up:

“The Joker returns to Gotham City with a scheme to take over one of the major financial institutions of the metropolis. And he’s engaged the services of a group of unusual goons to help him – a group of robots. These robots are stronger and faster than the Dynamic Duo, but they’re also mute, save for Mister Glee. This gives Josie, the moll, more of a role in this episode. And as all this is going on, Batman schemes to thwart Joker, but his plan backfires and he finds that he’s placed Bruce Wayne in financial and mental jeopardy.”

See what John and Robert think of these episodes: “The Joker’s Last Laugh/The Joker’s Epitaph

The Batcave Podcast, Episode 40!

Greetings, Bat-fans! It’s time for another scintillating installment of The Batcave Podcast!

That’s right, old chums: host John S. Drew marches merrily on with his continuing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West, Burt Ward, and cast of favorites. For the second season’s 21st story (and 43rd and 44th episodes overall), he’s joined by Gotham City 14 Miles editor Jim Beard as they discuss the return of the Riddler in “Batman’s Anniversary” and “A Riddling Controversy.”

From John’s write-up:

“The Riddler is back in town and he needs $3,000,000 in order to acquire a device that will give him absolute control over Gotham City. Can Batman and Robin solve his baffling clues in time? Will they realize the Riddler’s looking a little different this time around? The whole thing is heading for an explosive climax as John Astin takes on the role of the Prince of Puzzlers.”

As most folks probably know, John Astin had a pretty steady gig in the 1960s, portraying Gomez Addams in The Addams Family. Here, he dons the green tights due to a salary dispute between Frank Gorshin and the production. Gorshin would return for the series’ third season.

See what John and Jim think of these episodes: “Batman’s Anniversary/A Riddling Controversy


The Batcave Podcast, Episode 39!

Because I know you were thinking, “Hey! Isn’t it time for another episode of The Batcave Podcast?”

Yes. Yes, it is.

Host John S. Drew continues with his ongoing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s twentieth story (and 40th, 41st, and 42nd episodes overall), he’s joined by professional photographer, Bat-fan, and co-moderator of the 1966 Batman Message Board, Ben Bentley, as they discuss the return of the Penguin in “Penguin Is A Girl’s Best Friend,” “Penguin Sets A Trend,” and “Penguin’s Disastrous End.”

From John’s write-up:

“It’s another three-part adventure story as The Penguin and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds team up with a scheme that could only happen in Gotham City. For some fans, this is another example of where the show has been failing in its second season, but as John and his guest discuss, there are a number of elements that elevate this story if one looks closely enough. In some respects, it has the markings of a first season episode and at the same time, it’s got some of the goofiest bits you would find in the third season episode.”

See what John and Ben think of these episodes: “Penguin Is A Girl’s Best Friend/Penguin Sets A Trend/Penguin’s Disastrous End


The Batcave Podcast, Episode 38!

All righty, then. I guess I’m back on track. For now, anyway.

It seems that yet another episode of The Batcave Podcast has dropped. Host John S. Drew marches merrily on with his continuing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s nineteenth story (and 38th and 39th episodes overall), he’s joined by 13th Dimension web dude Dan Greenfield as they discuss the return of the Catwoman in “That Darn Catwman” and “Scat! Darn Catwoman.”

From John’s write-up:

“The Catwoman is back in Gotham City and she’s training a protegee in the form of singer Lesley Gore as Pussycat. Catwoman’s scheme is to get Batman and Robin under her control with a new drug she’s designed. With their help, she’s hoping to rob the Gotham Mint. How does this episode fair compared to other Catwoman episodes? What did John and his guest think of the inclusion of not one, but two performances by Lesley Gore? Just how ironic was it that Robin was hitting on Pussycat?”

See what John and Dan think of these episodes: “That Darn Catwoman/Scat! Darn Catwoman


The Batcave Podcast, Episodes 36 and 37!

Okay, it’s obvious I’ve been dropped from the mailing list.

As I was head-down in the midst of finishing up the last novel and getting ramped up for the next one, The Batcave Podcast snuck past me yet again and dropped two–yes, two–new episodes on the show’s fans. Host John S. Drew has been continuing his ongoing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s seventeenth story (and 33rd and 34th episodes overall), he’s joined by 13th Dimension website guru Dan Greenfield as they discuss the return of the Mad Hatter in “The Contaminated Cowl” and “The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul.”

From John’s write-up:

“The Mad Hatter is back in Gotham City with a new scheme to get Batman’s cowl. But will he want it once it’s irradiated and turned pink? And will he be able to use his planned deathtrap, a water tower, before the end of the first episode, or will it be another afterthought as in his last outing? These questions will be answered on an all new Batcave Podcast!”

See what John and Dan think of these episodes: “The Contaminated Cowl/The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul


For the next episode, John is joined by a veritable Rogues Gallery of cohosts! Gotham City 14 Miles editor Jim Beard, editor/writer/Batfan Glenn Greenberg, and indie filmmaker Robert Long are all on hand for a special double-length episode as they help John dissect “The Zodiac Crimes,” “The Joker’s Hard Times,” and “The Penguin Declines,” the season’s first three-part storyline!

From John’s write-up:

“The Joker sneaks The Penguin into Gotham City to help him with his latest scheme, a series of crimes dictated by the astrological signs of the Zodiac. It starts with the Aries, the Ram and ends with Capricorn, the Goat. What or who is the final target in this scheme? What role or roles does the lovely Venus have in this scheme? Does this episode hold up as an anniversary story, celebrating one year of Batmania?”

See what John and the gang thought of these episodes: “The Zodiac Crimes/The Joker’s Hard Times/The Penguin Declines


The Batcave Podcast, Episode 34 and 35!

I keep missing meetings and memos, apparently.

While I was hibernating or whatever, The Batcave Podcast saw fit to drop two–count ’em! Two!–new episodes. Host John S. Drew has been marching merrily along with his ongoing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s fifteenth story (and 29th and 30th episodes), he’s joined by none other than writer, editor, voice actor, podcaster, musician, and all around decent dude Keith R.A. Decandido as they discuss “The Puzzles Are Coming” and “The Duo Is Slumming,” the episodes that introduce a new villain to Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery, The Puzzler!

From John’s write-up:

“Maurice Evans is the new guest villain, The Puzzler. Without even knowing the history of this story, one can see that this should have been a Riddler episode and there are many who feel the character is a poor replacement. But as you’ll see in this podcast, there is a lot to recommend Puzzler as a worthy adversary for the dynamic duo and as one of the better villains created solely for the series.

Of course, that’s not to say this episode doesn’t have its problems, that include determining if this is an established villain in the Batman 66 universe or someone entirely new, the proper definition of monopoly, and a crazed Santa Claus.”

See what John and Keith think of these episodes: “The Puzzles Are Coming/The Duo Is Slumming


Next up? John is joined by the incomparable Robert Greenberger, a Batman guru of substantial renown, to discuss the season’s sixteenth story (and 31st and 32nd episodes overall) that introduces yet another new adversary, the Sandman, who teams up with returning villainess Catwoman for “The Sandman Cometh” and “The Catwoman Goeth.”

From John’s write-up:

“That European criminal, the Sandman, is in Gotham City with a scheme to rob the millions of heiress J. Pauline Spaghetti. But he needs someone to run interference with Batman and Robin while he lays out his plan. Who better than the Catwoman?

But is this story as exciting as it sounds? Is it as well executed as earlier Catwoman stories? These questions and more will be answered in this podcast review.”

If nothing else, these episodes are notable for the presence of actor Michael Rennie as the Sandman. Rennie is perhaps best known for the role of Klaatu in one of my all-time favorite films, 1951’s The Day the Earth Stood Still. After a string of films during the 195s0, he would go on to appear on several genre television series during the 1960s, such as Lost In Space, The Time Tunnel, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Invaders.

See what John and Bob thought of these episodes: “The Sandman Cometh/The Catwoman Goeth


The Batcave Podcast, Episode 33!

How do these things keep slipping by me?

Well, they do. That’s right, another episode of The Batcave Podcast has been released into the wild. Can you believe it? Host John S. Drew has returned with yet another installment of his continuing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s fourteenth story (and 27th and 28th episodes), he’s joined once again by writer/editor Jim Beard, who among his various credits includes Gotham City 14 Miles, a collection of essays about the classic series published by Sequart. Together, John and Jim take a look back at the two-part story that heralds the return of the Catwoman: “The Cat’s Meow” and “The Bat’s Kow Tow.”

From John’s write-up:

“The Catwoman proves she has more than one life when she returns to Gotham City with a new scheme. But for once, she’s not pussyfooting around by having a feline themed scheme. She plans to ransom the voices of England’s premiere musical duo Chad & Jeremy. Can Batman and Robin stop her before an international incident brews?”

See what John and Billy think of these episodes: “The Cat’s Meow/The Bat’s Kow Tow


The Batcave Podcast, Episode 32!

What? Another episode of The Batcave Podcast? Already? Well, yeah. That’s what happens when you run late pimping the previous episode.

Moving on….

Host John S. Drew is back with another installment of his ongoing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s thirteenth story (and 25th and 26th episodes), he’s once more joined by Geek Radio Daily‘s own Billy Flynn as they discuss the Penguin’s latest antics in the two-part story “The Penguin’s Nest” and “The Bird’s Last Jest.”

From John’s write-up:

“The Penguin has set up shop once again. This time he’s playing the restauranteur, but he has an unusual system of placing an order at his high priced establishment. What is his game and why is he so eager to get back to prison that makes a lame attempt at lifting Aunt Harriet’s bracelet? Batman and Robin have their hands full with this caper.”

See what John and Billy think of these episodes: “The Penguin’s Nest/The Bird’s Last Jest


The Batcave Podcast, Episode 31!

So, you know, I like…totally missed out on pimping yet another episode of The Batcave Podcast. Somehow, it snuck past me during the holidays, and I only just noticed today that it had been out for over a week, by this point. Holy missed opportunities, Batman!


Host John S. Drew, despite my third-rate efforts at promotion, continued with his review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and for the second season’s twelfth story (and 23rd and 24th episodes), he’s joined once again by writer/podcaster/audio drama guru Jay Smith, he of such nifty and keen audible offerings as HG World and Hidden Harbor Mysteries. Together, they take a look at the story that brings us one of the more oddball villains to face off against the Dynamic Duo, “Come Back, Shame” and “It’s How You Play the Game.”

From John’s write-up:

“Shame is stealing automobiles only to abandon them sans one part to the vehicle. What is his scheme and what strange ideas do John and Hidden Harbor Mysteries author Jay Smith cook up when they discuss this episode? How about Batman working with the Nazis to find escaped POWs in Gotham? How about the Joseph Campbell-esque journey of a young boy from villain to hero? How about the lack of care and guidance parents had in the 60s?”

See what John and Jay think of these episodes: “Come Back, Shame/It’s How You Play the Game