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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (21 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401244955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401244958
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 0.9 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. R. Clarke on 15 Mar 2014
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A great book but does not have all the stories that inspired the TV show. Mr freeze's chilling deathtrap is absent, as is the False face story and countless others. Hopefully DC will release a volume 2 to make up for the misleading advertising here.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By clarkkent on 27 July 2014
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well packed and exactly as described
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Amazon.com: 14 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great collection - Make sure you know what you are buying 18 Jan 2014
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I pre-ordered this as soon as it was available, as it was originally put forth as a compilation of the recent Batman '66 comics. As you can see, they have now updated the description - this is a collection of stories that *inspired* it. It's still easy to be confused, though - as the same exact cover is shown on the current pre-order for the actual Batman '66 collected edition that is being sold for April 14 (the cover they are showing is identical, including the titles).

That said, it is a very good collection that has many key issues for the folks who are interested in the actual stories that were adapted in or at least inspired story lines and characterizations in the TV show, including the first appearance of Mr. Freeze (as Mr. Zero) and key Riddler issues.

I rated it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the misleading cover - NOT the Amazon-specific issue mentioned above, but that the cover features Catwoman, who simply does not appear on a single page. Huge disappointment to me, as she is my favorite character - not sure I would have ordered it had I known (though, in the end, I am glad I did). I wanted to only give 3-stars because of that, but because it's overall such a good collection I settled on 4.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Holy Flashback, Batman! 31 Jan 2014
By D. Haupert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are a Baby Boomer like me who grew up on the BATMAN television series, you are going to love this collection of reprinted stories from the late 1940's to the mid 1960's which actually inspired the 1960's television show. In fact, some of the early plotlines and dialogue was actually lifted from several of the stories in this collection. The rogue's gallery includes The Riddler, The Joker, Penguin, Mad-Hatter and Mr. Zero (known as Mr. Freeze on television). Sadly Catwoman is missing from these stories. But as an added bonus, we get the debut of Batgirl (a.k.a. Barbara Gordon).
This is a fun, nostalgic book. And unlike today's comics which seem to take 6-12 issues to tell a story, each tale in this book is self-contained and only takes 9-12 PAGES to tell!
My only real complaint about the book is the way DC COMICS is merchandising it. They call it BATMAN: THE TV STORIES which would imply that the stories contained within were taken from the television series. This of course is totally untrue as nearly all of the stories in this book were published BEFORE the Batman television series went on the air.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fun Collection of Stories. 24 Feb 2014
By J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a fan of the sixties Batman, than these stories are for you. This collection brings together most of the original comic book stories that were used as the basis for some of the television series adaptations. Growing up in that decade, I loved the covers to Batman and Superman during that time. For some reason, they really captured a kid's attention. Now, as an adult I understand that there is not a great deal character development to them, and boarded more on the ridiculous and surprising (not shocking) the young reader's with the villains' antics. This made them perfect for being used on the ABC program, and with the inclusion of Adam West's series deadpan humor and the cowardly criminals overplaying their roles surprisingly made a television classic.

Sadly, it was disappointing that two of the stories used in the series aren't included in this collection. Maybe next time.

Great cover by Amanda Conner. Pity it doesn't happy anywhere in the anthology, but it does capture the feel of the tv show.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Where is the Catwoman story? 31 Jan 2014
By bookandcdfreek - Published on Amazon.com
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That's my one peeve about this book. A distinct lack of Catwoman compared to Riddler, Penguin and Joker, even though she is on the cover!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
happy to receive this book 8 Sep 2014
By John A Driscoll - Published on Amazon.com
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Verry, very, happy to receive this book, as I can read the (more serious) comic book stories that inspired the (less serious) television adaptations from the beloved 1966-68 television series. It's amusing, but I had searched for YEARS to find the comic-magazine story that the first BATMAN Television episode was based-upon. Now that I have purchased this item, as well as BATMAN: THE DYNAMIC DUO-ARCHIVES< VOLume 2, I NOW OWN TWO COPIES of my long sought-after (less-than) holy grail. I wonder if DC is planning a second volume of BATMAN: THE TV STORIES, as I know that there are at least two more comic-magazine adventures used for the show: (A) THE PENGUIN'S NEST, (B), THE MENACE OF FALSE-FACE.
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