Thursday, September 7, 2017

POW! 1966 BATMAN TV Series Opening Credits! The Rare Sketches and Paintings! Holy Pre-Production!

ZAP! Everyone is familiar with the fabulous animated opening credits to the famed 1966  BATMAN TV series (you're singing "Na-Na-Na-Na Batman!" already, aren't you?) that ran before the live-action excitement of each episode, but have you ever seen these polychromatic pre-production sketches and cel paintings produced for that sensational scene? Click below to view these super-rare images created solely for the memorable 60s segment!

Above five images: Our heroes are set upon by heinous super-villains!
Note the inclusion of longtime Batman foe, Clayface!


Above: Only to be bopped ("zokked?") by Batman!


Above two images: The foes disposed of, the duo turn to shake hands....


Above three images: Before the final credits run, more
freaky foes (including a brutalized Joker) go a-flyin'!


Above images: The riotous wrap-up, with Batgirl blazing across
 the screen (during season three) on her (early version) Batgirl-cycle!

Bat-thanks to James Guthrie for bringing these awesome images to light!


Above: Dig this fantastic custom banner whipped up by artist Patrick Owsley!
A terrific homage to the opening BATMAN cartoon credits!


BONUS: Click below to view this amazing opening animated intro!





4 comments:

wendylovesjesus said...

Wow, what treasures these are! Oh, to have them hanging on your wall. :D

Unknown said...

Great find! Do you know who drew the originals?

Tim Lasiuta said...

Very nice Al. Priceless art. Looks like Kane or one of his many ghosts. Thanks for posting.

Brian Fies said...

I'm amazed to learn these still exist. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.