A Batkid from the beginning.

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Hello everyone. I've been coming to this message board for months now and I finally registered and joined your group. I know, what took me so long? I consider my self a bat kid because I watched the show from the very beginning. I can still remember the promo before the show actually aired. It never actually showed Batman and Robin for more than a few seconds and never a clear shot. It did show the riddler in his elephant gas mask saying "get them boys, get them or its curtains!" Haven't seen that promo since. Anyway as a boy of 9 years old at the time, it got me so excited to see the caped crusader coming to TV. And to top it off, we had just gotten our first color TV. Once the show aired, I remember going to school every Thursday and excitedly talking about how Batman was going to get out of the trap from last nights episode. It was a great time to be a kid,especially once Batmania set in. Anyway, not to ramble on too much, I just wanted to say thank you for this site. I love reading everything on it and it brings me back to a much simpler time in my life, as I'm sure it does for many of you. I hope I have a few things to contribute myself, and thanks for letting me join. Now it's time to watch some more blu-Ray episodes. I sure hope Batman gets out of this one!
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I was born in the mid 70's, so I don't truly know what was it like to be in an era where the show was originally broadcast. What was it like?

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Welcome aboard from another first run old timer!! :)
You summed up the feeling of excitement perfectly!

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Well I'm sure there are others on here who are as old or older than me who remember what that era was like, but for me it was pure delight. When the show burst on to the scene, it wasn't long before Batmania set in. They were featured on everything from toys to bed sheets. I remember having the Batmobile as my bedspread. Every night when I turned in to bed I truly thought that I was in the car. Atomic batteries to power,turbines to speed! Batman was everywhere. Pow! Bam! Zonk! became part of our culture. It was in the same feeling when the Beatles first came to America. But for a nine year old kid at the time. even better.You would have really had to be there to truly know that feeling.
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STEPhonIT wrote:I was born in the mid 70's, so I don't truly know what was it like to be in an era where the show was originally broadcast. What was it like?

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Welcome Pongo657!

You perfectly summed up the era and the feelings from then. Enjoy the board and the community. :)
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I was born in 1966. So my experience was syndication only but that was powerful enough. I can only imagine what it was like to experience Batmania directly. Lucky you! Very well written introduction.
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Welcome, Pongo!
pongo657 wrote:I can still remember the promo before the show actually aired. It never actually showed Batman and Robin for more than a few seconds and never a clear shot. It did show the riddler in his elephant gas mask saying "get them boys, get them or its curtains!" Haven't seen that promo since.
Is this the promo that was left off the DVD set because they couldn't ID the voiceover guy?
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<center>I was born in '62, so I can remember watching several episodes first-run in our living room in the mid-'60's. What was almost AS important as getting to watch Batman (and everything we were blessed with on Saturday morning TV) were the toys and coloring books we got on those Christmases past. Those little Ideal figures (which are making a sort of revival now), the utility belts, and plastic helmets made those days a true Golden Age. :)
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chrisbcritter wrote:Welcome, Pongo!
pongo657 wrote:I can still remember the promo before the show actually aired. It never actually showed Batman and Robin for more than a few seconds and never a clear shot. It did show the riddler in his elephant gas mask saying "get them boys, get them or its curtains!" Haven't seen that promo since.
Is this the promo that was left off the DVD set because they couldn't ID the voiceover guy?
I believe it probably is. I would love to see that again. I tried searching all over the web for it, but no luck.
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I too am a bat kid from the beginning, and I can tell you that Batmania was the kids version of Beatlemania. I had my bat costume, my pedal car became the Batmobile, and I craved every toy there was. One of the biggest highlights of 1966 for me was that I got to see the Batmobile at a local fair in August. I wanted to climb inside soooo bad....It wasn't until 1990 that I got to see it again (my avatar photo) and I do believe they were 2 different ones. I have been told that the 1990 one was car #3. I have never seen one since ( of the 1966) but have seen other movie versions .

I am fortunate enough to have had a few of my '60's toys saved for me, and the ones that were not saved I have either replaced, or found repros of. My office is lined with memorabilia from the 4 B's of the '60's...

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Sounds like we all have the same thing in common, especially if you grew up watching the program on tv when it first aired..
I originally was hooked on the TV Superman, maybe due to it on before Batman.
With my Sears or JC penney, dont remember,costume I remember being totally devastated that after numerous rehearsals and attempts, I could never get the hang of flying, even a short distance after launching off the picnic table.
In case someone is wondering, those were wooden tables that were constructed of 2 x 4 lumber and placed in your back yard and usually they were heavily used on Sundays by all your relatives for family get together.Switched to Batman as my favorite Superhero when he arrived due to being a little more accomplishable as far as imitation.Back sometime around 1970, there was a local Ford dealership that had a Bat on display.
All I remember is looking at the Batphone and saying to myself, this is not right! It was a red plastic phone like something from Mattel.Took pictures with a Kodak camera but my dad lost the whole works somewhere.
Bummer, always think about that and wonder which car that might have been.
I remember him shaking his head,and thinking I was nuts over being possessed about the show.
Now I have a laugh about my older kids after suffering through Barney-the big red Dog and Teletubbies.
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