I remember that the channel airing the reruns treated it as a big deal. It aired after The Mickey Mouse Club and billboards around town showed a mouseketeer hat on one side and the top half of Batman's cowl on the other. I remember being hugely disappointed there wasn't an actual hat like that. Actually, I still am.
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Unfortunately, although I would get to see the movie several times over the intervening years, after that station quit rerunning the show, I wouldn't get to see it again until I was 11....and the station that reran it then showed it at noon while I was in school. I only got to see it on holidays.
. I also had the Super Heroes vs Super Gorillas which was released in September 1976, so it could have come first, but it may have still been on sale in October.
Probably, since it was a special one-off issue that wouldn't have been replaced the next month by a #2.
I remember that one. Batman's encounter with "The Gorilla Boss of Gotham City" was the best story in the collection, and for a concept so nutty, and drawn in such a cartoony way, it was surprisingly creepy and disturbing.
As near as I can tell, the first Batman comic I bought off the spinner rack was #239. Still a favorite.
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Australia finally got the 1966 "Batman" feature on a double-bill (with the 1966 movie, "Smoky"), from August 25 - September 7, 1967, which was the New South Wales school holidays. I think my parents assumed it was just episodes from the TV on the big screen? We actually went to "Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree" (on a double bill with "The Ugly Dachshund") instead. Sigh. Sadly, I didn't get to see the movie until many years later, on TV. When the Scanlens' reprints of the Topps' "Bat Laffs" cards came out, many of us were puzzled about how Catwoman, Joker, Riddler and Penguin appeared in scenes together, particularly with all that signage in their hideout.
What would have made that movie of great interest to Aussie batfans is that we didn't get colour TV until March 1975. (The "Batman" TV show was a great rerun choice for 1975.)
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(aka Ian McLean, from Sydney, Australia)