BOF’s Bat-Timeline – “Batman in 1966”


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JANUARY: In a “What if” tale in DETECTIVE COMICS #347, Batman is killed and the Batman and Alfred from Earth-2 come to Earth-1 to take their counterparts places and raise Robin.

JANUARY: The BATMAN TV series – starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin – debuted on January 12th on the ABC Television Network.

The first episode was titled “Hi Diddle Riddle” and featured Frank Gorshin as The Riddler.  “Hi Diddle Riddle” started a new 60s dance craze called “The Batusi.”



FEBRUARY: In WORLD’S FINEST COMICS # 155, Batman confesses to Superman that he’s been out-herored in Gotham by a new superhero called Nightman. Batman eventually figured out that Superman had hypnotized him into becoming Nightman and had Batman chasing around himself!

MARCH: The “Bizzaro Batman” shows up for the first time in WORLD’S FINEST COMICS # 156.

MAY: The Cluemaster makes his first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS #351.


JUNE: The villainess Poison Ivy makes her debut in BATMAN #181.


JULY: The live-action feature film BATMAN (1966) – which featured the cast of the ABC BATMAN TV series – premieres on July 30th.



Here’s the film’s trailer…



AUGUST: Perry White and Commissioner Gordon are turned into the evil Anti-Superman and Anti-Batman in WORLD’S FINEST #159.

OCTOBER: Alfred returns to Wayne Manor after its revealed that he’d only been in a coma and not dead in DETECTIVE COMICS #356. Oh yeah, he was briefly the evil Outsider too.


DECEMBER: The villain Spellbinder makes his first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS #358.


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Lifelong Batman fan Bill "Jett" Ramey is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of His passions include Dallas Cowboys football, Elvis Presley, Rock music, cold beer, dive bars, the University of Texas Longhorns, and of course, Batman. He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife ("Announcer Rachel") and his .5 Boston Terrier.