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.