Tuesday, July 07, 2009

My Favorite Batman

Wouldn't it be cool if they ever animated a Batman show in Bob Kane's style? (Like at the beginning of the 60s Batman live action show)
Hey, imagine if superheroes weren't already established and you had to pitch this idea to a Cartoon Executive...
"Well it's a show about a man who has man powers, but he wears a dark pointy suit and he fights crime without a gun. He's so dark that he laughs at burning children."
"Not only that, he's lonely so he steals someone's underage boy and makes him wear leotards and hot pants covered in fish scales, then puts him in dangerous situations!"






"It's not all serious though. The heroes like to have a good laugh at other men in funny suits being electrocuted."
"Al Franken will sometimes appear in the cartoon, only really large."


"Once in a while they'll take off their underpants and exchange them for Catholic girl skirts.""And when they mutate into 10 foot monsters with monkey heads, their bitches won't notice anything is different."

"Buy this show"

30 comments:

Phil said...

Actually, they kinda did. It's called Batman The Brave and the Bold. Sure it's probably not what you'd want to see, but it looks as close to the original comics as you posted.

Chris Rank said...

Shouldn't this be on the pitch blog?
Hilarious.

Crowley said...

the new Brave and Bold Batman series has been doing the Dick Sprang style:

http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/3800000/Batman-The-Brave-and-the-Bold-batman-3822947-1280-1024.jpg

which is a just a step away from the Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson styles. Bob Kane claimed credit for their styles and many other artist work he swiped from:
http://henryvallely.blogspot.com/search/label/Batman

Torsten Adair said...

"Legends of the Dark Knight" (available on DVD in the "Batman - The Animated Series, Volume Four (From the New Batman Adventures)" animates the style of Dick Sprang, Bill Finger, and Frank Miller.

I believe it is also available on the Batman Gotham Knight 2-DVD edition.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0519697/

Also... Bob Kane was a great businessman, avoiding the mistakes which Siegel and Schuster made. Thus, his personality tends to overshadow Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson. (Most of the covers you display were done by others.)

Jorge Garrido said...

They have a show that's already like this, but it's written by people who aren't very funny, and it kinda sucks. It's called "Batman: Brave and The Bold"

Taboo DYM said...

Only $10 Grand to rub out BatMan... they've got to do better than that.

Ceu D'Ellia said...

Perfect post!
And the CEOs would say something like:
- Bat is a weird animal. You should use a dog. Dogman, or Hamsterman. Kids love hamsters.
- And about his family? We need shows with families. Hamsterman should have at least a aunt and a grandmother, since their parents died.
- What does he learn in the end of each episode?
- No... This show will NEVER work.
- Do you know our network? Do you know what kind of audience we do have? You should do a research about it before pitch something like that.

JohnK said...

"the new Brave and Bold Batman series has been doing the Dick Sprang style:"

I just googled it and I don't see much resemblance. It just looks like the same stuff they've been doing for the last 20 years.

Gabriele_Gabba said...

Oh man, if i pitch this one day, you better be there to witness it John! :D

Chip Butty said...

I'm more interested in the B-feature, POW-WOW SMITH, INDIAN LAWMAN

HemlockMan said...

I have to laugh at the "Bob Kane style" statement. Apparently, Bob Kane never drew anything. He swiped a lot, got famous, then hired other people to draw for him and he signed his name to their work. (I think Crowley had it right--that square-jawed Batman is actually the Dick Sprang style.)

From what I've read, Robin's panties weren't "fish scales" but those crescent shapes were supposed to represent chain mail. Which makes it even kinkier.

Hell--everyone's done the gay Batman and Robin till it's limp.

Ted said...

It is surprising that you (John) do not make a yearly excursion to tv land to see the new shows, even if only an episode of each. You know, a homegrown version of the compilations the networks did of their new cartoon seasons for the fall, but with the underlying business reason of scoping your own industry. It would make your cable bill a deductible work expense on your taxes...

JohnK said...

It already is deductible

thomas said...

Thanks for the post really enjoyed seeing these. I really like the color palette of the covers. The color combinations are quite harsh and raw. They feel urban, or better, gives us an idea of what urban felt like back then.

Lion said...

What about when Batman and Robin would cameo on those hour-long Scooby Doo shows? That was the same as the opening of the live action show.

Niki said...

Man your pitch sounded kooky. And I always thought they styled TV comics after Jack Kirby, thanks for informing me. And I actually like the Batman Brave and the Bold, it's funny in this weird sorta corny way.

Robin, the boy with the metal crotch!

axel leecrow said...

So you like batman.I like new batman animetion show. a camp
feel to the design is not bad. i enjoy it . come look at me blog.

introducingpants said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yourWc_2Hj4&feature=related

the old bruce timm batman animated series had an episode that was animated specifically in a Sprang-esque style. Forget the name of the episode though.

Rick Roberts said...

To add to Hemlock's statement Bob Kane really didn't create Batman, Bill Finger did.

FLAMINGPINECONE said...

It's probably incorrect to say Batman Brave and the Bold copies the style exactly, but it's clear where it's taking cues from. Looks like they streamlined the style into beefier more managable shapes.

And John, I'd track down the episode with Batmite, theres actually a big sequence based of Clampett's "Great Piggy Bank Robbery"

Also Batman punches out my favorite Green Lantern so points for that.

john skewes said...

John,

I think you're giving short shrift to Batman: Brave and the Bold. I'm sure you'll have plenty to nit pick about it (that's why we love you) but it comes as close to true Silver Age goofiness as any TV show since Adam West, and it features a surprising amount on manly fisticuffs for a cartoon of the post-hippie age.

To reiterate what others have said, it's unlikely Bob Kane drew any of those Batman images. He was a mediocre artist but a shrewd businessman. In an age where Siegel and Schuster sold Superman for a few hundred bucks, Kane negotiated a contract that allowed him to rubber stamp his signature on the work of an army of more talented Bat artists.

Peter Bernard said...

Also Sheldon Moldoff did alot of stuff signed "Bob Kane." Bill Finger was a writer, not an artist from what I remember. Yes the new Brave and Bold shows Batman out during daylight, smiling, laughing and signing autographs, whereas the previous series had him hiding from cameras like mythical Bigfoot or Mothman.

Peter Bernard said...

oh and that Batman/Bruce Wayne cover-- is that Kirby? Looks like a Kirby cover, right?

Pete Emslie said...

"Not only that, he's lonely so he steals someone's underage boy and makes him wear leotards and hot pants covered in fish scales, then puts him in dangerous situations!"

Wait a minute - didn't they just bury that guy?

Kadoogan said...

Whatever the case...that was one of the funniest blog posts I have seen in awhile.

HemlockMan said...

Yeah, Rick Roberts is right, too. Bill Finger created the character from everything that I've read. Kane walked away with the prize, though.

Bob Burden once told me an absolutely hilarious story about going to visit Bob Kane. You'd have to hear Burden tell it. Classic stuff.

Jay_fever said...

Where do I go to fund this show????

Rick Roberts said...

Peter:

Yes Bill was a writer but his ideas very much shaped the creation of Batman and the most famous villians.

Ryan Cole said...

A lot of guys here are letting you in on that new Batman cartoon with the 'Dick Sprang' feel, but it's clear the style itself was heavily modified to favor consistent models.

Torsten had already mentioned Legends of the Dark Knight, from Bruce Timm's series, which is far more worth looking into:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26ZVuMsRx3c

Even this version falls into the on model issue, but it had more freedom, since it was just a one-time gig.

At the end of the day, though, this is still my all-time favorite batman animation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi5qoxxQpMY

Waqas Malik said...

though i think this kind of style for batman would be great for a parady, my favorite stlye wud b frank miller's since its the most darkest, and a bat is supossed to be scary, no? lol