The books pile up. The to-be-read stack is getting a little high again. And the review pile is just embarrassing.
For whatever reason, I seem to be on several mailing lists for book reviewers and book marketing people. Occasionally they want to ask me stuff and so I answer them.
Since the Live-action portion of this retrospective got so long (so much bad TV, so many boneheaded choices, so many heroes, so little budget!), I split off the animated section into a separate post, so here we are.
We talked about the history of superheroes on TV a couple of weeks ago, and got through the 1960s. Naturally we can’t leave off there, so here’s part 2, covering the ’70s and ’80s. After Batman ended, the networks moved on to other genres. There were a lot of westerns, WWII shows, sitcoms, cop shows, doctor shows, detective shows, and a handful of sci-fi shows, some of which were close enough to superheroes for me.
Tuesday was, as we all know, National Gorilla Suit Day. A brief synopsis for the latecomers: Back in the 1960s, MAD Cartoonist Don Martin told a tale in which benighted protagonist Fester Bestertester rails against a fake holiday invented by the gorilla suit manufacturers’ cabal in order to sell their product, and is hilariously punished for this affront in a myriad of ways. He named January 31 is National Gorilla Suit Day.
Last week I wrote about Dick Gautier, and mentioned that one of his first major roles was on Mr. Terrific, CBS’ ill-fated attempt at grabbing some of the heat generated by ABC’s Batman. That got me to thinking about the fallout from Batmania. There were a few shows, specials, and most especially cartoon series that tried to get some bat-mojo going. I thought I’d dig up some of the ones I remember.
Dick Gautier, best known as Hymie the Robot on Get Smart, passed away this week at age 85, so I thought it would be appropriate to give him a proper acknowledgement. In comedy, the “straight man” doesn’t always get their due; if they do their job right, they make it look easy, and their partner gets all the laughs, but it takes great timing and delivery to set up a joke, and Gautier was good at it.