It's time for another performer announcement!
HOLY HOOP, BATMAN! It's Sirena Von Strumpet as Robin the Boy Wonder!
Sirena Von Strumpet is no stranger to the stage, albeit new to the burlesque scene. She has performed throughout Europe, Asia and Australia as a trapeze artist and circus diva for over 10 years, and is one of Australia's most respected circus artists.
She enjoys learning new skills and performance styles, whilst challenging her physical and social limits. For Club Gotham, she is particularly looking forward to the prospect of acceptable public nudity.
Tickets now on sale to see Sirena Von Strumpet in all of her glory at www.cabaretfringefestival.com/club-gotham/
Here's that segment from "Batman: Full Circle" I mentioned the other day with Bats telling Alfred to make Robin some chocolate cake. This loving example of Batpadre is brought to you by artist Alan Davis and writer Mike W. Barr. I'd like to see modern Batman try to do this to Nightwing whenever the two of them have a pissy father and son argument. Alfred: "Master Bruce, Master Dick is mad at you." Batman: "Take the boy a piece of your chocolate cake, Alfred." Alfred: "Veddy good, sir." Dick: "wtf Bruce I'm a grown ass man who boned Starfire, you can't win me over with cake anymore"
Introducing Bat-Facts, tiny bits of knowledge about the Batman TV show we all love! Let's start this new section with the story of how the TV series helped to save Batman comic books from cancellation!
Batman was an instant success when debuting in comics in 1939, but for decades, he played definite second fiddle to Superman in terms of global awareness outside of comics. The 1954 publication of anti comics screed "Seduction of the Innocent" nearly brought down the comic book industry, and although DC Comics survived (many other smaller publishers did not) they did not survive unscathed. No character was more affected by this book at DC than Batman. Almost overnight, gone were the great, creepy villains of Batman’s 1940’s heyday; Catwoman was deemed “too hot” for a children’s book, Two Face too scary for kids, and villains like The Penguin, Riddler and Scarecrow vanished, replaced by kooky looking aliens and mad scientists. The Joker remained as Batman’s main nemesis, but instead of the murderous, insane gangster clown, he was transformed into a harmless, lame prankster.
The debut of the Batman television show changed all that forever. Debuting in January 1966, Batman was a pop culture sensation that rivaled Beatlemania at the time. For the first time in their respective histories, it was Batman that was the highest-selling superhero comic book and not Superman.
The show returned the original classic villains to prominence: it cemented the notion of these bad guys (particulary the “big four” of Joker, Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin) as the “A List” of Bat rogues, a concept that would carry over into the comics and stay that way from then on. And the sales on Batman comic books exactly doubled in 1966!
Bob Kane, Batman's creator, has said that before the show debuted, DC Comics was considering cancelling Batman outright. The TV show's success gave the slumping Batman comics a much-needed boost in sales and saved them from oblivion.
This is today's last post and I hope you liked it! So please don't forget to tune in tomorrow! Same Bat-Time! Same Bat-Channel!