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January 15, 2021

Funny Photographs From the Batman Premiere Party, January 1966

In January 1966, ABC premiered its Batman television series, starring Adam West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as Robin. The phenomenon began January 12, 1966.

Rather than a grim and dark take on the orphaned billionaire who spends his nights beating up petty criminals, the series was a campy half-hour comedy with colorful visuals and after-school special lessons on important topics, such as eating your vegetables.

The premiere episode also gifted the world with a new dance, the “Batusi,” where a dancer makes horizontal Vs with his fingers and draws them across his face. On the night of the premiere, a party was held to celebrate. In attendance were Batman creator Bob Kane, Penguin actor Burgess Meredith and, of course, an enthusiastic guy in a Batman costume.

(Photos by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images, via Mashable)


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