cover and table of contents for OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Three

In March 2022, the fine folks at Crazy 8 Press will release the third and final volume in the Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on the 1966 Batman TV series with OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT!, which will cover season three of the iconic show starring Adam West and Burt Ward, joined now by Yvonne Craig. The cover, designed by the mighty Sean E. Ali, is above, and below is the full table of contents (which includes me!), as assembled by Jazzy Jim Beard, aided and abetted by his partner in luancy, Rollickin’ Rich Handley…..

  • “Three’s the Harm?” — an introduction by Jim Beard
  • “Take Me to the Pilot” — the Batgirl promo reel by Rich Handley
  • “Seriously?” — “Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” by Barbara Kesel
  • “Riddler on the Ropes” — “Ring Around the Riddler” by Robert Greenberger
  • “The Siren’s Song” — “The Wail of the Siren” by John S. Drew
  • “Divorce, Theft, Fraud, and Gambling” — “The Sport of Penguins”/”A Horse of Another Color” by Michael Bailey
  • “Gotham’s Great Tut-tective” — “The Unkindest Tut of All” by Forrest C. Helvie
  • “When Generations Clash!” — “Louie, the Lilac” by Paul Kupperberg
  • “The Cilffhnager that Wasn’t” — “The Ogg and I”/”How to Hatch a Dinosaur” by Sean Dulaney
  • “13 Quick Thoughts on ‘Surf’s Up!'” — “Surf’s Up! Joker’s Under!” by Dan Greenfield
  • “A Pipe of Fog Revealed / The Show’s Fate is Sealed” — “The Londinium Larcenies”/”The Foggiest Notion”/”The Bloody Tower” by Ben Bentley
  • “A Most Hallowed and Forbidden No-Man’s Land” — “Catwoman’s Dressed to Kill” by James R. Tuck
  • “That’s How the Egg Crumbles” — “The Ogg Couple” by James Aquilone
  • “When the Cat’s in Court, the Joke’s On Her” — “The Funny Feline Felonies”/”The Joke’s on Catwoman” by L.E. Perez
  • “Cutting Lilacs, Budgets, and Corners” — “Louie’s Lethal Lilac Time” by Brian K. Morris
  • “Battle of the Sexists” — “Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club” by Stacey Smith?
  • “Cashing In” — “The Penguin’s Clean Sweep” by Cliff Biggers
  • “You’re no Sham, Shame” — “The Great Escape”/”The Great Train Robbery” by Gordon Dymowski
  • “Superheroes and Subterfuge” — “I’ll Be a Mummy’s Uncle” by Sam Agro
  • “How Green is My Martian?” — “The Joker’s Flying Saucer” by Chris Franklin
  • “The Brave and the Bold, Starring Batman and Sam Spade” — “The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra” by Ed Catto
  • “Watching the Detectives…” — “Minerva, Millionaires, and Mayhem” by Keith R.A. DeCandido (hey, that’s me!)
  • “AIIEEE! ARRRGH! AWK!” — The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66 — Season Four by Jim Beard
  • “Gosh, Bruce, You Were Right!” — an afterword by Rich Handley

I had a grand old time writing up the series’ final episode, featuring Zsa Zsa Gabor as the last of the villains created for the show to allow famous people to appear, which also gave us everything from the ridiculous (Art Carney’s somnambulent performance as the Archer, Milton Berle’s barely-able-to-give-a-shit turn as Louie the Lilac) to the sublime (Vincent Price’s egg-cellent portrayal of Egghead, Joan Collins’s excellent work as the Siren). Gabor pretty much is Zsa Zsa in the episode, which is fine. I did my essay as a dialogue between two people watching the show, one of whom has seen it dozens of times, the other of whom is watching it all for the first time.

Here’s a tease….

“That’s, um, a mighty vigorous massage Bruce Wayne is getting. From a buff dude. Named after a Greek god.”

“Well, yeah.”

“Wasn’t the whole point of bringing in Batgirl to reduce the homoerotic subtext?”

“I don’t think they gave it that much thought, they just wanted to mix things up for the new season.”

“Uh huh.”

“Me, I love that love Bruce Wayne says he’s in such good shape because of falconry and spelunking.”

“How does falconry build your abs?”

“I don’t know. I also don’t know what spelunking is.”

“Exploring caves.”



“Well, he does have a Batcave, so that’s actually kind of accurate. And if you think of Robin as a falcon…”

“Don’t even go there.”

As soon as the book is available to order, I’ll post links……

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