Batman and Robin - From Dynamic Duo... to Rhyming Couplet
I found this on sale on e-bay, and it was so damned good I had to share it with the wider world.
After consultation with our Mods, it was agreed that in order to see all the images, you'll have to click on the link. Don't worry, they are ALL there, in the right order, but it wouldn't be appropriate to post them all, though I was sorely tempted, since the full thing is wonderful.
From Golden Books in the late 60's these are the original art pages from a literally Batman shaped book gloriously titled;
This story's so good it doesn't need much Of comments, or asides, or injokes and such. So I'll be nice and quiet,and sit at the back Because I can't hope to outdo Doctor Seuss on Batcrack
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Continue here, starting about halfway down the page... Come back when you've finished.
If you're having trouble reading the text, the Mods have permitted me to reproduce it here (but it works better with the pictures)
A is for Alfred, the Wayne Manor butler Who's never been known to complain Who answers the Bat-phone in courteous tones And summons his master, Bruce Wayne
B is for Bruce who now takes the call, With Dick Grayson, his ward and his chum C is Commissioner Gordon, perplexed, Who pleads for the Batman to come.
D down the Bat-pole, they deftly descend Donning disguise as they slide Eureka! Boy Wonder and Batman emerge, Ready for Batmobile ride!
F is for Foes, so fiendishly foul Evilly biding their time G Gotham City terrifed now by news of a new wave of crime
H "Holy Hatrack!", the boy wonder says "Can it be that the Mad Hatter's loose?" While back at Wayne Manor, Aunt Harriet sighs "Oh where are Dick Grayson and Bruce?"
I is for International Crooks Those devilish, dastardly thieves J is the "Joker" who deals out the tricks with "Penguin", "Mad Hatter" and "Freeze"
K is for kidnap, a hideous plot to spirit Boy Wonder from sight L lure the Batman to follow in search and then "disappear" in the night
M Mobile crime watch to check and re-check always with Batman in tune N is for Now! Look! There's the Bat-sign Bat wings for warning, black on the moon.
O's Chief O'Hara whose voice Penguin mimics The Bat-line beep-beeps with his call Flash straight to Batman "Rush to the bank sir! It's being looted! That's all!"
Onward and batward the Dynamid Duo Speeds towards the bank, never spotting the trick P is for Penguin, disguising his voice For "Bat to the Bank! Double-quick!"
Q is for questions - Who will win out now Creatures of Crime, or Crusaders in Cape? Will Batman and Robin foil them completely Or will the villains, strike and escape?
R is for Robin, poor luckless laddie Snatched at the crime, by the crime-ridden foe S is search, wherein Batman discovers Robin is missing, and so is the dough.
T is for terror, rampant in Gotham Boy Wonder is missing and Batman hard-pressed U is utility belt of the Batman now is the moment it must pass the test
Ready the Batarang, ready the Batrope V are the villains at end of the trail Who will win out, will the forces of evil end up in triumph or end up in Jail?
W Wayne Warehouse where Robin is hidden Bound up securely, but never despair For Great Scott, he still has his homing transmitter And now sends the this message... "BATMAN BEWARE!"
X is for the X-ray scope Batman is using To see what's ahead and outwit the mob Bat-phone to call in the police for the round-up Bat-gassing-gun just to speed up the job
Y is YOU, who now have the pleasure Of seeing brave Batman in the thick of the thieves Z is for ZOWIE! BAM! KRAK and the capture of "Mad Hatter", "The Joker, "The Penguin" and "Freeze"
And so to the end of our alphabet story But always remember, as Batman would say: Clean living is best, and right conquers evil and never forget, that CRIME DOESN'T PAY!
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There now dear readers, was that not sublime? Robin is kidnapped. and tied up, in RHYME! Batman comes through, of course, in the end Routing the bad guys to save his little friend!