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When Batgirl met Merv Griffin (and Batman drummed with Spock)

Reiko Douglas, Yvonne Craig and Merv Griffin

For many men of a certain age, and more than a few women, Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl represented their first childhood crush. Confidant, sassy and just a little flirty, her heroine was a chaste counterbalance to the overtly sexual Catwoman, whether played by Julie Newmar or Eartha Kitt (there’s probably a master’s thesis in that). She was the purple-suited equivalent of your best friend’s older sister, or your next-door neighbor — the smart-and-pretty girl whom you thought you might have a chance with.

Batgirl was also wildly popular, even as Batman’s ratings flagged in its second season, as these 1967 photos from The Merv Griffin Show demonstrate. While the images have cropped up online before, it was difficult to pass them by when they appeared again overnight on Retronaut; I even poked around to find a couple of more shots of Craig backstage. It’s difficult to imagine an actor like Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson or Chris Hemsworth to appear in superhero costume on The Late Show With David Letterman or Conan, but there Craig is, looking like she’s having a blast.

As a bonus, I’ve also thrown in a photo Leonard Nimoy tweeted earlier this week of him drumming with Adam West, presumably in the late 1960s.

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Awesome.

Also, curse you black-and-white television!

The world was different back then….and a little more fun it seems.

Ah, part of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Back when actors and actresses understood that we wanted them to entertain us and acted accordingly. Not like today where they are convinced that our going to see them in movies or watch them on TV means we give a shit about what they think on any given subject.

You still see the occasional in-character interview — Sacha Baron Cohen rarely does an interview as himself, and I think Paul Reubens has started doing the occasional talk show as Pee-Wee again.

Yvonne Craig was quite the hottie back in the day.

I’m sure I saw that set on an episode of “Seinfeld” once…

This is great. She certainly does seem to be enjoying herself and completely outshines the young lady sitting next to her.

She was definitely my first childhood crush, and seeing these pictures reminds me why. Such a perfect Batgirl; she actually looks like she just stepped out of a comic book.

MERV GRIFFIN!!

“Not like today where they are convinced that our going to see them in movies or watch them on TV means we give a shit about what they think on any given subject.”

Yes, because, back then, people like John Wayne, Marlon Brando and Rod Serling really kept their political opinions to themselves (sarcasm, there.)

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