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Holy lawsuit, Batman! Warner Bros. sued over original Batcycle merchandising

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Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox face legal allegations over unpaid merchandising rights to the Batcycle from the 1966 “Batman” series.

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Classic film/TV cars get a ‘Mad Max’ makeover from artist Scott Park

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What if “Mad Max” was set in Los Angeles? Illustrator Scott Park used that premise in a new art series that takes classic cars from movies and television and gives them a “Mad Max”-ian spin.

Park used cars from “Ghostbusters,” “Batman ’66,” “Back to the Future,” “Toy Story,” “Scooby Doo,” “Dukes of Hazard,” “Arrested Development,” “Knight Rider,” “Akira,” and many other properties for the mashup art. You can check out each illustration below:

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This aluminum recreation of the 1966 Batmobile is literally brilliant

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Countless comic fans have headed out to the various auto shows across America over the decades to see the Batmobile in person. But this weekend, fans in Detroit can get a look at the iconic roadster as it’s never been rendered before: in full aluminum.

Facebook user Hot Rod Valdez headed out to the first day of the Motor City’s Autorama show and snapped pictures of a custommade tribute to designer George Barris’ legendary car created for the 1966 Adam West Batman TV series.

No more info on the brilliant creation is publically available at present, but Detroit area fans can check out Autorama (which has a history of Batmobile appreciation), and everyone else can peek a few pics after the jump.

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From ‘Gossip Phone’ to ‘Bat Ladder,’ this Twitter account collects every ‘Batman ’66’ label

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While we all knew “Batman ’66” was a glorious camp-fest, but not all of us were aware just how zany the labels were that appeared throughout the series.

Thanks to the Twitter account @Batman66labels, which has been collecting every label from the famed ’66 Batman series over the past two months, we can enjoy a collection of the ridiculous captions that appeared on the series.

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This beautiful Batgirl print could be yours, if you’re fast (and lucky)

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It turns out the announcement of the Batman: The Animated Series vinyl box set was only the beginning of Mondo’s Bat-bonanza.

The collectibles boutique has also unveiled a Batgirl poster by Gianmarco Magnani, featuring the late Yvonne Craig from the 1966 Batman TV series, and a Batman Begins print by Patrick Leger. Magnani previously created Batman and Robin prints, so if you were lucky enough to purchase those, the Batgirl would complete the set.

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Shelf Porn | Toys, figurines and more from the UK

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at a fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come to us from author David Peck in the UK, who shares his collection of Batmobiles, figurines and more.

If you’d like to see your collection right here on ROBOT 6, you can find instructions at the end of this post.

And now here’s David …

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Comics A.M. | ‘Naruto’ creator looks ahead to next series

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Creators | In an interview to be published in Japan next Friday, Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto says he plans to spend some time with his wife and child, and take a long-delayed honeymoon, before starting his next series. And as he is about to turn 40, he hints that he may not be up for another weekly series. [Anime News Network]

Comic strips | The first color Sunday funnies appeared on Nov. 18, 1894, in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. David Shedden observes the 120th anniversary of this innovation with a look back at some popular comic strips and footage of New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia reading the funnies over the radio during the newspaper strike of 1945. [Poynter]

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Now’s your chance to get Mondo Batman prints inspired by TV

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You didn’t think Mondo was finished with those “75 Years of Batman” prints did you? After the first wave went on sale today, the collectible-art boutique revealed which posters will be available on Wednesday: They’re illustrations inspired by Batman ’66, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond by Jason Edmiston, Tiny Kitten Teeth, Phantom City Creative, Craig Drake, Gianmarco Magnani and Kilian Eng.

Check out the prints below, and keep an eye on the Mondo Twitter feed on Wednesday for the sale announcement.

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Mondo celebrates 75 years of Batman with gallery show

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We’ve already seen plenty of 75th-anniversary tributes to Batman, but the year isn’t over just yet — and beginning Friday, Mondo takes its turn.

The collectible-art boutique, which in July debuted a series of Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch vinyl records featuring Danny Elfman’s theme, will celebrate the Dark Knight’s milestone with a gallery show in Austin featuring posters and original art from more than 30 artists.

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Return to Gotham with a mashup of live-action Batman themes

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This week has already seen an incredible ancient Mayan-inspired Batman suit and a somewhat-disturbing supercut of all of Thomas and Martha Wayne’s onscreen deaths, so it’s perhaps only fitting that we close it out with something else Dark Knight-related: “Batman Evolution,” an arrangement of the live-action television and movie themes, performed on piano and cello — actually, 100 tracks of cello — by The Piano Guys.

While the music would be satisfying on its own, as you can see below there’s a beautifully shot video that prominently features the appropriate Batmobile for each of the themes (Neal Hefti’s 1966 “Batman Theme,” Danny Elfman’s 1989 “The Batman Theme,” and Hans Zimmer’s 2008 “Like a Dog Chasing Cars”). You may also notice how the cinematography and screen dimensions shift from theme to theme, reflecting each adaptation.

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DC shakes up Digital First release schedule with new titles

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DC Comics has shuffled its Digital First release schedule to make room for new additions Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Arrow Season 2.5 and The Flash: Season Zero.

Arrow Season 2.5, which debuted Monday, will alternate weeks with The Flash: Season Zero. Set between the second and third seasons of the hit television series, Arrow is penned by executive producer Marc Guggenheim and staff writer Keto Shimizu, and illustrated by Joe Bennett and Jack Jadson. The Flash: Season Zero, meanwhile, takes place between the events of the pilot and the second episode, and is written by Andrew Kreisberg, Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak, with art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur.

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Grumpy Old Fan | Autumn means changes for DC in November

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The falling leaves drift by the window/The autumn leaves of red and gold

Following DC Comics’ solicitations over the past few months has been fairly intriguing. The company’s West Coast move in early 2015 looms over all its actions, and makes it hard to gauge whether a new series or new creative team is a long-term commitment or a brief burst of experimentation. Moreover, that makes it tempting to say that anything you don’t like — or, for that matter, anything you do like — might be gone by April.

Oh, well. A little paranoia can’t hurt, but we’re not here to talk about that. Open a window to the November solicits and read along!

NEW FOLKS

November brings new creative teams for Wonder Woman (the Finches and Richard Friend), Superman/Wonder Woman (Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke) and Supergirl (Mike Johnson, Kate Perkins and Emanuela Lupacchino). I’m still in wait-and-see mode on the Finches. However, after several years of reading Tomasi and Mahnke’s work, I feel like I know what’s coming from them. S/WW should look great, as Mahnke is no stranger to either Superman or Wonder Woman, having drawn JLA and various issues of the New 52 Justice League. I suppose I’m cautiously optimistic about Tomasi, because this is the sort of book that plays to his strengths. He’s good at reconciling and unifying different perspectives on characters, and that’s pretty much what S/WW has always had to overcome. Ironically, it’ll probably be less of a concern in the absence of Azzarello and Chiang, but I suspect Tomasi will keep those elements around.

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Quote of the Day | Adam West on why ‘Batman’ endures

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“Why has it endured? Because you, sir, can be Batman — you hang out with me, and you’ll see. All you have to do is be crazy enough to fight crime 24/7, right?”

Adam West, responding to a question at Comic-Con International about the enduring popularity of the classic Batman television series

Robin grabs ‘Bat Camera Phone’ in ‘Batman ’66’ selfie variant

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DC Comics’ Selfie Variant Month posed a particular problem for Batman ’66, the digital-first series set in the world of the 1966-1968 television show, decades before the introduction of smartphones, or even digital cameras. Cover artist Joe Quinones could’ve gone with an instant camera, of course — what screams “1960s” more than a Polaroid Model 20 Swinger? — but instead he came up with a solution that’s both funnier and in keeping with the tone of the TV series.

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Holy second chances! ‘Lost’ Two-Face episode comes to ‘Batman ’66’

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What’s this? DC Digital Editor Jim Chadwick doubling down on the delayed debut of television’s Two-Face? An unproduced script from the immortal Harlan Ellison to be adapted for the Batman ’66 digital-first series?

That was the word from the DC Digital panel at this year’s Comic-Con. Not to be outdone by IDW’s adaptation of Ellison’s original “City on the Edge of Forever” script, writer Len Wein, penciller Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and inker Joe Prado are bringing Two-Face into the Batman ’66 world.

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