Batman (1966–1968)
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Pop Goes the Joker 

When the Joker takes advantage of his vandalism of fine art being appreciated as pop art itself, Batman must discover his true scheme.


George Waggner (as george waGGner)


Stanford Sherman, Bob Kane (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Adam West ... Batman
Burt Ward ... Robin
Alan Napier ... Alfred
Neil Hamilton ... Commissioner Gordon
Stafford Repp ... Chief O'Hara
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cooper
Cesar Romero ... The Joker
Reginald Gardiner ... Bernie Park
Diana Ivarson ... Baby Jane Towser
Fritz Feld ... Oliver Muzzy
Jan Arvan ... Judge


The Joker appears in an art gallery and defaces the paintings with paint-spraying guns. But instead of being horrified at his alterations, the Joker's work is praised as "art". After more success at an international art competition, the Joker founds his own art school. But Batman and Robin suspect he has a more sinister purpose in mind when he enrolls only wealthy millionaires. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Release Date:

22 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The four other artists in the art contest (besides the Joker) Vincent Van Gauche, Jackson Potluck, Leonardo Da Vinski and Pablo Pincus were obviously takeoffs on the real artists, the Dutch Vincent Van Gogh, the American Jackson Pollock, the Italian Leonarda Da Vinci and the Spaniard Pablo Picasso. However, while Pollock and Picasso did work in abstract art, like their imitators here, Van Gogh dealt more with a form of impressionism, and the long dead Da Vinci was a representational artist only, unlike their Batman counterparts. See more »


When Robin pulls his face out of the pink goo, it actually pulls his mask down, away from his eyes. In the next shot, this mistake has been corrected and the mask is back in place. See more »


The Joker: [referring to Batman] Well, what can you expect from a man who appears in public in such a ridiculous outfit?
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Referenced in Batman (1989) See more »

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Good But Not Great Joker Two-Parter
10 June 2018 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

The Joker and Bruce Wayne get into "pop art".

I have never been into paintings and I was a child of the 1970s instead of the 1960s, so many of the jokes in this two-parter went a bit over my head. To me atleast, some of the humour in this adventure seemed a bit too simple minded, such as the bit where the Joker "corrects" Bruce on his artistic skills. The wit of the Batman series is usually more clever than this. But again, this might just be me being out of my element. There is a lot to enjoy in this two-parter.

The parts where Robin and Bruce Wayne (not Batman) team up are well done and part two is actually better than part one.

I mainly know Fritz Feld from his three Lost In Space appearances, as "Mr Zumdish", and he seems to be playing almost the same character here.

And finally, the smash hit Batman movie of 1989 almost seems to be paying tribute to this episode as Jack Nicholson (The Joker) shares the same terrible sense of art as Romero does here.

This might not be my favourite Joker adventure, but this 1966 Batman series is just not capable of doing a bad enjoy!

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