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Jul 18 2012 6:00pm

The Most Horrifying is Yet to Come! 5 Insane Cliffhangers from the 1960’s Batman

“Same bat-time, same bat-channel” is so firmly implanted into the cultural storehouse of catchphrases for a very good reason. The two-part cliffhanger format of the 1960s Batman is a big part (along with how it’s perfect in every way) of why this kitschy show worked. But even serious Batman fans might not be aware of some of the more ridiculous methods of doom super villains cooked up throughout the years. Whatever Bane has in store for Batman in The Dark Knight Rises in no way can touch what these villains came up with.

 

1.) Mr. Freeze Tries to Turn Batman & Robin Into Frosty Freezie Drinks

The Most Horrifying is Yet to Come! 5 Insane Cliffhangers from the 1960s Batman

This is probably the one I love the most. After Mr. Freeze captures the dynamic duo in the episode “Green Ice” he sticks them into two giant frozen beverages. I guess a Frosty Freezie is sort of like an Icee? Or is it like a Sno Cone? Or is it more like a Slurpee? In any case, what I never understood was what Mr. Freeze was going to do once they were turned in giant Frosty Freezies. Drink them? How? Luckily Batman and Robin get out of this one by using their feet to do something with a valve.

Bonus fact: The flavor of frosty freezie Batman was being turned into was pineapple. Gross.

 

2.) Batman Almost Has to Marry the Queen of Diamonds

The Most Horrifying is Yet to Come! 5 Insane Cliffhangers from the 1960s Batman

In what is one of the creepier messages sent by the 60’s Batman show, the cliffhanger of “Marsha Queen of Diamonds” doesn’t involve death, but instead something worse: marriage. The reasons for Marsha, The Queen of Diamonds marrying Batman are all pretty far-fetched, not to mention the giant Bat-Diamond which supposedly powers everything in the Bat-Cave is never seen again. But really, do we love the Adam West Batman for its super-consistent continuity? Also, of all the teaser narrator lines this one might be the most homo-erotic/suggestive: “Mr. and Mrs. Batman??!! The dynamic duo may become a trio!!” What this implies is…oh you get it.

 

3.) The Lady or the Tiger?

The Most Horrifying is Yet to Come! 5 Insane Cliffhangers from the 1960s Batman

“The Purr-fect Crime” is a great Bat-cliffhanger because it features a choice. Behind door number one is Catwoman, presumably waiting to make out with Batman. But behind door number 2 is a man-eating tiger. (Note: This tiger is man-eating.) Which door is which and what does it lead to? Meanwhile, Robin is being fed to a pack of hungry tigers. Being the animal-hater that he is, Batman deafens the tiger with a high-pitched noise in order to pacify the beast.

 

4.) Egghead Copies Bruce Wayne’s Brain

The Most Horrifying is Yet to Come! 5 Insane Cliffhangers from the 1960s Batman

Vincent Price as Egghead continues to be one of the most pure delights a human being can have in the world. In “An Egg Grows in Gotham” he manages to kidnap Bruce Wayne and hooks him up to Egghead’s Electro Thought Transfer Machine. (We have one of these in the office.) This cliffhanger is two-fold because not only will Bruce Wayne have his mind-erased but Egghead will also discover his secret identity! As the man says: “Will the world’s greatest criminal mind EGG-stract the tue identity of Batman?” (The answer is no.)

 

5.) Louie the Lilac’s Deadly Plants

Feed me Louie! Batman and Robin face man-eating plants in the only Louie the Lilac. The fact that these plants are clearly just people’s hands with plant-like gloves on is what makes this show the perfect piece of art that it is. Again, proving he dislikes nature, Batman kills the hell out of these plants. And he doesn’t even need Hermione Granger’s help.

Say “Louie the Lilac” out loud right now. You’ll feel better.

 

Any other favorites 60’s cliffhangers, Bat-Fans? The Puzzler? King Tut?

Also check out my tribute to wacky Bat-villains here.


Ryan Britt is the staff writer for Tor.com.

7 comments
Paul Weimer
1. PrinceJvstin
Oh come on, Ryan, you're not even trying. ;)

What about the giant hourglass Batman and Robin are trapped in?

Or the giant clam the Joker tries to feed them to?
Herb546
2. Herb546
A tiger...in Africa? Well, I don't think that's very likely.
Irene Gallo
3. Irene
Finally, we are covering the real Batman.
Herb546
4. Patricia S Bowne
That tiger episode was our family's favorite, because of the moment when catwoman tells batman about the hungry tigers, and how long it's been since she fed them. He replies, "Catwoman! A pet is a responsibility!" -- which remains a catchphrase in our family.
Herb546
5. John C. Bunnell
These are indeed among the best of the Bat-traps from the classic series (and I say "classic" here with an absolutely straight face; I grew up on the show). My one addition would be the trap that actually, briefly works -- namely, Colonel Gumm's transformation of Our Heroes into giant Bat-Postage Stamps. (Roger C. Carmel was better as Harry Mudd, but you can't argue with a Green Hornet crossover for entertainment value.)

Also an honorable mention: the escape from a different Freeze trap by virtue of Our Heroes having worn their Bat-Thermal Underwear.
Herb546
6. vilstef
I can't remember the villain on this one, but the Dynamic Duo being fed into a giant piano roll cutter was a escape which perhaps only Zez Confrey could also do. (Look him up!)
Herb546
7. batfan
definately False Face attaching the Dynamic Duo to subway tracks---and incredibly ingenious way they escaped---still think this was the best one

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