"Pop Goes the Joker/Flop Goes the Joker"

Aired March 22/23, 1967

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The Joker's latest scheme is art themed, but what is more important to Joker, the aesthetics of the art or the art of crime?  There are a lot of sendups of pop art in this two-part episode loved by many and looked upon as the last real laugh of The Joker in the 66 series.

 

Joining John to talk about the Joker's last outing of the second season and what the show's stance on pop art is is author and podcaster, Kevin Lauderdale.

 

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Kevin Lauderdale has written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, The Dictionary of American Biography, Animato, mcsweeneys.net, and teevee.org; and his poetry has appeared in Andrei Codrescu's The Exquisite Corpse.  He has published fiction in several of Pocket Books' Star Trek anthologies, including Constellations, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original Star Trek.  His original fiction has appeared in Neo-opsis magazine and Cthulhu Unbound, the cross-genre Lovecraftian collection from Permuted Press.  He is a graduate of UCLA and a card-carrying member of SFWA.  In addition, Kevin is a host of his own podcast here on the network, It Has Come to My Attention and co-host of Mighty Movie: Temple of Bad.  Recently, Kevin took over as host of the old time radio podcast,Presenting the Transcription Feature.  Follow Kevin's exploits through his LiveJournal blog - http://kevinlauderdale.livejournal.com.

 

In the episode, Kevin Lauderdale discusses the nod to Andy Warhol in the form of the spoof on Baby Jane Holzer, one of Warhol's muses.  Warhol produced a Batman movie two years before the Adam West version.  It was unauthoroised and was titled Batman/Dracula.  

In it, Holzer, who you see at the start of this clip, played Catwoman.  

There doesn't appear to be a full version of the movie online, but this really is a good thing.

Also in the episode, we discussed Warhol's posing as Robin with model Nico as Batman for Esquire Magazine.