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    Batman Color Model Cels and Drawings Group of 12 (Greenway Productions, 1966). The 1966 Batman television series is legendary today, but getting it on the air in the 1960s was uncertain, and the show underwent a few changes along the way. Creator William Dozier is said to have disliked comic books; the network wanted a fun but serious program, but Dozier insisted on taking a tongue-in-cheek "camp" approach. Actor Lyle Waggoner, best remembered for The Carol Burnett Show and his role as Steve on the 1970s Wonder Woman series, was almost chosen over Adam West for the title role. Little is known about this group of original hand-inked, hand-painted 12 field cels and matching animation drawings, but we believe these were done as color models for the proposed animated opening images and possibly as "bumper" cels to be used for commercial breaks. The first cel and drawing shows the familiar Bat-Signal over the skyline to Gotham City, and is almost identical to the one actually used on the show. The other five cels, done in a similar style, show bats flying against a full moon; the entrance to the Batcave; interior of the cave; the gate outside Wayne Manor, and Gotham City skyscrapers. The matching drawings are all noted as "cards" #1-6, which gives credence to this idea. The drawings are in graphite and red pencil and how some contact marks from being stored with the cels, but none are stuck to the cel backs. Overall condition is Very Good.


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