In 1966, during the height of the Adam West Batman and Robin television craze, a weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, Shonen King, licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin stories. A year later, the stories stopped running. They were never collected in Japan, and never translated into English. Now, in this gorgeously designed book by Chipp Kidd, hundreds of pages of Batman-manga comics more than four decades old are translated for the first time, appearing alongside amazing photographs of the world’s most comprehensive collection of vintage Japanese Batman toys.
This is the Batman and Robin 66 as you’ve never seen them. It was written and drawn my the Manga style artist Jiro Kuwata. The edginess and style was very ahead of it's time. This was a thrilling thing to see his work republished and enjoyed 50 plus years later.
After Adam Wests passing, this reminds me of the imapct that the television show had all around the world. This was a labor of love for Chipp Kidd and I am thankful that he tackled this project.