Buried in a press release about new merchandise surrounding the 1966 Adam West Batman live-action series was the announcement of another new Batman comic. Batman '66 will launch as a digital-first comic book in Summer 2013, written by Jeff Parker with rotating artists, starting with Jonathan Case (and Mike Allred on covers). After digital issues, the series will be collected in print, following suit with the other digital-first offerings from DC including the TV-based Arrow and Smallville. “The juxtaposition of offering a retro BATMAN ’66 comic as a current and modern digital first title is fun,” stated DC Entertainment President, Diane Nelson in the release. “DC Entertainment is the most prolific producer of digital first comics and, as we work to create new and compelling content, this is a great way to also preserve the legacy of our characters. It’s exciting to roll out the new BATMAN ’66 comic as part of this bigger initiative with our Warner Bros Consumer Product partners.” According to first details given to ComicsAlliance, the first villain of the series will be The Riddler, and Catwoman will definitely be appearing (surprising none). Parker is also writing a story in the digital-first Adventures of Superman, as well as continued work for Marvel Comics and other publishers. More to come, including additional artists and exact release information, soon. The licensing program initiated around the series will include new apparel from Junk Food Clothing, plus toys and memorabilia from Mattel, Rubie’s Costumes, Mezco, New Era, "and many more." A "Batusi Batman" figure from Mattel will be among the first new products, and featured as an exclusive at 2013's Comic-Con International: San Diego. Batman Ken and Catwoman Barbie will also come from the toy maker. Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
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