If you’ve been following this blog for any time at all you know that I regularly present records relating to Batman. The 1966 Batman TV show is responsible for more comics-oriented records than anything else in history. So imagine my joy when I found a copy of Allen & Rossi’s Batman & Rubin on eBay!
Not only is this a rare LP from ’66 that deftly cashes in on the Batman craze, but it was written by BOB KANE himself! Holy hole in the record, Batman! What a find!
Unfortunately, this is one of the worst records ever. Of any kind. Bar none.
Frankly, it stinks on ice.
I had planned to present a cut from the album here this Tuesday and maybe share a few more on future Tuesdays. Not gonna happen. Not that my standards are so high (see previous three years of this blog) but this records is so putrid, so awful, so rotten, that even I, D J David B., refuse to hear it again.
See the cover above? Marty Allen’s word balloon says “Holy bagels, Batman. We left our masks in the Batcave.” That’s the best “joke” on the album. And it’s not a joke! All the jokes are the same, by the way. Substitute any other Jewish cultural reference and it’s a new variation on that non-hilarious “joke.” At any point Rubin the Jewish Boy Wonder might invoke lox, latkes, borsht, or The Catskills. It’s all the same. “Holy pastrami Batman! Can we stop for lunch?” Yes, it’s that bad.
A friend (yes, I do have friends) suggested that it might fall into the category of “so bad it’s good.” It doesn’t. You can’t even enjoy it ironically. He suggested I put it on at a party and the guests can all make fun of it. The only way I would play this album at a party would be to clear the room.
It’s hard to believe that simply using the names of traditional Jewish foods once passed for humor. In fact, it didn’t! But Bob Kane must have thought it would be soooo very amusing. So he “wrote” this spoof of the TV show which was, in turn, a spoof of his own comic book. A pointless exercise at best.
I hate to pile on Bob Kane like so many others before me have done, but please! Kane was never a writer. Bob spent his whole career making sure that writer Bill Finger got no co-credit for creating Batman. We also know that the late, great Jerry Robinson created Robin and the Joker, so exactly what Bob Kane “created” seems to be limited to the graphic depiction of Batman. We can’t even credit him for drawing the character beyond the first story since Kane had more ghosts than a Gettysburg cemetery.
To be fair, Kane did “create” two more things in his life (or one and a half, anyway). Cool McCool (with Al Brodax) was one and the other was Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse which was itself a spoof of Batman. Yawn.
Given how horrible the Batman & Rubin record is, I thought I’d share this version of the Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse theme by the New York Dolls. It’s about a million times better and it doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. “Holy gefilte fish, Batman!”
Click the link below. You’ll thank me later.
— DJ David B.