The 1966 television version of Batman kicked off a crossover with Riverdale's own Archie Andrews in Archie Meets Batman '66 #1, and for Archie's sake we're happy that he met the Adam West take on the Dark Knight, and not the current, fearsome canon version of the character. (After "Batman" #50, we'd be amazed if Archie made it out of the encounter alive!) Both Batman and Archie are in their 1960s heyday, when it was more about batphones and burgers than black hoods and brooding (which we dig, too).
It's time for this epic crossover to continue in Archie Meets Batman '66 #2, and SYFY WIRE has an exclusive first look at what lies ahead. Get that shark-repellent Bat-Spray ready and grab a bag of Pop's burgers, because here we go.
Batman, Robin, and Batgirl spring to action when Batman receives a panicked call from Riverdale. How does he elect to solve the issue at hand? He sends Robin and Batgirl to investigate — but they have to do it as disguised high school students. How could that possibly go wrong?
Check out this issue's cover, which was done by Michael Allred and Laura Allred and debuts exclusively on SYFY WIRE:
We also have a look at the first few pages:
What would a giant crossover comics event be without variant covers? Are there any to be found? Of course there are — five of them, to be exact. They were done by Rick Burchett and Rosario "Tito" Pena; Matthew Dow Smith; Robert Hack; Wilfredo Torres and Kelly Fitzpatrick; and Michael Walsh. Holy variant cover overload, Batman!
Catwoman teaching at Riverdale High? Veronica Lodge sitting on top of the Batmobile? We can hardly believe it, but we guess that they've had this date with each other since the very beginning, Brucie-kins.
It's certainly a switch-up from the wonderful, dramatic brooding (darkness... no parents...) permeating the current Batman and Archie canons, providing fans with a throwback to a time when Archie didn't have to guard his own house with a baseball bat and Robin didn't have such an irreverent potty mouth (right, Titans?). You can't take that back, Master Grayson... you just can't.
Archie Meets Batman '66 #2 will hit the stands on Aug. 15... and nothing in Riverdale (or Gotham) will ever be the same again.