There are conflicting reports regarding motives, some focused on low sales, other speculate about leveraging the Bob Kane studio off the books. Nonetheless, the facts remain the same: editor Julius Schwartz was brought in to revitalize the Batman and he did so with sweeping mandates. Gone were most of the (now 20 year-old) villains. Good bye Batwoman, Bat-Girl, Bat hound, and Bat-Mite alien cosplayer. Hello new artists Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella. Hello new costume designs.
Hello new Batmobile.
|BATMAN #164 (May, 1964)|
Artist Carmine Infantino bucked 20 years of Batmobile design tradition with an open sports coupe, flared rear fenders and a minimalist bat head decal on the hood to replace the bat shield. I loved it so much, I had his collaborator Joe Giella re-create the following panel, with the Dynamic Duo in costume: