First published as Funniest Fan Letters to Batman in 1966, FanMail ’66 is a reprinting of a collection of letters sent to Batman during the height the iconic television show starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
The book is a quick read and fun distraction. The popular vernacular of the time used in the letters – such as “keen” – reminds readers of the innocence of those years, while the earnestness of the young letter-writers is heartwarming and hilarious. Youngsters express their concern for Batman’s safety, suggest new characters, and make interesting requests.
Put cynicism aside for a few moments and be reminded of the days where you believed in superheroes. This is a great book to read aloud with friends. Many of the letters will inspire fits of laughter, while others provide a much-needed reminder that we all need a hero in our lives, even as adults.
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