Followup Batman Question

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 25 02:23:46 UTC 2011

Thanks for the excellent responses to my query about Batman's linguistic contributions.  I am hoping some comics mavens can help with me with a followup question.

The Batman TV show of the 1960s was famous for its fight-scene onomatopoeic words like biff, bam, and pow.  Were these words taken from usage in the specific Batman comic books, or were they general comic-book expressions employed by the Batman TV writers for their campiness?

Fred Shapiro

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