Although his ongoing digital series sadly came to a close late last year, the wonderfully campy Batman '66 comic got a brief revival this year with a crossover with the classic spy series The Man From UNCLE. Before it comes to an end this week, we've got a sneak peek at the final chapter. Written by Jeff Parker with art by David Hanh, this crossover has seen Batman team up with top secret agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin on a mission to take down a sinister group known as THRUSH (because all good spy stories are about covert organisations with great acronyms for names) before they can take over the world.
"I have to say, this was a tricky series," Parker admitted. "You can't just throw two characters from different shows or books together and have a working crossover, it's got to be believable. The world of each of these classic shows has its own rules for what makes a story, and it's a bit of a tightrope walk to find a way for them to intersect successfully. The tone has to be just right to accommodate both."
"I'm proud that we did it, and much of that is thanks to David Hahn, Karl Kesel and Roberto Flores," Parker continued. "They pulled off a world with the convincing geography, armament and threats of U.N.C.L.E. and the big showy escapism of Batman '66. And made it all look natural! I hope the Man From U.N.C.L.E. fans who haven't seen their heroes in stories in a while had a good time, it was a rewarding series to make."
You can check out first few pages from the final chapter below.
The final chapter of Batman '66 Meets The Man From UNCLE will be available for download this Wednesday via the DC Comics App, DC's digital webstore, Comixology and a variety of other digital comic retailers.
Top: Cover art by Michael Allred