Friday, May 20, 2005

The Batman Curse

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The passing this week of Frank Gorshin, the dastardly Riddler, turned correspondent El Duque morbid. In the comments section under the commemorative picture of Mr. Gorshin below, Duque pleaded, "How many of the TV Batman's foes are still alive?"

The news isn't good.

Thirty-six actors challenged the Dynamic Duo as "Special Guest Villains."

Twenty-four have died.

Among the dozen still with us are all three Catwomen: Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Merriweather. The other nine, in bat-alphabetical order:

Joan Collins (The Siren)
Zsa Zsa Gabor (Minerva)
Glynis Johns (Lady Penelope Peasoup)
Van Johnson (The Minstrel)
Cliff Robertson (Shame)
Barbara Rush (Nora Clavicle)
Malachi Throne (False Face)
Eli Wallach (Mr. Freeze)
Shelley Winters (Ma Parker)
By taking roles in Batman, did two dozen stars unwittingly sentence themselves to death?

You don't think it's possible? Ask Roddy McDowall (Bookworm). Ask Liberace (Chandell). Ask Tallulah Bankhead (Black Widow).

There's only one problem. You can't.

They're all dead.


El Duque said...


God bless you for your tireless devotion to truth.

I pray that friends alert Zsa Zsa Gabor to the danger that swirls around her permanently-beautiful countenance. You may have just saved the lady's life.

Moreover, this could be the start of something far bigger. After all, how were we ever going to bring security to Iraq and Afghanistan,if we cannot protect our own former Batman supervillans?

Good job, old chum.

N. J. Pozner said...

The most shocking revelation here is that Eli Wallach is still alive.

AH3RD said...

The number may be increased to 28 pretty soon...

Zsa Zsa Gabor, who portrayed Minerva in the series Batfinale, "Minerva, Mayhem And Millionaires," is back in the hospital in serious condition and has been administered last rites, as of yesterday. Further details can be read here.

And you omitted John Astin, Riddler #2, fom the list of surviving Batvillains.