The schoolyard tune "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" arose in 1966 as a direct result of the Adam West Batman TV series, in southern California, and spread from their by military families moving across the country. That was 50 years ago, and still today, children are learning it from their older siblings and classmates. The song parody has made its way to TV and movies, and of course, fan art and comic books. Tom King, the current writer for DC’s Batman, has his own ideas for celebrating the song's 50th anniversary.
“It’s obviously a panel description for an opening splash in a comic,” he says, setting the scene.
The Batmobile lays wasted at the side of the road, Batman unconscious, bleeding at the wheel, Robin crying over the Dark Knight’s body, begging forgiveness even as he’s repulsed by the very smell he caused, the laid-egg that took Batman’s eyes off the road, that crashed the car and thus freed the monster they were delivering to Arkham.
And as his laughter snakes around the scene, the Joker flees into the horizon, a lonely, ripped tire rolling after him.
“I mean, c’mon. Try not to turn the page after that.”