DC Comics’ Selfie Variant Month posed a particular problem for Batman ’66, the digital-first series set in the world of the 1966-1968 television show, decades before the introduction of smartphones, or even digital cameras. Cover artist Joe Quinones could’ve gone with an instant camera, of course — what screams “1960s” more than a Polaroid Model 20 Swinger? — but instead he came up with a solution that’s both funnier and in keeping with the tone of the TV series.
“I was asked to do one for issue 14 of Batman ’66 and was excited to tackle the idea,” Quinones writes on his blog. “So rather than make Robin (because of course it would be Robin) take the pic using a cellphone (it was the sixties!), I decided to give him the iconic red flashing ‘Bat Phone,’ repurposed into a ‘Bat Camera Phone.'”
Batman ’66 #14, by Jeff Parker and Paul Rivoche, with covers by Quinones and Mike Allred, goes on sale Aug. 27.