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Batman: How Aunt Harriet Adapted to Her TV Series Portrayal

In "Follow the Path," I spotlight changes made to comic book characters that are based on outside media, as well as characters who entirely came from outside media. I’m sure you can think of other examples, so feel free to e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com if you want to suggest some other examples for future installments.

Today, we look at how Aunt Harriet adapted to how she was portrayed on the Batman TV series.

Recently, I wrote about how the Batman TV series brought Alfred back to life. The TV show would have an impact on Aunt Harriet, as well.

First off, she showed up in Detective Comics #328 as soon as Alfred was killed off to take over as the Wayne Manor housekeeper...

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Her early roles are pretty dull, as she doesn't know their secret identities, so she is just there to answer the phone and be tricked...

(There is an issue of Batman where she discovers their secret identities but is tricked into not believing it)

Detective Comics #340 was her last appearance for almost a year...

Then the Batman TV series debuted and Aunt Harriet was part of the cast...

Here she is literally fat-shaming her nephew, Dick.

The TV show had a slightly larger Aunt Harriet and she had a last name for the first time - Cooper.

The comics brought Alfred back to life, but Aunt Harriet stuck around...

In Detective Comics #373, she almost dies. She needs a special surgery and it is powered by the same stuff that Mister Freeze uses and so Batman and Robin have to defeat Freeze to get the surgical instrument needed to save her life...

She is now named Cooper in the comics and she is now also drawn a bit larger in the face...

When she makes an appearance in the imaginary story featuring Batman and Lois Lane's wedding in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #89, she is basically looking like the TV show version of her character...

She was written out of the comics soon after. I'll cover that in a future column!

That's it for this installment of Follow the Path! If anyone else has a suggestion for a comic book character changing due to TV or movies, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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