Batman (1966–1968)
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Pop Goes the Joker 

When the Joker takes advantage of his vandalism of fine art being appreciated as pop art itself, Batman must discover his true scheme.


(as george waGGner)


, (based upon characters appearing in "Batman" and "Detective" comics magazines created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Batman
... Robin
... Alfred
... Commissioner Gordon
... Chief O'Hara
... Mrs. Cooper
... The Joker
... Bernie Park
... Baby Jane Towser
... Oliver Muzzy
Jan Arvan ... Judge


The Joker appears in an art gallery and defaces the paintings with paint-spraying guns. But instead of being horrified at his alterations, the Joker's work is praised as "art". After more success at an international art competition, the Joker founds his own art school. But Batman and Robin suspect he has a more sinister purpose in mind when he enrolls only wealthy millionaires. Written by Twenty Penguins

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22 March 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the childhood rhyming song "Pop! Goes the Weasel". See more »


When Robin pulls his face out of the pink goo, it actually pulls his mask down, away from his eyes. In the next shot, this mistake has been corrected and the mask is back in place. See more »


Robin: Holy hamburger! I'm going to be cut to pieces by these blades!
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Referenced in Batman (1989) See more »

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The Rube Goldberg Way To Steal Art For Fun And Profit
5 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

It is difficult to judge the quality of a show that is basically a parody of itself. The "Batman" series uses the comic book format to spoof comics and, with tongue in cheek, to comment on society. In this episode, the show spoofs modern artistic commentary. Gotham City holds an art contest between five supposedly renowned artists from around the world. Their names are take-offs on famous artists, e.g. Vincent van Gauche. Each has three minutes to create a painting that will be judged. During the competition, each slathers or slops paint upon a canvas (for example, Jackson Potluck rolls in paint then rolls on a canvas), except for The Joker. In an homage to "The Emperor's New Clothes", he never puts brush to canvas. It is the ultimate in minimalism, so of course he wins the contest.

When this series first played back in the sixties, much of the social commentary flew above the heads of young viewers, though some of its meaning probably seeped in.

The plot is silly, as usual, with illogical happenstances galore--and part of the fun.

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