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ISSUE NO. 660
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Hello film fans! Deadman here. Today, we're going to discuss a musical comedy called ARTISTS AND MODELS (1955), starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. In this movie, Jerry is obsessed with comic books! But he only reads one title...
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It's called BAT LADY. Jerry, who rooms with Deano, reads the adventures of BAT LADY day and night! In fact, it's one of only TWO comic book titles seen throughout the entire movie. Jerry dreams of meeting the fictional BAT LADY every night, sometimes acting out her adventures in his sleep...
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Then one day Jerry seems to meet Bat Lady in person! Yikes! HEY BAT LADY!!!
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But it wasn't Bat Lady! It was only a model posing for the female artist who draws the "Bat Lady" comic book. The corporate offices of Bat Lady's publisher resemble the staid DC comics offices of the 1950s, complete with drawings and enlarged comic covers on the walls. There's Bat Lady on the wall below, and as her creator/illustrator talks with her publisher.
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In this movie, Dean Martin is alaos a comic book artist, and he tries to get a job with the publishers of "Bat Lady" (while fighting with, then romancing her creator in song, of course). As you can see, this is a very insecure publisher who feels the need to write COMIC BOOK in huge letters under every title they publish! Dean sells them a character called Lizard Man, which they publish, naturally, in a title called LIZARD MAN COMIC BOOK.
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Perpetually-broke Dean is so happy that he's finally been paid, he does a cute song and dance number in front of a newsstand that sells only BAT LADY comic books, then buys a bunch and hands them out to the kids. No kid complains that Superman and Batman are absent (and no Marvel superheroes in 1955!), or that every single comic is an issue of BAT LADY. How could they? That's all they SELL at the all-Bat Lady newwstand!
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Click PLAY button below to see Dean's number, a 2 1/2 minute clip...
The producers even had someone, artist unknown, do a fake Bat Lady story!
Next, Jerry is tricked into going on an anti-comic book crusade that's a scathing parody of comic critics of the time, such as Dr. Fredrick Wertham, author of the anti-comic screed SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT, published the year before this movie came out.

Comic fans, did you know we all owe Dean and Jerry a huge debt for showing up Wertham as the nutcase he was? Click PLAY button below to watch Jerry's rant, along with Dean, who sees it on a television set in a store window...
Later on, Zsa-Zsa Gabor tries to seduce Jerry by posing as the Bat Lady...
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But don't worry! In the end, Jerry finally sees the light, and gets together with the REAL Bat Lady, played by Shirley Mclaine.
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The Bat Lady's costume reminds me of my pal Valeria, from WARP...
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...but mostly, the Bat Lady also reminds me of my very OWN "bat lady." Her name was Tatsinda, and she was a green-eyed knockout! I used to affectionately call her "rat-cat," or "cat thing."
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BUt she's only a knockout in HER dimension. Believe it or not, the CAT-THING below is what Tatsinda looks like in OUR dimension! See why she reminds me of "Bat Lady"?
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...ultimately, Tatsinda sacrificed herself to save our dimension from alien invaders!
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