By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 12, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the anniversary of the first TV episode of The Caped Crusader!   

Holy Batman!

Those of a certain age will remember Batman on television, and not on reruns.  It premiered on ABC on January 12, 1966 starring Adam West in the title role.  The series ended in 1968.

The TV series was adapted from the Detective Comics (DC) comic book series, with Batman premiering in print in 1939.  He moved to the big screen as well after television.

Batman had cool gadgets, a fun car, strong mental and physical abilities, a sidekick in Robin and a butler, Alfred.  His list of nemeses included the Joker, the Penguin, among others.

He and his friends and foes lived in Gotham City, but there is no evidence of this metropolis in cartography, except as self-promotion by DC Comics, although some believe Gotham is located in New Jersey.   

That poses a problem – do I have a map to share with you about Batman?   Well, I do, and that is the most often used inspiration for Gotham City, New York City.  So, here is Bradford’s map of Lower Manhattan from 1841 – think of it as an evolving Gotham City.

New York- Lower Manhattan circa 1841 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.