Back when I was a kid, I watched a lot of the Adam West Batman series. I waited and hoped that Bruce would wise up and realize that he was in love with Catwoman. And I loved Batgirl. A librarian who fights crime? COME ON.
If you weren’t aware, this was where I got my first taste of Batman’s rogue’s gallery. And frankly, Cesar Romero as the Joker and Burgess Meredith as the Penguin isn’t such a bad place to start.
A lot of people assume that growing up in Southern California means that we don’t get much rain. While it’s true for the most part- we do get rain. And every couple of years, we get a lot of it. One of those years, I remember my mom buying a cheap umbrella for my sister and I to share. The same cheap umbrella that most parents bought their kids (who wants to splurge on an umbrella that’s going to be left at school?).
They were cheap enough that they… didn’t exactly work as planned. It was as though someone had made each umbrella emulate one of the Penguin’s creations. A friend had one that when you pressed the button to open it, the umbrella would fall off the handle.
Ours… oh, ours was excellent. When you’d press the button, the umbrella would open and fly off the stick- where it could hit someone. AND you were left with an umbrella sword. (And thankfully since they all did different things, it was easy to tell which one was yours, since they looked identical)
I’m not sure what happened to the weaponized umbrella. It wouldn’t surprise me if my mom decided it was just too dangerous to let us run around with a sword. But for a couple years, we had the most awesome umbrella out there.
(Thanks to my doubly awesome sister for reminding me about this)