It seems I haven't done too many "Crush of the Week" posts this year at all, and let's be honest, 2015 is nearly winding down. Autumn approacheth! Or is it here? When does Fall start? September? Yeah, I guess that makes sense. Anyway, we'll continue to call this "Monty's Crush of the Week", because it does sound better than "Monty's Random Crush Post" or something like that. If at all possible, we'll pick up the frequency. That can be fun during the holidays, time permitting, with holiday themed posts like last year's big Marilyn Munster write-up. But don't expect something that big this year. I'm HOPING to still be going to Wizard World Austin this Halloween. More on that in future posts. But, the short version is, the graphic novel won't be ready for this year, but hopefully I'll have some art prints to sell. If I end up canceling my table, I'll let everyone here know. At the moment, it's still a go in the hopes that September manages to be productive for me. But, I digress, on with a very special, very bittersweet edition of "Monty's Crush of the Week".
Yes, this Crush of the Week is brought to us by yet another tragic loss.
One of my earliest and biggest lifelong crushes, TV's Batgirl...
1937 - 2015
(Batgirl on the 60's Batman TV series, plus appearances on Star Trek, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and a TON of other shows, as well as films Eighteen and Anxious, Gidget, The Young Lad, The Gene Krupa Story, High Time, By Love Possessed, 7 Women from Hell, It Happened at the World's Fair, Kissin' Cousins, Advance to the Rear, Quick Before It Melts, Ski Party, One Spy Too Many, One of Our Spies Is Missing, In Like Flint, Mars Needs Women, Three Coins in the Fountain, How to Frame a Figg, and Jarrett)
When I was a little kid, and I mean extremely little, back when I used to play on the carpet with my Mego Batman, Robin, Batmobile and Joker...
Having a blast as I simultaneously watched the afternoon reruns of the old 1960's Batman TV show, what I really, truly was wanting more than anything was this:
A Mego Batgirl!
Awkward and non-TV-based as it was, I wanted one badly. Why? Because I was in love with this woman, TV's Batgirl, AKA Barbara Gordon, Yvonne Craig...
One look at her in that purple batsuit, and you should completely understand, unless you're a commie or something! She was un-freakin'-believable, head to toe...
Yeah, to this day, I have a serious thing for Batgirl, but especially when she wears purple (thank you, Babs Tarr!) and calls back to mind the days of Yvonne Craig, one truly gorgeous and delightful woman. She appeared on countless TV shows back in the day, and I saw a nice handful in the form of reruns later on. After all, I was a big Dobie Gillis fan. Probably the only one in my generation, ha.
Oh, she was that green chick from Star Trek too. But I've never really seen her in that. I'm not a nerd, I'm a Star Wars fan, ha.
Though.... maybe that IS worth checking out.
I was deeply saddened to discover that this lifelong crush of mine passed away earlier this month due to breast cancer. Yvonne Craig wasn't just a beauty and a talent, but an activist and a philanthropist to be admired as much as adored, and she will always live in the hearts and memories of we, her biggest fans. We love you, Yvonne, the only real-life Batgirl!