3. Batman '66 #6 by Tom Peyer, Ty Templeton et al. (DC)
During a charity event where millionaire Bruce Wayne donates a massive (literally) cheque to charity, the fiendish Bookworm appears and, with his goons Endpaper, Bookplate and Joyce Carol, he makes off with Bruce's giant chequebook! Without the giant chequebook, Gotham's philanthropic rich are unable to make charitable donations, bringing its poor and needy to its knees! Meanwhile, Olga, Queen of the Cossacks, appears in Gotham to fight Batman - or is she after something more...? The unstoppable Batman '66 continues it's brilliant run of funny, creative comics with issue #6. Regular series writer Jeff Parker takes a breather as Tom Peyer steps in to write the Bookworm story and Ty Templeton, one of the best Batman artists ever, draws the issue, making it look gorgeous. There's rarely anything subtextual or literary to discuss with Batman '66, it's simply straight up great story after great story done in the style of the Adam West Batman TV show and I think that's why I like it so much. This issue's especially hilarious for the premise alone - who knew stealing a giant chequebook would cause such a kerfuffle? And who knew they existed in the first place?! Love it! Only in Batman '66 could Bookworm be considered a serious threat to Gotham, with his book light hat, but he's actually a really funny and enjoyable character, not least for the abundance of book-related puns he makes (kind of a given, since his name is Bookworm)! The Jeff Parker scripted Queen of Cossacks story is also fun to read as Batman and Robin ride Russian bears and Batman is taken aback by a kiss! Batman '66 is always a good read and a great comic, and #6 is no exception. Can this series produce a bad issue? It doesn't seem possible, old chum!