Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Yvonne Craig Batgirl tribute

Yvonne Craig has passed on.

I was stunned to learn of her death; even more surprising was she was 78 years old. I never realized she was that old. It's funny how we never really expect our idols to age; at the very least, they should age gracefully. ...

Meme by CARY ASHBY/CARY'S COMICS CRAZE
For fans of the funky 1960s "Batman" TV series, Craig will always be that young, gorgeous, perpetually spunky and librarian-hot Barbara Gordon, better known as Batgirl.

"Star Trek" fans will remember Craig as the green alien Marta in the classic TV series. (For you completists, the Jan. 3, 1969 episode is titled "Whom Gods Destroy.")

To this day, we Trekkies make fun William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk getting busy with all the ladies, but when it came to Craig's shapely dancer, there was no doubt why the starship captain found her hard to resist.

Grace and beauty are what she brought to Batgirl. Not only could she hold her own in the fights with various thugs along with Batman and Robin, Craig brought a charismatic flair to the Dominoed DareDoll. She used her ballet skill and moves in the fights, showing off her dancer legs in that figure-hugging purple costume that made every fanboy drool. With Craig under the cowl, Batgirl had an iconic kick that's now as memorable as any of the "Bam!" "Pow!" "Biff!" moments of each fisticuff. Classic stuff!

Craig's Batgirl also gave much needed energy to the "Batman" show. Batgirl was only in the third season, but it says something about what Craig did with the role that her name, Barbara Gordon and Batgirl will be linked forever.

Meme by CARY ASHBY/CARY'S COMICS CRAZE
Meme by CARY ASHBY/
CARY'S COMICS CRAZE
Essentially, Craig made me love the Batgirl character the way I do now and helped make redheads my Kryptonite.

Keep in mind Batgirl was the first female superhero onscreen (at least to my knowledge). She wasn't just a sex object; Craig's Gordon was a smart woman who lived on her own and supported herself. That's a great role model for women of any generation.

And what other TV character can say she inspired her own theme song? That's saying something, given how popular the "Batman" theme song was and remains!

VARIETY has written a very nice and concise breakdown of Craig's television career, so I won't even try to duplicate it.

The beauty of TV -- and every episode of "Batman" and "Star Trek" out on DVD and Blu-Ray, we can remember and rewatch our favorite onscreen moments of Yvonne Craig's memorable characters.

Craig's classy and perky Batgirl certainly will live on in my heart -- and those of every fangirl who dresses up as the TV icon at comic book conventions.
Meme by CARY ASHBY/CARY'S COMICS CRAZE







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