R.I.P. Yvonne Craig

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Along with Barbara Feldon’s Agent 99 and Diana Rigg’s Mrs. Peel, Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl served as a formative example to pre-teen me that women could be every bit as heroic and competent as men. She will definitely be missed.

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Enter Batgirl

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Here’s the original, unaired TV episode that would have introduced Barbara Gordon and the All-New Batgirl to the numerous denizens of TV Land circa the late ’60s.

In my book, Yvonne Craig’s portrayal of Barbara Gordon remains definitive to this day. Her embodiment of a fun-loving, alluring and – most important of all – competent super-heroine is the reason why I never liked The Killing Joke.

In fact, the best comic-book representation of this Batgirl – outside of the original story by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino – is the classic Batgirl: Year One mini-series by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez.

Maybe that Barbara Gordon will reappear one day in a modern DC comic …