Here's a nice assortment of Vintage Batman Toys and Memorabilia featuring The super-villian THE PENGUIN. The 1st item, & probably the rarest, is the Penguin Batman Model Kit made by Aurora in 1966. This is an extremely RARE kit that you don't see everyday! I love the vintage graphics on the box. The next item is a 45 rpm Record where the sleeve is die-cut to the shape of the Penguin graphic, very cool! Plus, both songs are sort of "Penguin Related". The 3rd picture shows the Super-RARE PENGUIN PEZ Candy Dispenser. This was released by Pez in ©1976 & the unusual thing about it is the head is made out of rubber. In the same "rubber head" Super Hero set they also made Wonder Woman, The Joker, Batman, & Batgirl. The last photo shows a RARE 1970's Penguin Mego Action Figure 8" Doll in the original box. These Megos were usually "carded" so seeing one in the box is a treat. I mean, this baby belongs in a Vintage Toy Museum! Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for many more Batman Vintage Toys including Corgi, Mattel, Ideal, TransOgram, Marx, Kenner, & many more!
March 30, 2007
Here's the original comic book art for the cover to Batman's DETECTIVE COMICS # 450. Done by classic comic book artist Dick Giordano. We have always been a big fan of his work & this baby is a masterpiece!! Be sure to click-on the picture up above for a larger, more detailed, photo. That's where you can really see alot of the fine details...nice! Also, Remember to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for many more Batman artists & covers!
The BAT-BLOG covers everything Batman but our main focus is the area of collecting. We sometimes cover news about the comic books, both old & new, but our favorite things are the awesome Vintage Batman Toys & Memorabilia. Here are a few examples of some RARE 60's items, mainly from 1966. The 1st item is a photo of the RARE & highly collectible 1966 AURORA Slot Car of the Batmobile from the TV Series, shown in it's original box. This is a Bat-Fan favorite & also desired by many slot car collectors for it's beauty & history. The next item is a fun coloring book featuring Robin as the main character on the cover. This was published by Whitman in 1966. The last, & most RARE item, is a felt pennant of Batman & Robin that was a souvenir of Saskatoon, Canada! We hope you have enjoyed seeing these rare beauties & hope you return often for more! Also, Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for many more Rare Vintage Toys & Memorabilia....See you tommorrow!
March 28, 2007
Because of the success of both the Star Wars Lego Video Game AND the Batman Lego Toys Warner Brothers has announced they will be releasing BATMAN LEGO : The Video Game in 2008. Check back with us for news in the future. It will 1st be released for the Playstation 2 (PS2) & then for all the other formats later ( like X-Box & Wii ). Here's a prototype graphic of the game box....we can't wait!!
I just opened a new bank account the other day & needed some checks. While surfing thru a webpage called CHECKS IN THE MAIL I found some Batman checks & address label sets. Actually they are DC Comics Super Hero checks & labels. Ya see, they make you also buy Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, & Flash. But, the checks & Labels with Batman are pretty cool! Here's a link to check them out ( no pun intended ). Once there, look on the left & click on "Cartoon Sets".
Shown up above is a classic comic book cover re-creation by Fred Hembeck. For this one he did the 1st appearance of Batman in Detective Comics # 27, an icon. We're proud to say that Fred is a good friend of the BAT-BLOG & we actually hope he sees this post! I think he would be tickled pink about it, ha ha. If you're a Hembeck Fan then be sure to check out our BAT-LINKS PAGE for a link to his famous FRED SEZ Blog & also remember to search eBay where Fred sometimes sells the Original Art of his classic comic cook recreations!
REMEMBER : Every Wednesday is "Wacky Wallpaper Wednesday" at the BAT-BLOG!! Each week we try to theme the wallpaper in a way so that everybody gets something they like. This time we thought we would use the crazy theory "Something old, something new". The 1st wallpaper, featuring vintage 1940's graphics of Batwoman on her Bat-Cycle, was actually made by a BAT-BLOG Reader & sent to us thru our Bat-Blog Message Board! I know it sounds kinda corny but it was actually a very proud moment for us here, ha ha. He did a great job on it & we really love the "Golden Age" Batman! The 2nd wallpaper is a more recent version of Batman & we like the gothic buildings with the moonlight behind him, pretty cool. Both of these would look great for a MySpace Layout but if you're looking for something else be sure to check our BATMAN WALLPAPER PAGE, the link button is on the top/right of this page. Also, be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for 50+ wallpapers posted in the past!
March 27, 2007
The other day some friends & I visited our local video store because we heard they were having a wacky clearance sale on used movies. I was really excited to find THE BATMAN VS DRACULA Animated Movie on DVD! This is a newer movie ( 2005 ) that I had not seen before & didn't own yet, plus it was only $4.00! It's based on the newer THE BATMAN cartoon & while I'm not a huge fan of that show I heard this movie was pretty good. Plus, it's Batman! Anyway I watched it yesterday & surprisingly it's really enjoyable. I feel it's a movie I can suggest owning because the animation quality is very good. The sound effects are cool & very well done. The story isn't too bad either. Basically it features a "new villian" called Dracula. It's filled with alot of folklore about the classic monster & would be really great to watch around Halloween. I don't wanna give away too much of the plot but basically Dracula is accidently brought back to life in Gotham by the Penguin who has just recently escaped from Arkham Asylum. The Joker is also on the loose & creates some problems. Dracula goes about making vampire zombies out of the Gotham City citizens & because of reports of a "Bat" the media starts to blame Batman for the crimes. The voice talent for the movies is really great too. Rino Romano returns as the voice of Batman / Bruce Wayne & does a great job. Peter Stormare is the voice of Dracula & does a decent "ethnic accent" helping Dracula seem like the eurotrash he is, ha ha! Tara Strong is the voice of Vicki Vale. Tara is a cartoon voice legend having done the voice of Batgirl on the earlier Batman: The Animated Series. She is a main character on the Powerpuff Girls & also adds her voices to a few main characters on the new DRAWN TOGETHER cartoon. Tom Kenny does a great job as The Penguin & adds alot of humor to the character. I was kinda surprised by Kevin Michael Richardson's version of The Joker. I thought Joker's voice would be done by longtime "Joker Voice Guy" Mark Hammel ( Yes, Luke Skywalker ) but Kevin does a great job! Finally, Alastair Duncan returns to do the voice of Alfred & has great sarcastic wit that is needed for the role. The movie runs about 84 minutes. The DVD also includes some extras which are mostly filler except for a neat documentry on the voice talent & their process of bringing the characters to life. I highly reccommend renting or buying this soon to be Bat-Classic! One last note: There's a special version of the DVD which is sold with 2 exclusive PVC figures of Batman & Dracula, something to look out for.
March 26, 2007
According to a report from the NEWSARAMA FORUM Marshall Rogers, famed Batman Artist, died Saturday ( March 24th, 2007 ) at the age of 57. No one knows yet exactly how he died & it is kinda shocking because of his young age. His 1st Batman art appearance was in the AUG 1977 Issue of Detective Comics #471 ( Shown in the photo, on the left side, with the Hugo Strange cover.) He had a very precise art style that was sharp & clear. He pencilled Batman & usually teamed up with inker Terry Austin. I used to really love his work as a kid & still do. The BAT-BLOG would like to extent our deepest condolences to his family & friends, he will be greatly missed. Here's a link to the MARSHALL ROGERS FAN PAGE, be sure to check out the ORIGINALS section for some great examples of his work.
Remember that on Saturday May 5th, 2007 it's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! For anyone living under a rock the last few years FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is an event that happens at most comic book stores where they have a huge assortment of FREE comic books that they give away for free. This has been an attempt by the comic book industry to gain new customers because it's such a rough market. So, remember to hit your friendly neighborhood comic shop that day & while you're there maybe buy a few Batman comics!
Here's a photo sent in to the BAT-BLOG with NO information at all. Ha Ha, Nothing....just the photo ( we still appreciate it ). But the picture explains alot & looks like a great job at customizing what we think is a 1970's Corvette. We also love the interior with the Bat-Symbol on the steering wheel & the TV Monitor where the glove box should be. Whoever did this did an incredible job & we wish this baby was in our garage! Vrooom Vrooom!
Here are 2 panels from actual Batman comic books that are kinda funny, ha ha! These were done in a time when they were meant to be innocent but now have a hidden meaning. Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG Message Board for more humor photos!
March 24, 2007
Here's the front & back cover to the Classic Batman Comic Book DETECTIVE COMICS # 29, from July 1939...beautiful!!
March 23, 2007
Shown in the 1st photo is an original 1960's BATMAN TIN TOY ROBOT from Japan that is a holy grail to all toy collectors. It's shown with the original box, which is probably 100 times more RARE than the actual toy, ha ha!! The 2nd photo is a brand new BATMAN ROBOT Custom Toy made by a friend of the Bat-Blog & being sold on eBay. ( Sorry, By the time you read this it might have already sold ). We are all really impressed with how well-done both the robot toy & box are made. We mean, the head looks exactly like Adam West & the Bat-Belt has some really great detailing...nice job!! Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for many more Custom & Vintage Batman Toys!!
Now, these Batman Fan magazines are EXTREMELY RARE! Here's a set of BATMANIA Batman Fanzines, Issues # 1 thru 19. This was a magazine for Batman Fans published by artist / writer BILJO WHITE in the mid 60's, about 2 yrs before the Batman TV Series premiered in 1966. This was a grass-roots level publication that covered everything Batman. Sort of like the BAT-BLOG in magazine form, ha ha! Please click on the photo up above to enlarge it to a giant-sized photo. I put it up this big so that you could enjoy the incredible artwork by Biljo White. He did all the covers & from a graphic art point of view they are super great!! My favorite is issue #4 which shows Batman & Robin racing away in the Batmobile & it's shown at a weird angle you never see. Many more of them are really great too & we hope you enjoy this RARE chance to see these extremely hard-to-find masterpieces!! Be sure to check back with the BAT-BLOG often for more Batman eye-candy...See y'all tommorrow!!
March 22, 2007
In this quick posting we wanted to present 2 very ultra-rare Vintage 1960's Batman Toys that are toy weapons for crime fighting! The 1st one is a Batman Water Pistol Toy Gun made by Lincoln International ©1966. It's shown here on a beautiful display card with the toy attached, drool, drool! The 2nd photo is of a cool "foreign market" Batman toy called BATI-ESPOSAS & as you can see they are a pair of play hand-cuffs, or I guess, "Bat-Cuffs". These were marketed in Argentina & are quite RARE also!! The Bat-Blog would like to thank our friend Ramiro for sending the "bat-cuffs" photo. If any other readers have some cool personal photos to share of anything Batman-related then please do so!
Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for many many more RARE vintage Batman Toys!!
Who's the cutest little Batman & Robin ever? You are, Yes you are! Here's a set of two Batman & Robin 7" tall rubber-vinyl dolls that if you squeeze they make a sqweeky-sound like a dog toy, ha ha! These were made in 1978 for the foreign market & are called "Super Juniors". This was Warner Brothers' attempt to present some DC Comics characters as little kids but it must have never taken off. Also in this set were a Superman & Wonder Woman ( not shown ). It's sort of a mystery as to what other Super Juniors products were produced. I know that there is some "Super Juniors Contact-Sheet Paper" made in Italy. It featured the 4 characters listed above plus Green Arrow, Green Lantern, & maybe a few other characters. Other than the dolls & contact paper I'm not sure what else they made so if you have something in this wacky "Super Jrs" series then please send more info & especially a photo if ya got it!
March 21, 2007
Here's an extremely well-done Batman Tattoo photo sent in by a reader who got The Joker on his right calf. This was inspired by the art work of Brian Bolland ( shown on right ) from the classic Batman / Joker graphic novel, The Killing Joke.
Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for many more Batman Tattoos!
Every Wednesday at the BAT-BLOG we present two Batman Wallpapers you can use to brighten your desktop or use in a MySpace layout! Today we thought we would post some pictures of Batman Toys. One is a Vintage 1970's Mego ROBIN THE BOY WONDER Action Figure 8" Doll on original blister-card. The 2nd one is the NEW Batman Action Figure from the DC SUPER FRIENDS collection. This will be released from Mattel in 2007. Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES & BAT-BLOG WALLPAPER PAGE for many many more Batman Desktop Wallpapers!!
March 20, 2007
Today I came across a really great vintage Batman comic book cover & it made me think, "Why I have not thought if this before...duh!". So, every now & then I'm gonna showcase a really wonderful Batman cover for fans who enjoy great art work!! This is the cover to Batman #106. It's kinda weird to see a cover price of 10 cents.
The famous toy store F.A.O. Schwarz has gone through a major make-over. Now they specialize in high-end very expensive toys for millionaires & the elite! One of their offerings this year is gonna be a Life-Sized Batman Statue made entirely from Lego™ bricks. He measures about 6'6" tall. This item is extremely cool & is on every toy collectors wish list. The price, $27,000.00. Yes, you read that right, twenty-seven thousand dollars!! If anybody wants to buy this for me ( for Christmas maybe ) then e-mail me & I'll send you my shipping address info, ha ha!
March 19, 2007
Here's a lovely example of some Original Batman Newspaper Comic Strip Art from January 4th, 1971. ( Be sure to click the small picture up above for a larger photo. ) It mainly features Bruce Wayne but one panel has his trusty Butler Alfred...nice art work too!! The BAT-BLOG would like to personally thank Steven for sending us this wonderful picture. It's pretty cool & we're sure the readers will enjoy this obscure piece of Batman History! Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for more Original Art featuring Batman!
The year was 1984. The year of George Orwell's BIG BROTHER. A classic toy company, named Kenner, came out with a line of action figures called the SUPER POWERS COLLECTION. Shown up above is the Batman action figure made for the "Foriegn Market". They were re-named SUPER AMIGOS & featured both Spanish & English languages. The 2nd picture shows the Batman action figure on the RARE "Slim Card" & a Robin action figure on the regular card with blister-pack bubble. They made alot of action figures in this series, which we will showcase later, but our favorites of course are the Batman & Robin ones. They also made The Joker, Penguin, Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, Green Arrow, Plasticman, Hawkman, & even Clark Kent...wayyy too many to list here! Remember to click on the pictures up above for larger, more detailed, photos! Also, Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for many more Vintage Batman Toys like Mego, Kenner, Corgi, Marx, Hot Wheels, Transogram, Ideal, etc...
March 18, 2007
In 1973 a famous comic book artist named Alex Toth was hired to create "the look" of the characters for the SUPER FRIENDS Animated Cartoon TV Series. Here's the MODEL SHEET for Batman....a great piece of ART!
Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for more original comic art related to Batman!
March 17, 2007
Someone made this for YouTube & it's hilarious! It's footage from the 1966 Batman TV Show re-edited like it was a modern day trailer with quick editing & new music effects....funny!
WOW, This pic ( click the pic above for a larger more detailed photo ) was sent to us from a loyal BAT-BLOG Reader named John. He must have the greatest collection ever! Here are some Super-Rare 1970's DC SUPERHERO & VILLIAN Musical Ceramic Figurines that you wind-up on the bottom to start slowly spinning & playing music!! As a kid I remember these being offered in the catalogs & I really wanted a few of them so I'm gonna have to track them down now! These figurines are beautiful works of art!! John's photo shows The Penguin, Catwoman, Batman & Robin, Superman ( Hey, what's he doing here, ha ha ), The Riddler, & The Joker. Thanx John, for torturing me!! But seriously, this is a really great photo, I appreciate that & know my readers will too!! If anyone else has some wacky Batman Photos to share them please send them to us.
Here's a group of pictures taken out of some really cool & Super-RARE Batman Toys from a 1966 Toy Sales Catalog. This was an industry publication for people who owned toy stores in the 60's & they could order stock from it. Shown in the pics are some extremely RARE Batman Toys like: Batman Bullhorn & Batman on a Stick, made by Bayshore Industries. Some Batman & Robin Society 3 1/2" Buttons with Display Box, made by Button World Mfg, Co. The Official Batman Hat made by Arlington Hat Co. The last picture shows some very RARE items made by the Irwin Corp: The injection-molded plastic Batman Plane, Batman Helicopter, Batman Ride-On Bike, & Batman Club Horn with header card!! OK, now the Society Button is kinda common to find but everything else is a total holy grail piece because they are almost non-existant! Click on the small picture up above for a larger, more detailed photo so you can start drooling! Drool, drool!! Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES, located on the right-side of the blog, for many more Vintage Batman Toys!!
March 16, 2007
Shown up above are three really great & super-rare Vintage Batman Toys I recently received pix of. The 1st one is a Batman Plush Doll made by The Commonwealth Co in 1966. He measures about 18" tall & is pretty huge, like a big teddy bear! The 2nd photo is a child's hankerchief sent in by a loyal BAT-BLOG reader named John ( Thanx John! ). Even though the item is slightly faded it's still very hard to find & I love the vintage graphics anyway! OK, Now, I think the last item is the best & the most RARE! It's a Black Leather Purse in the shape of the Bat-Symbol & still has it's original sticker which is always gone! My lady collects Vintage Purses & would flip over this, it's really really cool! Be sure to check the BAT-BLOG ARCHIVES for many more Vintage Batman Toys & Collectibles! The Archives are located on the right-side of this blog!