November 7, 2015
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly unveiled a Walk of Fame star in honor of the late Batman creator Bob Kane on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015. The star in the category of Motion Pictures was dedicated in front of the Guinness World Records Museum right beside the all-new Batmobile from Warner Bros. upcoming film,Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".
Filmmaker Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee were featured speakers at the event and discussed Mr. Kane’s timeless Batman legacy, highlighting the character’s enduring appeal on pop culture.
Lee also read a letter from Elizabeth Kane – Bob Kane’s widow who was also in attendance – which honored her late husband’s remarkable achievement.
During the ceremony, Batman also received the Guinness World Records™ title for Most Adapted Comic Book Character.
It's with a heavy heart that I need to share some really sad "Batman News" that I'm sure many of you have already heard about but some of you might not know. George Barris, the Creator of the 1966 BATMAN TV Series Batmobile Car, passed away on November 5th, 2015.
George Barris was known as the "King of Kustomers" and he not only created the Batmobile but he customized a lot of cars for other Movies, TV Shows, and Celebrities. Two quick examples that I can think of are the TV Monkeemobile (The Monkees) and the Munster Koach (TV's Munsters).
Here's a video showing just a few of his other amazing cars. Wow, what a legacy!!
In the many years that I have been writing the BAT-BLOG I have come across a ton of people who have all said they met him, at his shop or at a convention, and every single person I talked too all had the same story, "He was extremely down to earth, very generous with his time, and had a great sense of humor". It sounds to me that he loved his fans and was a really great guy. That is so cool. Thank you Mr. Barris, Rest in Peace Sir.
Here's a quick post to share some fun news about a few brand-new BATMAN products that have a Bat-Manga theme! Over at HOT TOPIC it seems like they have gone crazy with the Bat-Manga merchandise. There are 4 different T-Shirts and also a very cool Baseball Cap!
If you're unfamiliar with Bat-Manga then you need to read Chip Kidd's book, "Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan (Pantheon)" that came out in 2008. This book is what has inspired all the cool products you see here. It reprints some classic Japanese comics from the 1960's with amazing artwork by Jiro Kuwata and it also has a ton of photos of cool Vintage Batman Toys that are all super-rare.
November 1, 2015
NEW #BATMAN TOYS From FISHER-PRICE!!
Batman has always had the coolest tools and gadgets to fight crime in Gotham City – and his Batcave headquarters is no exception!
Turn a Power Pad to transform the Batcave – the platforms, Batcomputer and Batwings open and the eyes light up! Turn a second Power Pad to open the garage so Batman can speed off to thwart evil doings of THE JOKER!
Turn a third Power Pad to open a chest with armor that Batman can wear to protect himself from enemy fire! And no Batcave would be complete without a jail, elevator and projectile launcher to add to the story and the adventures!
Retails for around $60, for more info just CLICK HERE!
It's supposed to be sold at Walgreens but I have not been able to find it or any other of the DC Comics Superheroes. (Actually, the only ones I want are the Batman-related characters). WTF?!!
Here's a fresh new look at the 2016 CATWOMAN Maquette Statue that TWEETERHEAD will be coming out with later. Of course this is the "Michelle Pfeiffer" Version from the BATMAN RETURNS Tim Burton Movie.
We already wrote about this brand-new product here at the BAT-BLOG awhile back, but this is a super-new pic of the actual product that just surfaced and I knew I had to share it because it is INSANE!!
For more info on this just CLICK HERE to visit their website. I gotta warn ya though, before you fall in love this statue is pretty expensive, ha!
While digging through my Bat-Files recently I noticed a small trend of "Joker" related pics. So, I decided to dump them here for your entertainment pleasure. They're all really fun, so I hope you like a few of them!
The first one is some awesome JOKER artwork that is sort of inspired by the POP Art Paintings of Andy Warhol. Then, we get to see Jack Nicholson as the JOKER... except that he has "Heath Ledger" style make-up, an interesting twist!
Next up is a fan-made photo where they wanted to see what the Actor William Dafoe would look like as the Arkham-based Video Game JOKER. Wow, he could be great!
Then, we have a Muslim Girl dressed-up as her favorite villain. No offense to any religion intended, just thought it was pretty clever with the "green hair" and nice make-up.
Then, last but not least, The Dark Knight movie done in the style of the Animated Series... Nice!
This post is gonna be a "blast from the past" for anyone who grew-up in the mid-1970's. There was a company called Peter Pan Records who made special entertainment for kids. They were called "Power Records" and they were sort of like "old time radio shows" where actors played popular characters of the day.
We're talking Planet of the Apes, Six Million Dollar Man, Star Trek, Dracula, The Amazing Spider-Man, Conan The Barbarian, and many more.... including Batman and Robin!
Here is a BATMAN record album where they collected 4 different stories into one, a very good deal.
Track List And Cue Times:
00:00 - Robin Meets Man-Bat
14:47 - Mystery Of The Scarecrow Corpse
24:18 - Gorilla City
38:33 - Catwoman's Revenge
October 29, 2015
This post is just a friendly quick reminder that the BATMAN, BLACK AND WHITE: SKETCH COVERS Art Show is still happening at the Society of Illustrators Art Gallery in New York City and will run until November 7th, 2015.
The show features over 80 pieces of original artwork from the collection of our good friend, CHIP KIDD.
There are a TON of different artists featured in this event and the variety is amazing! Down below is a video they did of the opening reception and it will give you an idea of the incredible artwork presented there.
For more details about the gallery, just CLICK HERE!