October 29, 2009
A new friend to the Bat-Blog, named Jared, sent us a photo of his BATMAN Jack O' Lantern Pumpkin. He carved it last year but he said he didn't know about the Bat-Blog then so he's sending it now, ha ha. Oh man, it looks totally WICKED! Seriously, he did a great job on it. It shows Batman flying through the sky of Gotham City. It even has the Bat-Signal symbol in the air...very cool! Thanks for sharing this Jared & if any other Bat-Blog Fans have cool pics like this to send then please do. Our e-mail button is ALWAYS on the top right hand side of this page. SAFE & HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!!
Warner Bros has just released their new BATMAN Comic Book Wall Calendar for 2010 & it looks pretty cool! The only place I have been able to find it is at their website. If you're interested in getting one then I suggest buying one early because they always sell out. Just click on the button down below. When you get there do a search for "Batman Calendar".
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of DC Comics Bloomingdale's Department Store is selling some cool Batman & Joker themed T-Shirts. The Vintage Style "Japanese Batman" ( in the 1st photo ) is my personal favorite & I really like the one that looks like a cover to an old Golden Age "Detective Comics" Comic Book. The prices range from $39.00 to around $60, OUCH!
October 28, 2009
This is our friend Zack with his lovely Girlfriend. Of course he is Batman (1992 BATMAN RETURNS "Michael Keaton" movie version ) & she is perfect as the Catwoman. Zack told me that even though he built his costume himself, with items he found from different locations, he did custom-build the chest piece for this bat-suit. OK, I gotta say that both costumes look really really great & I don't mean any disrespect here but, Dude, your Girlfriend is totally HOT! But all kidding aside, I guarentee that both of you will be a total hit at any party you go to...HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! ( Zack - Thanks for sending the wonderful pics )
Our good buddy Cape made this totally cool Batman-theme Jack O' Lantern Pumpkin!! Of course it was inspired by "The Long Halloween" Comic Book Graphic Novel & I think he did an amazing job on it!! Well, I think his Mom helped a little bit ...but he did most of the work. With the holiday just a few days away people are starting to go crazy. I hope YOU have your costume ready this year & HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!! ( Thanks Cape, Great Job! )
Here's an Italian TV Advertising Commercial from Italy. It's a short ad for the Italian CODATRONCA Car Company. The basic message, I guess, is that their new automobile looks like Batman's Car, but it is NOT the Batmobile! Ha Ha, enjoy.
In 1966 Adam West was on the cover of LIFE Magazine. It was for a story about the '66 Batman TV Show craze. Well, here's a link where you can now read it for free, the entire issue! Just click HERE!
Oh man! I almost totally forgot that today is "Wacky Wallpaper Wednesday", ha ha! So, just in time, here are a few Batman-themed Desktop Backgrounds you can use to brighten your day! I also thought it would be good if they had a "Halloween-theme" because that holiday is in a few days. So, HERE...WE...GO! The 1st one is a montage I created from many of the different Batman-related Costume Photos that readers have sent in. Now, of course, I could not get everybody in there & I promise I picked them out totally at random so I'm not playing favorites here. Just thought it would be fun! The next 2 were made from some photos sent to me by a costume company. The "Blond Girl as Robin, The Boy Wonder" is pretty nice to look at all day long & the "Dog in Batman Costume" just totally cracks me up, ha ha! ( Dogs NEVER look happy in these photos but he does ). HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!! Please be safe out there!!
A Bat-Blog Fan named Brian sent us this totally hilarious newspaper comic strip last night. It's 2 characters from FOXTROT engaged in a deep philosophical conversation. You might have to click on it to read it, but it's pretty funny! ( Thanks Brian, You ROCK, Sir! )
The Bat-Blog has been going crazy goo goo over Halloween this year & many readers have been completely wonderful about sending us pictures of themselves wearing Batman-themed costumes ( Thanks! ). Here's a great example of something from the past & more modern-day. The 1st picture was sent in by our good friend Ian, who lives in Canada. It's an older vintage photo ( about 1966 or 67 ) showing him on his parent's porch & he's BATMAN! I'm not sure who his friend is but they were stuck being YOGI THE BEAR! Now, they both look totally ready to go hit the neighborhood because they not only have their Plastic Pumpkins to fill with candy but they ALSO have some super-giant shopping bags! Now that's total ambition there, ha ha! I remember one year my cousin & I each used a large over-sized pillowcase...we raked it in! The 2nd photo is a lot more recent, & sort of "not Halloween-related", but it does show a GREAT Joker Costume! This is a good friend of the Bat-Blog named Paul. He's totally into creating Batman Costumes & this is one of my favorites. The great thing about this pic, other than the Joker Costume being totally great, is the fact that he took it in front of the real-life Presidential WHITE HOUSE, ha ha ha! I wonder if the Secret Service brought their warning level up a notch? That's hilarious! I wanna thank Ian for sharing his wonderful family photo. I also wanna thank Paul for allowing me to post a photo I totally stole from his MySpace page, ha ha! Happy Halloween Everybody!
I have always liked the actress Mary Louise Parker. She's smart, funny, talented, & extremely HOT! I can't remember what TV Show ( or Movie ) I first saw her in but I've always thought she was super-cute, from day one! For the last few years she has been staring in a TV series on Showtime called WEEDS & it's a pretty good show. I've only seen a few episodes, because I don't have that cable channel, but I do plan on renting the entire thing someday. But anyway, last night I was surfing the web & just randomly came upon one of those celebrity news websites. Now, personally, I don't really care about what new purse Paris Hilton is sporting or who Britney Spears is dating, that's so lame. But when I scrolled down I saw this photo...Hubba Hubba! It's Mary Louise Parker wearing a Batman Bat-Symbol Logo T-Shirt! Now, is she really a Batman Fan or did some publicist say, "18-45 yr old nerds will think you're sexy in this shirt, blah, blah". OK, I proudly fit that demographic & I agree, she does look extremely HOT, ha ha! Of course she would look great wearing anything. ( Oh, I'm trying to bring back the phrase "Hubba Hubba" so please use it in a conversation soon ). I hope she's wearing this T-Shirt because, in real life, she's a Batman Fan...that would be so cool!
October 27, 2009
College Humor has just made another parody-spoof of The Dark Knight Batman movie & it's pretty funny! It features Jim Gordon talking on the roof of the Gotham City Police Department building with Batman...enjoy!
Alright, these photos were really fun to receive because for the 1st time I got to see what my friend Kevin looks like ( I've known him on the Internet for awhile but have never met him ) and I got to see his amazing Batman-themed Halloween Costume! He chose to be Harvey Dent / Two-Face & his make-up plus costume are totally awesome! I mean, extremely well done. He really looks like he has been burned. His business suit is perfect on one side & damaged on the other. Plus, the "Vote For Harvey Dent" Political Campaign Button is a nice touch...he even has a 2-sided Coin! Thank you Kevin for sending us these great pics. You should be very proud of your costume & I bet it will be a SMASH-HIT at any Halloween Party! I'm not dressing-up this year & I'm totally jealous, ha ha!
Some big fashion news right now is that Ecko Unltd. designed some new Batman ( The Dark Knight ), Joker ( Heath Ledger version ), Kiss ( Gene Simmons ), Jason ( Friday The 13th ), Jigsaw ( Saw Movie ) Zip-Up Hoodies with Masks. These just came out & they are truly Limited Edition so if ya want one you should do it quickly. My guess is that the one of The Joker will sell out first because it's the most interesting of the bunch. The deal about these hoodies is that you can have a regular hoodie ( that's open-faced, or you can zip it up all the way & it creates a mask to keep your face warm. Here's some photos of The Joker & Batman Hoodies. Now, I guess I gotta explain that when I went to their website to get the photos for this they only had the one picture of the Batman Hoodie. The day before they had many different pics & then they were down. I think it was a temporary glitch so if you're interesting in seeing what the back looks like then just click HERE!
October 26, 2009
Hey Batman Collectors! Be on the look out for this new BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD product! It's a package of AIRHEADS CANDY with special bat-graphics! The basic concept is you get this large package that contains 6 individually-wrapped bars of taffy. Each one is a different flavor & has a different character from the cartoon series: Batman, Red Tornado, Aquaman, Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, & Plastic Man. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for the exclusive TV Commercial for this. It's pretty awesome! In fact, if you visit the Official AIRHEADS website you can see the video online. It's located at the top right-hand side of their page. They also have fun games you can play like voting for your favorite character. You can get there by clicking HERE!
I gotta say that this year Bat-Blog Fans have been totally wonderful about sending us their "Batman Halloween Costume" photos! It's great & I really appreciate it. Some have been about what they're gonna look like this year & others are from the past. I like both a lot but I have to say that I really love the vintage photos the best! I guess because they seem to bring back such fond memories. Anyway, here is our buddy Jason & his Brother Daryl. The year was 1989 & they were totally swept-up in the Batman movie ( Michael Keaton ) craze! Jason was the Dark Knight & Daryl was Robin, The Boy Wonder!! I wanna thank Jason for sending these because they're so awesome! Not just the photos, but the costumes too...very cool!
Here's an extremely professional-looking photo of our friends Dallas & his lovely Wife. I mean, they must have gone to some Commercial Photography Studio or something! Anyway, the pic is really great & so are the costumes ( Please click on the photo for a larger pic ). This is from Halloween last year when they were Batman ( Modern-Day Comic Book version ) & Catwoman ( artist - Jim Balent ). I have always loved this "Purple Cat-Suit" version of Catwoman but right now I think I am liking it even more, ha ha! Well, both costumes are awesome. I usually put a cheap plastic halloween mask on & I'm ready to go. Looking at this pic you can tell that they are totally serious, that's great! ( Thanks to Dallas & his Wife for sending this to us ).
Everybody who grew-up in the 1970's has fond memories of a toy line called MEGO. They made a lot of Superhero Toys that have now become classic. These things are getting a lot harder to find now. But something that has happened in the last few years is that people are totally into customizing them. Well, they're not ruining ones that are in good shape, that would be bad, but on occasion you find them totally wasted & that's what they use. I think it's really cool. I love when people are creative like this & sometimes the result of these custom figures is extremely cool & very clever. Here's a very good example: Our friend Jason sent us some photos of an Adam West 1966 Batman TV Show MEGO Doll he put together. He got the fake Blister Card from one source, the clothing from another, & so on. Then he made this awesome Batman figure!! The details are wonderful. It's a total fantasy-piece, because MEGO TOYS never made this, but it would have been so great if they did! The figure measures about 8" tall & comes with a Bat-Suit Costume, Head Cowl, Boots, Gloves, & a Bat-Belt!! I also love the packaging. It looks so authentic & seeing the photos of the characters is really cool. I wanna thank Jason for sending these incredible photos & if any other Bat-Blog Fans out there are into making Custom Toys of any kind then please sen us your pics. Our e-mail button is always on the top right-hand side of this page.
October 25, 2009
OK, right now I could not be more proud! Yesterday I received an e-mail from a Bat-Blog Fan named Xavier. He is 9 years old, in the 4th Grade, & really loves to draw comic book characters. He even has a cool website, called "Super Creations", where he shares his artwork. He also really really loves the Bat-Blog! In the letter he sent this picture he recently drew to help promote the Bat-Blog on his website. It's EXTREMELY SUPER-AWESOME!! Please be sure to click on it for a larger, more detailed, version. He drew a bunch of characters in the "Animated Series" style: Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, The Riddler, Bane, Clayface, & even Two-Face!! I totally love it & really appreciate it, it's great! Plus, his drawing skills are very good for a little kid. This guy will probably work for DC or Marvel Comics in the future! Thank you very much Xavier for making & sending this pic to us. Readers, if you would like to see more comic book art from this talented artist then please visit his website by clicking HERE!
The other day, on the Internet, I came across a most excellent find that I knew I had to share with my readers. I found a company that makes high-end "Chrome-Plated BATMAN Emblems" for your car, truck, or auto!! Well, they also make Superman ones too but who cares, ha ha! There are 2 different Batman-themed auto emblems: The "Modern Bat-Logo" that you see on the chest of the Bat-Suit in the current comic books and an older silver-age version that is the classic "oval-shape". Oh man, I really love both of them, but I'm leaning more towards the oval-shaped one just because it's more recognizable. Now, these are not made out of cheap plastic, like some companies make, but they're actual chromed metal, very high quality. The retail price ( including Free Shipping ) is $25.00. When you get them they are presented inside a special Jewel Case box. I was actually thinking that if you have a Display Case ( piece of furniture ) in your house then this would be cool to stick on there to make it look like an "Official Batman Display Case", ha ha! For more information please be sure to visit their website by clicking HERE!
Cue Music: "I'm The Music Meister, The Music Meister!" OK, regardless if you loved or hated the recent episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated cartoon series where it was a "Batman Musical" with Neil Patrick Harris you DO have to admit that these costumes are totally GREAT!! A friend of mine sent these to me & I was instantly very impressed. Of course they are the Music Meister & Black Canary. The details are very accurate & the costumes are extremely well made! Please click on the above graphic for a larger, sharper, photo. My friend didn't tell me if this was cosplay at some Comic Book Convention, or a cute couple at a Halloween Party, but either way these Batman-themed Costumes are just crazy-insane! ( Thanks Jeff ).
October 24, 2009
Here are some photos sent in by our good friend Guenter. He recently went to a comic convention in Essen , Germany called "Comic Action". While there he was able to pick up a few pieces of Batman Original Artwork by the British Comic Book Artist Clint Langley. The 1st one shown here is, of course, BANE the evil super-villain. It's great! The picture also shows the actual artist. Now, the 2nd photo is a piece he did with both Batman & The Joker! As a bonus, because the artwork is so cool, I took the photo & made it a Desktop Wallpaper you can use as a background. Please let me know what you think of it. I wanna thank Guenter for sharing these pics with us. He has a great collection of art like this & I always love to see it. If any other Bat-Blog Fans get a chance to meet their favorite comic book artists then please be sure to share some stories too, thanks!
Over at Facebook I have a friend named Lauren who recently shared some neat pics of her Batman Birthday Cake she had. The thing is really cool! There's a HUGE Batman Logo Symbol ( plastic topper ) on the top & a few other Batman-themed designs in icing all over it. Plus, the whole thing is black & bright yellow...extremely cool! Thank you Lauren for sharing these pics. I always love when cute girls are totally into Batman, that's awesome! If any other Bat-Blog Fans have Batman Birthday Party memories to share then please do. Our e-mail button is always on the top right-hand side of this page.
For awhile now we have been featuring some awesome Batman Vinyl Model Kits made by our good friend known as SKINNYBIRD. He sent us some nice pics of his personal collection of models he has built & painted. Every now & then we feature one and the cool thing is that they're always very popular. Now, here's the one he did of TWO-FACE from the BATMAN FOREVER movie ( 1995 ). Of course he was played by Tommy Lee Jones. OK, to be honest, this is one of my least liked Batman films. It was really really bad & practically ruined the franchise. But I don't want that to take away from the fact that Skinnybird did an incredible job on this model kit. Just check it out, the paint job is extremely well done & I like the custom base he made too. If you look at TWO-FACE's Double-Sided Jacket it a ton of detail to it, with the animal print patterns, that must have taken forever to paint ( Get it? "forever", Sorry, bad joke ). Before I go I wanna say three things: 1. I wanna thank Skinnybird for sharing his pics with us, all the models are great & I love sharing them. 2. OK, I know that some people just totally love this movie. It might have been their 1st introduction to the Batman Universe & I totally respect that. So, please just take my comments about this being a crappy film with a grain of salt. It's actually worth viewing as a part of Bat-History. Also, if you go into with a certain attitude, it's really not that bad & can be kind of enjoyable. 3. If you would like to see more of Skinnybird's work then just click on the word "skinnybird" in the Labels Area down below. Also, look for more kits in the future.
October 23, 2009
Awhile back, I got an e-mail from a guy who told me all about how he made some Batman Jewelry back in the late 1980's. Actually, the stuff came out during the 1989 Batman Movie craze! His company made many different versions of Batman-Themed Rings, Pendants, Pins, Buttons, Badges, Earrings, etc... They were all either Batman or Joker related & were the actual characters or their respective logos ( like the Bat-Symbol or Comic Book Logo ). Shown here are 2 Advertising Pamphlets featuring the work. Oh man, they're all so cool! The funny thing is I think I have one set of those Bat-Symbol Earrings, I'll have to dig those up later! Anyway, I wanna thank him for sharing these great pics. This stuff is an amazing piece of Vintage Bat-History! ( Readers, be sure to click on the above photos for larger, more detailed, pics ).
I recently got a very nice letter from a Batman Fan in the Philippines named Nico. He sent these wonderful photos of 2 Custom Batman Mighty Muggs Figures he customized & painted to look like 2 different versions of the Dark Knight. The 1st one is styled after Jim Lee's artwork & the 2nd one is inspired by Alex Ross. I gotta say that they are both so totally GREAT that it's really hard to choose a favorite! Thank you Nico for sending these in, you did an amazing job on both of them. I think that if you had not told me about the different comic book artist's styles you used that I still would have been able to recognize their influence. Bat-Blog Readers, if you would like to see more of this very talented artist's work then please click HERE!