- Posted March 19, 2014 by
West Hollywood, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ever want to be Batman?
Batman's 75th Anniversary
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
My enthusiasm for all things Batman started as with all Baby Boomers, with the season premiere of the Batman television show in 1965. Although I was aware of him via DC Comics prior to that, the TV series premiere had an impact that was equal to The Beatles’ American debut on the Ed Sullivan show.
The Batman TV series was as close as television will ever get to replicating a pulpy comic book on film with vibrant colors, beautiful women, great gadgets, teen pop culture and some of the wildest villains ever seen on television. It takes a great villain to make a hero look even greater.
What I always liked about Batman is the endless variations of how he’s been depicted through the decades: camp comedy hero as played by Adam West in the Sixties, civic minded champion on the Super Friends cartoon show in the Seventies, or the ominous, dark crusader as played by Christian Bale in current days. There has never been a super hero who has been depicted in so many different shades and moods than Batman.
In addition to the great Batman shows is some of the most continuously imaginative marketing of merchandise, especially that which the Bruce Timm FoxTV cartoon show developed so well.
Some of my favorite acquisitions in particular include my vinyl Batman wallet (featuring artwork by Carmine Infantino), my Batman Soaky ( children’s liquid bath soap inside a statuette of Batman), and a Nineties era View Master shaped like Batman’s head.
I reached the pinnacle of my Batman fandom when I moved into my current apartment building and found out that the owner was Julie Newmar, The Catwoman from the TV series. Since then we have become good friends and she loves my Batman collection, especially the plushy doll.
For further information, read my blog on Batman, "Batman Por Vida" at: