Thursday, April 11, 2013

Oldest Thing in My Collection: Brian A

A few weeks ago, Brian B threw down the challenge to post on the oldest item in our Bat-Collections.  This was a bit tough for me since my collection is comprised mostly of things from the late 80s-on-up with a smattering of items from the 1970s.  However, I did find a couple of items that date from the late 1960s.  Sadly, they aren't toys or even as cool as Brian B's mugs or Charle's pennant.

Both of these books are from 1967… the year I was born.  So, they kind of have some significance to me beyond being just older Batman items.  These things have been on the planet for just about as long as I have and there's something kind of neat about that to me.  

The first item is a coloring book that picked up on ebay a few years ago.  It's in excellent condition for it's age and only has one page colored in it.  This is almost preferable to me over one that might not have been used by a young Batman fan from back in the 1960s.

I love this cover.  I miss these guys.

You can tell that this is based, mostly, on the 60's TV series.  Where else would you see Batman and Robin hanging out in Commissioner Gordon's office?

Also, the "Big Bad" in this story is the Minstrel.  If I'm not mistaken, he's a character that was created solely for the TV show.

This is the page that was pre-colored when I got the book.  Someone did a pretty nice job with it, too.  I like to imagine that this was colored while watching a TV episode of Batman in the late 60's.

The Penguin even makes an appearance.

The second item is a Batman comic book from May 1967, Issue #191.  A few years ago, I was thinking about trying to collect some older Batman comics.  As it should be, the further back you go, the more expensive the comics become.  So, I thought it might be fun to start with the very first Batman comic that was published after I was born and move up from there.  Unfortunately, this is where my vintage Batman comic collection stopped… but that's okay.  I enjoy having this issue all the same.  I have quite a few Batman comics that start in the late 70's but this one from 1967 is definitely my oldest Batman comic book.  

I love looking at these old ads in comics.  Great stuff!

An ad for the original 12" GiJoe line in the 60's.  How cool is that?!

I miss the simpler drawing style of the old days in comics.  It's a shame things have to "progress," sometimes.

This issue even has a second story inside.

My favorite ad in the whole book. Only second to the one about "How to Breath... Without Air!!"

This is an ad for a line of models for a TV show called "The Rat Patrol."  I don't think I've ever heard of this show.

Thanks Brian B!... for setting the challenge.  Doing this makes me wish I had something from earlier in Batman's "career".... maybe something from the 1940's.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Oldest Thing in My Collection: Charles

My first "Official" Post for UTGP, and it starts with an email received a while back now about showcasing the oldest item in your collection from Brain B. I knew two things right then, one, I was going to have a blast contributing to this blog, and two... I didn't know what in the world I was going to post!

A real quick intro into my Bat Collecting Madness. When I was young I was introduced to Batman through comics and then every once in a while our local antenna T.V. Stations would air the 1966 Batman Movie on Saturdays. I would no sooner than the movie ended run outside and try to climb the old oak in our front yard like I was scaling up the side of the UN to save the delegates. That was it, I had a few little Corgi toys, the Remco Batbelt, and absolutely no Batman Megos.

I kept reading the comics, the Superfriends was on T.V., and I had buddies that had the Batman Megos, that I could join in with my Spider-Man or Spock and we would have some mixed up adventure. Time passes and in my college years the 1989 Batman movie came on the scene. Like most, this kick started my love for Batman into overdrive. Now, well over 100 Batman figures later, many die cast Batmobiles, comics, DVD's, T-Shirts, etc.  here I am. So, you can see I really did not think I would have anything too old  in my collection having really started relatively late to the Batman party, then I remembered this...

A 1966 Batman and Robin Pennant! Ha ha, I feel like I won a battle for the lower east end of Gotham City! I am on the board, leveled the playing field a bit, I can hang with Brian and Brian! Now, I do understand we all collect different things, and have different stories, and we even have collection overlap. But you know having read UTGP for years the one thing I knew was the two Brian's know their Classic Batman. Don't get me wrong I am not a Batman novice, it's just everyone wants to feel like they have that common ground. I an actually looking forward to contributing some new things and maybe some other areas of collecting here.

Back to the pennant though. This is one of those things I was just given by some good friends in Florida, one of those items that hits you out of the blue. I know like most collectors you are given stuff by co-workers, friends, and family that you were not expecting. You know what I am talking about, the random PEZ or the "Hey I saw this and knew you collected Batman" sort of item. Those items are, in my opinion, the most welcome to any collection.

The day I received this I was in awe, I immediately saw the copyright date, the ink went on a little heavy that day at the Batman and Robin Pennant Screen Printing Company, but the copyright reads as follows:


Holy Time Capsule! I could not believe my eyes and my mind started to race to all the times I have received pennants from baseball or basketball games, or that one time my parents dragged me to the Ice Capades only for it to be a surprise visit from an Ice Skating Spider-Man (I know this is a Batman blog, but facts are facts).

I guess I can imagine how the lucky kid felt getting this for the first time, also a little sad as they no longer have it. I hope they were ready to let it go. I do know I am going to give it a good home. Sure it has been folded and probably seen some better days, but it will hold a special place in my collection and a little spoiler here, I have plans for an awesome display with it in a prime location of my collection. But, that my Bat Friends will for another post.

It is items like this, and the mug Brian B blogged about, that make me happy to be a Batman Collector, and also be a part of a community were we can share cool finds, and still be amazed at the wonders of our favorite Superhero.