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...
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:
© NATIONAL PERIODICAL PUBLICATIONS INC. 1966
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.