Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vintage Magazine Article:
"Comics Scene"
Issue #9

Even though its cover presence was a mere blurb tacked in at the top, Batman '89 figured prominently in issue #9 of Comics Scene magazine-

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First up... This great piece covering an often overlooked segment of filmmaking: Storyboarding.

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....Followed by a fantastic interview with star Michael Keaton conducted just 10 days before the film released!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vintage Magazine Article:
"Film Monthly"
May 1990

Even almost a year after its release, the Batman film was still being viewed as a way to move merchandise. Case in point- This May 1990 issue of Film Monthly. Sure, the focus of the written portion of the article is on Jack Nicholson's upcoming projects... but that didn't stop the publishers from selling it with pictures of Jack Napier, Joker, & Keaton's Batman. There is even a snippet with Batman factoids and a contest to win a Batman VHS. 1 year later... and Batmania was still much alive.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Vintage Magazine Article:
"Motor Trend"
July 1989

Ladies & Gentleman, allow me to present the only car magazine I have ever purchased. :) This issue of Motor Trend magazine features a fun little article on the Batman '89 Batmobile. Presented at first as a piece on a real car being designed for an American businessman named "Mr. Wayne", the article finishes off with some legitimate info from the car's proud papas: Anton Furst, Terry Ackland-Snow, & John Evans. Enjoy!

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Oh...and for you 60's Bat-fans, I am also included this brief segment on the Barris Batmobile also featured in this issue:

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Merchandise Spotlight:
Warner Bros. Catalog
1990 Winter Edition

Time to stuff those Bat-stockings! While the Winter 1990 Edition of Warner Brothers' catalog wasn't all the different from the 1989 Holiday version (previously posted HERE), there are a couple of changes that I figure make it worth posting. There is of course the new cover, and a new page highlighting the AWESOME NES video game (check out that cool image of Batman in front of his 8-Bit displays!). We also get a sold-out notation for the bronze Batman sculpture from Kent Melton (which quickly ran through its 250 pieces). Just as in previous entries, I've only included the Batman related pages in this posting... since that is all that really matters, isn't it? :)

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Special Feature:
Warners Brothers Studio Tour
Batman 75th Anniversary Exhibit-
The Costumes

My longtime friend (and owner of the best comic book shops in the Cincinnati area, Queen City Comics) Geoff Hoffman recently got a chance to visit the Batman 75th Anniversary Exhibit as part of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in LA. The exhibit features tons of items from the Batman film franchise- Including of course the 2 best installments, Batman & Batman Returns! :) Geoff was kind enough to take pictures of the exhibit for me to share here at the site. Thanks Geoff! Presented here are shots of the Burton-centric costumes on display, as well as a few shots of costumes from Batman Forever (since I do enjoy Carrey's Riddler and the Robin suit from the film).

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Youtube Review Channel Update
& Batman Watch Giveaway Contest!

Want to win a FREE Batman Accutime Wristwatch (care of Entertainment Earth)? Well, watch our review channel update below, then head over to the video's page at youtube HERE. Leave a comment there listing your favorite piece of Batman memorabilia and you'll be entered to win. I will choose one comment at random over on the video's page at youtube to win the watch. Simple as that! Oh, and while you're over there- Be sure to subscribe to our review channel! We do giveaways all the time over there so getting subscribed is a good way to make sure you don't miss out! :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vintage Magazine Article:
"Rolling Stone"
Issue 555 June 29, 1989

This article from the June '89 issue of Rolling Stone doesn't spend a great deal of time on the Batman film itself, but instead gives us an in-depth look at Keaton's casting as the Caped Crusader. We get to hear who introduced the idea into Burton's brain, what Keaton's mindset was after all the nay saying from the fans, and just how much of a toll wearing the suit took on the actor's mood. Quite a fascinating read! Oh... and sorry about the choppy format of the scans. This was the best I could do to present the article as coherently as possible due to the sidebar stories (which are presented here after the main article).

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As noted, a couple of sidebars break up the main article of the issue. First up- Bat Facts!

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...followed by a brief interview with 60's Batman Adam West-

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...and since I found it incredibly cool that comics were being advertised in Rolling Stone, here's an ad from this issue as well-

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