Batman Stamp: Post Office Celebrates 75 Years Of Batman With Special Stamp Collection
The United States Postal Service is honoring Batman’s 75th birthday with a special stamp collection that will be unveiled in time for next month’s New York Comic Con. The New York Comic Con takes place from Oct. 9-12 at the Jacob Javits Center, and the stamps will be released to coincide with these dates.
There will be a four stamps in total—each one commemorating a different look and era. The first is the Golden Age design (based on the Bill Finger and Bob Kane original), the second is the Adam West inspired Silver Age, the Jim Aparo and Neal Adams influence in the Bronze Age, and the Jim Lee design in the Modern Age.
“He is the quintessential American superhero,” said Susan McGowan, the Postal Service’s director of stamp services and corporate licensing. “What a great place to celebrate him—on a stamp. We are always looking for ideas and subjects that are important to America. We all quickly thought, ‘Wow! This will be thrilling.’”
The Postal Service have published a number special collections before. Over the years they’ve released stamps for The Simpsons, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Elvis Presley, and Superman.
While in-universe, Batman/Bruce Wayne’s birthday is established as having birthdays in February, April, May, June, July, October and November. However, fans were first introduced to Batman in Detective Comics #27; his first adventure ran eight pages. The art was handled by Batman-concept creator Bob Kane, while Bill Finger—who developed the concept and did the writing—handled the eight page story. The original comic was published on March 30, 1939.
2014 has been described by DC Comics as Batman’s year, given his 75th birthday (which means Robin will be 75 in 2015). So far this year, Batman has been announced to appear in the Zack Snyder Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will be played by Ben Affleck. Several animated shorts have been released by famed artists Bruce W. Timm and Darwyn Cooke, a new series called Gotham premiered featuring a young Bruce Wayne dealing from the immediate fallout of his parents’ murder, released special editions of the Adam West series, multiple new comic titles, and two full-length animated features—Son of Batman and Assault on Arkham (which is based on the popular Arkham video game series). A 25th anniversary of the Tim Burton 1989 Batman feature is also scheduled for release later this year.
“Batman is one of the greatest characters ever created, in comics or elsewhere, and even after 75 years he continues to wildly fascinate fans,” said Diane Nelson, DC Entertainment president and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president and COO. “He is an integral part of pop culture and has successfully captured the imagination of the entire world. The origin of Batman, Bruce Wayne and the famous citizens of Gotham are legendary and likely a story you know inside out, even if you’ve never picked up a comic book in your life, and that speaks volumes to the character’s immense popularity and the constructs of the original mythology.”