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Fri Dec 28, 2018, 11:11 AM

Comic-Snips: Batmobile


The Batmobile /ˈbætməˌbiːl/ is the fictional car driven by the superhero Batman. Housed in the Batcave,[1] which it accesses through a hidden entrance, the Batmobile is a heavily armored, weaponized vehicle that is used by Batman in his fight against crime.[2][3]

The Batmobile first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939), where it was depicted as an ordinary-looking, red car. Its appearance has varied, but since its earliest appearances, the Batmobile has had a prominent bat motif, typically including wing-shaped tailfins. Armored in the early stages of Batman's career, it has been customized over time and is the most technologically advanced crime-fighting asset in Batman's arsenal. Depictions of the vehicle have evolved along with the character, with each incarnation reflecting evolving car technologies.[4] It has been portrayed as having many uses, such as vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation, anti-tank warfare, riot control, and as a mobile crime lab. In some depictions, the Batmobile has individually articulated wheel mounts and is able to be driven unmanned or can be remotely operated. It has appeared in every Batman iteration—from comic books and television to films and video games—and has since become part of popular culture.[5][6][7]

Batman is shown driving a red-colored car in Detective Comics #27, the first Batman story. However, this car was never mentioned by name as the Batmobile, and the concept of a red car was abandoned in subsequent stories. Although the Batplane was introduced in Detective Comics #31, the name "Batmobile" was not applied to Batman's automobile until Detective Comics #48 (February 1941). The car's design gradually evolved in early Batman stories. It became a "specially built high-powered auto" by Detective Comics #30, and in Batman #5 (March 1941), it featured a bat hood ornament and a darker exterior color. Eventually, the predominant designs included a large, dark-colored body and bat-like accessories, including large tailfins scalloped to resemble a bat's wings.

Other bat-vehicles soon followed, including the Batcycle, Batboat, and Robin's Redbird.[8]

Batman #5 (March 1941) introduced a long, powerful, streamlined Batmobile with a tall scalloped fin and an intimidating bat head on the front. Three pages after it was introduced, it was forced off a cliff by the Joker to crash in the ravine below. However, an identical Batmobile appeared in the next story in the same issue.[9][10][11]

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Fri Dec 28, 2018, 01:00 PM

1. A few years ago

Car model toy maker, Corgi, did a run of all the Batmobiles going back to the original red car in the 1930s up to the most modern ones, throwing in the Bat-Jet, a Bat submersible, the car he gave Robin in the 90s, and several villains' cars from the 1960s - Catwomans Catillac, the Jokermobile, and cars for Two-Face and Killer Moth.

I collected them all.


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