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January 8, 2011 1:30 PM   Subscribe

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posted by Paragon (25 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
No, I'm sure there is not a photo of my pinewood derby batmobile, my not all that particularly well made batmobile, but it won and it was recognized.
posted by sammyo at 1:41 PM on January 8, 2011


The art deco Batmobile from the 90's animated series is still my favourite.

I had the toy of the first Burton one, which was pretty sweet until I broke one of the fins off and lost both missiles. (Yes, it launched missiles. At my sister, mainly.)
posted by Zozo at 1:52 PM on January 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Things go straight to shit for a good long while around late 1968, don't they?
posted by fleetmouse at 1:54 PM on January 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Where's the Frank Miller version?
posted by Bummus at 2:11 PM on January 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


He should've kept the Mustang Mach1 Fastback version.

And what's with the econo-coupe in 2000?
posted by sourwookie at 2:17 PM on January 8, 2011


See all of these together, especially the two images of Batman standing next to a parked Batmobile, just made me realize how strange it is that a superhero in an urban setting would get around mainly by car.

Also: 1992, Legends of the Dark Knight--good lord! Please tell me that was a joke.
posted by hydrophonic at 2:35 PM on January 8, 2011


It's also missing the Batmobile from the 1949 Batman & Robin movie serial, which was pretty much just a normal car.
posted by Strange Interlude at 2:40 PM on January 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also: 1992, Legends of the Dark Knight--good lord! Please tell me that was a joke.

Looks like Batman must've bought that one from Ace & Gary.
posted by Strange Interlude at 2:45 PM on January 8, 2011


That's a Kevin O'Neil design, you cur!

(it probably works better in situ amongst his other crazy-ass designs. )
posted by Artw at 2:56 PM on January 8, 2011


just made me realize how strange it is that a superhero in an urban setting would get around mainly by car.


Real Superheroes Use the Subway.

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posted by dgaicun at 3:06 PM on January 8, 2011


I'm quite fond of the one from The Cult.
posted by Artw at 3:14 PM on January 8, 2011


Lamest: The campy TV Batmobile and every design inspired by it; the Batman Forever sea creature design and all inspired designs; regular cars (lol 1972 Mustang); any car with Batman's face on the front; pretty much everything with fins.

Best: Tim Burton's Batmobile and a few designs inspired by it; which includes the elongated deco animated series car (probably the best design IMO); Nolan's militarized hummer thing.

I'm amazed at how ugly and unoriginal most of these designs are, when it seems like it should be hard not to dream up cool-looking vehicles. Nolan is surprisingly outside the box compared to almost 100 years of artists.
posted by dgaicun at 3:31 PM on January 8, 2011


Was the 1972 Mustang the one with Batman's head on the hood? I remember, as a kid, checking out some Batman anthology from the library and reading s 70's-era Batman story with a Batmobile that looked like your average 1970's muscle car with the head and shoulders of Batman himself (NOT the bat symbol) airbrushed on the hood.

Even as superhero-comic-reading kid, I thought it was pretty weird that Batman would put a picture of himself on his own car. But that was the 70's, I guess.
posted by mcmile at 3:44 PM on January 8, 2011


The 2000 one looks like someone's giving Batman a ride in their Pinto.
posted by kirkaracha at 3:57 PM on January 8, 2011


It's amazing quite how many of these are really lazy. Looks like the artist just thought "eh, it's a car...just draw the car I saw the other day and really liked, then add a couple of fins". When what they should have been doing was drawing the car that they always wanted to drive as a child. Which is, incidentally, why the '60s TV series Batmobile will always hold a special place in my heart.
posted by ZsigE at 3:57 PM on January 8, 2011


Also: 1992, Legends of the Dark Knight--good lord! Please tell me that was a joke.

That's Legends of the Dark Mite. So, yeah, it most likely was.
posted by griphus at 4:04 PM on January 8, 2011


Legends of the Dark Mite, that is.
posted by griphus at 4:05 PM on January 8, 2011


Ha, that Batmobilehistory.com site is great. Linked from the homepage: The Batmobile: What a Pain in the Ass

I hate to say this, but what would make the most sense for Batman is to have a series of black Ford mini-vans stashed in monthly parking lots all around Gotham.
posted by mediareport at 4:48 PM on January 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yeah, Frank Millers missing is weird.

They are also missing 1988's Batman: The Cult batmobile, which is a pretty awesome piece of machinery.
posted by zephyr_words at 6:51 PM on January 8, 2011


Same as above, very strange omission of the batmobile from one of the most iconic Batman incarnations ever. I thought the Tumbler was base on the same idea that the batmobile would be more of a multi-purpose military vehicle than a regular car.
posted by justkevin at 7:11 PM on January 8, 2011


Related: Changes of the Bat Symbol.
I'm not sure if this is a design exercise, or a history of logo variation.
posted by zamboni at 9:34 PM on January 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I also noticed that the Batmobiles from The Dark Knight Returns and The Cult were conspicuously absent. I guess you could make an argument that they're tanks rather than cars. Chris Nolan's Tumbler is a borderline case.
posted by Loudmax at 10:05 PM on January 8, 2011


The Dark Knight Returns is out of continuity, so that might be why it's not shown, as far as I know The Cult isn't.

Also I've always thought of it more as a monster truck than a tank.
posted by Artw at 7:04 AM on January 9, 2011


I think we reached peak Batmobile in 1989 with the first Tim Burton movie's design.
posted by randomkeystrike at 1:30 PM on January 9, 2011


The world's worst batmobile
posted by Tom-B at 12:02 PM on January 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


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