Fans, collectors and industry professionals in Los Angeles gathered last night beneath the bat-signal to celebrate the DC Comics classic Batman TV series with an exciting event at Meltdown Comics that featured the original Batmobile, new Batman products, props from the show and more!
Special guest Adam West walked the party talking to fans and checking out the awesomely cheeky new Junk Food t-shirts on display, while fans and professionals alike enjoyed hanging out in the cleverly recreated “Batcave,” a section of the store that was remodeled by Junk Food to give the feel of Batman’s center of operations, complete with the original Bat-Phone, Bat-O-Rang and Bat-Shield, along with the authentic Robin costume worn by Burt Ward.
Also on display at the event were a slew of upcoming Batman Classic TV Series products from companies such as Rubie’s Costume Co., Mezco Figures, New Era and notably Mattel—who debuted their Batman Ken and Catwoman Barbie figures, a slate of vintage-styled six-inch figures that included the never-before-seen The Joker and their deliciously retro 2013 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive, the Batusi Batman action figure.
Unfortunately, no one broke out into the Batusi at the event (and believe us, we were looking). However, we did catch Batman fans like Chris Daughtry, Pendleton Ward and The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun mingling with comics-industry pros like Jim Lee.
All attendees sipped specialty drinks with names like the POW!, ZAP! and the to-die-for BAM!, all handed out by a team of Cat-masked and caped servers. Near the back, fans could watch episodes of the TV series in the comfort of Meltdown’s theater, or ham it up in a unique photo booth that allowed fans to recreate the show’s infamous wall-scaling scene.
Of course, lest you think that your good friends here at DC Comics showed up to the party empty-handed, we also took the occasion to announce our newest digital-first comic title, BATMAN ’66, which is set in the world of the TV series. We also showed off some cool art from the series by the Eisner-winning Jonathan Case, which you can see right over here.
Photos from the event can be seen in the slideshow above. So what do you think? Are you ready for another ride in the Batmobile?