My first memories of Batman come from around the age of three or four. I was watching TV when 1966’s Batman came on. It was on in syndication a lot in the mid 80’s, and I found myself watching this colorful show full of all sorts of memorable characters fighting. I was enamored with what I saw and so began my daily watching of Batman.
My fandom of the TV show led me to watch anything I could get my hands on Batman related, which for the most part was just this VHS at the local video store.
Warner Home Video had released segments from The Adventures of Batman (1968), which were segments taken from The Batman/Superman Hour (1968).
Since there wasn’t much Batman to consume, I found myself desiring toys and luckily for me, Kenner had a line of toys called The Super Powers. These toys began production in 1984 and I probably started getting mine somewhere in 1986-1987. I ended up with several toys from this line including: Batman, Robin, Superman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, The Joker, and The Penguin.
My next big Batman memory was a party that my father was having at work. He was in the Navy, and they were holding a Batman Party and of course, I thought my dad would be Batman. I was extremely disappointed when my mother told me he was going to be Egghead, a character I had never even heard of. Egghead was portrayed by Vincent Price in the 1966 series from which my dad’s costume was based on. This would have been sometime around 1988.
Also in 1988, Death in the Family was released. This was a huge deal for comics and it even went mainstream. Fans voted on whether or not to kill Jason Todd, the current Robin and they voted that he needed to die. So, comics were written, sales spiked, and my parents even bought me a trade paperback of the story from which I think they thought I’d take care of and could sell as an adult. I read, and re-read Death in a Family to the point that the front cover wore off. Needless to say, it was pretty worthless by the time 1990 rolled around, but I kept it for a very long time.
By 1989, Batman fever was infecting the nation. The new film directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton was released in June and was tearing up the box office. Toys and tie-ins were everywhere, and I was right there at the perfect age to cash in.
Sadly, I didn’t get to see the film in theater. My grandmother tried to get my uncle to take me to the movies with him and his friends, but he didn’t want to be responsible for a first grader during the hottest, most exciting film of the summer. So, while I never got a chance to see it on the big screen, I did get a bunch of the toys and other goodies.
Some of the highlights included various figures by Applause, Taco Bell Cups, candy dispensers, cereal, Batmobiles, and more. I’ve gathered some images from around the web that showcases a portion of my collection at that time.