Batman is one of the most iconic superheroes in the history of American pop-culture, so it’s no huge surprise that he has taken over just about every type of media that people can buy. He’s got movies, toys, statues, clothing lines, cups, automobile accessories… if you can think of an item, they have probably made some sort of ‘Batman’ version of it. This year marks Batman’s 75th anniversary, so it isn’t any huge surprise to see Batman dominating in yet another medium: U.S. Postal Stamps.
While Batman’s image has certainly donned the U.S. Postal Stamp before (back in 2006 as a part of the DC Comics Super Heroes Stamp set), this is the first time he has been given a stamp set of his very own. Each sheet of Batman stamps comes with twenty stamps in total, with four stamps brandishing different versions of the Bat Signal, and sixteen stamps featuring four different designs based on iconic artwork from Batman’s seventy-five year history. There are stamps featuring comic art from the Golden Age, Silver age, Bronze Age, and the Modern age; each of them featuring some of the best artwork that Batman’s back catalog has to offer.
DC Comics Co-Publisher and former Batman artist Jim Lee was kind enough to sit down with ScienceFiction.com to speak with us about the all new Batman Stamp Collection, which you can check out in the video below!
DC Comics and the U.S. Postal Service have released the following statement regarding the new Batman Stamp Colleciton-
NEW YORK, N.Y. / PR Newswire / — GOTHAM CITY – Today, the U.S. Postal Service, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, took over the Javits Center to kick-off New York Comic Con 2014 by dedicating the Limited Edition Forever Batman Stamps.
As part of the first-day-of-issue ceremony hosted by comic book writer, actor and radio personality Ralph Garman, the eight commemorative Batman designs were revealed depicting Batman from the four distinct eras of comic book history to include the various incarnations of the famed Bat emblem.
“For years, the Postal Service has celebrated so many of America’s icons on its landmark stamps — and today, we’re excited to honor one of the most iconic comic book Super Heroes in history,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President James Cochrane. “It’s very fitting we’re dedicating these Batman stamps during National Stamp Collecting Month, because stamp collecting played a role in young Bruce Wayne’s childhood in the 1950s comics.”
Joining Cochrane in dedicating the stamps was legendary comic book illustrator and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher, Jim Lee, whose art is depicted on the Modern Age stamp featured in the collection. DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio also participated in the event, along with Greg Breeding, who designed the stamp sheet for the Postal Service.
“It is an honor to have the U.S. Postal Service feature the Caped Crusader on this new set of stamps in celebration of his 75th anniversary,” said Lee. “Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for the next 75 years and beyond — and we hope that fans will add these stylized stamps to their Batman collection.”
Batman himself was on hand to help unveil the stamps in the DC Entertainment booth. Following the ceremony, Lee, DiDio, Cochrane and Breeding discussed Batman’s evolution in comics before participating in an autograph session.
Limited-Edition Forever Batman Stamps Collection
Four versions of Batman are depicted from the four eras of comic book history: the Modern Age (top row), the Bronze Age (second row), the Silver Age (third row), and the Golden Age (bottom row). In addition, there are four incarnations of the famed Bat-Signal, the spotlight that Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon sent into the night sky to summon Batman.
First appearing in the comic book Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and a script by Bill Finger, Batman emerged from the shadows to become one of the world’s most popular Super Heroes. In feature films, television shows, radio, video games, publishing and merchandise, this most human of Super Heroes has battled some of fiction’s greatest villains using his intellect, cunning and an arsenal of gadgets to further his quest for justice.
Stamp collecting played a role in the childhood of Bruce Wayne, who shared the hobby with his father in the pages of comic books during the 1950s. These new stamps chronicle the evolution of Batman, from his origins to present day. Batman spans generations fighting for justice in the pages of the comics, on the silver screen, and in the imaginations of fans across the world.
The Batman Limited Edition stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. All 80 million stamps are available nationwide today. Customers may purchase the stamps at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.
Batman previously appeared on postage in 2006 as part of the DC Comics Super Heroes stamp sheet. Issued at Comic Con in San Diego, half of the 20 stamp set were portraits of Aquaman, Batman, the Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Supergirl, Superman and Wonder Woman. The other 10 stamps depicted covers of individual comic books devoted to each DC Comics Super Hero.
The DC Comics and U.S. Postal Service’s all new Batman Stamp Collection is available now both online and in Post Offices all across the country.