See the Batmobile in Roanoke for Batman Day on Sept. 18

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Sept. 18 is a big day for comic fans. It’s Batman Day and a Roanoke comic shop is bringing in a big wheel to celebrate.

Fans who visit Big Lick Comics can get a free picture taken with a replica of the 1966 Batmobile. The car was made famous in the television show starring Adam West as the Caped Crusader.

While this Batmobile is a replica, it does come with the signature of the star of the 1966 Batman series, Adam West. (photo courtesy: Thom Brewer)

Perhaps the best-known car in the world, designer George Barris, made the original from a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. Ford Motor Company reportedly paid $250,000 to develop the Futura, but it never made it to market. Barris bought it from the automobile manufacturer for $1 and turned it into the historic Batmobile comic lovers all grew to love.

Fans can get their picture with the Batmobile starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.

(photo courtesy: Thom Brewer)

Big Lick Comics owner, JD Sutphin says the Batmobile is just part of the store’s celebration.

Batman Day is held on the third Saturday of September to mark the creation of the Dark Knight by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939. Developed after the hugely successful creation of Superman in 1938, Batman was uniquely different.

“It is because of the everyman person aspect. Anybody can be Batman. Yes, he’s the billionaire, but it’s his heart and his drive. It’s not a superpower that makes Batman, Batman,” Sutphin said.

Batman is arguably the most popular comic book character of all time. He has sold millions of comics and billions of dollars worth of movie tickets. In 2013, the licensing letter estimated Batman’s global retails sales exceeded $494 million. 

While we are talking money, the people at Wealthy Gorilla apparently have as much time on their hands as Batman has money. They calculated Bruce Wayne has a fictional net worth of about $80 billion. He would need it if he wanted to collect a mint copy of Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman. A copy sold in 2020 for $1.5 million.

Fortunately, today’s comics don’t cost that much, and Batman Day on Sept. 18 may be a good chance to pick up some.

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