The Batmobiles of Batman
"A black thunderbolt on wheels, a swift nemesis to lawbreakers, a mighty machine of justice... that's the batmobile!" - from Batman #98, March 1956
The famed Batmobile automobile - though redesigned multiple times throughout the pop culture world of Batman comics, movies and extraneous visual media, the Adam West TV Show Batmobile remains the most recognized version, with the Anton Furst/Tim Burton version and the Chris Nolan Tumbler close behind.
George Barris - creator of original Batmobile, has died
November 7, 2015: Photo source: Protothema "The 89-year-old became ill on Sunday and died within days on Thursday morning, aged 89, just days before his 90th birthday."
"Mr. Barris, a veteran of the body shops of Sacramento and Los Angeles, was a towering figure in the Southern California subculture of customizers and hot-rodders, known both for the sophistication of his design work and his flair for self-promotion."
"The Batmobile is certainly Barris' most well-known creation, and he sold the iconic car at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $4.62 million in 2013. Barris Kustoms also produced famous vehicles for a host of shows like The Munsters and even versions of KITT from Knight Rider."
"Barris, sometime known as the “King of Kustoms” acknowledged often that the single most significant car he designed was a 1955 sedan he purchased for one dollar. He customized it into the first Batmobile for the 1960’s “Batman” TV series in just two weeks. In 2013 this Batmobile was sold at an auction for $4.6 million. "
Lego Batman V Superman
Alex Ross - Classic Batmobile
More Alex Ross artwork
New Batmobile for Batman V Superman
Sept 11, 2014: Zach Snyder released this photo of the new Batmobile design for the 2016 Batman V Superman film coming from Warner Bros.
More Batman V Superman
The Tumbler from the Dark Knight
View the Tumbler Batmobile enlarged
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Batmobile from Batman Black and White
Batmobile from Batman Black and White #5, March 2004, art by Paolo Rivera
It's Just a Car
Greg Capullo's 'Batmobile' from Batman #25, Jan 2014, DC Comics
A "Tumbler" from the Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Original TV-Show Batmobile sells for $4.2 million
Feb 2013: Custom-built from a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, the Adam West-Burt Ward Batmobile set records for the auction house of Barrett-Jackson in Scottdale, Arizona.
Auto-Weeks Website has photos and more info.
Batmobile Design Contest Winner
The Car Design Fetish web site had a Batmobile design contest recently, with a number of good looking designs submitted to the competition.
"Honorable Mention" design winner by Leonardo Magana [image below]
Contest with images of other entries at cardesignfetish
Mick McMahon, Batman "Fat City" 2007
Art from "Fat City" in Batman Black and White Volume 3, 2007 DC Comics. See entire page enlarged here.
The "Tumbler" Batmobile from Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008)
Click to enlarged Batmobile Images
[Below: DC Comics - Detective Comics #40, June 1940. Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson artwork.]
For a further reading of the Batmobile as a vehicle, see the Car and Driver article that pits various famous movie cars against each other (TV-show Batmobile comes in first, though with caveats). Article has many photo, too. Click to follow link from screenshot.
This was funny (From the same car and driver article):
[Below: DC Comics - Batman #5, Spring 1941. Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson artwork.]
1989 BatmobileSee these additional Batmobile images, extra-large page
TV Animated series Batmobile
See larger image of this on the large Batmobile page
Batmobile getting stripped by Jason Todd
2013: Detailed article on the construction of the Tumbler Batmobiles for the Nolan films at Tech Radar
More wrong Batmobile designs: Batmobile Design #34,007
More craziness: The Batmobile #429
Batman's Greatest Failure
Original page June 2006 | Updated Aug 2015
DC New Talent Showcase now open
Feb 2017: DC's effort to look at new artists is underway for the month of February (the writers workshop will be in March). To see the artist application page, go here: www.dccomicstalentworkshop.com
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