It probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone that Batman '66 is hands down my pick for the best digital comic going today, but it's always worth repeating. It's the highlight of each and every comics week, and while I've personally been waiting decades for a new story about Egghead, Jeff Parker and Joe Quinones have spent the latest issue bringing in a character who may -- may -- have more appeal to modern audiences.
In this week's Batman '66 #7, they've introduced the 1966 version of Harley Quinn -- or at least, someone who'svery close.
It's been a big few months for licensed Batman '66with DC Digital launching its comic series and loads of licensors working on products modeled after Adam West and Burt Ward in their iconic superhero roles. Some toymakers are thinking big -- or huge -- with their takes on the classic Batman show, but Mezco is offering colorful characters at a smaller, 2" tall size with its upcoming line of Batman '66 Mini Mez-itz. The toymaker had multiple versions of Batman, Robin, Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler and Joker on display at its Comic-Con booth, plus its in-scale Batmobile for the toys to tool around in. Get a load of some of the smaller-scale Batman '66 toys after the jump.
A few of Hot Toys' recently teased 1/6 scale superhero figures made their way to a full display this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con International. Tony Stark's Iron Man 3 Mark 33 and 38 (a.k.a. "Igor") suits were standing tall in armory-style displays and Batman '66 Batman and Robin were housed inside a glass box with their classic Batmobile. All of the toys are presumably prototypes, so fans can expect a few minor changes before they arrive at retail - especially since none of them have proper pricing info or release dates set in stone just yet. Fans shouldn't let that stand in the way of gawking at the detail and spot-on actor likeness on each figure, though. Get a close look at some of Hot Toys' 1/6 scale figures displayed at SDCC after the cut.
NECA's 1/4 scale superhero movie figures have a sizable presence at the toymaker's Comic-Con booth this year. In addition to the Batman '66 and Batman '89 figures that were initially shown at Toy Fair being displayed with their upcoming accessories, NECA also debuted its Avengers Thor and battle-damaged Iron Man, plus a Man of Steel Superman. All five figures stand 18 or so inches tall and feature unique accessories and, in the case of the caped crowd, some cloth costumery.
While Entertianment Earth will be selling plenty of its own exclusive items at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, EE booth #2343 will also be the place where fans can find a number of Toys "R" Us items. And by "a number," I mean exactly nine items. Batman '66 enthusiasts will have access to a 6" action figure scale Batmobile, Transformers fans will be able to pick up Masterpiece editions of Acid Storm and Soundwave, My Little Pony collectors can score Nightmare Moon and Rainbow Dash as Shadowbolt figures, Adventure Time viewers can grab a Lady Rainicorn plush complete with her and Jake's puppies, and zombie lovers can get The Walking Dead and World War Z figures. There's also going to be a Winx Club figure if you're into Winx'n.
As we previously noted, Batman '66, the new digital first series from Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case, launched today. As we also previously noted, it's pretty great. In his excitement to get word out about the book, Parker jokingly tweeted out that even if people are talking about other subjects, they should still use #Batman66. And, because many of us are terrible human beings, he was obliged in some very amusing ways. To further celebrate the book, we collected some of the best #Batman66 tweets we saw that are wholly unrelated to the comic (including our own, because we are nothing if not massive egotists), and you can check them out below.
If colors seem a little brighter, food tastes a little better and the air smells a little sweeter today than it did yesterday, there's a good reason for that. Things have changed, my friends: We are now living in a world where Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case's Batman '66 comic exists, and everything is a little more wonderful than it was before.
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