CGC SS 9.8 Batman ’66 Signed by Adam West & Burt Ward

batman-66-cgc-ss-signed-signature-series-autograph-adam-west-burt-ward-dc-comics-2 batman-66-cgc-ss-signed-signature-series-autograph-adam-west-burt-ward-dc-comics-3One of the biggest phenomenons in television history, the 1960’s Batman TV series influenced an entire generation of fans and possibly even helped save the Batman comics themselves from cancellation.  Debuting in 1966, it changed the character from a reasonably successful DC comic hero into a true global icon.  The series also created a merchandising bonanza exceeded only by Star Wars a decade later, turned the Batmobile into the most recognized fictional car of all time (surpassing all others contenders, before or since, including such icons as KITT, the General Lee, and James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 ), forever added it’s own catch phrases into the pop-culture lexicon- such as Robin’s famous “Holy…” whatever quips and “Same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel,” and turned both Adam West (who portrayed Batman) and Burt Ward (who portrayed Robin) into pop-culture legends.

In significant ways the TV series also made lasting contributions to the comic book continuity; the creation of Batgirl – a character specifically introduced into the comics for inclusion in the Television series – and, perhaps most importantly, returning to prominence the four classic villains of the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, and the Penguin (all of which were shelved for years due to the impact of Fredric Wertham’s anti-comics exposé Seduction of the Innocent.

This copy of Batman ’66, the first issue of the very first comic series ever to be based on the TV show, is autographed by both Adam West and Burt Ward.  Of note, this issue is not personalized by West (a great rarity as West virtually never autographs any item without also including a personalization of “To” so and so in addition to his signature).   Professionally graded by CGC, it is part of their special Signature Series. With Signature Series books a certified witness, employed by CGC, actually observes the signing of the comic and then immediately takes possession of the book so there is no possibility of the real autograph being switched out with another. The CGC case is scratch and defect free and will be shipped with the utmost care. 

Price: $1,299.99