Wednesday, September 6, 2017

See (And Play) the 1966 Ideal Batman Card Game! Look Inside! DC Comics Greatness!

Lookit what I recently snagged at a local comics show! It's a wonderful 1966 Batman card game set, made at the height of the TV-inspired wave of "Batmania," by the Ideal Toys folks! The set is replete with wonderful and dynamic graphics, featuring tons of Batman friends and foes! Take a look below to see all the particulars of this spectacular Bat-item!

Above: Dig that cool custom Murphy Anderson artwork! Bat-astic action with
Batman and Robin bringing serious heat to a gang of jewelry store robbers!

Above: Even the box side panels spotlight more awesome Anderson art!

Above: The colorful game board, featuring the usual baddies
(Joker, Catwoman, an off-model Riddler, Penguin), plus a
few surprising inclusions (Calendar Man? Midas?) mixed
into the crooked crowd! 

Above: The playing cards themselves, with very nice custom
artwork of B&R, and a smattering of their Bat-equipment!

Above: The inner-box game instructions!
Add some dice, and now you can play, too!

Above: Say, many the Bat-gadgets pictured on the cards closely resemble
the gear seen attached to the Batman utility belt, available at the same
time, also made by Ideal! Coincidence? Thanks to "AndyH40" for
aiming a Bat-spotlight on this factoid!


Jim Akin said...

Awesome game find.

Interesting that "Mr. Zero" is featured under his original name, not as Mr. Freeze, as he was rechristened for the TV show.

Also, the character labeled "The Calendar Man" doesn't look like the comic character of that name, Julian Day (who originally had no single outfit, and just suited up in costumes representative of seasons, holidays, and the like). He looks a lot like Carnado, the stage magician-turned thief who was the basis for Zelda the Great character on the TV series.

andyh40 said...

The Bat-equipment presented on the cards (i.e. Batcuffs, Bat-gun) was modeled off the Ideal Batman Utility Belt equipment.