Kicking off this year's New York Comic Con was a special event that featured DC Entertainment and the United States Postal Service. A press conference featuring DC co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio, along with Jim Cochrane, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of USPS, and Greg Breeding, Art Director of USPS, announced a new limited edition series of Batman Forever Stamps (yup, that's Batman Forever). Moderated by Comic-Con vet Ralph Garman, the Forever Batman Stamps press conference started the New York Comic-Con 2014 and revealed the Cape Crusader in four special limited-edition sets.
First up, comic book artist and DC co-publisher Jim Lee talked about how much he liked collecting stamps as a child and that stamp collecting was a way to tell stories when he was a young boy in South Korea. The four stamps feature Batman in four very distinct eras over the past 75 years, the Golden Age (1939 - 1956), the Silver Age (1956 - 1969), the Bronze Age (1970 - 1985), and, finally, the Modern Era (1985 to the present). Of course, Lee liked the Modern Era stamp, personally, because it was based on his design and his era when he started in comic books.
While the new Batman stamps are limited edition, they are not the first time the Dark Knight was featured on a United States stamp. In 2006, the USPS launched a series of stamps featuring various DC Comics superheroes, including Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. However, this is the first time that Batman will be featured in his own stand-alone series. While Superman might be DC's most iconic, Batman is definitely the comic book publisher's most popular.
The new stamps reflect Batman's changes throughout the years. Starting off with Bob Kane's original, we can now see Batman in 2016 with Ben Affleck taking up the cape and cowl in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Dan Didio took the stage to express his excitement for the new stamps, the iconic superhero, and the start of the New York Comic-Con 2014. Didio and Lee had to figure out if Bruce Wayne was a stamp collector, and to no surprise, he was. It was a hobby that he picked up from his father Thomas Wayne before he died and it's still a hobby that Bruce Wayne carries on to this day. At this moment, Batman is now a legitimate part of America pop culture and the USPS stamp is proof of that stauts. So there you have it, Bruce Wayne and Batman are stamp collectors. It's now part of the character's canon!
Jim Cochrane and Greg Breeding took the stage talk about coming up with the design of new stamps and how it was important that Batman remains iconic, even on an inch-and-a-half stamp. Not surprisingly, the Forever Batman stamps were also released during National Stamp Collecting month and the start of New York Comic-Con. Moreover, Batman belongs to Gotham AKA New York City. In fact, it won't be long before you'll start to see Batman on the side of USPS trucks and vehicles throughout the city. The new Batman stamps are also limited edition to about 80 million printed in the United States.
There's also an interactive booth showcasing the superhero's 75-year run in media, including video games and movies. Most of the Batman suits from the movies are on display, such as Michael Keaton's from the first two Batman movies, Val Kilmer's from Batman Forever, George Clooney's from Batman & Robin, and finally Christian Bale's from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. You can bet on Ben Affleck's Batman suit from [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) will make an appearance sometime during the four-day weekend. Not only did DC reveal the new limited-edition Forever Batman stamps, they also revealed the iconic Batman statue from The Dark Knight Rises that will be on display throughout the entire New York Comic-Con weekend at the Javits Center.
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