Saturday, June 30, 2012

Smoking is "bat" for health !

Pinguin, Gulliver, Brazil, 1978
I did not grow up with the Tim Burton Batman movies, but with the series that aired in the 70ies and 80ies, with Adam West and Burt Ward. And these series had great villains, really great ones ! You had Ceasar Romera as the Joker, Victor Buono for King Tut, Julie Newmar for Catrwoman, Frank Gorshin as the Riddler - all first class actors who fitted in their roles (and costumes) perfectly. And Burgess Meredith, as the Pinguin - perfect for the job.

In a period where it was still politically correct to put a cigar in the mouth of an actor portraying a baddie in a kid's show, Corgi toys jumped on the opportunity to have another vehicle (cigar included) that could chase the Futura Batmobile, one if not its best-selling reference.
Pinguinmobile, Corgi, Gt. Britain, 1979

The umbrella is removable and quite fragile. Why a buggy ? Did it appear in any of the shows ? I don't think so, but if there are any Batman vintage specialists out there please let me know.

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