The original Batmobile designed by George Barris for the 1966 television show Batman sold at auction on January 19 for $4.2 million. The car, which was built on the chassis of the Lincoln Futura concept car, has been in Barris’s possession since it was created, although there are other copies of the car that have been sold. The name of the purchaser has not been disclosed.
Comic artist Jerry Robinson (b.1922) died on December 7. Robinson is best known for co-creating Robin, the boy wonder, and creating the Joker. Robinson also worked on the creation of Alfred and Two-Face. Robinson began working for Batman creator Bob Kane in 1939. In the 1970s, Robinson worked to get credit for his friends, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster for their part in creating Superman. Robinson is in the Comic Book Hall of Fame and has received lifetime achievement awards from the Cartoon Art Society and the National Cartoonists Society.
Artist Lew Sayre Schwartz (b.1926) died on June 19 following a fall which resulted in a brain hemorrhage. Schwartz worked as a ghost artist for Bob Kane on Batman from 1946 through 1953, when he went to work for King Features. Schwartz’s work in advertising would eventually win him 4 Emmys and 6 Clios. Schwartz also helped create the title sequence for the film Dr. Strangelove and taught at the School of Visual Arts,where he founded the film department.
Colorist Adrienne Roy (b.1953) died of ovarian cancer on December 14. Roy was a long-time staple at DC Comics, working on Batman for 189 issues and Detective Comics for 202 issues over 18 years. Roy also spent 14 years coloring The New Teen Titans.