February 14, 2018

VALENTINES 66

Holy heartthrob! Spy Vibe returns to those school days, when friendships were solidified over valentines cards and candy hearts. February brought a crop of card-packs to stationary stores around the country, luring young buyers with designs based on the pop icons of the day. In 1966, kids were in the throes of Batmania! Sales of the Batman comic book had dwindled to an all-time low by the mid-1960s, but the Adam West TV show conquered the airwaves and reinvigorated DC publishing. It was a Bat-merchandising phenomenon! Children were soon brushing their teeth with Bat-brushes, waking up to Bat-alarm clocks, and carrying their peanut butter sandwiches to school in Bat-lunch boxes. Even Valentines Day quickly fell under the Bat-spell. The TV series made its debut on January 12th, 1966.  By February 14th -one month later- little shoppers found cards designed by Doubl Glo and Hallmark. The Doubl Glo set sold for .59 and included envelops and a "special card for teacher." Thanks to cartoonist Mark Anderson for posting these (and more!) on his site. Related post: Soviet New Years, Batman 66 Exhibit, Interview: Batman '66 Book, Interview: Ralph Garman and Ty TempletonInterview: Animation Designer Shane GlinesInterview: Ryan Heshka, Batman TV and Manga releasesBatman 66: The TV Stories BookBatman in Swinging London, Julie NewmarBatman 66 postersAdam West Sings!Adam West spy adSpy Vibe visits the BatcaveJames Bond & Batman RobotsAndy Warhol BatmanMan From UNCLE & Batman MangaEnjoy!









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