Collector seeking all autographs related to the 1940s Batman Radio Program, 1943, 1949, and 1966 Batman Movie/TV Series.

Batman Radio Program

Serious collectors have the opportunity to add unique names to their Batman collection if they research the early origin of the character. Did you know that Batman had his own radio program?

In 1943, Scott Douglas played Batman on the radio in an episode titled, “The Case of the Drowned Seal”.

On September 5th, 1950, John Emery starred as Batman in the radio pilot episode titled, “The Monster of Dumphrey’s Hall” which was to be part of The Batman Mystery Club.

From 1945-1948, the characters of Batman & Robin appeared on the Adventures of Superman radio program. Actors Stacy Harris, Matt Crowley, and Garry Merrill (1946-1948) played the starring role of Batman. Robin was played in all known appearances by Ronald Liss.

Collecting autographs of the early Batman serials and radio programs can be quite challenging, but with patience, authentic examples have entered the hobby. We are always looking to upgrade and increase our collection.

1943 Batman Serial

Lewis Wilson (1913-1971) will forever carry the honor of being the first actor to play Batman on the big screen. Following the entry of the United States into World War II, in 1943 Columbia Pictures created the first Batman live action series, simply called Batman. Wilson was cast as the title character in the 15-episode serial against J. Carrol Naish who portrayed a Japanese spy called Dr. Daka who headed a group of American traitors in a fight to take over America for Japanese control. It was Wilson’s screen debut at the age of 23. A sequel to the serial was made in 1949, but Robert Lowery replaced Wilson as Batman.

Douglas Croft (1926-1963) had the distinction of playing the very first Robin on the big screen at the young age of 16. The child actor appeared in 13 major movies altogether, and appeared with Gary Cooper in the baseball classic, “Pride of the Yankees”, the story of Lou Gehrig. Croft died in Los Angeles at the early age of 37, the exact cause of death unknown. Douglas Croft autographs are the rarest of any of the main characters.

1949 Batman Serial

Batman and Robin, sometimes called The New Adventures of Batman and Robin. Robin, is a 15-chapter serial released in 1949 by Columbia Pictures. It is a sequel to the 1943 serial Batman, although with different actors. Robert Lowery played Batman, while Johnny Duncan played Robin.

Robert Lowery (1913-1971) revised the role as the 2nd ever caped crusader in the 1949 Batman movie. Lowery was a versatile actor, enjoying a career which spanned 30+ years and over 100 movie and TV roles.

Johnny Duncan (1923-1916) played the 2nd ever Robin in the 1949 movie. During his 20+ year career, Duncan had a contact with 20th Century Fox where he appeared with Shirley Temple and has notable roles in the East Side Kid, The Bowery Boys, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Spartacus, and was one of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Gang in the Marlon Brando film, “The Wild One.”.

1966 Batman TV Show & Motion Picture (1966-1968)

Created by William Dozier, the Caped Crusader and his young ward battlle evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s colorized and updated versions of the 1940’s black and white television show based on the comic book hero’s exploits. ABC debuted the show on January 12th, 1966 and it aired until March 14th, 1968 for a total of 120 episodes and one motion picture. Its camp style provided an upbeat theme, intentional humor, and a great supporting cast of stars which played myriad of villians such as the Joker, Penquin, Bookworm, Catwoman, King Tut, and many more.

We are aggressively seeking contracts, letters, signed checks, signed photos, 3×5’s, cuts, or anything else related to Batman. For the 1943-1949 movies, we are paying 5X the market rate for examples signed in costume. For the 1966 Batman show, we have an immediate need for vintage (1966-1968) signed items. Also, we are looking for anything signed at circuses, car shows, concerts, or personal appearances.

 

Autograph Checklist

Batman Radio Voice Actors

Scott Douglas (1943)

John Emery (1950)

Stacy Harris (1945-1946)

Matt Crowley (1945-1946)

Garry Merrill (1946-1948)

Ronald Liss (1945-1948)

1943 Batman Serial

Lewis Wilson

Douglas Croft

1949 Batman Serial

Robert Lowery

Johnny Duncan

1966-1968 Batman TV Show

Adam West

Burt Ward

1966-1968 Batman Villains (38)

Lady Penelope Peasoup (Glynis Johns)

Nora Clavicle (Barbara Rush)

Calamity Jane (Dina Merrill)

Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft (Ipa Lupino)

Cabala (Howard Duff)

Minerva (Zsa Zsa Gabor)

Zelda (Anne Baxter)

Olga (Anne Baxter)

Riddler (Frank Gorshin)

Riddler (John Astin)

False Face (Malachi Throne)

Penguin (Burgess Merideth)

Joker (Cesar Romero)

Mr. Freeze (George Sanders)

Mr. Freeze (Otto Preminger)

Mr. Freeze (Eli Wallach)

Mad Hatter (David Wayne)

Catwoman (Ertha Kitt)

Catwoman (Julie Newmar)

Catwoman (Lee Meriwether)

King Tut (Victor Bruno)

Book Worm (Roddy McDowall)

Archer (Art Carney)

Minstrel (Van Johnson)

Ma Parker (Shelly Winters)

Clock King (Walter Slezak)

Egg Head (Vincent Price)

Chandell (Liberace)

Queen of Diamonds (Carolyn Jones)

Shane (Cliff Robertson)

Puzzler (Maurice Evans)

Sandman (Michael Reenie)

Colonel Gumm (Roger Carmel)

Black Widow (Talluhah Blackhead)

Siren (Joan Collins)

Lola Lasagne (Ethel Merman)

Louie the Lilac (Milton Berle)

Lord Marmaduke (Rudy Vallee)