1973 Introduction

The fisrt 4 Mego Super HeroesBatman, like Robin and Superman were the first WGSH figures produced and never left the assortment. Batman also has the distinction of being one of the few figures to make it into every Mego Superhero line, no matter the format, Mego put a Batman into the mix.

One of the more fondly remembered features of the Mego Batman figure are the "oven mitt" style gloves that the early WGSH characters had. The "oven mitt' gloves had a relatively short tenure at Mego, by 1974 the Green Arrow had painted hands with a cloth cuff. In 1975, characters like Iron Man began appearing with a solid plastic glove. Despite the fact that the company kept improving the gloves, Mego never thought to go back and fix the oven mitts from previous releases. "If it ain't broke don't fix it", seems to be the motto here.

The character of Batman has always been appealing to toy manufacturers because of the many vehicles and gadgets the character uses. Mego was quick to exploit Batman with many Bat related playsets and vehicles.

Montgomery Wards 1974 Catalog featured the Bruce Wayne DollThe character, still made popular by afternoon reruns of it's 60's smash TV Series, was a standout seller for Mego. The early figures had a removable cowl that allowed children to go from Batman to his alter ego Bruce Wayne.


Variations

Mego Batman 1973-1982

The first Batman by Mego is perhaps the quintessential Mego Action Figure. The Removable Cowl Batman came in the initial Solid Box offering, as well as early window boxes and Kresge cards. After a relatively short time (somewhere in 1974 by any guess) Mego switched to a molded head, or "Painted Cowl" Batman. The sculpt was a very light-hearted and kid-friendly approach. Note the small stubby ears on the Caped Crusader. It's not known whether this was caused by consumer complaints (kids would lose the cowl in a heartbeat) or a cost- cutting, production-simplifying decision.



Get to kNow Your Removeable Colw Batman Mego

To learn more about what a Removable Cowl Batman should and shouldn't have, please visit the Removable Cowl Batman guide.


Because Batman was produced from 1973 until 1982 by Mego, there are a staggering amount of variations both subtle and obvious to the figure. Here, Tom has provided a dramatic group shot of various Mego Batman figures all in some way different from each other.


Solid Box

The first Batman (Removable cowl) were sold in solid boxes for a short period of time in 1973. While the graphic is the same on the back of all Mego Batman boxes, this is in fact a solid box from the very first wave of Heroes. The solid Batman box is one of the hardest to find items of all, because it was in circulation for a very short period of time. Retailer's complained that kids ripped the solid boxes open to see the doll, so window boxes and bubble cards were quickly introduced.

This example is proudly owned by Imp

These posters were the source of many Mego Bat-imagesAs illustrated in the Mego Museum Library's Comic Origins of Mego Art the Mego Batman box art was a Mego trace-job of a now-classic Batman Carmine Infantino image that was sold on posters advertised in comic books.

Window Boxes


1974 Batman Mego MIB
Early 4 panel Batman box showing Cap and Spidey on it. Removable Cowl Batman came in this box.

1976 Batman Mego MIB

This is the last version Batman box, bearing a 5-digit code, circa 1976.

Fist Fighter

 

Above is the Mego Fist Fighting Batman in box. See the FF Gallery for more info.


Kresge Card

Above, a First Issue Mego Kresge RC Batman (1st issue by the four heroes on the header). Note that the Mego logo doesn't appear on this card. Courtesy of Tom.

Left is a later Batman on the Kresge card, note the Green Arrow replacing Tarzan in the header. This is the last Kresge card variant in the series.


1976 Card


Tom provides the Museum with a look at all of the US cards. Note the ever changing style guide artwork.

1977 Card

1977 Batman Mego MOC

 


French Card


Harbert Italy Card

On the Left is Batman on his 1979 Pin Pin Toys Card (France) Courtesy of Troy. Left is a 79 Harbert Italy card (From Scott Arendsen) Many foreign companies simply chose to put their logo over stock Mego products.


Palitoy UK Card

Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Batman

Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Batman courtesy of Bill Frost.


Fist Fighter UK

Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Fist Fighting Batman is quite rare


Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Fist Fighting Batman's card shows how creative the company was.

Palitoy (UK) Mego Carded Fist Fighting Batman's card shows how creative

Popy Japan

Popy Japanese Batman Mego
Lili Ledy Mexico


New to the Museum is the Mexican Batman produced by Lili Ledy under License by Mego. It seems Mexican toys had to be produced locally so Mexican Mego figures have a different, albeit charming look. This UBER rare boxed figure comes courtesy of Luis, a friend to the Museum.


Basa South America

Basa Batman from Brazil


Basa Batman

Very Rare Peruvian version of Batman (made under license by toy manufacturer BASA) was provided by Megomuseum member Rudy (with some assistance from Stefano).

Playsets and vehicles

Mego Batman had two playsets and five vehicles produced in his name, not to mention role play items. Visit the Playsets department in the left menu bar.

A number of Batman playsets and vehicles were produced in other formats by Mego. Of particular note would be the Super Softies , Bend N Flex and Comic Action Heroes but if it was a Superhero item made by Mego, Batman was there.


The 1997 Mego Museum Batman Picture