In the continuing year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, the United States Postal Service is getting in on the party to ensure that you won’t need a Bat-signal to get a glimpse of the Caped Crusader. Debuting at this year’s New York Comic-Con, the USPS is releasing a set of eight postage stamps to commemorate the Dark Knight Detective’s milestone year.
The Bat-stamps will be released in sheets of 20, priced at $0.49 per stamp, although the they are “forever” stamps that will still be golden as rates increase, meaning you won’t have to be a billionaire bachelor to afford writing a missive to your own superfriends. The stamps will feature art from several comic book eras, including drawings from Batman co-creator Bob Kane, Neal Adams, and current DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee. Lee had this to say about the announcement:
It is an honor to have the U.S. Postal Service feature the Caped Crusader on this new set of stamps in celebration of his 75th anniversary. Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for the next 75 years and beyond.
Susan McGowan, the Postal Service’s director of stamp services and corporate licensing, was also quite enthused about the roll-out of the commemorative stamps:
He is the quintessential American superhero. What a great place to celebrate him —- on a stamp. We are always looking for ideas and subjects that are important to America. We all quickly thought, ‘Wow! This will be thrilling.’
While I know very little about stamps myself other than they seem to go up in price every time I hit a post office, I can’t help but be jazzed about this announcement. The stamps themselves perfectly capture the quintessential Batman that appeared in different points in history, giving a nod to how the staying power of the character no matter who brings him to life.
The Batman stamps will be available on October 9th at the New York Comic-Con, but keep checking the United States Postal Service’s official website for details concerning the Bat-stamps’ rollout nationwide.