Colorforms, "Batman Cartoon Kit," 1966-1968

Summary

When comic book superhero Batman came to life in a live action television series that aired from 1966-1968, the crime fighter took America by storm. Fans of the program eagerly spent $150 million for Batman-related toys, clothing, and food products in 1966. These Colorforms, pieces of vinyl on laminated paperboard, could be used and reused to recreate scenes from the show.

When comic book superhero Batman came to life in a live action television series that aired from 1966-1968, the crime fighter took America by storm. Fans of the program eagerly spent $150 million for Batman-related toys, clothing, and food products in 1966. These Colorforms, pieces of vinyl on laminated paperboard, could be used and reused to recreate scenes from the show.

Artifact

Toy (Recreational artifact)

Date Made

1966-1968

Creators

Colorforms (Firm) 

National Periodical Publications, Inc. 

Place of Creation

United States, New Jersey, Norwood 

Creator Notes

Made by Colorforms in Norwood, New Jersey; characters copyrighted by National Periodical Publications, Inc.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

96.80.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic
Cardboard
Vinyl
Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 1 in

Width: 8 in

Length: 12.5 in

Inscriptions

on front of box: NOW! YOUR FAVORITE HERO IN COLORFORMS PLASTIC! COLORFORMS PLASTIC PIECES STICK LIKE MAGIC, EASILY LIFTED TO PUT AWAY, READY TO PLAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN. NO SCISSORS, NO PASTE, NO MUSS. / a Colorforms toy / BATMAN / Cartoon Kit / [?] Periodicals Publications, Inc. (C) 1966 Colorforms, Norwood, N.J. Printed in U.S.A. / 401

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