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Holy Cow Batman, Someone wants my Autograph!
The original Batman television series ran from 1966-1968. Looking back, I thought there were many more than three seasons. I used to think that about the "Honeymooners" also but now realize they had only one season. When you are a kid, things always seem bigger than they appear to be.
I had a friend who also loved Batman and the day after they aired the weekly episode, we would talk about every detail of the show. We discussed the way that Batman and Robin almost met their demise and the description of the villains lair, which was always tilted.
The episodes seemed to have unlimited plots and looking back, there were so many villains. I recently looked them all up and there were many more than I remember ever seeing and most of the actors were very famous at the time. It was a star-studded affair, that is for sure. You would never think that Joan Collins or Zsa Zsa Gabor would be villains, but they were.
If you love Batman trivia or details that you have probably never heard before, "Return to the Batcave." is an excellent video of a remake, of sorts, of the original series and with commentary of Adam West and Burt Ward. This was much more entertaining than I thought it would be. This is from the early 2000's but I don't think they could remake it today. Most of the original cast members that are left are well into their 70's and 80's.
In the 1970's and 1980's I wrote to many celebrities including characters from Batman. Many of them have now passed away and I didn't write to all of them, but I have several. I have included autographs sent to me by some of them below. Most were personalized to me and some were not. Some were in their Batman garb and some were taken when they played in other roles.
If you want to start your own Batman collection, I would recommend that you get started quickly. Although many celebrities live long lives, we never know when we will go. My suggestions below will give you guidance on how to get the starts to write to you and also get what you want signed. If you are collecting only "Batman" or actors from particular shows, you might think about sending them photos to sign that will fill your collection. Some may not comply but you have given it your best effort.
The celebrity address books below are fantastic references and are updated every year with new/updated addresses and emails of the stars. My advice would be to write a letter, not an email. Many of the older stars still prefer old fashioned snail mail letters.
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The actual photos below were signed for me by Batman stars so these come from my personal collection.
The background for this website is from Google Commons.
This is the 2013 versioon of celebrity addresses.
Most of these are home addresses and are tested. The book is a little more expensive but if you go at this from a monetary point of view, an autograph can range from a few dollars in value to several thousands.
This is a book of celebrity email addresses.
While I don't recommend autograph collecting this way, it works in some cases.
This would be a good pasttime instead of playing games which may be fun, but will not help you make a profit; if that is what you want out of collecting.
If you are going to write to some of the stars of the original Batman television series, you might as well start with Batman and Robin.
These actors and actresses are getting pretty old so it might be wise to write to them soon!
Tips for writing to the stars:
- You can type a letter but it is always best to write it in your own handwriting. This makes the letter and request more personal and you are more likely to get a response.
- Make the letter personal to the particular star. Stars probably won't respond to a letter than says, "I would like your autograph, thank you." Mention the actor's works and why you like them.
- Ask the celebrity for an "authentic" autograph. If you don't, you will most likely get a pre-printed fan photo.
- This one is important! Always send an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope). If you are sending a particular photo or other item to sign, send them an envelope or parcel with return postage already applied. Most actors and celebrities will return your envelope but many no longer have a budget to respond out of their pocket. Never expect an item larger than the envelope you provide although many send 8x10 inch photos.
- If you get an address that is an "Agency" or "Management Company." do not expect a personal response.
Here are some addresses of Batman stars if you would like to write to them. The books above have many more addresses in them but I am providing you a few.
- Adam West - The original television "Batman!"
400 East Avenue
P.O. Box 3477
Ketchum, ID 83340
- Burt Ward - The original television "Robin"
7304 5th Ave NW,
Bradenton, FL 34209-1522
- Yvonne Craig - The television "Batgirl"
P.O. Box 827
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
- Julie Newmar - The second of three "Catwomen"
204 S Carmelina Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049-3952
- Lee Meriwether - The third of three "Catwomen"
P.O. Box 6061-289
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
- Zsa Zsa Gabor - The villianess "Minerva"
1001 Bel Air Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(Signed photo of Adam West and signed photos below are in my own personal collection)
The Joker - Cesar Romero
Siren - Joan Collins
Ma Parker - Shelley Winters
Egghead - Vincent Price
Batgirl - Yvonne Craig