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Since 1939, the Batmobile has been immortalized in nearly every imaginable entertainment medium. Tearing through the streets of Gotham City in pursuit of criminals for more than seven decades, it has remained an iconic crime-fighting vehicle for generations of Batman fans. In Christopher Nolan’s extraordinary film trilogy, it was given breathtaking new life-and incredible capabilities-as the “Tumbler”. Now, in anticipation of The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to The Dark Knight trilogy,the entire history of the Batman’s trademark ride is captured for the first time in BATMOBILE: The Complete History from Insight Editions.

BATMOBILE: The Complete History
is the story of the distinct, sophisticated, incomparable car. From its evolution in the pages of Detective Comics, to its unforgettable appearances on the big screen, this book explores each incarnation of the Batmobile with the detail such an extraordinary automobile warrants.

Author Mark Cotta Vaz uncovers insights and stories from creators and conceptualists that reveal the nuts and bolts of putting these dream machines together and explains the philosophies behind each design. With stunning gatefolds-including a large-scale panorama of the Batmobiles featured in film and television-and detailed specs, blueprints, and historical comparisons, BATMOBILE: The Complete History is an informational and visual delight for automotive and Batman fans alike.

Mark Cotta Vaz is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 25 published books, including the critically acclaimed Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong, a TLA finalist selection. His “making of” books have documented TV’s Lost and such feature film productions as The Spirit and the Twilight saga.

Paul Levitzis an award-winning writer, comics editor, and executive (publisher of DC Comics for two decades; President & Publisher from 2002-2009). He recently wrote 75 Years of DC Comics (Taschen) and teaches at Columbia, Pace, and Manhattanville. He lives in New York City.
Nathan Crowley is the twice Academy Award® -nominated Production Designer behind Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. Crowley’s credits include Insomnia, The Prestige, and Public Enemies, among many others. The Dark Knight Rises marks his fifth collaboration with Nolan.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

Hardcover, $35.00, June 2012
148 pages, More than 100 full color photographs and illustrations
ISBN-13: 978-1-60887-104-9
Written by Mark Cotta Vaz, Foreword: Q&A with Paul Levitz & Nathan Crowley
Published by Insight Editions

BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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  1. To my way of thinking, the TV batmobile was the best batmobile ever. Although the comic cars were interesting, and I wished I’d been able to pick up the diecast model kits that were produced about ten years ago of all the different batmobiles of each decade, the Lincoln Futura batmobile has a special place in my heart. The one thing that’s been consistent with the batmobile in the comics is just how inconsistent the artists were in drawing the thing. In one issue Bat will be driving a dirivative of the 40’s batmobile, in the next issue an updated version of the 60s car, and in the next issue something we’d never seen before and would never seen again. The other consistency is just how badly most of the artists drew automobiles. I so want this book!

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