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Holy Shelf Porn, Batman!

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Holy Shelf Porn, Batman!

What’s this? A scintillating showing of 60s-themed Shelf Porn? A bombardment of Bat merchandise brought together with a Black Beauty? Holy Shelf Porn, Batman!

Today’s collection comes from Ed in the Los Angeles area, who shares his collection of comics, DVDs, statues and more, with a heavy dose of the 1960s Batman and the Green Hornet.

If you’d like us to invade your secret lair, you can find details on submitting pictures of your collection at the end of this post.

And now, here’s Ed …

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My name is Ed Coxe. I have been collecting comics for as long as I have been reading. Over the years I have rebuilt my collection numerous times, as they have been lost in moving, a flood, and other catastrophes.

Today my collection of actual comics includes better than 1,000 magazines. Mostly silver age Marvel & DC, but also some golden age Zorro, Lone Ranger, and Green Hornet. These are all carefully stored in short boxes and not on display. The books I do display are all my TPBs, hardcovers, and Omnibuses. I also collect movies and TV shows on DVD.

I never really got into action figures until recently. Back in 2010 I attended Wonder Con in Anaheim, CA. I got my home-produced Batman TV series DVDs autographed by Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar and Lee Merriwether. I also got to sit in a replica of the 1966 Batmobile. This experience prompted me to research the car online. I found and joined an online forum dedicated to all things 1966 Batmobile. There I discovered the Hot Wheels 1:18 die cast model. The members had all created aftermarket parts, which they sold and traded with each other in the interest of making the Mattel model more screen accurate. You can see in my pictures how successful they were. I also added LED lights to my Batmobile. The rear of the display case also has a sound card which plays the show’s theme song and the ignition routine between West and Ward, “Atomic batteries to power, Turbines to speed!”

It was also on this forum that I discovered last year the new 1966 Batman action figures now available. I had to have them to accentuate the models on my Bat-shelf. Then I added the Factory Entertainment figures of the Green Hornet and Kato. I also have the Polar Lights 1:32 scale 1966 Black Beauty model. I added figures of the Green Hornet and Kato to this model, since they are not included. I also added working LED headlights and interior lights. The sound card on the back of this display case plays the opening theme (“Another challenge for the Green Hornet, his aide, Kato, and their rolling arsenal, the Black Beauty!”), their ignition routine (“Hornet gun-Check. Hornet Sting-Check. Let’s Roll, Kato!”) and the closing theme song.

Then I took a 1:18 scale die cast model of the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr and modified it to create a scale replica of the 1940 Black Beauty from the Universal Studios movie serial, The Green Hornet. This model has working LED headlights, taillights, and dashboard instrument lights. The base has LED stage lights to illuminate the model with highlights. This model’s sound card plays the introduction sequence of the 1936 radio show (“He hunts the biggest game of all. Public enemies who would destroy OUR America!”) and the theme song from the 1940 movie serial.

All this is displayed on what I call “The Bat-shelf”. On the wall behind the Bat-shelf I have the four-page spread from the Eaglemoss Batmobilia magazine #2. And above the poster is a framed painting, which I did. The subject of said painting is, obviously the Batmobile exiting the Bat Cave.

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