10:27am PT by Graeme McMillan
Batman's 75th Anniversary to Be Celebrated With Official USPS Stamp
Batman has found new comrades in his ongoing war on crime: the U.S. Postal Service. Special-edition stamps featuring DC Entertainment’s Dark Knight Detective will be released in November, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the character’s debut.
“What a great place to celebrate him — on a stamp,” the Postal Service’s director of stamp services and corporate licensing Susan McGowan told USA Today. Calling Batman “the quintessential American superhero,” she said that the USPS is “always looking for ideas and subjects that are important to America. We all quickly thought, 'Wow! This will be thrilling.' "
The character will appear on eight different stamps, depicting the character in four different eras from his original 1939 athletic design through today’s shorter-eared, more muscular crime fighter. The stamps will be available on sheets of 20, with each stamp worth 49 cents. The stamps will be available from Oct. 9, with a ceremony marking their day of issue taking place at this year’s New York Comic Con at the Javits Center.
“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," DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee said about the release. "Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for the next 75 years and beyond."