by cartoonist Bob Kane in 1939, Batman is one of the most popular
comic-strip heroes of all time, distinguished by his black bat-mask,
cape and the sleek Batmobile.
Although the Batmobile's dual
canopy in a distinctive bubble design, and long, black body with red
pinstripes and trademark bat-emblems remains characteristic throughout,
there were no less than five of the black Batmobiles built.
The Batmobile - a custom-made Futura
- was originally the creation of George Barris, and one of
the most famous cars ever to be produced. The car was built in the
1950s and was a part of the experimental "Ford Custom Caravan".
The car was customized in 3 weeks, was 23 feet long (7 metres) and
the drive train had to be extended eleven inches to compensate for
the unusual length.
The hugely successful comic was made into films and in "Batman" and
"Batman Returns" showed the Batmobile as deadly a car (just like his
driver) created by Anton Furst.