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DC Launches the Batman Forever Stamps

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm by Zakk Saam

The Caped Crusader revealed the U.S. Postal Service’s limited-edition Forever Batman stamp series and celebrated his 75th Anniversary.

The Caped Crusader revealed the U.S. Postal Service’s limited-edition Forever Batman stamp series and celebrated his 75th Anniversary.

At New York Comic Con this past weekend, DC Comics and the United States Postal Service reunited to unleash the Batman Forever Stamps. DC and USPS worked together in 2006 to introduce the DC Comics Superhero Stamps.

The Batman Forever Stamp comes in eight designs. Four featuring the Dark Knight himself and four featuring his iconic Batsymbol. Each pair is based on a different age of comics; Golden; Silver; Bronze; and Modern.

Eighty-million copies of the stamp were printed for this limited edition stamp. It’s estimated that roughly half will see circulation and half will be held onto as collector items by stamp collectors and comic fanatics alike.

“For years, the Postal Service has celebrated so many of America’s icons on its landmark stamps — and today, we’re excited to honor one of the most iconic comic book Super Heroes in history,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President James Cochrane. “It’s very fitting we’re dedicating these Batman stamps during National Stamp Collecting Month, because stamp collecting played a role in young Bruce Wayne’s childhood in the 1950s comics.”

Joining Cochrane in dedicating the stamps was legendary comic book illustrator and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher, Jim Lee, whose art is depicted on the Modern Age stamp featured in the collection. DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio also participated in the event, along with Greg Breeding, who designed the stamp sheet for the Postal Service.

Greg Breeding, Jim Cochrane, Jim Lee, Dan DiDio

Fans gathered at New York Comic Con at the DC Entertainment booth at the USPS Launch of the Forever Batman Stamp at New York’s Comic Con, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision for U.S. Postal Service/AP Images)

 

“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,” said Lee. “Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for the next 75 years and beyond — and we hope that fans will add these stylized stamps to their Batman collection.”

Limited-Edition Forever Batman Stamps Collection  Four versions of Batman are depicted from the four eras of comic book history: the Modern Age (top row), the Bronze Age (second row), the Silver Age (third row), and the Golden Age (bottom row). In addition, there are four incarnations of the famed Bat-Signal, the spotlight that Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon sent into the night sky to summon Batman.

Limited-Edition Forever Batman Stamps Collection Four versions of Batman are depicted from the four eras of comic book history: the Modern Age (top row), the Bronze Age (second row), the Silver Age (third row), and the Golden Age (bottom row). In addition, there are four incarnations of the famed Bat-Signal, the spotlight that Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon sent into the night sky to summon Batman.

In agreement with the USPS, DC Comics has also placed into canon that Batman himself is a stamp collector, an activity he shared with his father as a young boy.

The Batman Limited Edition stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. All 80 million stamps are available nationwide today. Customers may purchase the stamps at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

Batman previously appeared on postage in 2006 as part of the DC Comics Super Heroes stamp sheet. Issued at Comic Con in San Diego, half of the 20 stamp set were portraits of Aquaman, Batman, the Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Supergirl, Superman and Wonder Woman. The other 10 stamps depicted covers of individual comic books devoted to each DC Comics Super Hero.

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Forever Batman Stamps Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Forever Batman Stamps
Special Events Coordinator
380 West 33rd St. Room 4032
New York, NY 10199-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by Dec. 8, 2014.

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