New York Comic Con started not with a bang, but with a stamp.
The Batman Stamps Dedication Ceremony kicked off the four-day pop culture event earlier today by making the stamp series ready to issue. The ceremony was headlined by DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio, U.S. Postal Service Executive Vice President James Cochrane, and the stamp sheet's designer, Greg Breeding.
Oh, and a dude dressed like Christian Bale's Batman also hung around to strike some menacing poses.
"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," Lee said at the ceremony. "Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for the next 75 years and beyond."
After they unveiled the stamps, Lee, Didio, Chochrane, and Breeding signed stamp sheets and discussed Batman's evolution as a pop culture icon.
That evolution is the highlight of the Batman Forever Stamps collection. Each stamp pays tribute to a particular comic era and artistic style within the Dark Knight's history. The series includes Golden Age Batman with artwork from the Bob Kane era, Silver Age Batman with artwork from the Dick Sprang era, Bronze Age Batman from the Neal Adams/Jim Aparo era, and Modern Age Batman with artwork from the Jim Lee era.
Fans can now purchase the stamps at their local Post Office or the USPS web store.