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Maryland Batman struck and killed performing roadside Batmobile repair

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Leonard Robinson, a Maryland man known for paying visits to hospitalized kids while dressed as the iconic superhero Batman, was killed last Sunday night in a traffic accident. Robinson's Batmobile was not fully out of the line of traffic, and was struck by a passing car as he checked the engine.

More from the Baltimore Sun:

Robinson's custom black car — his version of the Batmobile — had broken down on eastbound Interstate 70 near Big Pool in Washington County about 10:30 p.m., state police said. Robinson was standing in the fast lane and checking the engine when he and his vehicle were struck by a Toyota Camry.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver of the Camry was not injured and has not been charged.

Robinson, who has three sons, spent much of his time in the Batman character, spending his money traveling to cheer up sick children or promote charitable causes.

Noir tongue-in-cheek photos of Batman action figure

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Photographer Rémi Noël explores the archetypes of American mythology: motels and their neon signs, desert expanses and the highways that crisscross them" and Batman.

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Batman comic strips from 1968-1969 newspapers that have never been reprinted until now

There are very few parts of Batman’s print legacy that aren’t readily available to the public. The various runs of newspaper comic strips are finally collected in hardcover form for the hardcore fan in Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Volume 2 (1968-1969). This great book from IDW gives us a second volume of the 1960s Silver Age comic strips in their original glory. These are strips that you literally couldn’t have seen until now, unless you had saved the original newspapers that they were printed in. The strips are reprinted in their original format, with the Sunday editions in color and the dailies in black and white. The book features all kinds of adventures that you’ve never seen before, including all the characters we love like Batman, Robin, Alfred, Catwoman, Batgirl and more. The occasional other Justice League hero will make an appearance as well, like Aquaman and Superman. This book is a phenomenal addition to the library of any Batman fan. – Matt MacNabb

Watch this guy get punched in his homemade Batsuit

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It can take blows from baseball bats, machetes and punches. Made with kevlar and silicone molds, this suit is ready for action.

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Batman postage stamps

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Batman is now on a postage stamp!

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Batman at 75

Lisa Granshaw on why pop culture can’t let the Dark Knight go.Read the rest

The Joker's Fun House in LEGO

Brickbaron's LEGO rendition of The Joker's Fun House is decidedly Gotham's coolest evil lair. See photos over at Flickr. (via Devour)

Holy Robin!

Holy holy! (Holy via Devour!)

Batman (1966) title sequence with action figures

Kyle Roberts used Mattel's new classic Batman action figures to recreate the iconic title sequence of the 1960 Batman TV series. Oklahoma City's O'Fidelis covered the theme tune and Nathan Poppe drew the backgrounds for this stop-motion fun. "Batman Stop Motion Intro (1966)"

Vatican: Batman has "grown bitter and more vengeful"

The Vatican reassured the Catholic faithful that it hadn't been hacked Thursday after as unusual tweet--"Holy Switcheroo! Batman has grown bitter, more vengeful with the years"--appeared on a popular news feed.

Batman arrests burglary suspect

A suspected burglar in Bradford, England, was arrested last week by Batman and subsequently charged with handling stolen goods. [Reuters]

Batbane mask is yours for $130

Inb4 Cory! [Etsy via Khoi]

Christian Bale phones a young fan

Actor Christian Bale had a conversation with Zach, a young fan of his "Batman" who happens to have cancer, and is a patient in a Seattle hospital. Zach's parents video'd the exchange. It's pretty cool. Bale seems like a really empathetic person.

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Batmobile sold for $4.6 million

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The original Batmobile driven on the 1960s TV series sold for auction on Saturday for $4.6 million. The seller was legendary kustom car king George Barris who had transformed the 1955 Lincoln Futura for television. The buyer was Rick Champagne, owner of an Arizona logistics company. Champagne says he's going to put the car in his living room. Batmobile sells for $4.6 million (CNN)

Science says, "It sucks to be Batman"

This chart describes the key problem with being Batman — it doesn't take a serious injury to seriously disable you. Your body can rack up big damage over years of repeated small stresses and strains — jumping from roof to roof two or three times a week, for instance, or slamming your knuckles into a bad guy's face every night.

Neuroscientist and kinesiologist Paul literally wrote the book on what it would take to create a non-superhuman superhero, like Batman. In a post at Scientific American blogs, he explains the major physical impacts of being the Dark Knight. His big conclusion: Nobody could be Batman for very long. And even after they retired, they'd feel the echo of what they'd done to their body every day for the rest of their lives.

It’s hard to gauge the long-term effects of being exposed to these harsh occupations. Looking at NFL players provides another way to get at long term effects. In fact I used the very short average career—3-5 years—of NFL players as a way to estimate Batman’s longevity in Becoming Batman.

Skilled writer Peter King provided an in-depth expose on football players in the Dec 12, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated. This piece was a follow up look at 39 members of the 1986 Cincinnati Bengals—25 years later—and spanned all forms of injury. But it’s the bodily injuries I want to focus on. In the category of “residual injury” over 70% had at least one surgery during their careers with ~40% having a post-NFL surgery for an injury related to football. Thirty percent had an upcoming surgery. More than 90% of the players said that they had lingering issues arising from an injury derived from their NFL careers.

Probably the most telling “statistic” is that on average these players reported 3 parts of the body that experienced pain each day. That’s a lot of injuries and a lot of discomfort.

Basically, Batman's inner pain isn't just about his dead parents.

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HOWTO make a leather rockabilly Batman cowl


Trevor sends us, "An imgur gallery of how I constructed my leather Rockabilly Batman headgear, based on the artworks of Denis Medri, in 7 easy steps (some easier than others), as part of the Gotham City Rockers group forming for the upcoming Portsmouth Halloween Parade in NH.."

Batman Cowl Process - Imgur (Thanks, Trevor!)