HOLY TREASURE! A little bit of fun on Burt Ward’s birthday…
UPDATED 7/6/20: Burt Ward turns 75! This first ran on his birthday in 2018 — so it’s the perfect time to enjoy it again! Groovy! — Dan
Ever since the Batman ’66 merchandising deal was signed several years ago, fans have been able to scoop up all sorts of collectibles to their hearts’ content.
And that’s who we generally think of when we think of collectors: People like you and me who seek out action figures, clothes, statues, replica props, and so forth.
But there’s the kind of collector out there who takes it to a much higher level – and one of them is happily, anonymously ensconced in a hidden location in New Jersey.
He doesn’t want to be named but he’s the owner of an incredible array of original costumes and props, including, yes, a 1966 Batmobile. (He also owns a fleet of other pop-culture vehicles – both original and replica. It’s astonishing.)
We’re calling him Alfred because the way he sees it, he’s curating and maintaining these items for fandom — and he’s working on putting together a traveling exhibit.
His collection is utterly breathtaking and over the next few months, we’ll be giving you an EXCLUSIVE INSIDE LOOK because he’s eager to share these with the rest of the Gotham City faithful. (Click here for a SNEAK PEEK.)
I was introduced to Alfred by Dave DeVenter (aka BatDave of NJ BatSquad Studios) and John Brown of Gotham City Supercars. (You should go follow their Facebook pages.) Over the course of several hours we took a deep dive into the collection.
One of the highlights was an original Robin costume – and that’s where we’re starting our series of features because it just happens to be Burt Ward’s 73rd birthday. (He was born July 6, 1945.)
Just check out these pics:
The costume is in remarkable shape. The tunic is still bright red, and the leather belt is mostly complete with its gold-painted “utility capsules.”
Also screen-used are the trunks, with their distinct stitching pattern; the tan tights; the green undershirt – by Jockey, if you must know; and the green suede boots.
The boots are especially interesting. I never realized they actually fasten in the back:
The provenance of the cape is slightly hazy, Alfred explained. It bears what certainly looks like an authentic 20th Century Fox stamp, with Ward’s name included. There’s no inner lining, though, so it’s possible it was used for action sequences by a stunt man.
Either way, Alfred told me Ward said it looked right by him. He also signed it.
Alfred is commissioning a full-size mannequin with an accurate face-sculpt so he can display the costume in all its red-breasted glory. He’s adding a dead-on replica of the mask, as well as gloves and a belt buckle.
It’s hard to describe the power of seeing something like this up close. Most kids from our generation ran around with towels around their necks, or if you were a little lucky, in a Ben Cooper costume.
To see – to touch — the very fabric of our childhood fantasies is an intoxicating experience.
And it’s something we’re going to do our best to share with you in the months to come.
— SNEAK PEEK: The Greatest BATMAN ’66 Collection You’ll Ever See. Click here.
— Dig This UP-CLOSE LOOK at an Original RIDDLER Costume. Click here.
July 6, 2018
Amazing! Thanks for sharing “Alfred” and Dan! I never knew some of these details existed on the costume. The shorts even KINDA mimic the comics’ chainmail pattern!
July 6, 2018
Too cool!!! Thank you for sharing these with us!
July 22, 2018
Thank you Dan. This truly is a treasure. Thank you for sharing. Little known fact. If you go back to the pilot episode “Hi Diddle Riddle,” Robin is wearing green cloth gloves (a lighter shade than the trademark green leather ones).
December 15, 2018
Wow that was awesome ,always loved robin’s leather green gloves and of course his green boots .
July 7, 2019
Such a cool costume. I have one similar – would love the boots!! Love the fact Jockey made the green pants……
September 28, 2019
Who made the tights? I’ve been looking for years and can’t get any sort of answer
May 6, 2020
Love this! Thanks!
November 22, 2021
love this. I keep seeing the original Robin boots with laces but I’ve never seen a photo or an episode where the boots that Burt Ward is wearing had laces.