Clayburn Moore discusses the next statue in Diamond Select Toys’ Batman ’66 line.
When I talked to sculptor Clayburn Moore, he also revealed some choice details of the Julie Newmar Catwoman statue that’s next in line.
No pix yet, I’m afraid, but this is what you have to look forward to. (I asked Miss Newmar about it too — she has to sign off on merch bearing her likeness — and she says this one’s a fine addition to the ever-growing line of awesome Batman ’66 swag.)
Clayburn Moore: I’ve met Julie Newmar since I got into the project. We were both at a show in San Antonio so I sat down and talked with her for a while. … That piece is already finished and it’s in production now. Not production overseas but it’s in the prototyping stage. …
(With Batgirl) I kind of wanted to do a heroic pose that people would remember and we took the path of doing a very well-known studio shot, but that hadn’t been done to death. And so doing the fists on her hips, looking very heroic and having her cape blowing back a little was the way that we decided to go on that one.
Now, with Catwoman, we went in the other direction. Because you also want to do a statue that’s free-standing. I’ve always been an advocate that statues will sell better if they’re free-standing rather than sitting or kneeling or laying. It’s just, over the years, that’s what sells better.
And with Catwoman, a lot of the times, Julie Newmar was in a pose that was sitting or leaning or reclining, and so, for Catwoman, I did a pose idea… We all round-tabled it and we came out with this particular pose.
Dan Greenfield: Can you give us a brief description of that pose?
Clay: Sure. (Laughs) I like sculpting women, especially a beautiful woman. It’s kind of nice to give viewers a piece that sort of wraps around, so you kind of see a lot of the figure from all angles.
Now, one way to do that is to have a figure of a woman looking back over her shoulder. So I’ve got her sort of twisting back, looking over her shoulder and pointing at the viewer, like, “You! You there! C’mre! I see you!” It’s just a classic Catwoman pointing you out. She’s looking right at you. She’s kind of got a half smile. She’s looking over her left shoulder, pointing back at the viewer. I’m pretty proud of it. I think it came out pretty well. I think Julie Newmar was pretty happy with it.
Dan: Is it with mask or without mask?
We actually went with mask because I wanted to do—and DST agreed—to do the longer-haired version. So we did the version with the mask on.