It’s July 11. That’s 7/11. Get it?
You wanna hear something funny? Of all the things I miss during this eternal lockdown, getting a Slurpee ranks right there near the top. It’s the little things, y’know?
I mean, I’m sure my local 7-Eleven is open but I’m really trying to avoid going out to too many places while this pandemic continues to rage.
What I’ve been doing instead is assembling a collection of 1973 Batman Slurpee cups. Because fun. And because I can’t go out and get a damn Slurpee. (Coke is my fave, by the way.)
Now, I’ve written about Slurpee cups a number of times and I’ve even discussed them on a Fire and Water Network podcast. (Click here to listen!) These works of kitschy plastic art are tangible reminders of those simpler Bronze Age days.
So since today is 7/11, I figured I’d show off this Gotham-centric collection that’s been a real kick to put together.
Included here are the Big 7 Bat-characters of the time — Batman, Robin, Batgirl, the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler and Catwoman.
Now, I fully acknowledge that this is not a complete set. There were four more Batman cups among the 60 licensed by DC: Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Alfred and Commissioner Gordon. But for whatever reason they’re adorned with somewhat awkward art and they just don’t seem to fit the oeuvre.
These, though, are a wonderful combo of designs.
You’ve got your Neal Adams Batman:
Your Carmine Infantino Robin:
Your Don Heck Batgirl:
Your Infantino Joker:
Your Infantino Penguin:
Your Infantino Riddler:
And your Catwoman, featuring a Golden Age outfit that would return in the ’70s. (I’m not sure if this is Dick Sprang or not, so if you know, say so in the comments):
Even though these came out in 1973, the Infantino and Catwoman illos fit right in because they were often used as merchandising art, as you can see from some of the Mego boxes sitting behind the cups.
Anyway, as much as I love these, I am slightly disappointed we didn’t get more characters. Marvel had a much bigger selection of cups and if DC had followed suit, perhaps we’d have gotten Ra’s al Ghul, Talia and Man-Bat. And hell, I can’t believe they didn’t do Mr. Freeze.
But hey. These seven beauties are a little respite in what’s been a thirsty summer.
P.S. Bonus points to anyone who can tell me what issue that Batman image originally came from.
— The 13 Wackiest DC & Marvel SLURPEE Cups. Click here.
— 13 Far Out MARVEL SLURPEE CUPS of the ’70s. Click here.