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Released in 1972, Batman was part of the first wave of World's Greatest Super-Heroes sold by Mego (alongside Superman, Robin, and Aquaman).

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 WAVE ONE 

Removable Cowl Batman

Between 1972 and 1973, Batman was available with a removable cowl on a Type 1 body with metal rivet joints. Early examples can have a stirrup suit, nylon shorts, and skinny boots. Removable Cowl Batman was sold in a solid box, window box, and on the Kresge-style card.

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Pictured Above: Type 1 Removable Cowl Batman with Early Stirrup Suit and Skinny Boots (1972)

Pictured Above: Type 1 Removable Cowl Batman Unmasked

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Pictured Above: Type 1 Removable Cowl Batman (1973)

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Pictured Above: Early thin ankle "skinny" boot (left) next to a standard boot (right)

Pictured Above: Type 1 Removable Cowl Batman in 1st Generation Kresge-Style Card (1972)

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Pictured Above: Type 1 Removable Cowl Batman in 1st Generation Window Box (1972)

Pictured Above: Type 1 Removable Cowl Batman in 2nd Generation Window Box (1973)

Bruce Wayne Secret Identity Outfit

In 1974, Mego sold Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne, as part of a catalog mail-away set with Dick Grayson (Robin). The set included heads and clothing, but no bodies. It was sold exclusively in the 1974 Montgomery Wards Christmas catalog.

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Pictured Above: Bruce Wayne (Left) and Removable Cowl Batman (Right)

Bruce Wayne and Removable Cowl Batman share a head sculpt with Tex Willer, Jet Jungle, and the Mystery Astronaut. Bruce Wayne and Removable Cowl Batman have black hair and black eyes with white pupils; Tex Willer has black hair and black eyes with no pupils; the Mystery Astronaut has black hair and blue eyes with no pupils; and Jet Jungle has white hair, large black eyebrows, and blue eyes with black pupils.

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Pictured Above (From Left to Right): Removable Cowl Batman, Bruce Wayne, Tex Willer, Mystery Astronaut, and Jet Jungle

Pictured Above (left to right): Tex Willer, Removable Cowl Batman, Bruce Wayne, Mystery Astronaut, and Jet Jungle

Type 1 Molded Cowl Batman

Between 1973 and 1976, Batman was available with a molded cowl on a Type 1 body with metal rivet joints. Type 1 Molded Cowl Batman was sold in a window box and on the standard card.

Pictured Above: Type 1 Molded Cowl Batman (1974)

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Pictured Above: Type 1 Molded Cowl Batman in 2nd Generation Window Box (1973)

Type 2 Molded Cowl Batman

Between 1976 and 1983, Batman was available on a Type 2 body with plastic joints. Late examples can have a fabric emblem or vinyl cape. Type 2 Molded Cowl Batman was sold in a window box and on a standard card.

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Pictured Above: Type 2 Molded Cowl Batman with Fabric Emblem (1979)

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Pictured Above: Type 2 Molded Cowl Batman with Vinyl Cape (1977)

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Pictured Above: Type 2 Molded Cowl Batman in 3rd Generation Old Logo Window Box

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Pictured Above: Type 2 Molded Cowl Batman in 3rd Generation Old Logo Window Box

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Pictured Above: Old Logo Box (Left) and New Logo Box (Right)

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Type 2 Batman was sold in Japan by foreign distributor Popy in a special window box (along with Superman and Spider-Man).

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Pictured Above: Type 2 Batman in Original Popy (Japan) Box

Fist Fighting Batman

In 1975, Batman was available on a fist fighting body with "Karate Kung Fu Action." Sold in a window box in the U.S. and on a card in the U.K., Fist Fighting Batman has a button on his back that controls his arms. The button was tan in the U.S. and black in the U.K.

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Pictured Above: U.S. Fist Fighting Batman (1975)

Pictured Above: Fist Fighting Batman in U.S. Window Box (1975)

Batman Pez Dispenser
In 1978, Pez released a Batman candy dispenser (along with Joker and Penguin) with a modified Mego head. It was likely a purposeful collaboration between Pez and Mego, as it's unlikely Pez would have so blatantly copied Mego's designs without its consent. The Pez dispensers have soft heads and "no feet." They're very rare and desirable amongst both Mego and Pez collectors.

The Batman Pez dispenser came with a grey stem.

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Pictured Above: Pez Batman Head (Left) and Mego Batman Head (Right)

Foreign Releases

Batman was produced for foreign markets and sold by distributors in Mexico (Lili Ledy), Colombia (Rimax Carvajal), and Peru (Basa).

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Pictured Above: Colombian Rimax Carvajal (Left), Mexican Lili Ledy (Center), and Peruvian Basa Batman (Right)

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Pictured Above: Lili Ledy Batman (Mexico)

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Pictured Above: Rimax Carvajal Batman (Colombia)

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Pictured Above: Basa Batman (Peru)

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