British publisher Eaglemoss is celebrating the printing of its one millionth copy of its Batman Automobilia partwork title – just ten months after its launch.
Eaglemoss – who also publish Doctor Who part works, James Bond, Marvel Superheroes tie-ins and more, says the landmark cements the line as its most successful Super Hero vehicle launch ever.
Launched in the UK in January 2013 before rolling out in the US and Australia in January, more than 200,000 Batman fans visited the Eaglemoss subscription site in the first month to get their hands on the fortnightly series, offering an official 1:43 scale die-cast model of iconic Batman vehicles.
Eaglemoss aren’t the only people pleased with sales. So too are DC Comics owner, Warner Bros.
“With his roots in DC Comics, Batman has become one of the best know Super Hero crime fighters of all time,” notes Pilar Zulueta, EVP and general manager, Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA.”When we think of Batman, we automatically think of his gadgets, the super-villains he goes up against and his cool vehicle – the Batmobile.
“Working together with the team at Eaglemoss we wanted to find the perfect way to bring these different Batmobiles to life in the hand of the consumers. We have achieved that in the Eaglemoss published Automobila artwork collection.”
Maggie Calmels, group development director, Eaglemoss Publishing Group, added: “The Batman Automobilia artwork collection combines Batmobiles from all the different kinds of media – movies, TV, animation and comics.
“We’re even planning to include Batmobiles from video games and upcoming animated series. We know that pulling all of that together has an enormous appeal to collectors and is as it’s something that hasn’t been done before and it’s genuinely new and exciting.
“We are very proud to be part of this project.”
• Batman Automobilia web site: www.eaglemoss.com/batmobiles
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Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.