Three set design paintings from the 1960s “Batman” TV series and movie that are held by VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives will be put on display this fall as part of an upcoming exhibition, “Superheroes in Gotham,” at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library in New York City.
The paintings, by artist Leslie Thomas, will be featured alongside such comic book treasures as original drawings by Steve Ditko of Spider-Man’s first appearance in “Amazing Fantasy” (No. 15, 1962), a copy of “Action Comics No. 1” (Superman’s first appearance), and an original Batmobile from the 1966 “Batman” TV series.
“We are delighted to be exhibiting Leslie Thomas’ set paintings for the ‘Batman’ television series (1966-1968) and the film ‘Batman’ (1966) in the upcoming exhibition, ‘Superheroes in Gotham,’” said Nina Nazionale, director of library operations for the New-York Historical Society. “These captivating images underline how much work, by so many different creative people, goes into producing television series and films. They are also vivid reminders of the colors, designs and fashion of the late 1960s.”
The paintings being loaned to the New-York Historical Society are among 38 “Batman” set design paintings donated to VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection in 2005 by David Anderson, D.D.S. (D.D.S.’82/D), an alumnus of VCU’s School of Dentistry.