RIP Adam West, my first Batman


I just heard that Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the 1960s TV series and 1966 feature film, has died aged 88. My initial thought was shit, no! Then for some reason a big smile came to my face. And I think the reason for that is because Adam West’s Batman was my Batman as a kid, and not only managed to help embroider my childhood with adventures, crazy storylines, cool characters and vehicles, and the best secret lair ever… but also made me happy.

Batman was one of the shows I looked forward to watching the most, and whenever the feature film was aired on TV I made sure I’d watch it – the scene of the shark and the Batcopter being my favourite! Looking back I can see how the show was played for a decent amount of campy laughs – a lot of which would’ve escaped the attention of my kid-self. I’m a fan of what Burton and Nolan did with the character and I enjoy some of the comic books, but in many ways my sense of who, or what, Batman is will always be shaped by Adam West’s Caped Crusader.

Farewell old chum.

Photo of Adam West as Batman from the television series. Public Domain.


Revell: toy-making since 1945

The Revell and Monogram brands were born back in 1945, both on different paths: Revell started out with plastic toys (one of their first was a Toy Washing Machine), while Monogram was making model kits (originally from balsa wood). Over the years that followed Revell and Monogram – once fierce competitors – joined together as one company and to date continue to enjoy that partnership.

Adapted from the official site: revell.com

Check out TVTA’s entry on Monogram too! Monogram


US. Weird War Tals. 1974.

US. Weird War Tals. 1974.


US. Justice League America. 1984.


US. Superman 296. 1976.

US. Superman 296. 1976


UK. Victor. 1973.

UK. Victor. 1973.


France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

V is for Vigilance…

Yesterday, when I walked in the park, I met this lady. She wore shades of purple paisley, and appeared to me to be splendiferously dandy. And her accent was French and clipped with American, as she asked me if I recognised her. I said no – for she was the perfect stranger to my eyes. And then she laughed, and replied: Excellent! So my disguise is working after all (for certain, she’d had her doubts about this). Please tell me, who are you? I asked her. Shhh… she said. Now that would be telling wouldn’t it?

Masks and Costumes. Volume I

Suggested listening:



Pause transmision. Vigilance.

Planes, trains and automobiles

Ding, ding. Tickets please. A selection of vehicular retro toy ads is today’s destination. Buckle up, enjoy the ride, and thank you for travelling with TVTA.


UK. Mighty World of Marvel. 1976.


UK. Mighty World of Marvel. 1977.


Denmark. 1985. Image courtesy of Jaltesorensen


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


UK. HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS auction lot. 1925-1940.


UK. Hamleys catalogue. 1983.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


US. The Unexpected. 1972.


US. Time. 1980.


France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


UK. Hamleys Catalogue. 1983.


UK. Hamleys Catalogue. 1983.


Denmark. 1976. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


Denmark. 1976. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1976. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


France. Trampline Catalogue. 1980.


UK. Hamleys Catalogue. 1983.


UK. Hamleys Catalogue. 1983.


Greece. Mister P catalogue.