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3p001 BATMAN signed linen chapter 12 1sh '43 by Lewis Wilson, the 1st Batman, cool full-color art!

Date Sold 12/7/2014
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Chapter #12 (Embers of Evil) Autographed One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

The Batman, the 1943 Lamber Hillyer classic DC Comics comic book superhero action adventure crime fighting serial ("A hundred times more thrilling on the screen!"; "A Columbia Chapter Play"; "the great action serial thriller!"; "All the action and thrills of the comic strip multiplied a hundred-fold!"; "In the hands of his enemies! Can Batman escape?"; "Daring in action! Superhuman against odds!"; "The all-American hero in super-human thrills!"; "Red-Blooded Americans Versus the Wily Nipponese!"; "Watch Batman deal death and defiance to his enemies!"; "See Batman turn the tables on the wily Jap!"; "Based on the Batman Comic Magazine Feature appearing in Detective Comics and Batman Magazines"; note that because this serial was made during the middle of World War II, the villains in the movie are Japanese, and they are the stereotyped Japanese villains of that time) starring Lewis Wilson (in the title role as Batman), Douglas Croft (as Robin), J. Carrol Naish (who plays the Asian villain, Dr. Tito Daka!), Shirley Patterson, William Austin (as Alfred), and Charles C. Wilson
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Artist: Glenn Cravath
Important Added Info: Note that this poster has been personally autographed (signed) by Lewis Wilson, who was the very first actor to ever portray Batman on the screen! Note that ANY original movie paper from the original 1943 release of this classic serial is INCREDIBLY rare! Perhaps it was partly because of the World War II paper drives going on at this time (which would also account for the shortage of original release material from the 1941 "The Adventures of Captain Marvel"). Perhaps it was more because the movie was given a major re-release in 1954, and it is very common that movies that are re-released soon after their first release have next-to-no original paper known (perhaps because the remaining original paper was used during that 1954 re-release). In any event, we have only sold three first release one-sheets from this very first Batman serial in all the years we have auctioned movie posters, and the last time was 13 years ago!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. The poster had small paper loss at the top and bottom crossfolds, with some stains above and below the top crossfold, including in the bald man's head. There was fine surface paper loss and some tiny tears and tiny bits of paper loss on parts of some foldlines. There were some pinholes and tape stains around the edges. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was pretty well backed, but you can see signs of the above defects and the restoration of the above defects.
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