I was sorting out some of my comic boxes the other day, basically refiling a tonne of stuff I had pulled, and came across this little blast from my 70's past I had all but forgotten about, tucked down the side of a long box. The actual Batman model which accompanied the little 8 page comic book (or rather I suppose the comic was doing the accompanying) has long since vanished, but now years later I thank my pack rat habit which has always forbade me from throwing out the slightest bit of comic book related ephemera. Anyway, below are a couple scans I made of the little Aurora Comic Scene comic book which came with the Batman model, that when constructed ressembled the first scan... Batman swinging from a decayed tree, batarang in hand. Quite cool actually back in '74.
The second scan is the centre piece splash page. If you can read the bottom of the scan it says... "Place your completed Batman Model in front of this exciting action backdrop for an outstanding 3-D effect!". I don't think I ever actually did that. Kind of a lame idea I always thought, but makes me laugh today.
But I was wondering... can anyone who is a bit a Batman expert tell if the little comic book is an original thrown in with the model to provide a "vivid" storyline to bring to life your completed model, or was the Len Wein scripted, Dick Giordano drawn comic actually liberally borrowed from any of DC's regular Batman titles of the early 70's. Alas, my Batman knowledge of the period is limited, but maybe someone else recognizes the art or scenario has some insight into this little blast from the past. I'll post more pages tomorrow if needed.
And while we're at it, does anyone else have any cool classic free promotional comic books that they recall, and perhaps mercifully preserved. Besides this Batman book I have the Action Comics #1 reprint from around 1974 I got out of paper towells or toilet paper during a family trip to Florida. I thought it was very cool at the time... and yep I still have it to!