The History of the Batmobile

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1948 Batmobile

Although the bulk of this car is identical to Dick Sprang's design, it features at least one important distinction: the side stripes are blue instead of red. This was not a printing error, as the color remains consistent from the cover art to the interior panels. Nor was it a cost-cutting ink substitution, as there are red components elsewhere on the page. And finally, it does not appear to have been a case of "blue used as highlights for black," because the stripes remain in the same place regardless of light sources and retain the stylized points below the headlights. This looks to be an intentional design choice - possibly to help keep the focus on the comic title and young Bruce Wayne on the cover art, then retained inside for continuity.

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