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Created as a competitor for Superman after the rampant success of that comic, Batman has gone on to become one of the most easily recognized and most rabidly followed comic book characters in the world. After an initial run in Detective Comics in the 1950s, Batman began transitioning toward sci-fi themes in keeping with overall trends in the comic book space. By the mid-1960s, Batman had been made into the now camp classic television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. In response to the driving camp tone of the series, Batman's artists decided to take him in a darker direction, hitting the first serious notes of what would eventually become the Dark Knight persona of Batman. After a brief dip in popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Batman experienced resurgence with the release of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" series of comics. Feature films based on the character went into production shortly thereafter, with famously moody director Tim Burton at the helm. The films would go through several different iterations until hitting their stride in the 2000s with Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy." The fan base for this character has only grown over the years, creating a large market for Batman collectibles. With the complexity and reach of the Batman narrative, Batman collectibles and memorabilia run the gamut from the campy to the more darkly themed. Action figures, Batman comics, and even Batman-related Hot Wheels cars are just some of the many options that Batman's fans collect and covet.