Batman Marc – Consultant, Toy Archivist, Toy Historian, Journalist, Editor, Video Interviewer
As a young boy, Marc was enthralled with the 1966 Batman TV series. So much so, that he wanted to be Batman!!!
The years went by and Marc read and collected DC comics related to, around and about Batman.
In the latter part of the 80’s, Marc attended his very 1st Toy Fair in NYC in the ORIGINAL TOY CENTER at 200 Fifth Ave, and 1107 buildings where he was able to talk with the manufacturers about the newest line of toys due to be released for retail in the coming months. Marc wrote articles’ for a small website known as Toonzone.com which was a fledgling blog site before BLOGGING became the term or phrase for what we know it to be today!
Marc also had left his “mark” on Batman as he did a series of prototypes and mock ups of Batman figures for Hasbro, who had the DC Comics license at the time. He would customize his own version of Comic characters from the DC Universe that were not yet readily available in the commercial market place. Cutting, dremeling, puttying, & painting odds and ends from old Super Powers, very early Toy Biz figures, he used different body parts from multiple figures to create a Frankenstein version of each character he was interested in having for his collection.
Taking several photos & occasionally taking the actual customized, finished figure he made to his acquaintances at Hasbro, who would use his ideas to create the short lived line of Batman figures known as the NINJA KNIGHT FORCE!
Through out the next 26 years, Marc had continued to customize figures, write articles for several different companies. Marc interviewed manufacturers like MATTEL, HASBRO, TOY BIZ…) as well as interviewing creators and stars who portrayed toy related characters: Keith David (voice of Goliath of Gargoyles & Spawn from Spawn the animated series), Art Cloakey, (the creator of Gumby as well as DAVEY & GOLIATH claymation), Todd McFarlane (Spawn creator & world renowned comic company owner of Image comics), Kevin Conroy (voice of Batman since 1992!), the late George Barris (creator of the ’66 TV Batmobile and a multitude of other collectible KUSTOM KARS!!!).
From writing & editing Model & Toy Collector Magazine during the early to mid 90’s with Paul Mathias, to promoting & cultivating COLLECTSOMETHING.COM, since 2013 and assisting us here at http://www.toyhypeusa.com/ as a contributor, editor, consultant & all around know it all of the toy market, Marc has enjoyed a nearly 25 year long career in the blog-iverse!
Follow his future antics as he goes into overdrive as we approach the 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLASSIC TV SHOW, BATMAN!