The wonderful world of Batsportation

Today’s Bizarro takes us back to the Batverse of the 19th century, when superhero life was simpler:

(#1) Batman and Robin emerging from the Batcave on their Bathorse

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)

(Just to clarify: Piraro’s strip is about the Bat-Horse; the Bath-Horse, the megaphallic hero of gay sex clubs, is something else entirely. There are fantasies of Batman as megaphallic, and so he might be, but he isn’t known to frequent gay bathhouses.)

The world of Batsportation is rich, but there are many untapped possibilities. Below, a survey of attested forms of Batsportation — by land, air, and sea — but first some further possibilities.

Above, the Bathorse. But where is the Batcamel, the Batephant, the Batmule?

And what about these alternatives?

Batcab / Battaxi, Batbus, Battram, Battrain / Batrail, Batsled, Batskates, Batbike, Batscooter, Batblades, Batskis

I’m especially taken by the image of Batman and Robin taking the bus; it would be a chartered bus, of course.

My image of the Batscooter is of a kick scooter rather than a motorscooter:

(#2) Kick scooter

Similarly the Batbike, muscle-powered rather than gas-powered. Maybe Batman and Robin have a bicycle built for two.

That brings me to a truly fine mode of Batsportation: the Batshaw (a rickshaw) or Batpedi (a pedicab), powered of course by Batboys. On the transport, from Wikipedia:

(#3) Japanese rickshaw in the 19th century

(#4) NYC pedicab

Rickshaw originally denotes a two or three-wheeled passenger cart, now known as a pulled rickshaw, generally pulled by one man carrying one passenger. The first known use of the term was in 1887. Over time, cycle rickshaws (also known as pedicabs or trishaws), auto rickshaws, and electric rickshaws were invented.

Pulled rickshaws created a popular form of transportation, and a source of employment for male laborers, within Asian cities in the 19th century. Their appearance was related to newly acquired knowledge of ball-bearing systems. Their popularity declined as cars, trains and other forms of transportation became widely available.

Delicious image: Batman and Robin being sped across Gotham City in a Batshaw or Batpedi.

Batman and Robin on the move. By land, via Batmobile or Batcycle:

The Batmobile is the fictional car driven by the superhero Batman in American comic books published by DC Comics. The Batmobile made its first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939), where it was depicted as an ordinary-looking, red car. Housed in the Batcave, which the Batmobile accesses through a hidden entrance, the heavily armored, weaponized vehicle is used by Batman in his crime-fighting endeavors. (Wikipedia link)

The Batcycle, Batblade, or Batpod is the fictional personal motorcycle of the DC Comics superhero Batman. In the comic book universe, Batman’s personal Batcycle is a modified street-bike with a 786 cc liquid-cooled V-4 engine. It contains a computer-controlled carburetor and bulletproof wind-guard…. The Batcycle made its first appearance in 1966 in the Batman TV series. (Wikipedia link)

In the air:

The Batplane, Batwing, Batjet or Batgyro is the fictional aircraft for the DC Comics superhero Batman. The vehicle was introduced in “Batman Versus The Vampire, I”, published in Detective Comics #31 in 1939, a story which saw Batman travel to continental Europe. (Wikipedia link)

And in/on the water:

The Batboat, Batstrike, or Batsub is the fictional personal aqua-dynamic hydrofoil/submersible watercraft of the DC Comics superhero Batman. … The first official Batboat made its debut in April 1946 (in Detective Comics #110). The storyline involved Scotland Yard providing Batman and Robin with the boat in order to speed their search for the villainous Professor Moriarty. (Wikipedia link)

Boys and their toys.

One Response to “The wonderful world of Batsportation”

  1. Lia Says:

    I was thinking about a bat tank…hahahaha.
    This post is fun.

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