george barris batmobile

George Barris, the designer of the 1960’s version of the Batmobile, made famous by the 1966-1968 televsion series has passed away in his home at the age of 89. DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee had this to say about his death:

“Growing up I wanted to fight crime just so I could drive George’s Batmobile,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “It was my great honor to get to meet him in person recently and to thank him for his contributions to the world of Batman, and there was no greater thrill than getting to sit in that Batmobile from my childhood.”

DC Comics also released this statement about his death:

George Barris was a true creative genius and we are saddened to learn of his passing. George’s design contributions to the legendary 1966 Batmobile thrilled fans of the classic “Batman” TV show, left an indelible mark on Batman legacy and lore, and is still recognized as one of the most iconic vehicles of all time.

Baris was most notably famous for his iconic design of the Batmobile which was a custom designed 1955 Ford concept Lincoln Futura. Barris also designed cars for The Munsters, Beverly Hillbillies, and even K.I.T.T. for Knight Rider.