Captain America Motorcycle

Check Out How Comic Book Vehicles Evolved Over The Years

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Last month we looked at the evolution of the outfits of various video game characters such as Link, Mega Man, and the Assassins from Assassins Creed. Thanks again to NetEnt Stalker, this time we’re looking at the evolution of the various modes of transportation used by our favorite heroes and villains.

If you ask someone who their Batman is, they might name West, or Kilmer, or Bale – but which is their Batmobile?

Batmobile Evolution

It might be the red-trimmed car from the ‘60s show, the wingéd torpedo with its fancy underlighting, or possibly even the gun-toting military machine from the new Affleck films – each is iconic for each era, and each is startlingly different.

But whichever crime-fighting vehicle you picture when you think of the Batmobile, you can now have a look at all of them – a stunning graphic from NetEnt Stalker looks at the development of iconic gadget-filled cars, gliders, and whatever the technical description of the  S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier might be.

As well as some DC and Marvel stars, the graphic also has a look at the Turtle Van (aka Battle Shell, aka Shellraiser, aka the Party Wagon), the armoured conveyance for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which started life as essentially just a van with some modifications, and worked its way through being an armoured car, and then a subway car (since the Turtles spend most of their time underground).

Some of the others include:

  • The Green Goblin’s Goblin Glider – although the Spider-Man villain originally had a jet-powered broomstick, Marvel made the entirely reasonable decision to swap it out for something a little less comical (and allowing for more gadget space) in the form of the glider – which is now an essential part of the character’s appearance and identity.
  • Ghost Rider’s Hell Cycle (and Hell Charger) – the first time the cycle (and the skull-headed rider) appeared in the comics, it was pretty ordinary-looking as far as motorcycles go. By the time Nicolas Cage got around to starring in the 2007 film, it had a full-on heavy metal design and flaming wheels. The role of the hero has moved a couple of times, and the latest version has a 1969 Dodge Charger known as the Hell Charger instead (which also has flaming wheels).
  • Captain America’s Motorcycle – unlike Ghost Rider’s vehicle, the tires aren’t on fire, but Captain America often has a bike to ride around on. It first appeared in very colourful fashion in the 1979 television film, all done up to match his costume, and when it entered the comics, it was only slightly tuned down to be a little more respectable. In the Marvel Comics Universe films, however, it’s essentially just a normal motorcycle – if a really cool-looking one.

Take a look at the full infographic of the various evolutions here.