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ODD NEWS: Batman superfan collects 8,226 pieces of memorabilia

A comic book superfan from Georgia earned a Guinness World Record for his collection of 8,226 individual pieces of Batman memorabilia.

Brad Ladner of Milton told Guinness World Records he started collecting Batman comics in 1988, after reading a copy of A Death in the Family, which featured the controversial death of the second Robin, Jason Todd.

“I took it home and read it and something just awoke. It was different, more intense than cartoons and campy TV. People die, Batman is serious, and there is real danger,” Ladner said.

Ladner said his collection was mostly comics until he reached adulthood, when he started buying toys and statues as well.

His collection now includes many rare items, including a prototype Batman Camel cigarette box that was designed for use in Europe but never made it to market, and a costume continuity binder from the set of the 1989 Batman movie with 280 set photos.

“In a way, it’s a shrine to something that is important to me that, without it, I may have been a very different person,” Ladner said of his collection.

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