Silva’s favorite — and his most expensive — piece is a reproduction he had made of the Batman costume from the 1966 TV show. Another favorite is the phone book that sat on Commissioner Gordon’s desk during the weekly program. It was actually a New York City phone book that the prop department fitted with a Gotham City cover.
Silva, whose full-time job is fixing guitar amplifiers for the likes of John Mellencamp, Prince and Ted Nugent, still finds time to scan eBay and to shop garage sales. “I also have generals in the field who find anything Batman, email me photos and ask me if I need any of it for my basement display.”
His son digs Captain Marvel and his daughter is a Marilyn Monroe fan. “My wife, Janet, rolls her eyes at all this,” says Silva, “but at least she knows what to get me at Christmas.”
Dick Wolfsie can be reached at Wolfsie@aol.com.