"Twins that play "Abby" think Mark is a real life Superhero"
by Janet Di Lauro | Soap Opera Weekly Magazine
"The Gossip West Coast" - April 22, 1997, p13.
Paige and Ryanne Kettner, the twins who play Abby, are convinced that a
superhero lives behind the scenes at Days of Our Lives -- and that the caped
crusader is their on screen dad, Mark Valley.
"They think that I am Batman and that I live in the Bat Cave," Mark says. "It
started when they saw me wearing these leather boots and black rubber jacket one
day when it was raining. It looks like something that Batman would wear. They
even asked me if I was Batman, but I told them that I could not talk about it."
When his sister, Marnie, showed up at the studio, her visit only added fuel to
the fire. "Because she's got dark hair, they thought that she was Batgirl." Mark
adds that he gets such a kick out of his fictitious alter ego that he's "even
taken measures to exploit it. I got a key chain with Catwoman hanging on the end
of it. When the girls saw that, it really got them going."
What clinched it, however, was a photo of Mark with the Batmobile. "I was doing
a public appearance at this car show, and it was there -- the car with the
orange stripe on it from the original Batman series," he notes. "I got a picture
taken in it, gave it to the girls and signed it 'Love, Mark.' After that they
were absolutely convinced it was true."