On the cover of this issue of Cracked magazine Super #11, published in the summer of 1996, you’ll find DC Comics characters facing off against Marvel Comics characters in quite an unusual way. The cover was illustrated by Rurik Tyler who has done a lot of work for Marvel over the years. This magazine is full of reprinted superhero (and non-superhero) parodies from Cracked magazine’s archive as well as a new story (at the time) called “The Marvel versus DC Battles” which parodies the then storylines where DC and Marvel characters fought each other which then lead to…
Here is another unopened Wizard magazine. This copy is cover dated October 1999 and features the bold artwork of Ed McGuinness on the cover. An article in the magazine briefly covers the plans DC Comics had for the upcoming Y2K storyline. (Wow, that seems so long ago now.) There is also coverage about…
Those of you who remember the advertising for Superman in the mid-to-late 1990s will surely remember the slogan, “Don’t Mess With the S!” This deep blue ceramic mug was purchased at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis Illinois back in 1998 (my first year there) and it definitely shows off that slogan proudly.
Produced by Hallmark in 1993 was this Superman Keepsake Ornament. Made in China, this lightweight ornament features Superman in a heroic flying pose, molded cape, and comes with an eye hook at the upper portion of his back for hanging.
The very deep 1993 story within the pages of Adventures of Superman number 500 is titled “Life After Death!” and tells the tale of Johnathan Kent as he suffers a heart attack. After reliving moments of his life, he meets with Clark’s spirit and tries to convince him that it isn’t his time.
I’m having a really difficult time knowing that it’s been two decades since I acquired this great Superman collectible. This is an printed envelope that was available at the 1999 Superman Celebration in Metropolis Illinois. It features the artwork used to promote that year’s celebration with…
In its day, the Warner Bros. Studio Store was a treasure trove of goodies. As a Superman fan, I found myself spending quite a long time in the store looking at all the collectibles. One of my acquisitions there back in 1998 was this Superman Bean Bag figure which stands at 10.5 inches tall. The interesting thing about this stuffed figure is that only the upper torso, shoulders, and lower legs are filled with “beans” and the rest is filled with fiber.
Here is another of the many promotional merchandise found in Metropolis Illinois. This is a Metropolis Illinois Home of Superman magnet from 1991 that features an adaptation of the flying Superman artwork originally designed by artist Neal Adams. The magnet was produced by Magnetic Collectables in Cape Girardeau in Missouri.
This is a Comic Book Champions pewter Superman sculpture that was produced in 1996. It features a fantastic sculpture of Superman lifted directly from the cover art of Superman #1 in 1939. Behind the figurine is a small framed card featuring the cover art itself along with its details on the back of the card. This pewter sculpture was part of the DC Comics Premier Series. Comic Book Champions is a trademark of Racing Champions, Inc.
This “I Am Superman” patch was available everywhere in Metropolis Illinois beginning in the 1990s. Its bold Superman ‘S’ symbol really pops within its red and blue surroundings. In hindsight, in all my years of visiting the Superman Celebration in those days, I’m saddened that I didn’t think to buy more than one of these.