“Don’t Mess With The ‘S'” Metropolis Illinois Superman ceramic mug (1998)

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.

Warner Bros. Studio Store Superman Bean Bag figure (1998)

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.

Metropolis Illinois Superman Celebration “Round Tuit” wooden token (1998)

Another promotional collectible that was sold around town in Metropolis Illinois was this “Round Tuit” wooden token. The images on the wooden token are printed in red ink. On the face of the token is an interpretation of the classic image of Superman originally drawn by co-creator Joe Shuster and has the words “Metropolis Illinois”. On the reverse side of the token is…

Wizard magazine Superman Special (1998)

In 1998, the popular comics publication Wizard magazine released the Wizard Magazine Superman Special. This issue is filled with Superman related stories, bios, facts, and other goodies that make it a Superman fans dream.

Included in the magazine, but not limited to, are bios of Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Supergirl (an alternate Earth’s dead Lana Lang proto-matter being version… yep.), Superboy (Kon-El clone version), and many more; a very detailed overview of…

Whitman’s assorted chocolates Superman tins (1998)

The popular chocolate company Whitman’s produced these 1 3/4 ounce tin boxes of assorted chocolates back in 1998. The tins came in two styles. One was a blue tin with a Superman ’S’ symbol on it and the other was an image of Superman flying in the style of artist Bruce Timm. This was a tie-in to the then running Superman: The Animated Series. Each tin of chocolates was sold separately.

I Love Lucy: The Classics Volume 4 VHS (1998)

This is an I Love Lucy: The Classics Volume 4 VHS released in 1998 featuring two episodes of the 1950s television series I Love Lucy starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Although no image of Superman appears on the cover, this VHS contains an episode titled “Lucy and Superman” in which Ricky Ricardo plans on having Superman attend little Ricky’s birthday party. When there is news that he may not be able to make it, Lucy…

Kenner JLA Superman Red figure (1998)

In 1998, Kenner released this Superman Red figure at the same time as their Superman Blue figure. This was a new addition to the line that was produced (along with several re-released figures from Kenner’s Total Justice from 1996) under the banner of JLA (Justice League of America). The figure came with…

Inchworm Press Superman Read-Along Book and Tape Set “Toy Trouble” (1998)

Carrying on the tradition of book and record/tape sets, Inchworm Press produced this one in 1998. Superman: Toy Trouble tells the tale of the dastardly villain Toyman and his “Pocket Locket Patrol Pets” who are out to do Winslow Shott’s bidding… steal! The “Patrol Pets” are tiny robotic turtles who stop at nothing to steal wallets, jewelry, and anything else they can get their metallic hands on.