Here’s yet another Hallmark Party Express item. From 2006, this is a set of eight paper party plates with a large image of Superman flying that measure 6 3/4 inches in diameter. The sticker on the bottom of the wrapper mentions “Superman Returns” which probably means that this series of Superman party items were intended to be released concurrently with the Superman Returns movie merchandise.
Here is one of the many Superman products released in 2006 by Party Express, a sub brand of Hallmark. This is a pack of sixteen Superman 2-ply party napkins featuring a bold promotional image of the character on the top of the napkin and an ‘S’ symbol on the other side.
This is a Father’s Day greeting card that was released by Hallmark in 2007. Its cover is a reprint of Superman number 201 from November of 1967.
As simple as this card is, it falls into the category of “extra special” to me.
This massive Superman: The Dailies – 1939-1942 hardcover book by Sterling Publishing Company is chock full of reprints of the weekday Superman newspaper comic strips from those years. It begins with his arrival on Earth and sweeps into many crime fighting stories including battling Luthor (in the days before he was given a first name), defending Metropolis against a submarine and a squadron of planes, and battling a group of villains resembling the Ku Klux Klan.
These are four Superman buttons originally produced by Ata-Boy in 2008. The buttons, each measuring at 1.25-inches in diameter, feature an array of designs including artwork from Jose Luiz Garcia-Lopez and Jerry Ordway. The buttons can still be found for sale at select Six Flags theme parks.
This is a Justice League jumbo coloring book published in 2003 by Dalmatian Press and based on the animated series that aired on Cartoon Network. When they say “jumbo,” they mean “JUMBO!” This book contains over 100 pages of coloring pages, puzzles, and fun.
Hallmark’s brand Party Express sure came up with some interesting Superman party favors back in 2006. This is a pack of four foam gliders that the lucky recipient could remove the pieces from their surrounding yellow cards and assemble the cape to the figure. Additional clear plastic pieces were included that were designed to slip over Superman’s face as a weight.
The publication Animation Magazine produced their San Diego Comic-Con Edition in 2007. The cover of this issue featured the then upcoming animated direct-to-video movie Superman: Doomsday. The unfortunate thing is that there is barely a mention about it within the actual magazine beyond…
Mattel’s now classic game of card elimination called UNO was created in 1971. This is a pack of UNO cards produced in 2006 that promoted the Warner Bros. motion picture Superman Returns. The cards feature numerous promotional images from the movie including shots of Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, and Kate Bosworth.
Continuing with my additions of Superman Celebration memorabilia from Metropolis Illinois, this version of the “Metropolis: Home of Superman” magnet features artwork of Superman flying in a horizontal position against a sky background within an ’S’ symbol shape. It measures 2-and-a-half inches high and has shiny almost metallic paint.