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.
Here is a Super Museum and Giftshop Round Tuit plastic token that was purchased from the Super Museum in Metropolis Illinois. This token is one of several items I purchased upon my 2018 return to the Superman Celebration after not being back for an unbelievable fifteen years.
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…
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.
This is the program for the 2003 Superman Celebration in Metropolis Illinois. In it is the complete schedule of events that took place then and included bios of special guests Noel Neill, Yvonne Craig, Bob Holiday, and artist Steve Rude. There is even a coupon for the Six Flags roller coaster Superman: Ultimate Flight.
Here is another collectible magnet from the Superman Celebration in Metropolis Illinois. This “Metropolis: Home of Superman” magnet measures 3-and-a-half inches high and features a variation of Neal Adams’ Superman breaking chains artwork above the title.
This is a program from the 2018 celebration which features amazing artwork by artist Jon Pinto which was created exclusively for the event which celebrated its 40th anniversary. The program features an event map, a tribute to Margot Kidder, a detailed schedule, bios of all the guests including Brandon Routh, Ilya Salkind, Jack O’Halloran, Jeff East, Aaron Smolinski, John Haymes Newton, Alex Saviuk and many others.
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 yet another issue of Adventures Along the Ohio River in my collection from one of my many trips to Metropolis Illinois during the Superman Celebration. The cover features Scott Cranford standing in front of the 15-foot tall Superman Statue in Superman Square.
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.