Friday, April 30, 2010

Super Powers, Day 9!

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To be absolutely honest, I'm not sure that these Play-Doh molds are actually Super Powers branded merchandise... but it looks like it's from about the same time period!


Here's a poster that was used to help promote the line!


Apparently there were lots of great puffy stickers produced as part of the license!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Super Powers, Day 8!


It's the Mr. Freeze Super Powers figure! Honestly, I don't ever recall seeing this rendition of Mr. Freeze in the comic books ever...


One of the best Penguin action figures, ever!


Here's the Pengion coloring and activity book!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Super Powers, Day 7!

Wow, a full week of Super Powers items with today's post... and we're not even done yet!


One of these days, I've got to get some of these Super Powers coloring books in my collection!


This Super Powers lunchbox uses some very nice artwork... I can't quite decide if that's Dick Giordano's stuff, or if it's Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez! Perhaps it's Jose inked by Dick?

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With any successful action figure line in the USA, there's going to be a bootleg line, produced cheaply, with bad paint jobs... here's some of the Mexican bootleg Super Powers figures!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Super Powers, Day 6!


Here's the Hall of Justice playset for the Super Powers figures... I seem to recall feeling rather disappointed with it.


Here's another version of the same puzzle featured yesterday -- this one's not a frame-tray version, but it's still a pretty poor photo, isn't it?


And here's the Joker figure from the SP line -- I've always been unhappy with the sculpt on his face -- the Mego Joker beats it all the way around!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Super Powers, Day 5!


Batman, Robin and Batgirl appear on this puzzle... I wish I had a better photo of it! To be honest, until I started searching for Super Powers items, I had no idea there were so many SP items aside from the Kenner figures!


That's a very nice Batman frame-tray puzzle in the Super Powers line!


Here's another frame-tray puzzle in which Batman appears, but which I also wish I had a better photo of!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Super Powers, Day 4!


I think this custom "Super Powers" Riddler may be the best Riddler figure I've ever seen! Some of you may know that while there wasn't a Super Powers Riddler produced in the USA, there was one made in South America as part of the "Super Amigos" line.


That's a very well-done custom Two-Face, too!


Batman's the only character on the actual Super Powers flashlight here... I wonder if any of the other characters appeared on other SP flashlights?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Super Powers, Day 3!


As you would expect, Batman was pretty prominent on the Super Powers carrying case, perfect for storing your figures!


This Catwoman figure wasn't part of the Super Powers line -- it's a custom-made figure that was offered on eBay, and very well-done, too!


That's a pretty decent Man-Bat custom, but I suspect the arms/wings were from either the animated Batman Man-Bat figure, or perhaps adapted from Toy Biz's Sauron figure from their X-Men line.

A few more customs tomorrow!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Super Powers, Day 2!


When it comes to Batmobiles, I'm sorry, but the 1966 Batmobile will always be my favorite. But this version, immortalized as part of the Kenner Super Powers line, is a close second!


Remember the short-lived "Choose Your Own Adventure" craze? Here's a Batman book similar to those, part of the Super Powers licensing machine!


Yes, there was at least one book and record set as part of the Super Powers line!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Super Powers, Day 1!

Until recently, the Super Powers merchandising juggernaut of the 1980s was the last hurrah for DC character merchandising... like Marvel's Secret Wars line, there would be a huge variety of products using the Super Powers name, but the backbone, arguably, would be the action figures!

Here's Batman from Kenner's Super Powers line, in the large and small card:



And here's a Super Powers Batman Painting Set!


And the last item today is this set of Batman sunglasses (yes, I know, the lens popped out on these on one side... plus Batman sunglasses are inherently silly)!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Comics Ads!


From the December, 1976 cover-dated DC books -- I've posted photos of the belt buckle and the ski cap, but nothing else... probably because I don't have photos of the other stuff!


From the same month comes this ad for the Batman encyclopedia, which was reissued in 2008.


From the December 1978 cover-dated DCS, there's a half-page Clark Bar sweepstakes ad, plus there's the DC Poster Book -- I may have a photo of that poster book in my files somewhere!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Comics Ads!


A great bunch of stuff presented in this October, 1978 cover-dated DC comics ad... man, I must've posted photos of just about all the Batman swag advertised here, eh?


Anyone who thinks Batman's in too many titles, and that it's a recent thing, should really look at this ad from the November, 1975 cover-dated DC books!


From the December, 1975 cover-dated DC books comes this ad promoting the tabloid-sized Super Friends book!


I know I must've posted photos of the Batman costume advertised here, right? This is from the December, 1976 cover-dated DC Books.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Soakies and Party Decor!


Soakies are what they called these figural bubble bath bottles! Cool, aren't they?


I find it amusing that this centerpiece uses character art from Super Friends with the Super Powers logo! And speaking of Super Powers, after two days of comic art, we'll be getting into the Super Powers line bigtime, and not just the Kenner figures!


Yes, even drinking glasses were part of the Super Powers line, so consider this a preview of it!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Drawing Desk, Show & Tell, and Sleeping Bag!


I think I've got a better photo of this item somewhere... should I even make my standard joke about how some of today's comic artists got their start with this thing?


One of these days, I may have to start collecting these things... heck, by the time this post appears, I may have already!


Bad coloring aside, this is an awesome sleeping bag, and I'm happy to say those photos are from an auction that I bid on and won a while back!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Party Ware and Shoes!


Here's some vintage wrapping paper that I'm positive had originally been designed as just hot air balloons, and then they pasted all the DC character art over it...


Cool napkins!


Batman's got to be on these shoes somewhere, I'd think!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Stickers, Towel and Wallpaper!

Remember the ad from the comics I posted here a while back, that showed DC superhero stickers on walls, books, cars, etc? Here's what I believe the actual product was:



At least, that's one set... they're awesome, and DC should really seriously consider reissuing these things!


I know it's the same group shot you've already seen on a sheet and a pillow, but this time it's on a towel, honest!


That's some seriously cool wallpaper there...