Wow, this was an awesome boxed set of Tempo Paperbacks! If I were to find these under my Christmas tree this year (or any year, or any time, for that matter), I'd be a happy Superfan!
Here's a better look at the World's Finest paperback's cover!
The Which Way Books were a competing product to the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books that were popular for a brief time... you'd read a page, and then it would give you options as to what you thought Superman (in this instance) would do next, and be directed to a page to see what would happen as a result!
You'd think I'd have this Superman book in my collection, given how much of a trivia buff I am! Does anyone else find it bizarre that there's a blurb touting "authentic Superman comic book cartoons" on the cover? Perhaps it would've been better to say, "Illustrated with vintage Superman drawings"?
I've never seen a copy of this paperback book before, although I have a children's book called "Superman: From Krypton to Metropolis" that covers the same ground, I'd imagine!
I'm sure if I latched onto a copy of this, I'd end up breaking the spine trying to scan the puzzles to post here or on the Random Acts of Geekery!
Mattel's Thingmaker toy was one of the most awesome items ever imagined by Mattel... you used it to make your own toys, so long as you had enough "goop" on hand! Here you see two molds, one of which you could use to make a Superman figurine!
One of these days, I've got to get my hands on the Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook, just so I can see how super healthy and super easy the recipies are!
Here's a house ad from the September 1976 cover-dated DCs, promoting the TV Comics line, which didn't work out quite so well for them... it helped keep Shazam! going for a little while longer, but neither Isis nor Kotter lasted very long. The Super Friends title was probably the most successful of DC's 1970s new titles, at least until Warlord!
The t-shirts in this September, 1976 cover-dated DC books ad should all be reissued and kept in print, if you ask me!
It's kind of hard to imagine these days, but before home video really hit the mass market, movie viewers were a fairly popular toy! The original "movie viewers" were basically a small filmstrip viewer , and those had been produced since the 1940s or so. But in the 1970s and beyond, actual movie viewers with moving pictures started to hit the market, and briefly were all over the place (actually, Kenner had their Easy-Show Projector since the mid 1960s or so, but that required a dark room to view it in).
Galoob's "Sneak Previews" was one of the late entries into this market, with a motorized viewer (unlike the Kenner or Fisher-Price versions that required you to crank it by hand). I'm guessing it's Filmation's Superman cartoons that were used for this!
Next up today is this set of temporary tattoos from Argentina!
Not too bad looking, I'd say... could've used more solid coloring, though!
These super-hero stamps have always struck me as a bit odd... I've always theorized that someone figured comics were popular, stamp collecting was popular, how can we hit both markets? And this was the result. Of course, the stamp collectors ignored them completely, as they weren't really stamps. These show up on eBay fairly regularly, given there were quite a few DC and Marvel sets made!
Ideal's Super Queens line was kind of a tie-in with Captain Action, barely... they were the same scale, and even shared some similar accessories (Supergirl here also came with the same Krypto that came with the Superboy Captain Action costume). The line was also apparently supposed to get some of the Barbie market (a similar item from Hasbro, the GI Nurse, that tied in with GI Joe, did about as badly). The next Supergirl figure in toy history would be Mego's 1970s "World's Greatest Superheroes" one, and then nothing until the 1990s or so, with the animated series version of Supergirl!
Wow, um, those Supergirl Underoos don't really look like they were designed for little girls, do they? I'd imagine that more than a few guys were bummed they couldn't find this set in a size their girlfriends (or theoretical girlfriends) could wear for them, eh?
Those are some definitely oddball cards... the text on them looks to me more like what you'd find for more "adult" themed birthday cards, and doesn't seem to fit, does it?
I have to admit I feel a bit disappointed in these Superman boots... one would've thought they'd be mostly red (like Superman's boots)... but I suppose they were trying to get the Superman colors in there proportionately.
Here's one of a set of molds for a Play-Doh Super Powers set... not too shabby, featuring Superman and Luthor! Can't imagine getting too much color detail in something that size when using it, but I suppose most kids wouldn't care.
This poster was for some sort of in-store promotion... kind of odd that it's one color!
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