Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Action Comics Art!


Here's the cover for Action 358, by Neal Adams -- and it's a Superman Accused of Murder cover!


Here's page 3 from Action 366, by Ross Andru, which I believe was part of the "Virus X" multipart story!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Action Comics Art!


I know, I know, I said I was done with the Action Comics art, but I was wrong! Here's page 1 from Action 332, art by Al Plastino.


And here's page 2 from the same story!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Playskool Puzzles and Paint with Water!


It doesn't appear that Playskool's making these character wooden puzzles anymore, and more's the pity!


These Paint With Water books never worked well for me... I kept getting too much water on my brush!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pens and Planters!


Those are pretty nice-looking pens of the DC heroes, aren't they? Too bad the photo doesn't do them justice.


Here's a closeup of the Superman one.



Here's an oddball item... planters with the DC heroes and their logos on 'em!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

JLA Chalkboard and Lunch Bags!


Nice item, I just wonder why Batman's cut off on it!


Wow, considering the designers of these were only working with two colors, those look pretty nice!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Intercom Set and Vending Machine Card!


This is a pretty nice-looking package for this "intercom set", but I'd almost bet that the wires were short enough that you could pretty much make yourself heard by talking loudly as easily as using the intercom! I wonder why it included wires and an antenna, though...


This JLA bubble gum header from a vending machine is very cool, if for no other reason than the variety of heroes on it! I don't know if the gum came with a sticker or mini-comic or what!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ideal Superman and Stained Glass!


This Superman figure was produced by Ideal in the 1960s, and was apparently available in painted and non-painted versions, and was one of the Justice League figures! As you can see, this one's logo is not only flaking off, but it wasn't painted in the right spot anyway!


I'm guessing by "Instant Stained Glass," these are actually printed on clear plastic that adheres to glass, so you could just stick it on any window or glass to get the effect going!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gym Bag and How to Draw!


Is that the World's Finest gym back or what? I don't know if the design is the same on the other side or not.


I'd love to latch onto a copy of this How to Draw the DC Superheroes book... it'd be a natural for the Random Acts of Geekery blog!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Comics Ads!


This ad from the June, 1979 cover-dated DC's is noteworthy here for the Superman-Shazam tabloid! You'll be seeing some art from that here sooner or later!


From July 1976, this ad trumpets the "Superman Celebrates the Bicentennial" tabloid, probably the most disappointing tabloid DC produced, as it was mostly Tomahawk reprints!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Comics Ads!

Hopefully, you aren't tired of the comics ads yet!


This ad from the June, 1977 cover-dated DCs features patches and rings I may not have in my photo files!


This June, 1978 cover-dated DC books ad trumpets a wedding between Lois and Superman... wasn't it Earth-2's Superman's wedding that was actually featured?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Adventure Comics Art!


And we begin looking at Adventure Comics art with page 18 from Adventure 335, by Curt Swan! Geez, did Lana always wear that Insect Queen costume under her normal clothing?


Next up is page 27 from Adventure 383, by Kurt Schaffenberger, the first piece of Supergirl art in this blog!


Here's another Schaffenberger Supergirl page, it's page 4 from Adventure 388!


And just for the heck of it, here's a fourth page... appropriately, page 4 from Adventure 394!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Action Comics Art!

Well, I've got to be nearing the end of this first crop of Action Comics artwork...


The first piece today is this Gil Kane-drawn page 10 from Action 540!


This is followed up with a rather intriguing Eduardo Baretto cover for Action 575!

And that wraps up Action art for now! Tomorrow, we begin with some Adventure Comics pages!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lite Brite and Bootleg TV Toy!


Lite Brite sets were always a disappointment to me. While you'd see the photo showing what the sets could actually let you make, the headers always showed much more detailed pictures!


This musical TV toy must be a bootlegged item, if for no other reason than because Superman and Batman are joined by Spider-Man on the package (and in the toy itself)! The packaging also makes me suspect it's a bootleg, as there's no "Superheroes" logo of any kind recognizable from licensed products.

Thursday, September 17, 2009



Two sets of magnets on display today! This group above was probably marketed under the "Super Friends" brand... They're all cool!


This other set of magnets was a custom-made set someone was selling on eBay, and I'm guessing that they got shot down, because I haven't seen them offered since! The magnets feature the box art from the original Aurora model kits.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sunbeam Breads Fun Book and Poster Book!




The first of two items I'm presenting today is the Sunbeam Breads fun book shown above... I wish the seller of this had some of the stickers, too! I would've loved to be able to check them out!


This poster book appears to be a very different one than what I showed you in a comics advertisement a while back... this may be one of the few licensed items from the 1970s or earlier that showed Wonder Woman carrying a sword!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Comics Ads!


Today's first ad comes from the June, 1977 cover-dated DC books, and is a full page ad touting Marx Toys' "Sky Heroes" line, which you'll note features a lot of characters who don't fly, plus Superman! You'll be seeing the actual toy here one of these days.


From the same books, I'm not sure if I have the Superman toothbrush in my files or not!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Comics Ads!

Let's see what I have for Superman-related comics ads!


Ah, here's a classic from the June, 1969 cover-dated DC books, promoting Palisades Park! Now, I grew up in Washington State, but I'd imagine pretty much all kids who read comics who grew up far away from New Jersey and the surrounding area felt quite a bit cheated every time they saw this ad! I note this one doesn't indicate that there are any attractions relating to DC superheroes! Well, aside from the "Batman Slide," anyway.


The second ad for the day is another "Justice For All Includes Children" PSA, this one is from the June, 1976 cover-dated DC books. This one certainly looks like it's Curt Swan on the art!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Erasers and Fabric!


First up today is this sealed box of superhero erasers... wish I had photos of the erasers themselves!


This absolutely awesome DC superheroes fabric is the next and final item for today... look at all that great Bronze Age artwork! I have a sleeping bag in my collection made of this material (some day I need to take some really good pictures of that to share in the blogs, as well as figure out how to display it!).

Saturday, September 12, 2009

DC Superheroes Dominoes and Light Table!


I just have to say that I LOVE these dominoes featuring the DC characters! It adapts dominoes to superheroes in a way that the Bingo game I posted a few days back didn't... good stuff!


The light-up drawing desk above is a nice item for kids trying to learn to draw their favorite characters, too... certainly better than what I used to do as a kid, which was placing carbon paper and a sheet of bond paper behind a comic book page and drawing over the original comic with a pen!

Friday, September 11, 2009



Today's post is all about Corgis, starting off with the Corgi Juniors case above, one of those rare items featuring Superman and Batman along with Spider-Man! Outside of the Megos, you didn't see too many items with DC and Marvel characters appearing together!


And here's some of the Corgi Super Juniors vehicles that you could store in the case! The Superman items are the Supermobile as well as the van nearby it. Corgi also did a Daily Planet van and Metropolis Police Cars and Helicopters, as I recall.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Action Comics Art!


Today's art picks lead off with Ross Andru's cover for Action Comics 519, and I'm guessing either Dick Giordano or Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez inked it.


Here's Joe Station's page 4 from Action 525, which doesn't look familiar to me at all... it may even have been from the back-up story from that issue!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Action Comics Art!

Time for another two days of Action Comics art pages, probably all by Curt Swan!


First up is page 20 from Action 508!


Next is page 2 from Action 519!


Here's page 12 from Action 519! I don't believe I've ever read this issue.