Most fans of a certain age recall these wonderfully cheap plastic figures of DC Comics' "Big Three" superheroes. These little (about 5 inches) replicas of Superman, Clark Kent, Batman, and Robin, were all sold loose in end-cap and counter display boxes in stores like Woolworth's in 1974. They were later hawked on blister cards thru Kresge and K-Mart outlets, and were very well-known back in the day! Tho not much to look at in their original state (due to very minimal paint applications), these minuscule masterpieces look quite nice, once a bit of "TLC" is applied! Click below to view images of both the original Bronze Age figures, and the same figures after I've applied paint, marker and lots of time!
|Above: The original Batman and Robin figures, as sold in 1974!|
|Above: The later-issued carded figures. As crude as they looked then (and |
especially now) collectors still clamor for these simple, but colorful, toys!
|Above: The original three Superman plastic figures.|
|Above: Superman on the "blister card!"|
|Above: The point-of-purchase store box that |
housed the three Superman figures!
|Above: The 1974 Batman and Robin figures with custom paint! |
Marker, and gloss and dull coatings, were also applied!
|Above: The '74 Superman (and Clark Kent) figures, with spiffy new custom paint applications!|
BONUS! Click below to see the comic-art inspirations for the above figure poses, courtesy of artists Carmine Infantino and Curt Swan!