SUPERMAN SKYCAPS or YES, THEY REALLY MADE THESE THINGS AND SOLD THEM TO THE PUBLIC PART 1

Skycaps.

You know, I consider myself something of an apologist for the comic book culture of the 1990’s and even I have a hard time saying anything overly positive about the very idea of POGs or as Skybox International called them SkyCaps.  I wrote about the history of this phenomena in a previous post (which you can read by clicking on this link) so I can skip over that as well as all of the snarky comments I want to make about the very idea of POGS as both a collectible/game and get right into the nitty gritty of posting the Superman related SkyCaps.

Seriously, I could go on for hours about how damn silly these things are.  At the same time I did want to get an entire set after Alan Leach, Jr. sent me a bunch for my birthday in 2012, which just goes to show that I am not only a bit of a hypocrite but that I like to own useless things with super-heroes on them.  Anyway, today I plan to post the heroes (and give the artistic sources when I can) and tomorrow I’ll cover the villains.

And away we go.

This looks like some promotional/merchandising from the Post-Death period.  If I had to guess I would say this is Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez.

More promotional/merchandising art.  Again I think this is Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez.

This is taken from the poster that was inserted in the middle of Action Comics #687.  They just added a different background.  We’ll see this sort of thing again.

Another poster insert, this time from Superman #78.

This one is kind of weird because once again they pulled the art from an insert poster, this time from Adventures of Superman #501, but the coloring on the background obscures the fact that he is holding a woman in a towel that he was saving from a fire.  If you look at the SkyCap for a minute you can see the woman’s face but the rest of her looks…odd.

The final of the four Supermen and as with the others this was taken from a poster insert, this time from Superman: The Man of Steel #22.

The source for this one is eluding me.  The one place I remember seeing it was in a trading card set that was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart (which itself was made up of art from Who’s Who entries and previous trading card sets) but I can’t place where it was originally used.  So I’ve failed you on this one.  Sorry, folks.

Looks like we have more promotional art here.  Lois looks good.

Hey, it’s more awesome looking promotional art.

Here we have some art from the 1991 DC Cosmic Cards set.  I am curious as to why they included the Guardian later in this set and not with the other Superman characters but part of me feels like I should be happy they included him at all.

And that is it for the heroes, ladies and gentlemen.  Come back next time for the villains and some of the Superman related extras from this set.

Because it was the nineties and chase cards and the like were all the rage.

More to follow…

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One Response to SUPERMAN SKYCAPS or YES, THEY REALLY MADE THESE THINGS AND SOLD THEM TO THE PUBLIC PART 1

  1. Brian says:

    The Ma and Pa Kent SkyCap is from Superman: MOS #19 where they are watching their son get beating to a pulp by Doomsday on the television. I’m shocked they didn’t include a Lex Luthor II SkyCap. But I guess they had to get the Guardian in there…..

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