Superman


1973 Introduction




Mego Sales page 1973 with prototype Superman

It’s no surprise that Mego would start with the character that┬átruly originated the word “Superhero” in the first place. Superman was also the first Mego WGSH ever produced as evidenced by the Prototype Superman featured in the 1973 Mego catalog.




Variations

 

Superman remained in the WGSH offering from the beginning to the end. Unlike Batman and Robin, who share that distinction, Mego Superman was the only figure who stayed essentially the same.

Because of Mego running the same character for nearly ten years at different production facilities, there are some minor variations of Mego Superman in material texture, though no vinyl capes have been discovered. The major variation is the Large S Solid box/Kresge Superman (see below).

Superman Mego with purple costume

This Type 1 Superman is in a costume that appears to have faded to lavendar.

Superman Type2




Group Shot



A line up of the many different ways Mego marketed Superman. Courtesy of Brian. Be sure to check out the Bend N Flex,
12 Inch
and Pocket Superheroes galleries among others for more Mego Superman.

A number of Superman figures were produced in other formats by Mego. Of particular note would be the Super Softies , Bend N Flex and Comic Action Heroes but if it was a Superhero item made by Mego, Superman was there.




Solid Box



Superman 1973 Solid Box and Large S Figure

Solid Box Superman is the earliest Superman figure produced. Some very rookie issues with this figure is his very large logo and
his suit which is somewhat purple in color. These type 1 figures have satin like shorts, skinny boots and the same stirrup suit
as Removable Cowl Batman. Mego VP Neal Kublan mentions that early Superman figures were being sent from Hong Kong with “S” upside down, regrettably as of this writing, no examples exist.


One nice detail that was found on early Superman and not on subsequent releases was the cape sticker. (Thanks to Scott Arendsen for this photo)



uperman 1973 Solid Box by Mego

The front and back of a solid box are identical and match the back of a standard box. Identify at a glance by the placement of the flap.

Window Boxes



This first version Window box features Captain America on the masthead and Cap and Tarzan on the sides.

This version Superman features all eight of the WGSH,
whether they were Marvel or DC. The correct figure for such a
box would have a type 1 body. Later boxes would remove the Marvel
characters.

Superman Box 1976 Mego

This is a late issue Superman box. Shazam has replaced the Marvel characters on the sides and mastheads. Note that the Character
item code (1300, 1301, etc) have been updated with a 5 (5/1300).




Kresge Card



On the left is an early large sticker Superman and on the right a corrected version. Both figures are on the earliest Kresge cards (Note the heroes in the header) and shows that
the Large S Superman was an early variant that was quickly changed. (Photos courtesy Scott Arendsen)

The next Kresge Card in this progression shows the two newest heroes to the Mego Roster, Captain America and Tarzan. As with all Mego WGSH packaging, the artwork would be further altered to not have the DC and MArvel heroes intermingling. The estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs seemed to have no problem with Tarzan sharing the spotlight with Superman however.

Later Kresge cards (not shown, yet) would have revised headers to feature Green Arrow and would contain a type 2 Superman, we are working on bringing those to you.




1976 Card





Superman Mego MOC 1976

1977 Card






1979 Card



Supermn 1979 Card



Palitoy UK



Palitoy the UK distributor for the WGSH created their own unique
packaging for their “Super-Heroes” line of figures, it involved
single character cards with striking artwork. Superman is very sought
after by collectors and is not commonly found.




Fist Fighter UK



Fist Fighting Superman was exclusively made by Palitoy for the UK market and came on
this unique die cut card.




Lili Ledy Mexico



Not drooling yet? Well then check out this rare Mexican Superman
produced by Lily Ledy. Ledy had the rights to produce Mego figures
on their own soil, a MIB example is hard to find. Courtesy of the
super great Luis Felipe.

BASA Peru



BASA made three heroes for the Peruvian market including Superman pictured here courtesty of Rudy Zerbi.




Popy Japan



The Japanese Superman box. Distributed by the Popy Company of Japan this box bears no mention whatsoever of the Mego Corp. These are standard Megos. Look in the Spiderman and Batman Galleries for more Japanese packaging.

Superman Mego Japanese Popy Box with Neal Adams art

The box art on the Popy figures is some of the best you’ll see on a Mego box, and that’s saying something. leave it to the Japanese to design a killer Mego box. Dig the classic Neal
Adams
Batman.

Superman Mego Japanese Popy Box with Neal Adams art


Loose Superman


 

suit

All original Superman suits (whether nylon or cloth shorts verions) have shorts sewn into the jumper. Doc’s factory made version is two pieces, a blue jumper, and a red pair of Robin style shorts over top. The jumper is marked DM, the shorts are not marked.



Emblems

 

emblem

Superman had a couple different emblems. The rare find is the large S version, which is much bigger in size. The standard version came in paper and cloth. There are a lot of high quality home made paper and cloth emblems out there, but Doc’s in the only factory made version. It’s a paper die cut and actually looks much cleaner than the original paper version, which tends to look like a bad print job.



 

boots

There are two types of Superman boots. The early versions came with what is called the “skinny” boot which is more narrow than the later standard hero boot. Both DM and CTVT have made boots and they vary a bit in shape compared to the original standard boot. Doc Mego’s are stamped DM on the bottom. CTVT’s are unmarked.



 

head

Clark Kent and Superman share the same head. An orginal CK head is unmarked while an orignal Superman head is marked with the NPP DC copyright info on the back of the neck. The head has been reproduced by Doctor Mego. The DM version is a firmer plastic, less flexible. It is also thinner in the face. It is marked DM on the back of the neck. It should also be noted that Mego used the Superman/CK head for Dinah’s boyfriend Don. Like Clark, the Don version also has no copyright information on the neck.