Saturday, January 19, 2008

I Like the Old Ways (*sigh*)

Here's another Kenner action figure card, for "Ultra Shield Superman."

He's got a special armored suit. However, there's no notice given as to what the suit is made of.

And the entire head area is visible. Since Green Kryptonite rays contain visible light, then I would think that at least SOME of the Green K radiation could get through that glass.

And, since Kryptonite is not "super-tough" but actually described as brittle in the "original documents" (Silver Age, that is), Supes DOESN'T NEED" a "powerful blasting rocket" -- except maybe to sell action figures?

Anyway, here's a glimpse of an original Ultra Shield Superman -- the lead suit devised by Mister Super-Scientist to battle Luthor in Action #249 after Luthor drinks a Green-K cocktail to become ... "The Kryptonite Man!"
Thank you children, and good-night.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I'm So Confused!

Here we have "Ultra Heat Vision Superman."
Wait a minute, I thought it was Ultra Boy who had Ultra Vision.
What's that exo-skeleton got to do with heat vision, ultra or otherwise?
Somebody help the boy!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Supes in the Hood!

They call him "Street Guardian Superman," but it's just an excuse by the girls who work at DC to see a Kryptonian in leather!

Of course, the card would look better if the art didn't look like look like Superman were settling onto a toilet.

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Spirit That Befits a Man of Steel!

Here's one of John Henry Irons's manifestations as an action figure. While I suppose the action figure and the "collector card" were inspired by the same concept are, there's no way that a little plastic face could capture the kick-butt attitude shown in the card, eh?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Another Kenner Card

Here we have "Solar Suit Superman," who likes to wear red plastic plumbing trees on his space helmet.

Maybe he wore this in space because if he looked this way around Earth he'd scare little children.
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