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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Argentine Soccer Paper Figurine - 1970s

sgThis is a very unusual item, and the kind of thing I love finding on ebay. A company named Gran Match (and others) made a series of superhero paper figurines, in this case the character wearing the jersey of the "All Boys" soccer team.

This seller also had Batman, Captain Marvel, Human Torch, Thing, and Mr.Fantastic ones. So--as silly as Aquaman looks here, its still not as bad as the Dark Knight trying to keep his dignity while donning a striped shirt with a big "8" emblazoned on the back over his costume.

I can't tell whether these were officially licensed or not. The artwork for each of them looks tailor made (since all of them are in a soccer-player-esque position), and I don't recognize the art style (Kupperberg, are you reading this?). In any case, its a fun piece, and only goes to underscore how far around the world Aquaman's fame travels!


Anonymous said...

Uhhh...I'm gonna guess this is locally sourced art. Aquaman didn't have hair that long in the 70s in any U.S. created work I can think of. And, owing to the lack of a visible copyright line anywhere, I'm guessing these things weren't officially licensed.

But they are cute.


Doug Slack said...

Why does he have Luke Cage's biceps?

Anonymous said...

It would be cool if you posted the other heroes in the set.


Anonymous said...

I reworked the figure on your site to remove the soccer shirt and recolor it in the right colors. If you want, send me an e-mail and I'll send it to you