Monday, May 07, 2007
Flash Card Game by Russell's Mfg. - 1977
I found this weird little card game last week--it's one of those things you never knew existed until you stumble across it (virtually, that is) on ebay.
First off, why a Flash card game? Since it also features other members of the JLA, why not call it a Justice League card game and help sell a few more? And why does it feature only the less famous members of the team; Flash, Aquaman, GL, GA, and Hawkman? You'd think, maybe they couldn't get the rights to use Superman or Batman--but then there's the "S" shield on the back of all the cards! And why only one Hawkman card? Who made this thing, Abra Kadabra?
Obviously, the art for the cards are all swipes--the card box is Neal Adams' classic Flash pose, the Green Lantern running and Green Arrow firing shots are part of their title logos, both by Gil Kane, I think. Aquaman swimming is his classic stock art pose, and many of the others are lifted from Dick Giordano's cover to Limited Collectors' Edition #C46, the JLA treasury. Only the #10 Aquaman pose and #2 Flash don't ring any bells.