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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Leaf Candy Comic Album - 1981


Ask and ye shall receive!

Just last week, I did a post on the Leaf Candy Mini-Comics, and wondered about the "Collector Album" that you could mail-in for.

Well, just a few days ago, I got this scan from new F.O.A.M. member David, who said: "
As you can see, Aquaman's there standing behind Green Lantern but is probably the most poorly represented super hero on the front and back cover. I sent away for this back in the day. I just remember it taking forever!"

Yes, David's right--as you can see, Aquaman is by far the smallest hero on this thing(*sigh*--what else is new?), and a lot of other, er, less impressive heroes like Red Tornado and The Elongated Man get to be in exciting action poses. Aquaman looks like he's standing in line at the DMV.

On the plus side, he is on the front of thing, and one look can tell you the bigger names in the DCU were selected for the front, so I guess we can be happy with that.

Side note #1--I didn't know that Martian Manhunter was part of this series(Paul, do you remember writing that one?). At 1980, this would be one of the very first times Manhunter got involved in merchandising, if not the very first!

Side note #2--on the upper right, it says "Series 1"--??? Did DC/Leaf hope to do more of these? Could we have been treated to origin stories of Ultraa the Multi-Alien, Lady Cop, and maybe The Phantom Stranger packaged with little pieces of candy??

Anyway, it's great to get a chance to see this. Thanks David!


Anonymous said...

Ok. Never saw this item before. But when I first looked at it here, I thought Aquaman was hugging Green Lantern from behind. Seemed odd, at best. Further examination makes me feel like they forgot to add him in at first, then stuck him in behind Lantern. The whole album has a very odd compostion.

Anonymous said...

Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Zatanna, Red Tornado, et al did not have any books. They were only featured in the Origin of the Justice League book. Yet they all had better poses than Aquaman. (sigh)

Anonymous said...

Side Note #1: I remember there was a Manhunter minicomic--MM was always my guilty pleasure DC character--but I didn't write it. I wrote, taht I can recall, Aquaman, Steppenwolf and Kalibak (I think I was writing the SUPER POWERS miniseries in those days, making me the default New Gods guy).

Side Note #2: I'm sure DC went into this on the assumption that there'd be more than one album. They always write deals with the option of continuing if the first phases are successful.


rob! said...


did you write these Leaf comics AND the mini-comics that came with the Super Powers line?

Anonymous said...

D'oh! I was mixing up my minicomics! I wrote the Leaf Aquaman and the Super Powers Kalibak and Steppenwolf.