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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dick Giordano Week, Part 2 - Super Heroes Bingo

This is probably the only way you could've gotten me to play bingo as a kid--Super Heroes Bingo!

This was made in 1976 by Hasbro, and uses an assortment of stock art for the box (s
trange that Robin gets more of a spotlight than Superman, no?), including Dick Giordano's shot of Aquaman from the cover to the Justice League of America Treasury Comic:
On the inside, the stock art is all swapped out for different stock art, this time using Murphy Anderson's classic Aquaman icon.



Anonymous said...

I was often puzzled why somethings were called "Super Friends" and some things "Super Heroes", esp. on products that featured the 5 main SF like this one. Did HB have some partial hold on the SF logo and designs? "Super Heroes" is written in the same type style as the classic SF logo to boot.

I've never been able to figure this out.


Anonymous said...

I do know that in the mid-late Seventies, Marvel and DC got together to jointly copyright the term "super-hero." So maybe there was a problem with that? Or at the end of the Seventies, the Super Friends were no longer as popular? HB did not own the name, but they did own the characters Wendy, Marvin, Zan, and Jayna I believe.

rob! said...

maybe if some company had the license to make both marvel and dc stuff, they used the all-purpose "super heroes" moniker. if just dc, then they used "super friends."

i don't know if that makes any sense at all, just a guess.

Anonymous said...

Could be Rob. And yeah DC and Marvel copyrighted the term "Super Heroes" together because Mego actually beat them to it, and they strongarmed them out of it, lest they pull their licenses.

Speaking of Super Friends, the art from the JLA treasury comic is lifted in the opening sequence of "The Challenge of the Super Friends" when they are flying out from the Hall of Justice. They just swapped out GA for Robin.