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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Warner Bros. Shopping Bag - 2008

This way cool shopping bag was being given out at the Warner Bros. booth at a licensing trade show last week, and as you can see it features the big stars of the DCU, including the King of the Seven Seas!

As cool as the bag is--and its very cool--how I got it is a more interesting story (hopefully).

Over the weekend, while trolling through eBay looking for Aqua Stuff, I saw one of these for sale, with the auction ending in a few days. I had never seen it before, so I bookmarked it and planned to go back and bid.

Then, Monday morning, I got a package in the mail with the return address bearing the name "Kupperberg." That always means something good, so I opened the envelope--and there was the bag!

I did a double--no, triple--take. The exact item I happened to be looking for, and here it was! Paul figured--correctly--that I'd want one, and he generously sent one to me. On Friday the 13th, no less, just to make things even weirder.

But the story doesn't end there! With the bag now in my hands, I planned to take a picture of it for the Shrine. I generally loathe having to do that, since the pictures I take, no matter how hard I try, always come out fuzzy and yellow-ish, and never look that good. But what choice did I have? The bag is way too big for my scanner.

Literally, the very next email I got was from F.O.A.M. member Joe Hennes, who was also at the show, and was emailing me a crystal-clear picture of the bag! Wow! Everything I needed to post about this was now provided for me by F.O.A.M. members!

When I wrote to Joe to thank him, I told him what I just wrote above, and he said:
"Wow, the circle of Aquaman fans pulls through! The system works!"

It does indeed. Thanks, guys!


Rick L. Phillips said...

That is an amazing story. You were just meant to have that bag.

John said...

Have you ever wondered why the marketers pick whom they pick for merchandise? The "Big 3" choice is a foregone conclusion, but why Flash? Why Aquaman? Why not Robin? Why not Green Lantern?

I also notice that this is the same line-up (minus Robin) of the 1966 Ideal Justice League playsets.

Anonymous said...

Whoa, that is sweet Rob. Mr. Kupperberg is a scholar and a gentleman, and one heck of a writer!

The artwork looks kind of like Jerry Ordway's stuff simplified quite a bit. Superman, Aquman and Batman look very Ordway-lite to me.


Adama said...

Rob, as soon as that many incredibly fortunate and unlikely things happened me to in a row, I would have been driving to the nearest convenience store to buy lottery tickets!

Anonymous said...

That is a cool bag! Why don't they sell those someplace? I for one would buy a dozen. (sigh)