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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Aquaman / Plastic Man Shirt - 1996

This unusual, inescapably cool WB store shirt somehow slipped my grasp back when I could've bought it. Thankfully F.O.A.M. member Rick Phillips sent me some photos of it to post here (he used it over on his Plastic Man blog, Plastic Man Platitudes).

Why and how anyone at Warner Bros. came up with the solidly non-commerical idea just to put Aquaman and Plastic Man on a shirt, I don't know, but its sheer oddness makes it one of my favorite items the WB stores ever sold.

The Aquaman pose is pure Garcia Lopez stock art, the Plastic Man shot I'm not so sure. There's a certain amount of distortion of style when art is transposed to thread, so I don't know. In any case, Plas coming out of the pocket is perfect.

Thanks Rick!


Rick L. Phillips said...

You're welcome Rob. I thought it was an odd combo to merchandise together but that was what made it kind of fun too.

Anonymous said...

Man, I miss the WB store. Damn you AOL!!!

They did like to put out truly odd stuff like this. And they were way ahead of the curve with the "retro-style" DC merchandise. Before Target and Wal-Mart had racks full of Garcia Lopez style guide derived T-shirts, WB Store had shelves of shirts, jackets, mugs, plates and various other knick-knacks covered with Pre-Crisis goodness.

Now I'm depressed.

chunky B said...

That is really strange. Plus cool, I'm going to go check out the Plasticman Blog...

I miss the WB store too, that place was way ahead of the curve earth 2 chris!

Plaidstallions said...

I worked at Staples when this came out and my coworker had this shirt, he wasn't even a big fan and refused to sell it. Jerk!