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Thursday, July 03, 2008

JLA Plate - 1985

sgThis is an exciting "collector's plate" featuring a few members of the Justice League of America, drawn by the incomparable Jose Luis Garcia Lopez.

Aquaman looks quite majestic on his seahorse, Batman looks suitably dour, and I have to say, Red Tornado is a surprising inclusion.

I have another plate like this (that just features Aquaman) and I'm always afraid I'm going to end up breaking them into a thousand pieces.

I'm just saying, I think I would find collecting commemorative plates a very stressful hobby.


Siskoid said...

I'm sure that's part of the thrill.

chunky B said...

The Flash looks like he tripped!

You mean you don't have a set of Aquaman fine china that you use for special occasions?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and Aquaman is just showing off, STANDING on his seahorse. "Look what I can do!" :-)

I've always wanted these. It's kind of odd, because I think GL is redrawn over a Garcia Lopez Superman pose, but it works.

Isn't there a "first appearance" cover image on the back (B&B #28)?


rob! said...

wow, i never noticed that GL is a re-draw of the Superman pose...

the plate is buried deep in storage, and i don't remember seeing anything on the back.

Anonymous said...

Rob, I have FELT the fear and disappointment you speak of regarding these plates:

A couple of years ago I purchased the Aquaman solo plate off of ebay for 30 bucks. I came with it's own hanging apparatus, and I decided to hang it on my bedroom wall right by the mini Aquaman collection that stands on my dresser. After "securing" the plate to the wall using about a 7-inch nail, I walked out of the room. No sooner had I left my doorway but I heard a sickening crash. As you said, the plate was in approximately 32,984,571 little pieces, as was my heart. Thirty bucks right down the crapper. So a word of warning: if you must display the plates, use a stand on a table!

Anonymous said...

Not to pick the plate apart, because it's really nice and I'd love to have one myself, but I never noticed how huge that seahorse fin is. I know seahorses don't get huge like that, but normally Arthur's steeds are drawn fairly realistically, size excluded.


The Irredeemable Shag said...
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The Irredeemable Shag said...

I've also got one of these plates (and yes, there is an image of JLA #1 on the back). Funny story about the plate...

I was moving back in 1998. I had everything packed up, but I didn't really have a good box to transport the plate in. So the plate traveled sans-box carefully placed in a car seat. Given that I owned this plate for several years and really loved it (my only collector plate of any kind I owned), I was sort of crazy about protecting it. I apparently ranted to my friends who were helping me move about protecting the plate. I went on and on about how it was really old and irreplaceable. So after being a total plate-protecting-nazi, it got to the new house safe and sound.

Within a day or two of moving, we received some flyer in the mail promoting geek-related merchandise. And lo and behold, right on the cover was an advertisement to order this "irreplaceable" plate I had been freaking out about. Needless to say I had some groveling to do with my friends on that one. :)

Here's a link to a blog I did recently that happens to show where I've got my plate displayed nowadays - Shag's Comicatorium.

Keep up the great work, Rob!

The Irredeemable Shag