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Thursday, December 16, 2010

DC First Day Stamps - 2006

These are the four sets of "First Day" stamps released by the USPS in 2006 on the day the DC Comics stamps were released.

First Day Stamps are canceled stamps put on envelopes, made especially for collectors. F.O.A.M.er Christopher Chance sent me these ages ago, but for whatever reason I didn't post them at the time.

As you can see, some of the art choices on the envelopes--particularly for Aquaman--are rather perplexing. Why are two of his four panels from Sword of Atlantis? I realize that these probably appeal exclusively to comics fans, but it seems odd to me that when you're celebrating the iconic nature of these eight characters, you'd use a different (and different-looking) version of Aquaman, which is bound to confuse any non die-hard fan.

In any case, these are cool to see, thanks Chris!


Earth 2 Chris said...

I'm a bit confused by these. The Plastic Man one shows art from Batman: The Brave and The Bold, which didn't debut until 2008?


David J. Cutler said...

Yeah, and one of the Green Lantern images is taken from the 3 interlocking covers to Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps, which came out late-2009. They must be a more recent set.

drawmein said...

To also include the Wonder Woman image in the lower right corner?

Tempest127 said...

These ARE odd. I was at Comic-Con on the day the stamps were introduced (and bought a fortune in stamps, first day cancelations and Aquaman stamp art) and these envelopes were definitely not among what was available. Nice artwork over all (though I stay clear of A:SOA)...

Andy Mangels said...

These are bootlegs. Several pieces of the art would not exist for years afterwards, and a few of them feature non-DC-approved artwork (especially the four Wonder WOman one).