Since the book was published, I’ve gotten some amazing Emails and feedback about the book. In keeping with the spirit of this Blog, I want to document the entire process. Accordingly, I will post questions and answers here. If you have a question about Mego or the book, please Email me: benjamin(at)worldsgreatesttoys.com
On January 31, reader John asked the following:
Question: Wasnâ€™t there a package or catalog that showed a super-heroes that were planned but never made? Iâ€™m thinking it was Green Lantern. Wasnâ€™t this mentioned in a Museum thread last year?
Answer: No. Green Lantern is depicted on the Hall of Justice, and I discuss that in the book. There is very little documentation of planned or unproduced figures; it is mostly speculation and wishful thinking on the part of collectors.
Question: Why not a section on rejected heroes or heroes that got only as far as planning stages? Was this not included because no art or prototypes exist to support the text on it?
Answer: I do mention Doc Savage, but as mentioned above, there is little documentation of other figures not created.
Question: Everyone seems to lament the lack of Flash and Green Lantern. Itâ€™s nearly the first thing they ask when they join the museum. Why not address that topic in the book?
Answer: As previously mentioned, I discuss Green Lantern, but not Flash. What’s the point? You could have asked why I didn’t discuss Doc Oc or Doctor Doom or countless other characters Mego never produced. But to what end? The book is a careful documentation of what Mego DID, as opposed to what they did NOT do.
Question: There was a sculpt of Joanna Cameronâ€™s face for the ISIS figure. It probably does not survive but I would have loved to see an example of it.
Answer: Yes, and the Cameron sculpt is in the hands of a well-known collector, who was not willing to share it for the book. I have seen pictures, but was not allowed to include it in the book.
Question: I was under the impression examples existed of the Greatest American Hero figures, Ralph, Bill and Pam. They did appear in some advertisement tho the heads have not surfaced to my knowledge. Why not include that in the last section? Could not the GAH figures in 8 inch have been seen by Mego as a return to Super-Hero figures in the 1980’s?
Answer: Not really. Since the packaging prototypes are known and documented, we know that GAH was NOT to be branded as “WGSH.” I did include Isis and Teen Titans, despite their lack of WGSH branding, but again: I chose to focus on what Mego DID produce, rather than dwell on that which they did not produce.
I look forward to more questions and comments. As you read the book, make a note and send ‘em in!