Here’s our Daily Mego Adoration for Tuesday April 1, 2008:
New Mego Discovery: 2nd Issue Â©1977a Superman Card!
I am not all that surprised to finally find this specimen, but it is still incredibly exciting!
Sometime around Summer 1977, Mego produced a mysterious packaging variation, presumably a “filler” piece, which appeared between the “Â©1976″ and “Â©1977b” cards. This transitional card variation boasts a totally unique ‘butterfly’ peg hole, and the back uses uncoated card stock. It is as mysterious as it is different.
Until today, it was believed that Mego issued only four characters on this card: Batman, Robin, Shazam and Green Arrow. We now know Mego issued Superman on this card, too.
With the odd assortment of figures previously known to exist on this card, it’s not surprising that Mego produced other characters (especially the popular Superman!) on this card. I discuss this particular packaging variation on page 224 of World’s Greatest Toys!, as presented below:
“1977a” 2nd Issue/2nd Version (DC) Cardâ€”Summer 1977 (c2-DC-77a)
This card was produced between the Â©1976 and the Â©1977b card, which includes more characters. The card has a 1977 copyright and new illustrations, but bears the same Country of Origin statement as the Â©1976 card. The graphics on the back of the card remain identical to the Â©1976 card. These elements suggest it preceded the more common Â©1977b card.
This variation has several striking differences from every other 2nd Issue card. First, the card stock is glossy only on the front; the back of the card has an uncoated matte finish. This card also boasts a peculiar “butterfly” peg hole not seen on any other WGSH package. The die cut shape is different than the Teen Titansâ€™ butterfly peg hole.
To date, only four characters are confirmed to exist on this variation: Batman, Robin, Shazam and Green Arrow. Presuming these are the only characters produced on this card, one guesses Mego issued these cards to fill an immediate need for those characters. For this to be true, it would mean that inventory of the Â©1976 cards was depleted. This is not unreasonable, given the relatively low production quantities of both Shazam and Green Arrow. The existence of Batman and Robin is surprising, but could reflect the immense popularity and constant demand for them. Only time will tell if other characters appear on this extremely rare card.
Most of the new “1977″ artwork is redrawn from the work of legendary comic book artist Neal Adams. A testament to his popularity, this is among the most popular artwork used on Mego packaging.
One more thing: Happy April Fool’s Day! Yep. Just funnin’ yaâ€¦ A Â©1977a Superman has not been discovered. YET.
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