Category Archives: Superman


A TVTA Special.

Presenting… the Man of Steel, Superman print adverts spanning the 1970s to present day. Superman toys, games, food promotions, films, comics – all from the collection of TVTA. Enjoy!

Thanks for looking 🙂

Supermobile Saber – Inspired by Corgi Toys Die Cast Model

Greetings vintage mates 🙂 My good friend and fellow WP blogger – For Tyeth – has only gone and done it again… check out his latest creation: the Supermobile Saber, which is inspired by the iconic ‘punching fists’ Superman Supermobile vehicle, sold by Corgi Toys in the late 70s and throughout the 1980s. Supermobile Saber is the newest in our TV & Film inspired lightsabers collaboration series; our very own Pop Culture Cocktail Shaker Maker… all the cool stuff, mixed up, blended, shaken and stirred, and always with that dash of Star Wars!


Hello Everybody…..Is it a bird?….Is it a plane?…..No it’s a new saber! Yes as you might have guessed from the image and quote we are visiting the realm of Superheroes and in particular….Superman! This is another instalment in my on-going collaboration with TheVintageToyAdvertiser and focuses on the Corgi toy range of the 1980’s and the spaceship/aeroplane vehicle, the Supermobile. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and drawn by artist Joel Shuster way back in the 1930’s (Superman was originally going to be a vagrant man who had an experimental drug tested on him which gave him superpowers), but the first real appearance of a Superman we recognise today came back in 1938 in Action Comics #1 published by Detective Comics (later known as the famous DC Comics of today). Fast forward a few decades and many TV shows, films and comic books and we come to the 1980’s where superheroes all…

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Superman: Action Comics #1 advert from 1974

In 1938 it cost just 10 cents… Last year a copy of it sold for a comic book record of 3.2 million dollars. This 1974 advert illustrates nicely the excitement that has always surrounded the famous Action Comics #1 since its original publication.

US. Tales of Mystery. 1974.

US. Tales of Mystery. 1974.


Cover of Action Comics 1 Jun 1938 DC Comics Joe Shuster and Jack Adler

Cover of Action Comics 1 Jun 1938 DC Comics Joe Shuster and Jack Adler

Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, is the most valuable comic book in history and has consistently nabbed headlines.

To date it holds the ‘most valuable’ record since smashing it’s way past the 3 million dollar mark when sold on eBay on August 4th, 2014 for the sum of US$3,207,852.