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Old 07-30-2010, 11:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm getting this pack of 1944 DC Comics Superman cards but I don't know anything about them. All I can find is info about the 1940 cards. Here is a picture of the front. They are still sealed. If anyone can give me any information about them it would be greatly appreciated!!!

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hmm if genuine, they could be playing cards judging by the shape and corners?
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You have a price on them? I carry lots of Marvel Items in my warehouse - and this would be a cool item to have.
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You have a price on them? I carry lots of Marvel Items in my warehouse - and this would be a cool item to have.
I don't know anything about them so I can't give you a price. I wish I could find something about tham. Can't be that rare, can they?
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hmm if genuine, they could be playing cards judging by the shape and corners?

That is what I thought at first but I was assured these are not playing cards.
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I don't know anything about them so I can't give you a price. I wish I could find something about tham. Can't be that rare, can they?
Honestly, I don't have a clue. I just like unique comis items like Marvel/DC items in my store. I will see what I can find out though.
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I'm a comic collector and have a lot of Golden Age Superman comics. The art on the cards don't look right for 1944. The way they drew they character back then is totally different. It's more cartoonish and the character features weren't so realistic. The image on the cards look to be from the 60s or 70s when the art was more detailed. Looks like it could have been drawn by Neal Adams - which is the 70s.
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Finally got the cards in hand. This is a picture of the last card. Maybe this will help
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Sorry...here is the picture

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I know nothing about these cards nor their value, but I'm sure you have something of some reasonable value. I bet someone out there (bring 'em to Pawn Stars!) would pay a pretty penny for these things. Very interesting and best of luck.
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A lot of superman stuff from the 40's was aquired through fan clubs.
I'm not saying there fake, but the color on
those cards are pretty bold to be 1940's. Also the blue on superman's suit looks
too bright for the 40's. Seems like it should be a light blue. Curious to see what and
where they came from.
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The font that is used is AVANT GARDE. That font was invented in 1968 for Avant Garde Magazine.
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The font that is used is AVANT GARDE. That font was invented in 1968 for Avant Garde Magazine.
I thought the font looked newer. I've been around graphic arts all my life and still am bad with naming fonts.

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Definitely not from 1944. IIRC, the copyright text would say "National Periodical Publications" or "National Periodicals" before 1976 (when it officially changed to "DC Comics") Hate to say this but I think those cards are fanmade.
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These cards are definitely real. My grandma retired from U.S. Playing cards and left me two unopened packs of them. They are playing cards. You can tell they are very old because they come wrapped in celphane and not in a box. The deck is also about half the thickness of a newer made deck. I beleive they are from 1944. If you search for 1944 superman comics(not comic strips) you will see the exact same artwork, down to the blue highlights in the hair. Detective Comics (D.C.) was around back then. They had not at that time merged with National Periodical to become the well known company they are now but yes they were around. I have no idea on the value of these cards but I have kept mine unopened for years hoping to find someone who can properly appraise them.

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I just went through about 18 pages of results from a search of "1944 Superman Comics" and while I did find images of Supes from Action Comics #1 until present day, I did not see this particular image.

I would strongly agree that the art appears to be from the 70's when artists started to add more definition and muscle tone to the charachters. In addition, the S emblem looks to be wrong for the 40's....see article here Superman's Symbol, Shield, Logo and Its History!
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Wow, I had forgotten all about this thread. Those are not from the 40's.
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I'm a comic collector and have a lot of Golden Age Superman comics. The art on the cards don't look right for 1944. The way they drew they character back then is totally different. It's more cartoonish and the character features weren't so realistic. The image on the cards look to be from the 60s or 70s when the art was more detailed. Looks like it could have been drawn by Neal Adams - which is the 70s.
I was just about to say the same thing. Those do not look like cards from the 40s.
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Definitely not from 1944. IIRC, the copyright text would say "National Periodical Publications" or "National Periodicals" before 1976 (when it officially changed to "DC Comics") Hate to say this but I think those cards are fanmade.
Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner! The publication marks tell all in this case. Those cards say DC Comics Inc. That is incorrect for 1944.
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Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner! The publication marks tell all in this case. Those cards say DC Comics Inc. That is incorrect for 1944.
Above is a comic cover from 1944. if you look in the upper right corner it clearly says DC. As I stated previously they had not merged with National at that time to become the giant they are today but DC indeed existed.

I have sent an email to US Playing Cards to see if they can be of assistance to give a definite date on them. Until then we are just guessing.

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I found this reply to the discussion on these same cards on the Vintage Non-Sports Card Chat Borad to be quite definative...

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Hi - I have a vast collection of Superman/DC Comics cards from the 40s to the 90s, including the set you purchased.

This set is a Superman III card game, produced by Parker Brothers in 1983 as a merchandising tie-in for that film. I believe there are around 25 cards in the set, the front with regular color pics and the back yellow colored. The cards tell the story of one of the sub-plot elements of the Superman III film, namely Superman being affected by a strange form of kryptonite and turning into a villain.

I have no idea why they used 1944 as the copyright date.

I like the artwork on this card set. It's a nice set to have if you collect Superman or DC Comics and the price you paid was about what I got mine for.

Happy collecting.
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