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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DC Comics: Why No Curt Swan Superman Merchandise?

Above, a Swan Superman digital sculpture by Tony Cipriano and original art by Curt Swan..

A few days ago, Curt Swan fan Tony Cipriano posted at the Curt Swan Facebook fan page the above digital sculpture of a statuette of Superman based on an image Swan drew for the Superman Annual #7.

He wrote:
Hi Guys.. A few days ago, a member posted this artwork and was hoping DC would do it as a licensed statue. I have also always drooled over this piece of art form the Superman Annual #7... I began this digital sculpt this week, so I thought I'd share it. It's still rough, but I thought it would be fun to see it in 3 dimensions. I've wanted that statue on my shelf since I first saw that cover as a kid. Being a huge Swan fan, I've always wondered why there hasn't been more product based on his DEFINITIVE take on the Man of Steel!
Exactly! Older fans of Swan and Superman (like myself) would definitely buy such a statuette based on Swan's drawing.

Above, Superman Annual no. 7.

Other fans are also perplexed as to why DC Comics (or DC Entertainment) hasn't put out any licensed products based on Swan's definitive take on Superman.

One wrote:
I've always wondered the same thing myself. DC seems to have given practically no props to Swan in issuing collectibles based on his quintessential Superman!

And another said:
DC pretty much wants to wipe out it's history. That's the history us older fans care about. I know I'd love a statue like this.

In response to the post above:
Which makes no sense. Look at all the success they have had with the Adam West Batman 66 stuff. Same fan base that would love Curt Swan related products and not to mention George Reeves Superman related products.

Above, Noel Neill's George Reeves Superman statuette. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Indeed! The late Noel Neill, the original Lois Lane, had in her possession a George Reeves Superman statuette. It was on display at her celebration of life services in November in Metropolis, Illinois. Reproductions of this would be nice to have!

Maybe DC Comics (or whatever they are calling themselves these days) will see this post and get on the ball and issue Swan-based (and some based on George Reeves) Superman merchandise starting with the above statuettes. Fans are eager to snap them up!


Fabio Marques said...

This is not actually true. DC Direct release several Superman and Legion of Superheroes action figures based on Curt Swan artwork in early 2000s: Silver Age Superman - Series 1 (Jimmy, Perry, Lois, Superman robot and Beppo), First Appearance - Series 3 Composite Superman, Silver Age Superboy and Supergirl Deluxe Action Figure Set, Showcase Presents - Series 1 - Superman.

Armand Vaquer said...

I am aware of some of the items you mentioned, particularly the one based on the first appearance of Supergirl Action Comics cover. But I think what most people were mainly referring that there's no Swan statuettes or other figures of Superman solo. Most Superman figures are rather generic-looking. But you do make an excellent point. Thanks! - A.

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