1992 Impel : DC Cosmic Cards: Inaugural Edition

From Clark Kent to Hell-Bent.

In October 1990, Impel Marketing released the first Marvel Universe trading card set featuring bonus holograms of their flagship characters. DC followed in February 1992 with the Inaugural Edition of DC Cosmic Cards.
1992 Impel DC Cosmic Cards - Inaugural Edition
A complete set is comprised of 180 base cards and 10 "Hologram Hall of Fame" cards. Each box contains 36 packs and there are 12 cards in each pack. The odds of finding a hologram are 1:10 packs. Hologram cards showcase artwork by Walt Simonson. The set was edited by Bhob Stewart.

"From Clark Kent to Hell-Bent", DC characters are profiled from the 1963 "Crisis on Earth-One!" storyline to the "War of the Gods" in 1991. Aside from Dick Grayson as Nightwing, Batman and related characters are missing from this set. During this time, Topps controlled card licensing for the Tim Burton films. Batman would not appear in a DC Universe set until early 1994. Green Arrow is also mysteriously absent, but Speedy makes an appearance.

The "Hero Heritage" subset depicts three versions of Superman throughout history. Steve Rude provided art for the Golden Age Superman. Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson (Swanderson) were fittingly selected to represent the Silver Age Superman. The Statue of Liberty background and Modern Age Superman card was illustrated by Jerry Ordway.
1992 Impel DC Cosmic Cards - 16 - Golden Age Superman [PSA 9]1992 Impel DC Cosmic Cards - 17 - Silver Age Superman [PSA 9]1992 Impel DC Cosmic Cards - 18 - Modern Age Superman [PSA 9]

There is one Superman hologram (DCH8) and one featuring Clark Kent and Lois Lane (DCH1). The "Hologram Hall of Fame" subset was illustrated by Walt Simonson.
1992 Impel DC Cosmic Cards - Hologram Hall of Fame - DCH8 - Superman [SGC 9]

The "Classic Covers" subset showcases the first issues of Action Comics and Superman. The cover of Action Comics #1 was illustrated an unknown DC staff member based on an interior panel by Joe Shuster.
1992 Impel DC Cosmic Cards - 169 - Classic Cover - Action Comics #1 [PSA 9]
The cover of Superman #1 is by Leo O’Mealia after Joe Shuster. The image is based on the opening panel of Action Comics #10.
1992 Impel DC Cosmic Cards - 177 - Classic Cover - Superman #1 [PSA 8]

Superman makes a cameo appearance on 11 additional storyline cards. There are uncut 4-card promotional panels that contain Modern Age Superman. The 5-card cellophane packs include a Modern Age Superman promo variation with no large set number on the back.

Complete factory set boxes are serial numbered to 4500. A vinyl album binder was sold seperately.

The back of the cards have a copyright date of 1991 and text that states "1992 Series I". During development, the 1993 DC Cosmic Teams release was originally referred to as "Cosmic Cards II" by Wizard. The numbering format for the hologram subset continues in DC Cosmic Teams. On April 15, 1992, Impel Marketing Inc. rebranded as SkyBox International Inc. Some of the artwork from this set would later be used in the 1994 DC Stars series. Original artboards have been observed in private collections.

The checklist consists of 180 base cards and 10 holograms.

1992 Impel : DC Cosmic Cards: Inaugural Edition
Hero Heritage
1 Vitamin 2-X Golden Age Blue Beetle Paris Cullins, Karl Kesel
2 The Blue Beetle's Magic Scarab Silver Age Blue Beetle Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
3 Blue Beetle's Bug Modern Age Blue Beetle Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding
4 The Flash's Winged Helmet Golden Age Flash Joe Kubert
5 The Flash's Ring and Costume Silver Age Flash Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson
6 Flash's Special Police Band Radio Receivers Modern Age Flash Greg LaRocque, José Marzan, Jr.
7 Alan Scott's Power Ring Golden Age Green Lantern Martin Nodell, Murphy Anderson
8 Hal Jordan's Power Ring and Battery Silver Age Green Lantern Gil Kane
9 The Guardians of the Universe Modern Age Green Lantern M.D. Bright, José Marzan, Jr.
10 Hawkman's Mace and Cestus Golden Age Hawkman Joe Kubert
11 Hawkman's Starship Silver Age Hawkman Murphy Anderson
12 Hawkman's Blaster Modern Age Hawkman Graham Nolan
13 The Brazier Used to Summon Shazam Golden Age Shazam! Kurt Schaffenberger, Graham Nolan
14 Whiz-TV Silver Age Shazam! Kurt Schaffenberger, Graham Nolan
15 The Gift of the Elders Modern Age Shazam! Graham Nolan
16 The Daily Star Golden Age Superman Steve Rudy, Jerry Ordway
17 Superman's Arctic Fortress of Solitude Silver Age Superman Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson, Jerry Ordway
18 The Doomed Planet Krypton Modern Age Superman Jerry Ordway
19 Paradise Island, Home of the Amazons Golden Age Wonder Woman Trina Robbins
20 The Invisible Robot Plane Silver Age Wonder Woman Jan Duursema
21 The Magic Lasso Moder Age Wonder Woman Jill Thompson
Villain Heritage
22 The Cheetah's Dagger Golden Age Cheetah Trina Robbins
23 The Cheetah's Razor-Tipped Gloves Silver Age Cheetah Paris Cullins, Karl Kesel
24 Minerva's Cheetah Elixir Modern Age Cheetah Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
25 The Powerstone Golden Age Lex Luthor Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
26 Lex Luthor's Lab Silver Age Lex Luthor Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson
27 Lex Luthor's Kryptonite Ring Modern Age Lex Luthor Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke
28 Mr. Mxyztplk's Derby Golden Age Mr. Mxyztplk Steve Stiles
29 The Fifth Dimension Silver Age Mr. Mxyzptlk Joe Orlando, Steve Stiles
30 An Example of Mxyztplk's Magic Modern Age Mr. Mxyzptlk Howard Post, Joe Orlando, Steve Stiles
Earth's Mightiest Heroes
31 Animal Man's Alien Benefactors Animal Man Tom Mandrake
32 Atlantis, Aqualad's Home Aqualad Ken Hooper, Steve Leialoha
33 The Lighthouse Where Aquaman was Raised Aquaman Ken Hooper, Tom Sutton
34 Black Condor's Dagger Black Condor Greg Guler, Dick Giordano
35 Black Lightning's Power Belt Black Lightning Trevor Von Eeden, Bob Smith
36 Blackhawk's Plane, The Grumman X-F5F Skyrocket Blackhawk Rick Burchett
37 Blue Devil's Rocket-Powered Trident Blue Devil Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
38 Booster Gold's Wrist Blasters and Power Rods Booster Gold Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding
39 Bronze Tiger's Original Mask Bronze Tiger Ric Estrada, Dave Cooper
40 The Logans' Experimental Ray Changeling Tom Grummett, Al Vey
41 The Creeper's Transformation Device The Creeper Graham Nolan
42 Crimson Fox's Steel Claws Crimson Fox Greg Guler, Karl Kesel
43 Cyborg's Arsenal Cyborg Tom Grummett, Al Vey
44 Deathstroke's Power Staff Deathstroke the Terminator Steve Erwin, Bob Smith
45 Dr. Light's Laboratory Dr. Light Bart Sears, Randy Elliott
46 Terataya Dove Greg Guler, Dick Giordano
47 Gingold, Elongated Man's Secret Stretching Elixir Elongated Man Bart Sears, Randy Elliott
48 The Pyroplasm Ray Fire Greg Gular, Dick Giordano
49 The Machine That Created Firehawk Firehawk Tom Mandrake
50 Hudson Nuclear Power Plant Firestorm Tom Mandrake
51 Gangbuster's Nunchaks and Taser Gangbuster Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke
52 Prince Brion's Home Country of Markovia Geo-Force Jim Aparo, Robert Campanella
53 The Guardian's Shield The Guardian Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke
54 Guy Gardner's Library Guy Gardner Joe Staton, Bob Smith
55 T'Charr Hawk Greg Gular, Karl Kesel
56 Hawkwoman's Wings and Anti-Gravity Belt Hawkwoman Graham Nolan
57 Hourman's Strength-Augmenting Skin Patches Hourman Nick Napolitano, Andy Kubert
58 The Dome, Former Global Guardians Headquarters Ice Greg Gular, Karl Kesel
59 Jade's Power Pulse Jade Tom Grummett, Al Vey
60 Stewart's Current Home, The Planet Oa John Stewart Joe Staton, Bob Smith
61 Soultaker, Katana's Sword Katana Jan Duursema
62 The Orb of Ra, Metamorpho's Sole Weakness Metamorpho Bart Sears, Randy Elliott
63 Infinity, Inc. Headquarters Mr. Bones Trevor Von Eeden, P. Craig Russell
64 The Nightshade Dimension Nightshade Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
65 Nightwing's Stun Disks and Gas Mask Nightwing Tom Grummett, Al Vey
66 The Lost City of Feithera Northwind Trevor Von Eeden, Nick Napolitano
67 Nuklon's Exercise Equipment Nuklon Shawn McManus
68 Pantha's Claws Pantha Tom Grummett, Al Vey
69 Peacemaker's Cybernetic Helmet, Jetpack, and Belt Peacemaker Bart Sears, Randy Elliott
70 Phantom Lady's Holographic Jewel and Wrist Taser Phantom Lady Dick Giordano
71 Karen Starr's Company, Starrware, Inc. Power Girl Joe Orlando, Dick Giordano
72 Rags 'n' Tatters, Rory Regan's Junk Shop Ragman George Pratt
73 Raven's Soul-Self Raven Tom Grummett, Al Vey
74 Rocket Red's Electro Net Rocket Red Ty Templeton
75 Speedy's Bow and Arrows Speedy Tom Grummett, Al Vey
76 New Chronos Troia Tom Grummett, Al Vey
77 Vixen's Tantu Totem Vixen Luke McDonnell, Mike Clark
78 Grant's Gym Wildcat Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
Earth's Mightiest Villains
79 Amazo's Creation Matrix Amazo Kevin Maguire, Dave Cooper
80 Big Sir's Energy Mace Big Sir Carmine Infantino, Dave Cooper
81 Black Manta's Undersea Craft Black Manta Ken Hooper, Robert Campanella
82 Roland Desmond's Blockbuster Serum Blockbuster Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
83 Bolt's Power Glove Bolt Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
84 Brainiac's Spaceship Brainiac Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke
85 Captain Boomerang's Sonic and Explosive Boomerangs Captain Boomerang Luke McDonnell, Mike Clark
86 Professor Norton, Chemo's Creator Chemo Shawn McManus
87 Chronos's Time-Wise Weaponry Chronos Gil Kane
88 Copperhead's Venomous Fangs Copperhead Greg Gular, Karl Kesel
89 Vertigo's Inner-Ear Implant Count Vertigo Trevor Von Eeden, Karl Kesel
90 Deadline's Energy Rifle and Anti-Gravity Disks Deadline Tom Lyle, Scott Hanna
91 Deadshot's Wrist Magnum Deadshot Luke McDonnell, Mike Clark
92 Dr. Light's Strobe Ray and Teleportation Gun Dr. Light Mike Clark
93 Dr. Polaris' Magno-Gun Dr. Polaris Gil Kane
94 Eclipso's Black Diamond Eclipso Trevor Von Eeden, Dave Cooper
95 Goldface's Gold Gun Goldface Gil Kane
96 Gorilla City Gorilla Grodd Carmine Infantino, Ray McCarthy
97 Houngan's Voodoo Doll Houngan Tom Grummett, Al Vey
98 Jericho's Wildebeest Glove Jericho Tom Grummett, Al Vey
99 Druspa Tau, Kestrel's Homerealm Kestrel Greg Guler, Karl Kesel
100 Monarch's Space Station Monarch Dan Jurgens, Dick Giordano
101 Ocean Master's Oxygen-Filtering Helmet Ocean Master Ken Hooper/ Robert Campanella
102 The Toxic Waste that Transformed Parasite Parasite Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke
103 A Sample of Phobia's Illusions Phobia Tom Grummett, Al Vey
104 General Zahl's Laboratory Plasmus Tom Grummett, Al Vey
105 The Medusa Mask Psycho-Pirate Andy Kubert
106 The Shadow Field Generator Shadow Thief Graham Nolan
107 Silver Swan's Sonic Power Silver Swan Jill Thompson
108 Sonar's Sonic Pistol Sonar Gil Kane
109 Toyman's Deadly Arsenal Toyman Joe Orlando
110 The Source of Savage's Immortality Vandal Savage Greg LaRocque, Dave Cooper
111 Warp's Dimensional Portal Warp Tom Grummett, Al Vey
Heroes From Beyond
112 Adam Strange's Blaster and Rocket Pack Adam Strange Carmine Infantino, Dick Giordano
113 The Green Lantern Corps' Earth Headquarters Arisia Joe Staton, Dave Cooper
114 Barda's Mega-Rod Big Barda Kevin Maguire, Dave Cooper
115 The Black Racer's Skis of Death Black Racer Rick Hoberg
116 Fastbak's Aeropads Fastbak Rick Hoberg
117 G'nort's Custom-Designed Power Ring G'Nort Joe Staton, Steve Stiles
118 Kilowog's Lab Kilowog Joe Staton, Steve Stiles
119 Supertown, New Genesis Lightray Rick Hoberg
120 Lobo's Intergalacticycle Lobo Simon Bisley
121 The Planet Mars Martian Manhunter Kevin Maguire, Dave Cooper
122 Metron's Mobius Chair Metron Rick Hoberg
123 Mr. Miracle's Aero Disks and Multi-Cube Mr. Miracle Kevin Maguire, Karl Kesel
124 Orion's Mother Box and Astro-Glider Orion Rick Hoberg
125 Starfire's Gordanian Captors Starfire Tom Grummett, Al Vey
Villains From Beyond
126 The Mace and Hammer of Ares Ares Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
127 Tamaran Blackfire Tom Grummett, Al Vey
128 The Planet Apokolips Darkseid Rick Hoberg
129 Desaad's Killing Gloves Desaad Rick Hoberg
130 Despero's Deadly Chessboard Despero Trevor Von Eeden, Ray McCarthy
131 Godfrey's Mind Control Helmets Glorious Godfrey Rick Hoberg
132 Granny's Punishment Club Granny Goodness Rick Hoberg
133 Kalibak's Beta-Club Kalibak Rick Hoberg
134 The Planet Thanagar Kanjar Ro Graham Nolan
135 The Cluster Manga Khan Ty Templeton
136 Maxima's Starship Maxima Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding
137 The Nebulamobile Mr. Nebula Ty Templeton
138 Sinestro's Power Ring Sinestro Paris Cullins
139 Starro's Starship Starro Kevin Maguire, Dave Cooper
140 Steppenwolf's Electro-Axe Steppenwolf Rick Hoberg
141 The Promethean Galaxy, Yuga Khan's Prison Yuga Khan Rick Hoberg
Great Battles
142 Crisis on Earths One & Two, Card A Crisis on Earth's One & Two Paris Cullins, Dave Cooper
143 Crisis on Earths One & Two, Card B Crisis on Earth's One & Two Paris Cullins, Dave Cooper
144 Crisis on Earths One & Two, Card C Crisis on Earth's One & Two Paris Cullins, Dave Cooper
145 Crisis on Infinite Earths, Card A Crisis on Infinite Earths Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
146 Crisis on Infinite Earths, Card B Crisis on Infinite Earths Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
147 Crisis on Infinite Earths, Card C Crisis on Infinite Earths Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
148 Legends, Card A Legends Paris Cullins, Karl Kesel
149 Legends, Card B Legends Paris Cullins, Karl Kesel
150 Legends, Card C Legends Paris Cullins, Karl Kesel
151 Millennium, Card A Millennium Joe Staton
152 Millennium, Card B Millennium Joe Staton
153 Millennium, Card C Millennium Joe Staton
154 Invasion!, Card A Invasion! Bart Sears, Brett Breeding
155 Invasion!, Card B Invasion! Bart Sears, Brett Breeding
156 Invasion!, Card C Invasion! Bart Sears, Brett Breeding
157 Cosmic Odyssey, Card A Cosmic Odyssey Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
158 Cosmic Odyssey, Card B Cosmic Odyssey Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
159 Cosmic Odyssey, Card C Cosmic Odyssey Paris Cullins, Robert Campanella
160 The Great Darkness Saga, Card A The Great Darkness Saga Keith Giffen, Al Gordon
161 The Great Darkness Saga, Card B The Great Darkness Saga Keith Giffen, Al Gordon
162 The Great Darkness Saga, Card C The Great Darkness Saga Keith Giffen, Al Gordon
163 Armageddon 2001, Card A Armageddon 2001 Dan Jurgens, Art Thibert
164 Armageddon 2001, Card B Armageddon 2001 Dan Jurgens, Art Thibert
165 Armageddon 2001, Card C Armageddon 2001 Dan Jurgens, Art Thibert
166 War of the Gods, Card A War of the Gods Paris Cullins, Romeo Tanghal
167 War of the Gods, Card B War of the Gods Paris Cullins, Romeo Tanghal
168 War of the Gods, Card C War of the Gods Paris Cullins, Romeo Tanghal
Classic Covers
169 Action Comics #1 Superman Joe Shuster, DC Staff
170 All-American Comics #16 Green Lantern Martin Nodell
171 All Star Comics #3 Justice Society of America E.E. Hibbard
172 The Brave and the Bold #34 Hawkman Joe Kubert
173 New Gods #1 New Gods Jack Kirby
174 Sensation Comics #1 Wonder Woman H.G. Peter, Jon Blummer
175 Showcase #22 Green Lantern Gil Kane
176 Showcase #34 The Atom Gil Kane
177 Superman #1 Superman Joe Shuster, Leo O'Mealia
178 Wonder Woman #1 Wonder Woman H.G. Peter
179 Checklist Part One
180 Checklist Part Two

DC Hologram Hall of Fame
No. Character Credits
DCH1 Clark Kent and Lois Lane Walt Simonson
DCH2 Darkseid Walt Simonson
DCH3 Deathstroke the Terminator Walt Simonson
DCH4 Flash Walt Simonson
DCH5 Green Lantern Walt Simonson
DCH6 Hawkman Walt Simonson
DCH7 Lobo Walt Simonson
DCH8 Superman Walt Simonson
DCH9 Wonder Woman Walt Simonson
DCH10 Waverider Walt Simonson

Promo Cards
No. Title Character Credits
Cello Pack
6 Flash's Special Police Band Radio Receivers Modern Age Flash Greg LaRocque, José Marzan, Jr.
9 The Guardians of the Universe Modern Age Green Lantern M.D. Bright, José Marzan, Jr.
18 The Doomed Planet Krypton Modern Age Superman Jerry Ordway
21 The Magic Lasso Modern Age Wonder Woman Jill Thompson
44 Deathstroke's Power Staff Deathstroke the Terminator Steve Erwin, Bob Smith
Four-Panel Sheet
#21, #120, #44, #18 Wonder Woman, Lobo, Deathstroke, Superman Previews
Six-Panel Sheet
Six-Panel Sheet
Six-Panel Sheet



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