FAO Schwarz: The History of Superman Collection


Kenner and FAO Schwarz released The History of Superman Collection in November 1996. The three-pack commemorative action figure set was accompanied by four trading cards produced by Fleer/SkyBox.

1996 SkyBox DC Kenner & FAO Schwarz: The History of Superman - Box

Three of the cards showcase different decades in Superman's history. The 1940s are represented by the 1938 issue of Action Comics #1. The Superman emblem depicted on the first cover is from an earlier costume designed by Joe Shuster. The cover art is by an unknown DC Comics staff member based on an interior panel by Joe Shuster.
1996 SkyBox DC Kenner & FAO Schwarz: The History of Superman - S1 - Action Comics #1, June 1938

Action Comics #467, released in 1977, was illustrated by Bob Oksner.
1996 SkyBox DC Kenner & FAO Schwarz: The History of Superman - S2 - Action Comics #467, January 1977

The 1990s cover is from Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1, released in 1995. The cover was penciled by Tom Grummett, inked by Brett Breeding, and colored by Glenn Whitmore.
1996 SkyBox DC Kenner & FAO Schwarz: The History of Superman - S3 - Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1, Summer 1995

The fourth card is an unnumbered hologram promo for the Fleer/Skybox Superman Holo Series set released in 1996. The hologram features the same artwork as the Superman Holo Series checklist, but it is stamped with a blue-foil Kenner logo. The image was penciled by Chris Renaud and rendered by Visual Logic.
1996 SkyBox DC Kenner & FAO Schwarz: The History of Superman - Superman Holo Series Promo Kenner Variation

FAO Schwarz and Kenner released a similar collection of action figures and cards for Batman.

1996 FAO Schwarz: The History of Superman Collection
S-1 1940's Action Comics #1 DC Staff, Joe Shuster
S-2 1970's Action Comics #467 Bob Oksner
S-3 1990's Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1 Tom Grummett, Brett Breeding, Glenn Whitmore
Superman Holo Series Promo
Kenner Variation, Blue Stamp Chris Renaud, Visual Logic



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