1969 Total Club Giovani : La Diabolica Invenzione


Un'Avventura di Superman e Batman: La Diabolica Invenzione is a promotional album released in 1969 by Total Club Giovani. The 36-card album was published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore and distributed at Total petrol stations throughout Italy. The story was written by Renata Pfeiffer and illustrated by Piero and Paolo Montecchi, also known as Peter and Paul Montague.
Paper envelope packs contain five "figurine" papers cards. Each card is perforated and detaches into a picture and a scene description. Individual panels measure approximately 5.5 x 7.8 cm. The picture cards are numbered and the backs are blank.

The cards and collector album are printed in Italian. In the plot, a group of mad scientists have plundered the global water supply in order to create a new source of energy. Superman, Batman, and Robin team up with members of the Total Club Giovani to save the world.

Beginning February 1, 1969, empty packets could be exchanged for prizes. For 5 empty packs, collectors could choose between a Superman or Batman poster.
A set of glass marbles could be redeemed for 10 empty packs, a world map for 15 packs, or a rubber band airplane for 25.

Collector album sticker-cards are often referred to as "figurines" or "panini" in Italian. The collectibles are called "vignettes" in French, "cromos" or "figuritas" in Spanish, and "figurinhas" in Portuguese. Many sticker album collections released in the 20th century required paste or glue.

Mondadori and Total Club Giovani previously released a Superman and Batman collector album titled S.O.S. Terra Cerca Petrolio.
 


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