Spending my kid’s college tuition on Hake’s Auction #209
This week’s assignment for The League is to browse Hake’s Auction #209 and find all the cool stuff we’d buy if we were rolling in dough like P-Diddy. So I spent my fair share of time at work this week perusing the enormous auction catalog and came up with some stuff that I would like to buy. Assuming, of course, that money is no object.
There were several awesome Star Wars items I found interesting. Firstly, the C3POs cereal lot featuring a full size C3PO standee and three box flats. I have always had a fascination with this particular cereal and the ephemera it created. These are particularly good examples of that. The seven Star Wars Coca-Cola promotional posters are also pretty awesome. Four of them are from Burger Chef/Burger King giveaways in 1977 and feature Del Nichols artwork. Three of them feature Boris Vallejo artwork and were to promote the release of Empire Strikes Back. Finally, I am in wet, sloppy love with the full size Return of the Jedi Burger King glasses Darth Vader standee (1983).
There were lots of comic book and super hero related items that I want. Tops on that list would probably be The Great Comic Book Heroes book from 1965. It’s signed by several comic luminaries like Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Bob Kane, Shelly Moldoff and Will Eisner. Yes, the creators of both Superman AND Batman signed this thing. Plus, I’ve looked at this book before and it’s pretty awesome.
Speaking of Superman and Batman, I found several items featuring those heroes that rock my Casbah. The boxed Mego Superman doll from 1977 is particularly awesome because I’m kind of in love with the packaging art. And the art on the 1954 Superman metal lunchbox is pretty close to melting my eyeballs out of my head and that’s only the picture. And these Mego Comic Action Heroes figures from 1975 (in package!) are also incredible. And speaking of incredible, check out the awesomely weird and bizarre cover to issue #33 of the comic World’s Finest. Why the hell is Superman spinning Batman and Robin in the air WITH HIS FEET?! I love the Golden Age. I also would buy Flash #147 featuring the second appearance of Reverse Flash with a great cover homage to Flash #123. I actually already own Reverse Flash’s first appearance in Flash #139. And what will I put all of these comics in when I own them? That’s right, my very own g***amn comic spinner rack from the late 70s. I’ve wanted one of those retail spinner racks ever since I started collecting comics in the early 80s.
As for Batman, the 1976 Pines Batmobile pedal car in it’s f**king box is totally blowing my mind. My son would love that. And check out the awesome 1973 Corgi Batmobile/Batboat gift set. The gift set features a die cast Batmobile, Batboat and trailer with which the Batmobile can tow the Batboat. I just love the idea of Batman towing the Batboat around Gotham on a trailer. Lastly, I found an AWESOME movie lobby card from the 1966 Batman movie signed by almost the entire cast. Lobby cards have great art and pictures from the movie, as you can see with this example. And, like I said, it’s signed by pretty much EVERYONE except Ceasar Romero.
I’m really digging the packaging and design of these Fantastic Four Super Cars from 1976. Also in that lot is the great Captain America pistol and holster. Because Capt America is known for carrying a pistol in a holster.
This Hake’s auction catalog has some a few cool Wizard of Oz items. Check out the 1968 Ben Cooper Tin Man costume and tell me that’s not gorgeous. As is this sheet music that was released the year the movie came out, 1939. The sheet music is extra cool because it’s also signed by actors Jack Haley (Tin Man) and Ray Bolger (Scarecrow).
I love the character of The Shadow. So I really am liking this awesome retail display of The Shadow toy rings. I mentioned the great Superman metal lunch box above, but there’s also an incredible Star Trek metal lunch box from 1968. I’m a sucker for vintage magician posters. So I want this George Supreme Master of Magic poster from 1926. I also really love that Shelly Moldoff Spectre art.
And last, but certainly not least, is this1980s Hanna-Barbera cartoon style guide featuring unbelievable artwork from such great cartoons as the Harlem Globetrotters, Hong Kong Phooey, Adams Family and Josie and the Pussycats. By the by, I am all kinds of in love with the Hanna Barbera Harlem Globetrotter cartoons. The appearances on Scooby-Doo, their own cartoon in 1970 and even the awesome Super Globetrotters cartoon from 1979. I love them all and even own some of their appearances in Gold Key comic books.
Around the League:
– Like me, Jaime also picked a crap ton of awesome stuff not the least of which is an awesome signed Golden Girls cast photo that I almost put on my own list.
– Shawn scoped out a kick ass Street Hawk lunch box and some rare figures.
– Chris over at Random Nerdness lives up to the blog’s name and picks a potpourri of “random nerdiness”
– Robot’s PJs has some very similar picks to mine like the Shadow ring display and the awesome, awesome vintage magician poster.