Superhero Stamps Coming Tomorrow

The U.S. Postal Service is set to launch D.C. superhero commemorative stamps tomorrow.

The U.S. Postal Service is set to launch D.C. superhero commemorative stamps tomorrow.

Superhero Stamps Photo his image provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows new 39-cent and 24-cent postage stamps featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and half a dozen other superheros, which will be released Thurday, July 20, 2006, and will go on sale in the U.S. Friday. (AP Photo/U.S. Postal Service) Faster than a speeding bullet, comic book superheroes are coming to a post office near you. Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and a half dozen other superheroes will star on new postage stamps being released Thursday. The new 39-cent stamps and 24-cent postal cards will be made public at a comic book show in San Diego, and will go on sale nationwide Friday. The stamps are sold in a sheet of 20, half featuring the individual superheroes and half showing covers of comic books starring them.

The Postal Service reports this is its first set of super hero stamps, indicating more are likely to follow.

Very interesting. Presumably, the Marvel characters, including Spiderman, Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men will be in the next wave. It’s odd that they’re doing this in conjuction with a comic book convention rather than a major event. This would have been perfect, for example, for the 50th anniversary of Superman–and thus the modern superhero–in June 1988. The 70th anniversary is coming up in 2008 but that’s not really a milestone to which we traditionally pay much attention.

Characters featured in the stamps are:

_Batman: Young Bruce Wayne mastered all forms of combat after his parents were killed. He uses his wealth to equip himself with the tools to become the great crime fighter. He made his debut in 1939 and was joined by Robin a year later.

_Wonder Woman: A figure of strength, beauty and courage, she has been inspiring women since her first appearance in 1941.

_Plastic Man: After an accident at a chemical plant gives Eel O’Brian the ability to stretch and alter his shape, he renounces his criminal past and becomes the longest arm of the law. He debuted in 1941.

_Superman: The Man of Steel first appeared in 1938 and has been an icon ever since. Raised in Smallville, the baby from Planet Krypton uses superpowers to battle evil.

_Green Lantern: Launched with the space age, test pilot Hal Jordan became Green Lantern, a galactic peace officer with an emerald power ring.

_The Flash: Police scientist Barry Allen is transformed into the fastest man alive in 1956 by an explosive mixture of lightning and laboratory chemicals.

_Aquaman: The former King of the Seven Seas remains is determined to protect both the Atlanteans and surface dwellers from those who endanger them, using his strength, speed and ability to communicate with marine life.

_Hawkman: He has artificial wings powered by the mysterious “Nth metal” which allow him to soar through the sky in pursuit of evildoers. He is a master of ancient weapons.

_Supergirl: Superman’s cousin arrives on Earth as an impressionable teenager and eventually becomes his secret weapon.

_Green Arrow: First appearing in 1941, the Emerald Archer learns his skills while trapped on a desert island. He later escapes to become a modern Robin Hood.

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  1. Anderson says:

    Presumably, the Marvel characters, including Spiderman, Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men will be in the next wave.

    Not the X-Men. Too gay-friendly. James Dobson would be very upset.

  2. Alan Kellogg says:

    No major event? You haven’t been to Comic-Con, have you? 🙂

    Last year, 100,000 attendees. This year we may well shatter the record. Books get released, movies announced, and tv shows screened. ABC’s Lost first aired at Comic-Con. It is the largest popular arts convention in the world. You want to bring attention to the release of stamps paying honor to comicbook heroes, there is no better place than the San Diego Comic-Con.

    Just a comicbook convention. That’s like calling the Golden Gate just a bridge.