Wednesday, April 24, 2024

World's Greatest Super-Heroes Cups & Decals (1980s vending machines)

 I have been scouring the internet for years trying to find information on these little plastic cups that I collected, back when I was a kid. And finally -- FINALLY -- I crafted the correct phrase to land this. Here's a link:

And, just to be on the safe side, I copied the whole damn piece (it's short), just in case the blog disappears into the ether.

1979 : DC World's Greatest Super-Heroes Cup Decals

Collect 'Em All and Be Popular!

World's Greatest Super-Heroes cups and decals were released by DC Comics in 1979.
The miniature plastic cups were dispensed from toy capsule vending machines for 25 cents each.
Each bubble capsule included a cup and one of twelve different pressure-sensitive decals.

A similar collection of cups and stickers featuring eight Marvel Superheroes was released in 1978.
The cups and decals were sold with various Marvel and DC novelties including five Superheroes Flickers,
Giant-Size Hero-Stickers, magnets, puffy stickers, and iron-on felt patches.

1979 World's Greatest Super-Heroes Cup Decals - Superman

The series was illustrated by Dick Giordano.
Superman appears on three different decals.
Each plastic-coated decal label measures approximately 1 x 3 inches.
The mini-cups are 1.5 inches tall and about an inch in diameter.

1979 DC World's Greatest Super-Heroes Cup - Superman

The World's Greatest Super-Heroes series of eight-inch dolls from Mego Corporation
features characters from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics. 
World's Greatest Super-Heroes 
debuted at E.J. Korvette department stores in New York City
on November 8, 1972. The Superman doll remained in production until 1983. 
The World's Greatest Superheroes newspaper comic strip ran seven days a week
from April 3, 1978, to February 10, 1985.

1978 : Marvel Superheroes Cup Decals
The Amazing Spider-Man
Captain America
Fantastic Four
The Incredible Hulk
The Mighty Thor
Ms. Marvel
The Thing
1979 : DC World's Greatest Super-Heroes Cup Decals
The Joker
Lex Luthor
The Penguin
The Riddler
Superman (Violet)
Superman (Green)
Superman (Blue)
Wonder Woman