Monday, 9 November 2015
SUPERBOY - STOP 'DRAGON' YOUR HEELS...
This is the 1974/'75 AURORA reissue of their '60s
SUPERBOY kit. Unlike the first one, the 'S' emblems
on his costume and cape (and KRYPTO's as well) weren't
moulded onto the plastic, but supplied as adhesive labels,
and the sign was also omitted from this release. (I typed
out the one you see in the photos.)
There's a semi-interesting tale about how I acquired
it. Back around 1981 or '82, someone I know asked me
if I'd like a Superboy model. One of his pals had one, but
it had no box or instructions, nor any decals. His pal didn't
want it and was giving it away. "Sure I'll take it!" I said, but
no plastic model was forthcoming. Several months later, the
same someone asked me if I wanted an Aurora BATMAN
kit, as there was one on sale in Glasgow for a mere £1.50.
I gave him the dosh, he got the kit for me, I started to
build it - then we moved house.
In our new house, I completed the Batman model,
and sometime around 1984 or so, the same fella said to
me one day "Hey, I've got that Superboy kit for you!" It
was at least nine years later (in '93), after having returned
to our previous abode, that I finally built and painted it. I
copied the 'S' symbols from an MPC reissue of the Super-
man kit, which were slightly different to the Aurora
ones, although I didn't discover this until later.
I eventually acquired an instruction sheet so that
I had the box art. If I wanted to, I could now make a
facsimile of the box, as it has all the pictorial information
required to do so, but there's no hurry. A few short years
ago, MOEBIUS MODELS reissued the 1960s version of
the kit, complete with moulded emblems and a facsimile
of the original box, the only difference being that it has
the Moebius name instead of Aurora's. It also has
the sign that was omitted in the '70s.
So here's my Superboy model, assembled and
painted by myself. Whaddya think, frantic ones?
And below is DAVE COCKRUM's original art for the
1974/'75 reissue box. Have to be honest and say I prefer
the original '60s box art. Dave's is nicely done 'though.
Posted by Kid at Monday, November 09, 2015