Hard to find Adventures of Superman Mall 443 variants
2 2

69 posts in this topic

710 posts

These sunsaperson_without_enough_empathyes are hard to find. I've got three (Rhode Island, Montclair and Washington Park). The other four are Spring Hill, North Shore Square, Westgate and Clearview.

 

Here's images of all seven variants (this is the only place I know where you can see all seven at once). I'd love to hear it if you have been able to find these or any others.

 

p><p>   <img src=[/img]

 

p><p>   <img src=[/img]

 

p><p>   <img src=[/img]

 

<a  href=ASM%20443%20clearview_zpsq372vpyz.jpg' a

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by Cpt Kirk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
710 posts
Very cool. Was it just the cover, or are there differences in the story too?

 

Those little mall symbols in the UPC box on the cover are the only thing that makes them different than the regular copy. Everything else is the same as a regular copy. So if you count the direct sales copy, the newsstand copy, and the 7 mall variations, you would have 9 different versions of Adv of Supeman 443. For completeness, here is a photo of the direct and newsstand issues, side by side.

 

<a  href=DSCN2085_zpswigzdacu.jpg' alt='DSCN2085_

Edited by Cpt Kirk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4,101 posts

Never heard of these before; pretty cool.

 

Were these 7 malls all in the same area or spread out over the US?

 

(sorry for my mall ignorance)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
710 posts
Never heard of these before; pretty cool.

 

Were these 7 malls all in the same area or spread out over the US?

 

(sorry for my mall ignorance)

 

 

Yes, the malls were spread out all over the US. Here's where I think those malls were/are located:

 

Montclair Plaza - Montclair CA (near Los Angeles)

Westgate Mall - I think near Boston, but I'm not sure

Clearview Mall - Butler PA (near Pittsburgh)

North Shore Square Mall - Slidell La

Rhode Island Mall - Providence RI

Spring Hill Mall - Dundee IL

Washington Park Mall -- Bartlesville OK

 

I've asked a few shops around these areas if they have these variants in hand, and I've had no luck. I think they are extremely hard to find. I'm guessing that only a few hundred or more were made for each mall.

Edited by Cpt Kirk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
52,303 posts

Wow, never knew these existed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
710 posts

I've wondered if perhaps they were either give-aways or sold in the Waldenbook book stores. To make it worthwhile for you to look, I would gladly pay someone $100 for each copy that I'm missing from my collection. You are not likely to find them on ebay nor any on-line store (I've been looking there for years). Largest chance for success would be to find them in a local comic shop or used book store (or in your sister's closet!)

 

 

Edited by Cpt Kirk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
355 posts
Never heard of these before; pretty cool.

 

Were these 7 malls all in the same area or spread out over the US?

 

(sorry for my mall ignorance)

 

 

Yes, the malls were spread out all over the US. Here's where I think those malls were/are located:

 

Montclair Plaza - Montclair CA (near Los Angeles)

Westgate Mall - I think near Boston, but I'm not sure

Clearview Mall - Butler PA (near Pittsburgh)

North Shore Square Mall - Slidell La

Rhode Island Mall - Providence RI

Spring Hill Mall - Dundee IL

Washington Park Mall -- Bartlesville OK

 

I've asked a few shops around these areas if they have these variants in hand, and I've had no luck. I think they are extremely hard. I'm guess that only a few hundred or more were made for each mall.

 

Westgate Mall is Brockton, MA. My childhood mall which I'm amazed is still operating.

 

Here's a pic of Spider-Man at the mall in the early 1980s. Perhaps the owner at the time was a comic fan.

 

spidey.jpg

Edited by kpaqu1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
710 posts

 

Westgate Mall is Brockton, MA. My childhood mall which I'm amazed is still operating.

 

Here's a pic of Spider-Man at the mall in the early 1980s. Perhaps the owner at the time was a comic fan.

 

 

 

That's a great photo. Thanks for sharing it!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
355 posts

Westgate Mall is Brockton, MA. My childhood mall which I'm amazed is still operating.

 

Here's a pic of Spider-Man at the mall in the early 1980s. Perhaps the owner at the time was a comic fan.

 

 

 

That's a great photo. Thanks for sharing it!!

 

(thumbs u

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2,867 posts

Been at this comic book/Superman fan thing over 20 years now, and I never knew of these variants until now. Thanks for posting, this made my morning! I hope you get the remaining variants you need!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
710 posts
Been at this comic book/Superman fan thing over 20 years now, and I never knew of these variants until now. Thanks for posting, this made my morning! I hope you get the remaining variants you need!

 

thanks for the nice comment!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1,153 posts

Glad you resurrected this topic since the StlComics forum went down some time ago. I know Jerome has several and we had pics of all except one or two in the IG. I saw two or three within weeks of each other years ago and not a one since. Very hard to find variants...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
710 posts
Glad you resurrected this topic since the StlComics forum went down some time ago. I know Jerome has several and we had pics of all except one or two in the IG. I saw two or three within weeks of each other years ago and not a one since. Very hard to find variants...

 

Thanks Metarog. I just wanted get them all shown in one spot and re-iterate my desire to get them all in my collection (I'm willing to entertain any reasonable offer if someone is willing to part with one). I believe Jerome has Washington Park, Spring Hill and North Shore Square. I have Washington Park, Rhode Island, and Montclair Plaza. So Jerome and I have 5 of 7. I've never been able to find an owner of Clearview and Westgate, but I know they are out there. They are so darn rare that I would not be surprised if some other mall variants existed but have never surfaced.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
39,869 posts
Cool new books to look for

 

I imagine they are an extremely limited regional distribution. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
36,449 posts

Spring Hill Mall is in a Chicago suburb - you should put Brad (sharpcomics) on the case. He is really good at finding obscure stuff.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1,051 posts

never knew these existed! :)

thanks for posting! more variants to look out for

VERY unlikely in the UK

 

though I did find a 30 cent in an original owner collection recently (how?)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
2 2