2005 Comic Book News Archives

DC Superhero Stamps

November 30, 2005: DC Comics Superhero Stamps in 2006

The United States Postal Service has announced today that 2006 will see a salute to ten DC Comics Superheroes in the form of twenty stamps.

    Ten comic book heroes will be saluted on the "DC Comics Super Heroes" stamps next summer. Half of the pane of 20 will be portraits of the characters; the other half will show individual comic book covers devoted to their exploits. The characters include Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Supergirl, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Pictured (right) is the first stamp pane (20 stamps) honoring comic book super heroes to be issued by the Postal Service.

Ever since Superman was introduced to readers in 1938, super heroes have been nearly synonymous with the comic book medium. Their fantastic adventures provide an escape from the everyday while simultaneously encouraging readers to feel that individuals can make a difference.

Comic books aren't simply "kid stuff" - adults have always been among their readers, and the form has attracted its share of serious artists and writers. And super heroes have responded to social and political issues from the start, fighting corporate greed and political corruption during the Depression, for example, and then becoming patriotic defenders of national interests during World War II.

Listed below are the Superman and Supergirl images being used in this stamp collection...

  • The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1
    Nov. 1982
    Art by Rich Buckler & Dick Giordano
    Moments before the destruction of Argo City, Kara Zor-El was rocketed to Earth and reunited with her cousin Kal-El, the hero known throughout the galaxy as Superman. Developing incredible powers and abilities, Kara chose to follow her cousin's example and fight for good.

  • Superman #11
    July/Aug. 1941
    Art by Fred Ray
    Destiny brought the infant Kal-El from Planet Krypton to Smallville, USA, where he was raised by kindly farmers. Though gifted with extraordinary powers, Kal-El - now Clark Kent - expresses true strength in the compassion and moral responsibility he displays in the guise of Superman.

  • Superman
    Art by Curt Swan & Sheldon Moldoff
    Ever since his debut in the pages of Action Comics #1 (June 1938), the Superman character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster has been an icon. The big red "S" on his shirt is among the most recognized symbols in American pop culture.

  • Supergirl
    Art by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye
    An impressionable teenager when she first arrived on Earth, Supergirl operated as her cousin Superman's "secret weapon" while adjusting to life on her new planet. Eventually, her existence was revealed to the world, which welcomed the Girl of Steel with open arms.

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