Howdy all, and welcome to another edition of the Super Powers Highlight here at Action Figure Insider. Today I’m calling attention to a rarity most people might not know about. What’s generally known amongst people who collect this fantastic line is that there were three total waves of figures released from 1984 to 1986. The figures that were among the first two waves all came with a free mini-comic that illustrated a short adventure of the character. The third wave of figures had no comics, probably due to the second wave of figures performing so poorly on the retail shelves. Cost-cutting to sell the retailers on the 3rd wave, you see.
The advanced Super Powers collector also knows about at least a few of the more popular foreign releases…namely the Pacipa Super Amigos Riddler from Argentina, the Gulliver El Capitan Rayo from Columbia, and the Super Amigos Cyborg from the same Pacipa line as Riddler. Most people even have the carded Cyborg in their collection instead of the (mislabeled) "rare" US-released Cyborg.
However, what people might not know is that not only did the Brazilian company Estrela also release Cyborg (and other 3rd wave characters Shazam and Plastic Man), but he also came with a corresponding mini-comic! How this happened I have no clue. I think perhaps Kenner did have some of them ready before that idea was shelved, and these were the only three close enough to production to include with the license to the foreign market. Why Estrela was the only company perhaps to exercise this option, who knows. I don’t even know if it was an option to begin with…I’m just speculating a theory I think makes sense.
So far, no carded Estrela Cyborg (or Shazam) has ever turned up on the collector’s market and very few MOC Plastic Mans exist at this time (less than 5 do, I believe). Only two loose comics each of Cyborg, Shazam and Plastic Man have even turned up, as well. They are all (in their entirety) extremely rare.
If you know me at all…then you know I had to have one. Thanks to a very generous new friend of mine, I now finally have one in my collection. So, naturally I figured I’d not only blog about it a bit, but also scan the comic in and present it to my loyal followers in it’s entirety. Without any further blathering…here’s the comic! Enjoy!
Stay tuned for a similar upcoming edition of The Highlight featuring everyone’s favorite stretchy Eel…and thanks for reading!