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     "Look! Up in the sky!  It's a bird.  It's a plane.  It's a Starlight Nights Superhero Prop!"  Whether you are young or just young at heart, everyone idolizes those who swoop in to save the day.  And, deep down, don't we all still dream of donning a cape and mask to protect the world?  We are proud to have collected a variety of popular Superheroes spanning several genres and who have stood the test of time.



"I'm here to fight for truth and justice and the American way." -Superman to Lois Lane.

     The lone survivor of a doomed world, Krypton, Kal-El, or "Superman" as we Earthlings call him, appeared in the first issue of Action Comics in 1938.  Since that time, he has set the bar for all other superheroes (and villains) that followed.  Superman has appeared in print, cartoon and live-action television, and in film, being portrayed by 11 actors since 1948.
     The infant Kal-El was sent to Earth before Krypton's destruction and was raised by Johnathan and Martha Kent.  From them he learned the best of human values.  As an adult, the alien Kal-El lives among us disguised as mild-mannered Clark Kent, reported for The Daily Planet.  When he dons his cape, Superman protects Earth from all manner of evil forces.
     Others may come and go, but there will always be only one Superman!
     This statue captures the iconic look of the Kryptonian hero as he prepares to leap a tall building in a single bound.  Commissioned by DC Comics and designed by LM Treasures, Superman stands over nine feet tall!

Superman Accessories and Other Collectibles
Superman, "Call to Action" by Sideshow Collectibles, Number 26/2500
Superman: The Movie Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles. Number 923/6000
Iron Studios Art Scale Deluxe 1:10 "Superman - The Movie" Statue
"Superman" Deluxe Statue by DC Direct
DC Direct Statue -- "Crisis and Infinite Earths"
Action Comic #1 50th Anniversary Superman Commemorative Plate, designed and signed by Michael Drexlar for Neverending Battle Inc.  Low-number edition -- 137 of 15,000
60th Anniversary "Superman Flying into Action" Collectors Plate, illustrated by Jose Garcia-Lopez.  Number 2270 of 2500
DC Direct Golden Age Action Figure -- Perry White
Jada "Hollywood Rides" Superman 2005 Ford GT
Sideshow Premium Format "Supergirl" Statue
Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles Femme Fatales Series, "Supergial," from "Superman: The Animated Series."  Sculpted by Steve Verner, 2015
Cover Girls of the DC Universe: Supergirl Statue, number 1809 out of 5000
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"If no one else will defend the world, then I must."  -Princess Diana.

     Born of clay and the answered prayers of her mother, Hippolyta, to Zeus himself, Princess Diana, later known as Wonder Woman, was trained by the Amazon warriors on the island of Themyscira.  When a WWI pilot inadvertently crashes on their shores, they learn of the nature of man and war.  Diana chooses to leave the protection of her home to rid the world of its source of evil.  As she becomes exposed to the nature of man she learns that there is no single cause of evil but that it resides in everyone.  But she also learns that there is good in the hearts of men and becomes inspired to aid the cause of good and right.
     Making her debut in All-Star Comics in 1941, Wonder Woman has been in print, cartoon and live-action television, and films.
     She has been, and always shall be, the definitive female superhero.
     This statue, created by National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) from Warner Brothers Studios and DC Comics molds and illustrations, captures the essence of this Amazonian warrior as portrayed by Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman (2017), Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Justice League (2017).  This collectible had a very limited run and is no longer commercially available.  But this accurate six-foot recreation is a "wonder"-ful part of our collection!!

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     Many actresses have portrayed the mighty Amazonian Princess.  Although Gal Gadot (above) has brought the heroine to the big screen, others have also played the part, most notably Cathy Lee Crosby and Adrianne Palicki.  There have also been many who have given Wonder Woman a voice in animation (including BJ Ward, who also voiced Princess Allura, Haggar, and the Castle Nanny in the Lion Force Voltron and all female pilots in the Vehicle Force Voltron).  But the most famous and iconic portrayal of the role certainly goes to Lynda Carter, who donned the famous "satin tights" from 1975 - 1979.
     This life-size statue portrays Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman is her classic pose of power, strength, and defiance, as shown.  Designed and created by artisans at Finet Sculpture Arts and imported to the US, the statue represents the character from the first season of the American television show and possess the color and fluidity you would expect from Finet artisans.

Hot Toys Wonder Woman 84 Golden Armor Deluxe Version 1:6 figure.  2021
Super Powers Wonder Woman Action Figure by McFarlane Toys and the Invisible Jet.

"America doesn't hand you things on a silver platter.  Sometimes all she offers is hope."  -Steve Rogers/Captain America.

     Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America first appeared in March 1941 in the comic by the same name (the first superhero to have that happen).  A response to Hitler's rise to power, the first edition cover actually shows Captain America punching Hitler in the jaw.  There was no doubt that this was a new patriotic American hero!
     Simon and Kirby deny that the Captain America character and Wonder Woman were in response to each other.  However, each has a similar theme: Both wore American colors and fought with the Allies against the Axis powers. Unlike Wonder Woman, however, Steve Rogers (Captain America) is human and mortal, with his strength and character coming from a "Super Soldier" serum.
     In the MCU, Captain America is the first Avenger and exists in modern times after being frozen in a Hydra jet that he deliberately crash-landed to avoid its cargo of missiles from being detonated.  The character is pivotal in the continuation of the Avengers, acting as both leader and conscience for the diverse team.
     In the comics, there are multiple story lines and universes surrounding the character.
     Starlight Nights is proud to have "assembled" this authentic Captain America WWII uniform, complete with metal shield.  Please note that the shield is very heavy, and while we welcome you to take a picture next to "Cap," the shield is too heavy for young junior-Avengers.


"With great power comes great responsibility."  -Uncle Ben to Peter Parker.

     Spiderman stands out from other superheroes in that his alter-ego, Peter Parker, had to grow up and define himself not only as a hero but as an adult (much like Barry Batson/Shazam in the DC Universe).  Very much unassuming and the common-man's hero, no crime or threat is too big nor too small for him to swing in and save the day, often with a light-hearted quip.  When not saving the city, genius Parker balances studying science, freelancing as a photographer for The Daily Bugle, taking care of his Aunt May, and nurturing relationships.  In that regard, he is a character that we all can relate to.
     Spiderman first appeared in Fantasy Comics in 1964, created by the celebrated Stan Lee.  Since that time, fans have followed his adventures in print, cartoon and live-action television, and in film.
     Swinging in to our collection is the wall-crawler himself -- Your Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman.  This colorful and vibrant statue seems to come to life in one of Spidey's iconic poses.  Designed and created by artisans at Finet Sculpture Arts and imported to the US, this life-size replica seems very fluid and dynamic.

Accessories and Other Collectibles
The Marvel Collection Spider-Man, 1990, Limited Edition Ceramic Maquette, designed by John Romita
M.I.I. Spider-Man 3, The Movie Character, 2007, Ceramic Marquette
Spider-Man the Movie, Marvel, 2002, 12-inch Vinyl Figure
SHF Iron Spider (The Avengers) Action Figure
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Batman: I'd like you to do me a favor. I'd like you to tell all your friends about me.
Nic: What are you?

Batman: I'm Batman!

     Haunted by the memory of watching his parents shot and killed by a street thug, young Bruce Wayne grew up with a fascination of crime.  He studied how the criminal mindset worked while at the same time training his mind and body.  When he realized that becoming a police officer was bound in too much bureaucracy to make a difference, he split into another persona: The Batman.  Using symbolism and fear as much as brain and brawn, his vigilante fight against crime in Gotham City ironically made him a criminal.  The character has also gone against some of the most evil and creative villains in the genre.
      Revered by the citizens, wanted by the police, and feared by criminals, Batman is another superhero that has stood the test of time.
     Created by Bob Kane, Batman first appeared in Detective Comics in 1939.  He has been depicted in print, animated and live-action television, and film.  Indeed, the Caped Crusader has been portrayed by more actors than any other superhero -- eight.
     The Dark Knight of Gotham can be your honored guest.  Standing over six-feet tall, Batman is captured by the talented artists at Finet Sculpture Arts and imported to the US depicting both heroism and angst.  And now he is ready to protect you from Riddlers and Jokers.

Batman Accessories and Other Collectibles
"Bombs Away, Batman!" Statue Officially Licensed by DC Comics, #296
"Catwoman" Statue Officially Licensed by DC Comics and distributed by Sideshow Collectibles #485/2000.
(Yes, she is anatomically correct.  No, we will not show you!)
Tweeterhead Catwoman Maquette -- Michelle Pfeiffer
1998 Batman Diamond Select Gallery Diorama
"The Laughing Man" Joker Collectible Statue, Mars Toys 1/6 Statue
Classic Batman Statue inspired by the art of Bob Kane
McFarlane Gold Label Collection DC Multiverse Batman
Golden Age Maquettes
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DC Collectibles Batman The Animated Series Exclusive 24-inch Batmobile, Sculpted by Kushwara Studios, 2015.
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Jada Hollywood Rides 1:18 Classic Batman TV Series Batmobile with Die-Cast Figures
1:18 Batman (1989)
Remote-Controlled Batmobile
Hot Wheels Elite 1:18 Batman Forever (1995) Batmobile
DC Bombshells Batgirl 1957 Corvette, Hollywood Rides, Jada Toys. 2020
(It counts!)
Adam West and Burt Ward Autographs.  Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na -- signatures!

"Ain't  nuthin' like me, 'cept me."  -Rocket Raccoon, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.

     What a unique and fantastic character!  Rocket Raccoon was created by Bill Mantli and artist Keith Giffen for Marvel Comics in 1976.  He is an anthropomorphic raccoon (yes, you read that right) who has been adapted and grown in both print and cinema.  The name and character are in reference to the Beatles' 1968 song Rocky Raccoon.  You may hear the song by clicking here.
     Despite appearances, Rocket Raccoon is not from Earth.  Instead, we learn he is from Halfworld, a half-industrious and half-verdant planet that housed the mentally ill.  He has heightened senses and strength and is an engineering genius (putting even McGyver to shame when it comes to ingenuity!).  We also learn that he is a skilled pilot and brilliant tactician, one of the best both in and out of the Avengers storyline.
     Unlike other Avengers and Guardians, Rocket has a bit of a...shall we say..."potty mouth."  In the MCU movies the vulgarity was reduced but the sarcasm and wit were there.  Remember that Rocket was a freelance mercenary after escaping Halfworld and before joining the Guardians of the Galaxy and then the Avengers, and that lifestyle is reflected in his mannerisms.  In the MCU, Rocket was voiced by Bradley Cooper, who was able to emphasize the anger and abrasiveness while also showing the tortured and sensitive side of the character.
     Indeed, Rocket does have a tortured past.  The entire storyline is complex and differs slightly between the comics and MCU versions.  In summary, Halfword was abandoned and robots were left behind to tend to the patients.  Radiation from a nearby supernova altered the robots, making them self-aware and resentful of their servitude to humanoids.  To end their enslavement, these robots used genetic manipulation to turn animals into human-like sentient beings to replace them.
     But the Halfworld robots were torturous in transforming the animals.  A powerful quote comes from a drunk Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1:  "I didn't ask to be torn apart and put back together, over and over and turned into some...some little monster."
     It will be interesting to see if director James Gunn explores Rocket's past more in upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
     So at his core, Rocket was "made" to help people, but adventures and experience made him selfish on the surface, looking out for only himself (and Groot in the MCU).  His compassion and intelligence do come out in the four movies as he holds the Guardians together and is able to pep-talk and unite the Avengers after the blip.
     This life-sized representation of Rocket Raccoon was manufactured and distributed by National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), who obtained the license from Marvel and Disney.  However, the version of Rocket in his blue uniform (first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) was not offered for sale to the public, being used for display only.  We have obtained one of these statues, which was the Mascot in the 2021 North Carolina Comicon.  He is displayed prominently and proudly, although our dogs are still curious as to what this large raccoon is doing in our home!

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Kaecilius:  "Mister...?"
Strange: "Doctor."
Kaecilius:  "...Mister Doctor."
Strange:  "It's 'Strange.'"
Kaecilius:  [Shrugging] "Maybe.  Who am I to judge."
          Doctor Strange, 2016

Peter Parker:  "I'm Peter, by the way."
Stephen Strange: "Doctor Strange."
Peter Parker:  "Oh, we're using our made-up names.  Then I am Spider-man."
          Avengers: Infinity War,

     Stephen Vincent Strange, M.D., Ph.D.  Yes, whether mere mortal or later the Sorcerer Supreme, he does not choose to hide behind a secret identity and is simply, "Doctor Strange."
     The character of Doctor Strange was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in Marvel's Strange Tales No. 110 in 1963.  But unlike comic-book magicians before him, like Mandrake the Magician (1934) and Zatara in 1938, Stephen Strange was not a stage magician and utilized actual sorcery.  Indeed, Strange's origin story tells us he was a brilliant and egotistical neurosurgeon who was injured in a car crash.  When modern science and medicine were unable to restore the use of his hands, Strange learns of an "Ancient One" in Tibet that might be able to help.  Strange becomes his apprentice, using his intellect to learn the ways of magic and mysticism, ultimately becoming a Master of the Mystic Arts and a very unique superhero.
     Unlike other, more Earthly superheroes, Doctor Strange fought evil in other dimensions, with unique and powerful villains.  The combination of Lee and Ditko provided fantastic storylines with wonderous artwork and dialogue.
     Interestingly, the franchise of Doctor Strange was almost lost to the hippie movement of the late 1960s.  As the use of LSD increased, unofficial claims that Doctor Strange was simply in a coma after his car accident and all the bizarre stories were simply drug-induced hallucinations (a real slap in the face to Ditko, who was a staunch conservative).  The character even appeared on the cover of a Pink Floyd cover.  Ditko left the character and was replaced by Gene Colan.
  To separate the character from the new image of being a "Psychedelic Superhero," Doctor Strange was ultimately teamed with other Marvel superheroes, becoming the "Defenders" throughout the 1970s.
     By 1974, under the new writing of Steve Englehart, Doctor Strange became even more powerful, almost omnipotent, with the ability to destroy and create universes.  Despite this, the character fell to obscurity during the early and mid 1980s.  In the years that followed, the character underwent continual changes, many unpopular, such as a reduction of his power, disfiguration, being a member of the Illuminati, and even abandoning magic.  In 2015, there was a major reorganization of Marvel characters, and Doctor Strange survived and stabilized into the Sorcerer Supreme known today.
     Besides comic, Doctor Strange has appeared in books, a TV show (and cameos),
 animation and, more recently, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
     At Starlight Nights, we appreciate the character of Doctor Strange, a superhero whose powers are based on intellect rather than strength or fighting skills.  Below are some of the items in our collection.  Enjoy!

Dr. Strange 1978 Movie Trailer
How Powerful is Doctor Strange?
Evolution of Doctor Strange in Cartoons, Movies, & TV Series (1978-2022)
Doctor Strange Powers & Fight Scenes -- Doctor Strange, Thor, Avengers, and Spiderman
Doctor Strange in 1602 as the court magician to Queen of England.  Sculpted by Andy Bergholtz and limited to 2003 pieces.
Diamond Select 9-inch Comic-inspred Doctor Strange Vinyl Figure, sculpted by Phil Ramirez
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Diamond Select 9-inch Avengers: Infinity War Movie Vinyl Figure, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios
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Marvel 6-inch "Legends of Magic" Doctor Strange Figure, comic-book inspired.  Hasbro, 2016

“United?  Unity isn't about being the same.  It's about working together.  What you can't calculate, Ultron, is that our differences are our greatest strength" -Tony Stark, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

     Iron Man is an American superhero created by Marvel Comics and who first appeared in Tales of Suspense no. 39 in 1963.  Like his DC counterpart, Batman, Iron Man has no superpowers but instead uses intellect, wealth, and invention to save the day.  However, the alter-egos are very different:  Bruce Wayne (Batman) is driven by the need for vengeance and justice and keeps his identity secret.  Tony Stark (Iron Man), on the other hand, is driven more by ego and a subjective sense of right and wrong.
     Tony Stark was based on the real-life Howard Hughes and is one of the most famous characters from the era of having "heroes with emotional issues."  In this case, Tony Stark, a defense contractor, was injured during a weapons test in Vietnam and captured by the Viet Cong.  Forced to build weapons for the enemy, he secretly builds a suit of armor that not only keeps him alive but is highly weaponized.  Upon returning home, he continually reinvents his suit, becoming stronger and more high-tech as the years pass.
     Unfortunately, Stark can never remove the technology from his chest, which is keeping him alive.  His greatest weakness is the fact that his suits do not have an unlimited power source and need to be recharged and can also run out of power at the most inopportune time.
     During the late 1950s and 70s, Iron Man was a central figure in Marvel Comics and eventually became one of the founding members of the Avengers.
     Iron Man and his many storylines, including one that deals with Stark's alcoholism, have been a staple in comics, animated movies and TV shows, and, of course, live-action films.  It is in the latter that the character found world-wide popularity, with Tony Stark being played by Robert Downey Jr.
     To get a sense of the evolution of the character over the years, we invite you to view the two videos below:

Other Superhero Collectibles

Justice League Classic Variant Fine Art Print by Paolo Rivera. DC Comics Arts, 383/450
International Museum DC Super Heroes Collector's Plates, complete set of 6.  Low numbers.
Warner Brothers Studios Justice League of America Collectors Plate, 819/2500
The Wonder Twins with Gleek!  This is a 2009 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive, never sold in stores.  Gleek was never available separately or in stores.  The twins, Zan and Jayna, are in separate packaging that are hinged.  When folded together so that their rings touch, recorded dialogue as well as flashing lights occur.  Also included are Jayna as an eagle and Zan as water.  Very rare.
Those Junior Superheroes, Wendy and Marvin!  Licensed by DC Comics and manufactured by Figures Toy Company.  8-inch figures set.  2016.
Hawkgirl Deluxe Statue by Iron Studios.  Hawkgirl has many incantations.  This statue represents Shayera-Hol, from the planet Thanagar.
Scarlet Witch, Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles.  Artists Steve Shumacher, Ian McDonald, Richard Luong, and the Kucharek Brothers.  Paint by Kat Sapene with costume fabrication by Tim Hanson.  Number /3000,
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Wanda Maximoff, from WandaVision, learning her powers as she becomes the Scarlet Witch.  This one-sixth figure by Hot Toys and distributed by Sideshow Collectibles beautifully captures Elizabth Olson in her character that soon becomes one of the most powerful in the universe!
Hot Toys Captain Marvel 1/6 Collectible Figure, Deluxe Version, by So Young Lee and E-Lee and JC Hong.  2020.
DC Direct "Covergirls of the DC Universe," Black Canary
1986 DC Super Powers Shazam Action Figure.  AFA score of 90.  Canadian release with fabric cape.  Kenner.
Heroes of the DC Universe -- Shazam!  Number 902/2000.
Shazam Statue by Iron Studios.
Shazam!: Fury of the Gods 7-inch Action Figure by McFarlane Toys.
Iron Studios Plastic Man Statue
by Ivan Reis
DC Direct -- Heroes of the DC Universe Green Arrow, designed by Carlos Pacheco and Sculpted by Jean St. Jean
Justice League Paperweight: The Atom, Designed by Monogram Masterworks
Firestorm, Super Powers Collection, Kenner, 1985
Diamond Select, Ghost Rider, 448/1500, 2007
Deadpool 7-inch figure from Diamond Select, 2011
Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Jakks Toys/Toynami, 2005 (Double Action Figure Set)
Hong Kong Phooey, McFarlane Toys, 2006.
"Number one Super-guy!"
Hanna-Barbera "Heroes:"  Captain Caveman and Speed Buggy.
Darkwing Duck, Quantum Mechanix Q-Fig, 2021 (Darkwing Duck counts as a superhero, right?)
Negaduck, Disney/Funko Exclusive (listed as "Darkwing Duck #1328"), Limited Edition, 2022
Loki's Sceptor with Mind Stone.
Marvel Universe/Disney
He-Man and She-Ra Funkos, signed by animator Tom Cook
Mezco Toyz One:12 Space Ghost Figure
George Lowe (slightly innebriated!) Auograph
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