Superheroes

     "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.

     

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"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!

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Superman Accessories and Other Collectibles
Superman, "Call to Action" by Sideshow Collectibles, Number 26/2500
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Iron Studios Art Scale Deluxe 1:10 "Superman - The Movie" Statue
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"Superman" Deluxe Statue by DC Direct
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DC Direct Statue -- "Crisis and Infinite Earths"
808/2550
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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
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DC Direct Golden Age Action Figure -- Perry White
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Jada "Hollywood Rides" Superman 2005 Ford GT
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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.

Autographs
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"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.

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"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
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The Marvel Collection Spider-Man, 1990, Limited Edition Ceramic Maquette, designed by John Romita
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M.I.I. Spider-Man 3, The Movie Character, 2007, Ceramic Marquette
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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
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"Bombs Away, Batman!" Statue Officially Licensed by DC Comics, #296
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Tweeterhead Catwoman Maquette -- Michelle Pfeiffer
1666/2500
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Classic Batman Statue inspired by the art of Bob Kane
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McFarlane Gold Label Collection DC Multiverse Batman
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Golden Age Maquettes
by DC Comics
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DC Collectibles Batman The Animated Series Exclusive 24-inch Batmobile, Sculpted by Kushwara Studios, 2015.
Batmobiles!
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Jada Hollywood Rides 1:18 Classic Batman TV Series Batmobile with Die-Cast Figures
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1:18 Batman (1989)
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Hot Wheels Elite 1:18 Batman Forever (1995) Batmobile
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DC Bombshells Batgirl 1957 Corvette, Hollywood Rides, Jada Toys. 2020
(It counts!)
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"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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Other Superhero Collectibles

Justice League Classic Variant Fine Art Print by Paolo Rivera. DC Comics Arts, 383/450
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International Museum DC Super Heroes Collector's Plates, complete set of 6.  Low numbers.
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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.
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Those Junior Superheroes, Wendy and Marvin!  Licensed by DC Comics and manufactured by Figures Toy Company.  8-inch figures set.  2016.
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Hawkgirl Deluxe Statue by Iron Studios.  Hawkgirl has many incantations.  This statue represents Shayera-Hol, from the planet Thanagar.
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Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles Femme Fatales Series, "Supergial," from "Superman: The Animated Series.  Sculpted by Steve Verner, 2015
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DC Direct "Covergirls of the DC Universe," Black Canary
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Iron Studios Plastic Man Statue
by Ivan Reis
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DC Direct -- Heroes of the DC Universe Green Arrow, designed by Carlos Pacheco and Sculpted by Jean St. Jean
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Justice League Paperweight: The Atom, Designed by Monogram Masterworks
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Firestorm, Super Powers Collection, Kenner, 1985
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Diamond Select, Ghost Rider, 448/1500, 2007
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Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Toynami, 2003 (Double Action Figure Set)
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Darkwing Duck, Quantum Mechanix Q-Fig, 2021 (Darkwing Duck counts as a superhero, right?)
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Hong Kong Phooey, McFarlane Toys, 2006.
"Number one Super-guy!"
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