I was worried I had lost these. Luckily, they turned up in a box a few months ago. Needless to say I was very relieved. They’re from 1976, they’re weird, and they’re fabulous:
Why do these exist? Why? To make me happy, that’s why. These are four ceramic planters, just a few inches tall, and each of the heroes is proclaiming “SUPER PLANTS” for no reason. I like to imagine the four of them brainstorming and trying to come up with something clever they’d all say and that’s the best they could come up with. Also Batman seems to have a talking armpit.
Notice that you have your three standard Super Friends/Justice League heroes: Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman, and then you have
Gomer Pyle Captain Marvel, or/and/also known as Shazam! because of weird DC/Marvel comics shiz.
No Aquaman despite that fact that water, Aquaman’s realm, is one of the things plants need to survive.
Not that I would plant anything in them. The last thing I would want would be to plant some seeds, and then, OF COURSE, they would become super plants and the roots could potentially crack my beloved ceramic planters. No, no, that wouldn’t do.
I looked these up and found this interesting post (interesting if you are interested in 1970s plant-related superhero merchandising which, duh, everyone is).
I got mine about 9 years ago off of ebay, and if you search right now, you can actually buy the entire store display piece plus 3 of each of them for 70 bucks. Although if you do end up with something that powerful in your possession you must promise only to use it for good.
12 thoughts on “Prized Possessions Vol. 3 – Super Friends Mini Planters”
These are FANTASTIC. I wonder what counts as Super Plants? I feel as if I planted a bean or a pansy in one of these, Wonder Woman would come to my house, throat-punch me, and leave in disgust, muttering “beans and pansies aren’t SUPER” under her breath.
But beans AND pansies, like some sort of super combo – those would be super plants.
It saddens me that Aquaman was not included. His word-balloon would come from his butt.
Ah, yes. That would have been marvelous.
They’re perfect. I want them all.
Ebay, baby. Pretty readily available and affordable. You could put all your writing pens in them.
I’m digging Batman’s talking armpit. A little bummed that Aquaman was (ONCE AGAIN!) ignored, but I’m willing to let Shazam have his day in the sun. Because seriously, did anyone growing up actually call him Captain Marvel? All I ever heard was Shazam.
Have you had a chance to read any of the New 52 comics? If you haven’t, you need to check out the Aquaman series. The first issue actually plays up his reputation as a fish talker/useless out of water superhero. It’s pretty awesome.
Yeah, I don’t have much time for anything right now. Especially since spring is coming and that’s prime super plant time.
Weed. That would be the only acceptable thing to grow in these planters. What’s more super? 😉
Ha! That’s probably the demographic for the planters, too, weed growers.
Are you sure it’s safe to be announcing to the whole internet that you have these treasures in your possession?
I’ve got lasers and shit around them.