Sam Maronies Entertainment Funhouse (Maronie Creative Services, LLC)


December 18, 2013


c) DC Comics
c) DC Comics

c) DC Comics

Fan clubs have been around for decades. There have been such organizations for movie stars, sport celebs….and even for fictional characters!

Back in the 30s, many pulp-magazine and radio heroes had their own ‘secret societies’, where readers could send in a dime, and receive a membership certificate and other trinkets. Remember Ralphie’s Little Orphan Annie decoder from A Christmas Story?

Comic books were quick to jump on the bandwagon. There was the Junior Justice Society, among other such four-color fan-clubs. But the most popular–and most long-lasting–was DC’s Supermen of America.

c) DC Comics

c) DC Comics

Supermen of America lasted from the early 40s to the mid-60s–when is when I joined. I received a color certificate–signed by Clark Kent, no less! Also with the packet came a welcome letter, a decoder-card and a beautiful color membership button. The ‘Superman Family’ magazines would often carry coded messages–usually plugging one of the comics–for which one used the card to cipher.

I’ve long lost the card and the button, but here’s my original certificate and letter. You can purchase reproductions of the original button, but I still wish I had mine!


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