Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's Birds, It's Planes, It's Stamps

Canada Post, the Canadian postal service, has announced the issuance of a six-stamp set honoring the 75th anniversary of Superman. It is a fitting tribute because Joe Shuster, the artist who co-created the Man of Steel, was born in Toronto.

Five of the stamps are being issued in sheetlet form, with art by Shuster, Wayne Boring, Neal Adams, Jim Lee, and Kenneth Rocafort representing various eras.

The sixth stamp uses John Byrne's version of the iconic shot of Clark Kent ripping open his shirt to reveal the Superman costume beneath.

Longtime fans of the Man of Steel will quickly note that a particular artist, whose rendition of Superman was considered the classic for more than twenty-five years, is left out of this collection.  Where, Canada Post officials, is Superman by Curt Swan?


  1. I was about to comment, "Must... have...!" until I noticed that there was no Curt Swan stamp. At least they used his art for Superman (and Aquaman!) in the US DC Heroes commemorative set.

  2. The article I read said that the stamps would only be available for ordering to people with Canadian mailing addresses, due to "licensing restrictions." It did not elaborate who put those restrictions in place or why.

  3. I've got friends in New Brunswick. Maybe I'll e-mail them and ask if they can get their hands on a few sheets.

  4. Not including Curt Swan and including Jim Lee? That's a douche move. Probably decided by DC. Because that's how they are.