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    Superman Syroco Statue (DC, 1942). Adolph Holstein, a skilled European immigrant woodcarver, founded the Syracuse Ornamental Co. in 1890. Unable to keep up with demand for his intricate carvings, Holstein developed a process to mass-produce replicas of the carvings by compressing a mixture of wood, flour, waxes, and resins into molds. In the 1930s and 1940s, the company changed its name to Syroco Inc. and manufactured a line of novelty items and figurines of popular entertainers, personalities, and comic strip characters, and were sold in roadside souvenir shops. In 1942, Syroco released their most popular and successful figure--SUPERMAN. The Superman statues were not offered for sale; instead, they were a promotional item from DC Comics for Superman comic books to distributors and retailers. And, even more interesting, the production was limited to only 100 pieces, of which only 10-12 of these statues were actually fully painted. The remaining statues were brown with a red logo and cape. Syroco (sometimes referred to as Sirocco) statues are very fragile and are very rarely found unbroken or repaired. This statue is 5 1/2" tall, and one of the original 10-12 fully-painted figures. It is in perfect condition, no breaks, cracks, or repairs. This statue, with its limited original production, is one of the rarest of the vintage Superman collectibles. The original paint on this example that we are offering for sale is much superior to the one that is pictured on the cover of the December, 1991 issue of Comicbook Marketplace magazine with the caption: "Extremely Rare." In the accompanying article entitled "Comic Character Memorabilia," John Snyder refers to the Superman Syroco as "One of the most famous, desirable and rare of all Superman collectibles."

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    October, 2002
    10th-13th Thursday-Sunday
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