Thursday, March 29, 2012

GREAT RAO! Japanese Subway Posters Highlight Superman's Weakness To Gum

It's one of comics most enduring images; Superman - The Man of Steel, busting free from being wrapped in chains, ready to pick up the never-ending battle. However, chains are one thing, chewing gum left on the subway floor is a whole other kind of Kryptonite.

Never being one to shirk a public service announcement opportunity, Superman addressed just this issue in a series of campy Japanese subway posters of the 1970's, looking like this;

Titled 'Don’t throw chewing gum on the platform' this poster from September 1976 shows Doomsday might never be a problem, but Kal-El is petrified of getting Hubba-Bubba on his bright red boots.

Other comic/manga themed posters in the range included the below Astro Boy; Humans are forgetful (February 1976) and Superman and Lois Lane; Don’t get your purse caught in the doors (March 1977). There's a lesson for us all there I think.

All these posters and the rest of the subway series are collected in the book Manner Poster 100, published in 1983.

4 comments:

  1. Amazing! they should adapt those posters to Portugese subways :)
    Much better than movies publicity!
    Two week ago it was Adam Sandler travesting everywhere. It was so tiresome, I decided I'd never see that flick

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  2. I think they would make a good break too Aliera, and no where on earth does it seem people need reminding of manners then in a subway.

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  3. Now that's funny as hell. Who knew right? Check out latest skits, 'cause I'm cranking em out on a somewhat regular basis.

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  4. Cheers Dale - will do!

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