There was a time when a lot of kids had a little record player like this, usually with a cartoon character on it. Superman's a huge collector draw, so this item's a no-brainer.



  • Fact 1: The first phonograph was developed by Thomas Edison in 1877 and used wax cylinders to store sounds; vinyl discs first hit the market in the early 1940s.
  • Fact 2: Portable record players became affordable to the general public in the 1950s, and by the 1970s cheap, character-branded players were being produced for children.
  • Fact 3: Superman first appeared in Action Comics, Issue #1, in April of 1938, becoming the first comic-book hero and spawning countless more.
  • Fact 4: Writer Jerry Siengel and artist Joe Schuster created Superman as a response to the social and economic injustices of the Great Depression, and named him in opposition to the German concept of Ubermensch.
  • Fact 5: Superman is one of the most merchandised characters in history, and in 1942 the US Navy listed Superman comics an "essential" supply for troops stationed at Midway.

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