Friday, December 10, 2010

1989 Mayfair Games DC Heroes Character Card Blank & Checklist

An interesting aspect of the Mayfair '89 card set was that beyond the 75 DC name brand cards, there were an additional three blanks to use in creation of your own characters. That's all well and good, except that each of the three also included a DC copyright, which could be taken to mean that DC claims ownership of any characters placed on those cards. I wouldn't expect the matter to ever go to court, because it isn't like anything folks came up with wouldn't be a multi-generational carbon copy of a preexisting DC character, but it still rubs me the wrong way.

The cards were not themselves numbered, but I thought listing them in alphanumeric order would be helpful, and it certainly paid off when I missed listing Manhunter Mark Shaw on my first pass...

  1. Animal-Man
  2. Aquaman
  3. The Atom
  4. Batman
  5. Big Barda
  6. Black Adam
  7. Black Canary
  8. Black Orchid
  9. Blackhawk
  10. Blue Beetle
  11. Booster Gold
  12. Bronze Tiger
  13. Captain Atom
  14. Captain Boomerang
  15. Captain Marvel
  16. Catwoman
  17. Changeling
  18. The Cheetah
  19. The Comedian
  20. Count Vertigo
  21. The Creeper
  22. Cyborg
  23. Danny Chase
  24. Darkseid the Destroyer
  25. Deadshot
  26. Doctor Fate
  27. Doctor Light
  28. Dr. Manhattan
  29. Duchess
  30. Elongated Man
  31. Fire
  32. Firestorm
  33. The Flash
  34. Gnort
  35. Green Arrow
  36. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
  37. Green Lantern (John Stewart)
  38. Guy Gardner
  39. Hawkman
  40. Hawkwoman
  41. The Huntress
  42. Ice
  43. Jericho
  44. John Constantine
  45. The Joker
  46. Jonah Hex
  47. Lex Luthor
  48. Manhunter
  49. Martian Manhunter
  50. Metamorpho
  51. Mister Miracle
  52. Mr. Mxyzptlk
  53. Nightwing
  54. Nite Owl
  55. Ozymandias
  56. The Penguin
  57. Plastic Man
  58. Power Girl
  59. The Question
  60. Raven
  61. Robin deceased
  62. Rocket Red
  63. Rorschach
  64. The Sandman
  65. Sergeant Rock
  66. Shade the Changing Man
  67. Silk Spectre
  68. The Spectre
  69. Starfire
  70. Starman
  71. Superman
  72. Swamp Thing
  73. Troia
  74. Vixen
  75. Wonder Woman
  76. blank card
  77. blank card
  78. blank card

This concludes Mayfairstivus 2010. I was surprised by many of these selections, as well as some omissions, but maybe we'll catch 'em all next year. Special thanks goes out to...
*Tom Hartley, for the inspiration and solicitation.
*Shag, Boosterrific & Anj, for the quality and quantity of their posts.
*Everyone else who participated and made this such a fun event.

If you wonder what this mess was all about, I'll let Albert explain it all, not to mention sing The Super-Hanukkah Song, and examine who is The World's Smallest Jewish Super-Hero?

There were a lot of Mayfairstivus listings that went beyond the above character cards that's I'd also like to catalog:

Finally, here is the participating blogroll:

The Anti-Didio League of America
The Aquaman Shrine
Booster Gold: BOO$TERRIFIC
Comics Make Me Happy!
The Continuity Blog
DC Bloodlines
Diana Prince as The New Wonder Woman
Doom Patrol: My Greatest Adventure #80
Firestorm Fan
Flash: Speed Force
Girls Gone Geek
Green Lantern Corps: The Indigo Tribe
Hawkman: Being Carter Hall 
Justice League Detroit
Martian Manhunter vs. The Idol-Head of Diabolu
Once Upon A Geek
Power of the Atom
Supergirl Comic Box Commentary


Anonymous said...

Just as a FYI, as the co-writer on the first Legion Sourcebook with Levitz, he basically supplied most of the history text, and I did the game statting. Paul took a look at the stats, and provided some info about how to rank characters (was Timber Wolf stronger than Colossal Boy was stronger than Ultra Boy?), but that was about it.

Diabolu Frank said...

Cool! Thanks for the info, which I forwarded to Anj at Supergirl Comic Box Commentary...

libra113 said...

I always assume the blank cards were for balancing purposes.

As I recall the whole deck was split in two and wrapped in clear plastic so I assumed the blank cards were to make both decks the same thickness.

Not sure why I thought this would matter but that was what I thought when I opened up the new set back in the day. :)