SuperCamp penguins

I’m preparing to scan in a set of penguin-themed thoroughly XXX-rated collages in relatively large originals, but mixed in with these in my files are two entirely R-rated collages, SuperPenguin and Potpourri, which I’ll report on here.

SuperPenguin. Contemplate this team of penguins at the world-famous Clark Kent SuperCamp, where campers are trained to channel superpowers:


Soon they will fan out around the globe, each to serve and protect a watery sector. On shore, people will exclaim:

Look! Down in the water! It’s a bird… It’s a submarine… It’s SuperPenguin!

The source of the “It’s a bird” meme is The Adventures of Superman (1952–1958),

a live-action television series about the Man of Steel as he fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet. It was the first to bring the comic-book hero to TV. (Wikipedia)

The intro for the show:

Narrator: Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Man 1: Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird.
Woman: It’s a plane.
Man 2: It’s Superman!
Narrator: Yes, it’s Superman, strange visitor from another planet who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands. And who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way. And now another exciting episode in the adventures of Superman.

That was the 1950s. In the next decade came the musical comedy. From Wikipedia:

It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman is a musical with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, with a book by David Newman and Robert Benton. It is based on the comic book character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics

… The musical opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on March 29, 1966. Directed by Harold Prince with choreography by Ernest Flatt, it starred Bob Holiday as Clark Kent and Superman, Patricia Marand as Lois Lane, Jack Cassidy as Max Mencken, and Linda Lavin as Sydney. The production received generally positive reviews, but it failed to catch on with the theater-going public and closed on July 17, 1966 after 129 performances.

… Two revivals were staged the very next year. [There were later revivals in 1992, 2007, 2010, and 2013.]

A poster for the original Broadway show:


Potpourri. The other collage:


A sculptured penguin lounging among the zinnias, with a fortune cookie fortune and (inexplicably) an array of insects. Perhaps Potpourri Penguin (nickname PP, that is, PeePee, short for PeePee le Poisson*) will soon be in the presence of true stardom: SuperPenguin.

[*Note: an obvious allusion to the cartoon skunk Pepé le Pew.]

[Addendum: There is now a Page on this blog with postings on superhero comics.]

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