There is a segment of folks out there that love to collect patches. Personally, whenever I think of patch collecting it reminds me of the late 1970s and denim jackets. However, given that I live in a glass house built of Firestorm memorabilia, I’m not one to cast stones.
Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t even know there were Firestorm patches! I won the Firestorm patch below on eBay recently. It was produced by Willabee & Ward as part of their Official DC Comics Patches collection.
The border and classic Firestorm logo were embroidered. The image of Firestorm himself has been printed on the fabric. This drawing of Firestorm looks REALLY familiar, but I’m having a hard time placing it. I think it may have been used with the Super Power action figure, but further research would be needed. Does anyone have the cut-out Firestorm data card from the Super Powers action figure card? If so, any chance you could send me a scan of both sides? It would be greatly appreciated.
The patch came attached to a nice oversized, heavy paper-stock information sheet (called a “Collector Panel”). The sheet provides a Who’s Who-like history of the classic Firestorm. It’s well-written, entertaining, and accurate. The sheet measures 9 by 12 inches, while the patch measures just about 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. Click the two images below to read the information sheet.
As I mentioned, this patch is part of the Official DC Comics Patches collection by Willabee & Ward. According to their website each patch is framed by embroidered patterns of up to 15,000 separate stitches. The collection includes other DC heroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.
If you’re interested, the collection is available on a subscription basis. You receive your first DC Comics Patch for just $4.95, shipping and service included. Subsequent patches shipped two per month, at $19.95 each, plus $1.95 each shipping and service. Ouch, seems a little pricey to me, but if you’re into patches and superheroes then it sounds like this is for you.
While surfing for information on these patches, I came across another set of Firestorm patches. I tell ya, apparently there is a whole world of patch collecting out there I knew nothing about! This next set of patches is advertised as “Set of Firestorm Super Powers Embroidered Patches”. It comes from an Argentinean website called Amos Del Retro. The patch of Firestorm’s head looks pretty cool; exactly like Firestorm from the Super Powers cartoon. I’m guessing these Argentinean patches are not officially endorsed by DC, but they still look pretty neat. If you are interested in picking up these patches, you can check out the Amos Del Retro website or their offerings on eBay.
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