Funny the things you remember from childhood. I know I
had lots of nice toys, some of which probably threatened
to push my parents into the poor house, but ironically the
ones that stand out in memory are sometimes the cheapest
(or even, in some cases, the boxes they came in!).
Case in point is this sliding puzzle which probably came
from a dime store and, I'm betting, cost well under a buck.
I spent countless hours tinkering with this thing, often
in the back seat of the car on those long family trips (in
case you were wondering what kids did before Game Boy...no,
they didn't "enjoy the scenery" or contribute
to the conversation!).
This thing is still in my possession, despite being in
pieces at least once (I think I dropped it...anyway all
the tiles were out and I had to snap them back in). And
then there was the time I decided it was too boring (or
difficult?) in black and white, so I colored it in with
My devotion to this trinket is even more odd when you consider
the art is so crude and definitely off-model with the "S"
and the face. But it still has a sort of raw iconic power,
plus a historic value as a relic of the days before major
corporations like DC excercised stringent controls over
how their characters were represented. In fact it almost
feels like a bootleg, despite the "NPP" copyright
Harshbarger's site, now you can even try your own hand
at solving the puzzle (see below). Good luck!
THE PUZZLE AND GET SUPERMAN FLYING!
Use the SCRAMBLE button to mix up
the tiles. Arrange the tiles using the left-click
button on your mouse to move each tile in
turn. Or wimp out by pressing SOLVE.