While Superman has been an American pop culture icon since 1939 and has been featured in his fair share of card sets throughout the ensuing years, Cryptozoic Entertainment has released its Superman: The Legend trading card set, which the hero’s story going full circle from the beginning to the present day with all-new artwork commissioned especially for this set. Collectors can not only look forward to a great base card set, but a solid line-up of inserts as well. Cryptozoic Entertainment has delivered another cutting edge set with this release.
The base set consists of 62 cards and features a cross-section of the entire Superman mythos, from allies Supergirl, Steel and Krypto to arch-villians Brainiac, Darkseid, and Lex Luthor. The backs are written by comic book writer Adam Beechen and offer a short synopsis of each character depicted on the card front. The card fronts feature new art by over 25 of today’s top artists including Joe Corroney, Mahmud Asrar, and Dan Schoening. My box contained a complete base set and approximately 50 additional cards which was a good start towards building a second set. Each display box consists of 24 five-card packs.
Superman: The Legend base card
There are a number of attractive inserts to be found within these packs, a nine card “Women of Superman” set with gold foil stamping; a nine card “Alternate Worlds” set on foil cardstock; a six card “Secret Origins” set on foil cardstock; “X-Ray Vision“ cards, consisting of nine cards which require heat to be applied to reveal the hidden image beneath a black surface coating. There is also a parallel foil base set inserted at one in every four packs on average; All other inserts fall on average of one in every twelve packs. A free digital copy of Action Comics that has an activation code for download appears one in every 24 packs.
Sketch cards are inserted one in every 24 packs on average and feature original art from well over 100 different artists, including fan favorites Tony Perna, Frank Kadar, Brent Engstrom, and Jennifer Mercer. Rare redemption inserts are also randomly inserted that can be redeemed for oversized “jam” sketch cards featuring the combined efforts of two artists on each card, including team-ups from Danielle Gransuall and Richard Cox, Frank Kadar and Tim Shay, among the artists who have rendered artwork for the redemptions. Printing plates are also inserted approximately one in every 576 packs.
Two different versions of the binder are available–a standard version with a promotional card and a Diamond Distributors exclusive version with a nine card exclusive set. The original artwork for the nine cards will be randomly inserted into those binders as an added bonus.
My box contained a base set as well as extra singles as mentioned above; I also received two “Secret Origin” inserts, two “Alternate World” inserts, two “Women of Superman” inserts, two “X-Ray Vision” inserts, six foil parallels and one sketch card by Matias Streb, which is quite stunning. I am looking forward to completing my set of Superman: The Legend and eagerly awaiting the next DC Comics release from Cryptozoic Entertainment!
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Superman: The Legend Alternate Worlds
Superman: The Legend Secret Origins
The Women of Superman: The Legend
Superman: The Legend sketch card