Appreciation Plaque, Boy Scouts of America “Super Scout-O-Rama"

Description (Brief):

In 1979, the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts of America used a superhero theme for their annual Scout-A-Rama event. This metal and ceramic appreciation plate, featuring images of DC Comics characters Superman and Batman, was given out at the occasion, where area scouting troops congregated for a showcase of skills and activities. Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been one of the largest youth organizations in the United States.

Description (Brief)

The character of Superman first flew into action in 1938. The costumed superhero was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two Jewish teenagers from Cleveland Ohio, who used, among other things, Classical mythology, philosopher Fredrich Nietzche's concept of the "uber mensch," and the era's popular science fiction and adventure writing, for inspiration.

Description (Brief)

With his debut in Action Comics #1, Superman became an instant sensation with audiences, inspired by the "Man of Tomorrow's" virtue and heroics at time when the Nation was slowly emerging from the economic catastrophe of the Great Depression and moving closer to World War.

Description (Brief)

Born on the doomed planet Krypton, Superman was sent to Earth as a child, where our world's yellow sun granted him extraordinary powers such as flight, super-strength, near-invulnerability, as well as other extraordinary abilities including heat and X-Ray vision. As an adult living in the city of Metropolis, the alien, born Kal-El, protects his identity by assuming the persona of Clark Kent, a "mild-mannered" journalist.

Description (Brief)

Fighting for "Truth and Justice," Superman birthed a cultural fascination with superheroes, and has become one of the most recognizable and influential fictional characters in history. In addition to comic books, the character has been explored in all forms of media, including radio, television, and film, and has been used to promote a variety of successful consumer products, educational initiatives and public service campaigns.

Date Made: 1979

Maker: Boy Scouts of AmericaBoy Scouts of America

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Ohio, Sebring

Subject: Boy Scouts of AmericaSupermanBatmanComics


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Credit Line: DC Comics, Incorporated

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0213.157Accession Number: 1987.0213Catalog Number: 1987.0213.157

Object Name: plaque

Physical Description: metal (overall material)ceramic (overall material)glaze (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3/4 in x 6 in; 1.905 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_682940

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