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IN 1968-70, Mexican residents were
able to collect a set of "Superbank" (Superbanquito) money
notes issued with cookies made by the Lara company, which they could
stick in an album or keep in a wallet made specifically for the
currency. They featured characters from the Legion, the Justice
League and the Superman Family. Images used were copied from various
issues of the time (mostly ACTION COMICS, ADVENTURE, SUPERBOY, JIMMY
OLSEN, LOIS LANE and JUSTICE LEAGUE).
In total, there were 96 different bills (33 of
which were Legion-related), with collectors also invited to purchase
the "super wallet to keep the super bills".
Each hero or villain was assigned the monetary value of a Krypto,
making this, indeed, the earliest form of Krypto-currency! It's
also obvious that the compilers had little knowledge of the characters
(except for the Superman family members, who each had the maximum
10,000 Kryptos each). Legionnaires like Chameleon Boy and Lightning
Lad get the minimum 1 Krypto valuation, while enemies like Nemesis
Kid and Regulus are worth 500 Kryptos. Outside of the Legion, a
number of obscure individuals adorned notes between 5 to 1000 Kryptos
(see if you can recognize them).
Were these officially licensed from DC? It's Mexico,
home of the bootlegs, so who knows for sure. The notes do come with
a copyright notice (stating National Periodicals Publications or
using © N.P.P.I.), but many of the illustrations are actually
mirrored versions of the actual images as they appeared in the comics,
implying some attempt at infringement avoidance.
*NB: the bills were printed on extremely flimsy,
light, easily torn and transparent material akin to onion skin paper,
during an era when such collectibles were probably not valued, and
discarded once damaged.
Finding complete notes today in any sort of condition is therefore
below are some of the blank pages in the album with allocated spaces
for various notes to be pasted. There are short explanatory notes
for each character.
below are all 32 pages with the notes.