You have any of these at home? Back in the mid-seventies you could buy Slurpees at 7-11 that came in Marvel superhero cups and sometimes glasses. How great is that? No other purchase required, but come on, you were really there for the comics, right?
I have several variations of these, with my earliest batch dating back to 1975. These cups simply had pictures of the characters. I got about a dozen of these and for some reason they’re mostly B-listers. As I recall in those days the clerk actually poured the Slurpee so you didn’t have a lot of control over what cup you got. I seem to remember trying to explain to a very patient clerk just what a "Quicksilver" -- a favorite character of mine at the time, for reasons long lost -- looked like.
The1977 cups are far more elaborate. I have about 30 of these including most every main Marvel character. Most of the big names (Spider-Man, FF, Hulk, etc.) Got two or three cups in this run.
Some of the cups had scenes pulled right out of the books themselves. The bitch’en factor went off the charts if you happened to own the book the picture came from. A No-Prize to the first person who can name what issue the FF scene was in.
According to this informative web site there are about 40 different cups total. I thought the writer’s comment that the X-men cup may be notable as possibly the first licensed appearance of the new X-men was plausible, given the climate for that sort thing at that time. Anyone know otherwise? I don't remember the DC cups. I would surely have increased my Slurpee intake for those as well.
I know one of the things I liked best about these was seeing so many of the lesser known characters on cups. (Which may be why I have so many B-listers from the 1975 batch.) It somehow validated collecting them knowing it wasn't just about Hulk and Spider-Man, although I'm sure a lot of kids were wondering who the heck Nova was.
So when does that ULTIMATE CHAMPIONS book come out anyway?
Not one but two Howard the Duck cups? Again, greatness. That cup on the right must not have been rinsed out, it’s pretty nasty inside; clearly root beer Slurpee residue. That was my favorite flavor - still is.
There were also some glasses issued with that 1977 set, using the same pictures as on the cups. I only have six of these but you’ll note they are in almost pristine condition. My Mom, bless her heart, suggested I hand wash them because she thought the screening might fade in the dishwasher. Mom’s are great too.
I guess these have some collectible value, but so far I’ve resisted my wife’s pleas to put them on eBay. So they’ll stay boxed in the attic until I can find a fitting use for them. Or until we move.