Visitors to the recent 2014 Hawaii All Collectors Show (July 13th) with a penchant for DC Comics crime-fighters were treated to an up-close look at what was aptly dubbed the “World’s Finest: Superman/Batman Exhibit.” Honolulu’s Blaisdell Exhibition Hall was the brief home to a remarkable display of rare Superman and Batman collectibles from the personal holdings of Scott Shinsato and Lawrence Pacheco that spanned over seventy years of superhero lore.
Superman Fan and Collector, Lawrence Pacheco
Self-described as a lifelong Superman fan, Lawrence focused his collecting ambitions on the Man of Steel in high school. When asked which piece in his vast collection was most special to him, it was clear that picking just one item from his carefully curated collection would be difficult. That said, Lawrence did point out a comic book signed by the late DC Comics artist, Nick Cardy, that he particularly cherished.
Other noteworthy items included a life size bust of George Reeves (star of the 1950s Superman TV series); the Superman Speed Game, reportedly the character’s first, fully-licensed game; as well as a chalk doll from the 1940’s, which he described as one of the most rare, unofficial Superman collectibles. Originally given out as a carnival prize decades ago, this scarcely available figure was in exceptional condition. It was completely intact with its original blue and red paint still visible.
Batman Fan and Collector, Scott Shinsato
A devoted fan and passionate Batman collector from a young age, Scott’s rough estimate was that a mere ten percent of his total stash of Batman memorabilia was on display at the expo. His half of the exhibit was brimming with special pieces including his quarter scale Batman statue, assortment of action figures, classic board games, video games, autographed photos, comic books, and vintage magazines.
When asked which piece in his massive collection he was most fond of, Scott said that he would choose his 1:1 scale prop replica utility belt; though he was especially proud of his 8mm film reel of the 1941 Columbia Pictures Batman serial as well.