Superman Sleeping Bag

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It’s hard not to see one of these character sleeping bags from the 1970s and feel a pang of nostalgia. They’re a reminder of some of the best times you had as a kid: sleeping over at a friend’s house where you’d stay up late watching SCTV and playing Atari 2600, then crashing on the floor of the basement rec room in a sleeping bag like this one.

This Superman one is dated 1975, but there’s no tag or marking from a manufacturer. It measures roughly 60″ high by 30″ wide (60″ x 60″ unzipped), give or take an inch, and features wrap images of Superman comic strips with a huge figure of Superman on top. No high-tech fabrics here. It feels like it’s just straight up cotton to me, or maybe a cotton blend. It doesn’t have that slick feeling of a modern waterproof camping bag. This one is strictly for indoor use.

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The bottom corner of the bag has two strings so that it can be folded and rolled up for easy storage. Here’s what it looks like completely unrolled…

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I can’t identify the specific comics where these images came from, but it sure looks like a bunch of different stories from different eras: a Shuster Superman, a Wayne Boring, and even a Curt Swan. Here are some detail shots if you want to take a stab at it.

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The inside of the bag is solid red.

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And here’s a catalog image showing the sleeping bag, along with a selection of others, from the great Plaid Stallions web site. (Thanks, Brian!)

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