Superman is a fictional superhero who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Since his debut in 1938, he has became a cultural icon of comic books, and the star of a media franchise.
History with the Macy's Parade.
He has three versions of himself featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The first debuted in 1940, sporting a 23 foot chest, an 8 foot smile, and a rather crude design compared to the hero we know today. At 80 feet tall, this is the tallest balloon known to have appeared in the parade (not counting those with accessories such as a bouquet of balloons, a la Olive Oyl). This balloon only appeared once, and was redesigned into The Football Player.
A new Superman was made in 1966. This one is made to look closer to Superman's traditional appearance, and is in the same pose. This new balloon is smaller than the first one, being "only" 65 feet tall. It is believed this balloon was retired around 1970.
In 1980, another new Superman balloon was made, making Superman the first balloon characters to have three different balloons in the parade. This new Superman featured outstretched arms, and is flying in a similar position to Underdog. This Superman is 35 feet wide, weighs in at 550 pounds, and measures a whopping 104 feet long becoming the only post-war balloon to measure over 100 feet in length. This Superman was retired in 1987. Of note, this is the last balloon to be produced by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, before production moved to Kemp Balloons Inc., and then Raven Aerostar
- In 1966, his right arm was damaged by a tree
- In 1980, his left arm was slightly bent.
- In 1982, he had a hole in his head and foot.
- In 1985, he wasn't seen in the parade due to his left leg being damaged.
- In 1986, his right hand was ripped off by a Central Park tree which caused his arm to be deflated.