Vintage Photograph Shows First Superman Thanksgiving Day Parade Float in 1940

1940 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Superman's first float soaring through Times Square
1940 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Superman's first float soaring through Times Square
Photo: OldSchoolCool

This great vintage photograph shows the 1940 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade heading through Times Square, with a 80-foot-tall Superman keeping watch. According to redditor Smallville1938:

This is the first Superman balloon in the 1940 parade. Action Comics number 1, first appearance of Superman, was released June 1938. He has three versions of himself featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The first version appeared in the 1940 parade and was redesigned into a Football Player for the 1941 Parade. The second version appeared in 1966 to around 1969, which was the same as the original, but with a more modern look to it. The third version appeared in 1980 and appeared right up until it retired in 1987. The 3rd version is the second largest balloon in the parade's history, at over 104ft long.

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