1940 Daisy Superman Krypto Ray Gun
Sometimes when you least expect it is when you find AMAZINGLY RARE AND HARD TO FIND vintage toys. Take, for example, this 1940 Superman Krypto Raygun manufactured by Daisy Manufacturing Company. Superman made his debut in June of 1938 in Action Comics #1 which makes this toy, manufactured in 1940, one of the first commercial Superman toys ever produced. Production of this item was extremely limited due to the United States entrance to World War Two just a year later. For that reason these Krypto Raygun are among the rarest and hardest to find vintage Superman collectibles that exist.
What is it?
The Superman Krypto Raygun is an approximately 7" long pressed steel battery operated toy projects films onto any surface. Below is the text of the original ad for this product.
Be a Superman!
Carry this Official Superman Krypto-Raygun
Get One for Xmas!
Yes, be a Superman! Carry Daisy's new, harmless
KRYPTO-RAYGUN . . . an exact replica of the RAYGUN Superman had made of KRYPTONITE, the amazing metal from his birthplace - the weird Planet KRYPTON! Superman has no difficulty gathering pictures of his actual crook-chasing adventures. Then (disguised as CLARK KENT, reporter) he appears in court before the judge and jury and projects scenes from the crime on the courtroom wall with Superman's KRYPTO-RAYGUN. This picture evidence proves the
guilt of the crooks.
Daisy has created a genuine electric pocket projector (complete with lens, bulb, battery, and Superman
Adventure Film) which does not "take pictures" but PROJECTS PICTURES! This OFFICIAL Superman KRYPTO-RAYGUN - now ready for you - actually projects one scene from an exciting 28-frame Superman Adventure Story each time you
pull the trigger. Shoots each picture on the wall or ceiling or any smooth, light surface. Positively safe - absolutely Harmless - thrilling fun!
No. 195: Reforming The Prison - Foiling Football Crooks -
Killing the Cab Racket
No. 205: The Subway Mystery - Saving The Circus - One
Man Police Force
How it works
The Raygun is powered by a single AA battery which in housed on the inside. The frame simply pulls apart exposing a frame upon which to attach the movie strips as well as a battery housing and bulb which is powered by the battery.
What I found
I went to an estate sale several weeks ago and amongst the items on the floor was a box of extremely rusty toy pistols. Although I like vintage toy cap guns I don't collect them and I really have been trying to stop buying "junk". That said, the price was so insignificant I couldn't resist. I bought the box, not realizing that it contained a diamond in the rough.
The Official Superman Krypto Raygun by Daisy