Super Heroes are not just found in comic books or on the silver screen. Pinball machine manufacturers have taken advantage of the allure of various Super Heroes and immortalized them in pinball games. Some of these machines are based on the character straight from the comic book while others are based off of the movie that was originally based off the comic book character. Described below are a few of my favorite Super Hero themed pinballs.
Flash Gordon Pinball Machine (Bally, 1980)
The Flash Gordon pinball machine is based on the popular character from comics, film and a movie. This particular pinball game is primarily based on the 1980 movie of the same title. It was designed by Claude Fernandez with artwork by Kevin O’Connor. A neat feature of this game is that it has an upper play field that can be reached by 2 different ramps. The upper play field features one 2″ flipper. One bummer is that it doesn’t have multi-ball. Around 10,000 of these pinballs were made so it should be relatively easy to find one for around $700.
Incredible Hulk Pinball Machine(1979, Gottlieb)
The back glass features Dr. Bruce Banner transforming into the Incredible Hulk from the comic book series that started in 1962 by Marvel Comics. Like the “Amazing Spider-Man” pinball game, this one is based off of the original “Incredible Hulk” comic book series and not the movie or TV series. This comic book hero pinball was designed by Ed Krynski with artwork by Gordon Morison. The play field has a large Hulk in the middle of it with the word “hulk”equally as large. It is rather colorful with 16 Hulks throughout the play field! Around 6,000 of these Incredible Hulk Pinballs were made by Gottlieb. Prices vary on this from from $1,000 – $4,000+ Pinball machines for sale online
Superman Pinball Machine (1979, Atari)
This Pinball features Superman as he was seen in the comic book series not the Superman movie series. Atari manufactured around 3,000-5,000 of these Superman pinball machines in 1979. It was designed by Steve Ritchie with artwork done by George Opperman. On the back glass you’ll see Louis Lane, Lex Luther, Clark Kent and of course, Superman. The side of the cabinet shows Superman in flight. The background is white with red and blue over it. The play field seems to have just about every color of the rainbow on it – red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, hot pink, black and white. Even with all of these colors I find it pleasing to look at. This game is a “wide body” which means exactly what it says – the game is wider than usual pinball games. This one is 29″ wide. While this can be neat to see a larger play field, the down side is that often the game play is a little slow but this can be easily modified. One of the goals in this pinball game is to light “S-U-P-E-R-M-A-N”. This can get you an extra ball, special and up to 50,000 points