1993 Classic Superheroes #SS2 Manon Rheaume
Anyone who remembers hockey in the early 1990s of course remembers Manon Rheame – the first woman to play in an NHL exhibition game. Trading card company Classic issued over two dozen cards of Rheaume, including this odd super hero-themed card.
Classic was best known to hockey fans for the various draft pick and prospect sets that they issued in the early-to-mid-1990s. And Classic always found a way to somehow put at least one card of Rheaume in one of their sets – even if it didn’t make sense.
This card is from a set called Deathwatch 2000, and probably needs a bit of explaining for those of you who did not hang out in comic book stores circa 1993. FYI, my first job was working in a comic book store.
Everyone knows Marvel and DC – the two biggest comic book publishers – but there are many smaller companies. One such company was called Continuity Comics, which was founded by famous comic book artist Neal Adams. Deathwatch 2000 was a crossover series spanning several of Continuity’s titles, and Classic released a trading card set based on it.
Of course, Classic couldn’t make a card set – even one based on minor comic book characters – and not include Rheaume, right? So they randomly included three different “Superhero” insert cards in the Deathwatch 2000 set: Rheaume, Shaquille O’Neil and Ken Griffey Jr.
Neal Adams provided the illustrations for each card. It looks like Rheaume’s “super power” is the ability to deflect giant (evil?) hockey pucks. I’m just not exactly sure how she blocked that shot.
Just imagine, a comic book nerd in the 1990s opening a pack of Deathwatch 2000 cards, and being annoyed about getting this card, instead of a C-list superhero like CyberRad or Ms. Mystic.