Super mail

George Reeves plays the Man of Steel in the 1954 short film “Stamp Day for Superman.” Image: U.S. Treasury Department

The new movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” pits two superheroes against each other, although both characters are united in their appreciation of mail.

Bruce Wayne is a stamp collector, according to the comic book editors who participated in the dedication of the 2014 Batman stamps.

Superboy also appreciated philately. In a 1947 comic book, he foils a spoiled youngster who tries to win a stamp collecting contest using underhanded methods.

Stamps figured into the hero’s adult adventures too.

To promote a post-war school savings program, the cast of the “Adventures of Superman” TV series appeared in the 1954 short film “Stamp Day for Superman,” which was produced by the Treasury Department and distributed to classrooms across the nation.

Later, in a 1959 issue of “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen,” Superman visits the Daily Planet to reply to fan mail and finds his power weakening after answering a villain’s letters.

The postal connections continue today.

Adam West, star of the 1960s “Batman” series, has expressed his appreciation for USPS employees.

West also warns against the dangers of mail scams in a new series of public service announcements from the Postal Inspection Service.