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Five Goofiest Moments from the Batman/Superman Feature in World’s Finest #101-105

Every week, I’ll examine the five goofiest moments from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book series. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.

This week, we look at the Superman/Batman team-ups from World’s Finest #101-105, written by Bill Finger and drawn by Dick Sprang (pencils) and Sheldon Moldoff (inks)

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).

HONORABLE MENTIONS

I like how these on-lookers talk like movie titles…

It’s a Caveman….from spaaaaaaace!!!

Just like the amorphous idea of when yellow affects Green Lantern, this device deflects “energy,” which includes wind…

but not sonics?

Either way, it is awesome to see Superman break it with a song, Final Crisis-style.

I love the idea of Batman giving away all of his secrets at a demonstration…

“This is how I surprise crooks with my special batarang that I am telling you about now!”

This scene works as a great depiction of the disparity between the two heroes when it comes to what they bring to the table…

“You go stop that meteor, Superman! I’ll handle out dental floss that everyone’s teeth are protected!”

That’s quite a memento, Superman…

I just love how he’s just chilling, checking out his photo of an alien cop he met briefly once.

5. Grinning Death

Some bad guy had a machine that could create life-like illusions. So he made illusions of Superman and Batman causing mischief (for no reason, actually – it never ties in to the rest of the plot). I just love that shot of the fake Batman and Robin grinning as they drop dynamite on the city…

4. That’s the way to do it, Batman!

I love how Batman thinks to explain to the public that he is not actually a lunatic – screaming at them from a rooftop.

3. Some deduction, Batman!

Not Batman’s finest moment when he fell for a story this absurd…

2. Oh Superman, what CAN’T you do?

This bit shows how absurd super-speed can be….

It is like Finger got to the end of the issue and just needed to end things quickly. “Uhmmm…Superman just beats everyone with super-speed. Done.”

1. TMI, World’s Finest! TMI!

Superman handles vibrators poorly…

8 Comments

randypan the goatboy

March 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

If batman and robin were completley immobilized…how were they talking…superbat ventr…ahh fuck it. Im glad that the end of final crisis makes sense now

Daniel O' Dreams

March 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

When you get Batman and Superman together your almost guaranteed something goofy.

So what was the point of the dinosaur illusion anyway? If he could knock the boss out at super speed he could do the same to the goons. And how did he create it? Did the artist just want to draw a dinosaur?

I still have the Supercaveman issue. It was Silver Age crazy but a much better story than most of the day. I’m hoping Grant Morrison brings him back.

Some of this goofiness had legs.

The Atom-Master turned up anew in DC Comics Presents #77-8 several decades later, where he joined other Forgotten Villains in battling Superman and the self-named (and apparently self-deprecating) Forgotten Heroes. I wonder if Mister Frost’s dinosaur illusion in Mark Waid’s Flash v.3 #124 was inspired by the Atom-Master use of same in the panels shown above. Or maybe dinosaurs are just cool.

The Magical Prism from the second honorable mention, as well as the Dragon Box, Power Glove, and Cloak of Invisibility fromt hat story turned up as the objects of a sort of quest in Secret Society of Super-Villains #8-10. The Wizard got everything except the Dragon Box — a box with a dragon in it, natch and fairly goofy on its own — and used them to replace his powers, which were weakened to uselessness on Earth-1 for some reason. The cloak, glove, and prism became his costume for the rest of that series and its belated wrap-up in Justice League of America v.1 #166-8./ And, for today’s readers, they’re what he’s wearing in Identity Crisis and the follow-up “Crisis of Conscience” story in JLA, all of which spin out of an altered retelling of the story from JLofA #166-8.

Whew!

Wow, Omar, I’m sure I read that SSOSV story, because I loved that series, and I remember that Wizard costume well (it’s what he was wearing the first time I saw him), but I never knew there was this kind of backstory to his accessories.

I also read that DC Comics Presents story and didn’t know the Atom-Master, but that was fine because it was kind of the whole point of the Forgotten Villains, that we may well not know who the heck they were.

In that panel where Batman is yelling from the rooftop I couldn’t help but insert, “…and I’m not wearing pants!” a la 1985 David Letterman. Damn, I’m old.

Superman’s not just chilling. He’s chilling with a massive erection. Supes just has a thing for aliens.

#5. That last panel (the smiling Batman and Robin holograms in their plane) is just DYING to be an album cover.

#3. I love that the guy in the first panel just repeats what the announcer on TV just said as if it’s new info:
“Superman has cocooned himself, similar to a caterpillar.”
“Wow! Like a caterpillar!”

#2. It’s amazing how many comic-book-related questions can be answered by “Because it’s fun to draw dinosaurs.”

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