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COMIC LEGEND: Was “For the Man Who Has Everything?” the first time Superman used his heat vision offensively?
There is a famous sequence in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ “For the Man Who Has Everything?” in Superman Annual #11 (which you folks just picked as your #2 favorite Superman story of all-time) where Superman takes out his anger on Mongul…
Superman blasts him a few more times…
A reader asked….
There’s an internet legend that says that “For the Man Who has Everything?” is the first time that Superman EVER used his heat vision offensively (i.e. the first time he shot somebody with it, as opposed to just melting stuff or damaging/destroying inanimate objects).
Can anyone confirm if this is true or not?
I HAVE heard this before.
Anyhow, no, it is not true.
I asked Mark Waid if he could save me some time and point out an example that predated this story, and he suggested 1978’s Superman #322 by Martin Pasko and Curt Swan where Superman does, indeed, use his heat vision on the Parasite…
EDITED TO ADD: Reader CaptainKal has an even earlier example, also against the Parasite, in Action Comics #340…
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