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COMIC LEGEND: DC corrected a major plot hole in the classic Superman tale “The Last Days of Superman” when it was reprinted in a 1977 Treasury Edition.
This is a sequel to last week’s story of a similar situation with the Superman classic “Under the Red Sun.”
In the classic Superman story in Superman #156, “The Last Days of Superman” by Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan and George Klein (#62 on our list of the 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All-Time!) Superman believes (erroneously) that he is dying from a rare Kryptonian virus. Supergirl gathers his allies to cross off the items on Superman’s proverbial bucket list.
At one point, Supergirl goes back in time to explore a rumor that a Kryptonian scientist cured it…
As it turns out, Superman never had the virus (Jimmy Olsen did something stupid). However, do you notice the major plot hole here? Mark Waid certainly did. He challenged me to find it. I did not. He then told me what it was and there it is when DC reprinted it in a 1977 Treasury Edition. Notice the change in the page…
Hilarious. “Uh…yeah, red kryptonite! That’s the ticket!”
Interestingly enough, earlier in the story, the Treasury Edition also catches a typo with the Legion…
but the very next page does NOT catch another typo…
Interesting (by the way, from reading that Brainiac 5 panel, if you thought “Huh, I wonder if they’ll go to the ol’ Legion trick of having Legion members think a teammate is evil for no reason?” Then you would be on the right track).
Mark also wished to open up to the audience to see if anyone could find a THIRD time that DC did this, with Superman #139 (which was reprinted in 1983 in DC’s Digest series). If you can find the change, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll feature you in a future Comic Book Legends Revealed!
Check out the latest edition of my weekly Movie/TV Legends Revealed Column at Spinoff Online: Did Mike Myers ask to re-do all of his Shrek dialogue with a Scottish accent after they already had a rough cut of the movie finished (costing Dreamworks to go over budget making changes to his already animated scenes)?
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