New Super-Man Kenan Kong's Secret Origin Arrives In "Batman/Superman" #32
COMIC LEGEND: DC had a series of odd edits based on Superman’s super-vision not being able to see through time.
This is an example about how sometimes you just can’t get ahead of the game.
Superman #127 (by Otto Binder, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye) introduced the King Kong riff, Titano…
At the end of the issue, Titano is trapped in the past. And Superman uses his Super-vision to search through the time stream to see how Titano is doing…
Naturally, the ficklest of fans freaked the f out over this. “Superman can SEE THROUGH TIME?!?!”
So when they reprinted it in the Giant Superman Annual #2, they made it super-imagination instead…
Which doesn’t really make much sense itself “Trust me, Lois, everything worked out fine. Well, I imagined that it did, at least.” But it made more sense that him seeing through time. A couple of the stories from this time period (the late 1950s/early 1960s) were collected into Signet trade paperbacks. Impressively, they actually went with the edited version (this was rare – typically these type of books just use the original version).
However, when the story was reprinted in 1971’s Superman #239, it was the original version…
So famed fan Rich Morrissey (today’s column is all about the super-fans!) wrote in and it is funny that the editors seemed to have forgotten the Superman Annual, where the change happened in the first place!
Oh well, Superman editors, you tried!
Thanks to everyone’s pal, Commander Benson, for the information! You rule!
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