Sep 18, 2012

Great Back Issues: Superman and Batman: World's Funnest

Sometimes I like to look at old issues with an analytical eye, then see how much of it still holds up to this day, and tell you guys whether or not it's worth tracking down. Not today, though. Today, we'll look at SUPERMAN AND BATMAN: WORLD'S FUNNEST, by Evan Dorkin and a host of artists.

The story starts off in the Silver Age, with art by Dave Gibbons. Superman and Batman have just caught Lex Luthor and the Joker, when their respective imp troublemakers, Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite, get into an argument that leads to Mxyxptlk accidentally killing Batman.

This then leads to Bat-Mite not-so-accidentally killing Superman.

The Justice League show up, and they get dispatched too. Pretty soon, that entire universe is destroyed in the course of Mxyzptlk chasing Bat-Mite, so then they hop universes. They end up on Earth-2, home of the Golden Age Heroes, drawn by Sheldon Moldoff, then on Earth-3, home of the Crime Syndicate of America, drawn by Stuart Immonen. As Myxzptlk continues to chase Bat-Mite across the multiverse, we are treated to such character-artist combinations. For example, here's Frank Cho drawing the Phantom Lady.

How about Jaime Hernandez drawing the Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and the rest of the Marvel Family?

Frank Miller spoofing himself, anyone?

How about Phil Jimenez homaging his idol, George Perez, for the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths world? Here's the CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #7 cover, except instead of Superman holding the dead Supergirl, it's Captain Marvel holding a dead Mary Marvel:

Oh, also, this happens.

And that's just a small sample of what's in this book! What're you waiting for? Go to your local comic shop and hunt this baby down!


Unknown said...

oh,it's too cool.I like Batman~~

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all this - love coming across all these books that I had previously missed or ignored (amazing how tastes change as you get older). Really enjoying this site.

I have not read the book, but is there any chance that the Phantom Lady, Human Bomb, and Doll Man piece is by Frank Cho not Adam Hughes (just to be clear I may be/probably am completely wrong, just going by the way the final product looks. It just looks like Mr. Cho's at least inks to me). Thanks, Leslie.

Duy Tano said...

It is Cho, yes. Thanks for spotting that!

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