Once upon a time, the most electrifying boxer in sports history was most likely known to float like a superhero and sting like kryptonite as the legendary Muhammad Ali went toe-to-toe with DC Comics’ Superman in a special 1978 treasury-sized one shot. And it looks like younger fans will finally get to see the highlights of that match.
DC announced today via their blog The Source that Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ “Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali” will finally be reprinted for a modern audience. Originally the comic whose cover includes the likeness of multiple celebrities from Frank Sinatra to Christopher Reeve was held up in likeness rights limbo, but the publisher has apparently overcome all legal hurdles and will be able to represent the classic team up where the last son of Krypton and Ali eventually team up to ward off an alien invasion.
DC will release two versions of the story in 2010. One will be a deluxe hardcover edition featuring a new Adams cover and additional sketch material dating back to the original book’s publication. There will also be a special edition hardcover which reprints the original story at its original treasury size. (Pricing for the hardcovers were not announced, though it can be assumed the books will cost a bit more than the original’s $2.50 price tag.)
Check out The Source for the full rundown and keep your eyes on CBR for more info when it becomes available.