TOP

The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So Do Batman and Superman Have Sons or What?

by  in Comic News Comment
The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So Do Batman and Superman Have Sons or What?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we take a look at the short-lived existence of Superman and Batman’s Super-Sons!

The characters made their debut in 1972’s World’s Finest #215, by Bob Haney, Dick Dillin and Murphy Anderson…


They were the sons of Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, which caused a bit of a problem for both the son who grew up pretending to be the son of mild-mannered Clark Kent as well as the son who grew up thinking his father was a playboy…






After establishing themselves, they headed off for some Easy Rider style adventures, Hard Travelin’ Heroes style…


Here’s a good example of the sort of stuff they got into, from the next issue…


Here’s the funny thing, though. Haney specifically said that these stories were “real.” He even wrote a column in #215 saying so…


Haney brought the Super-Sons back a number of times over the next four years.

In 1980, though, Denny O’Neil wrote World’s Finest #263, which abandoned and forsaked the Super-Sons as just being a computer simulation…



Of course, this being comics, the computer simulations come to life…



They cause havoc across the country, though, leading to a really messed up ending…



Wow, that’s certainly ONE way to drop a feature DC no longer wanted. Harsh!