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

by  in Comic News Comment

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!