Welcome to the four hundred and fifteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and fourteen. This week, in honor of Superman’s 75th Anniversary, it is an All-Superman edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed! First, learn of the comic book DC created for a rich man for his son’s Bar Mitzvah! Discover whether Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons were the first people to have Superman use his heat vision offensively! Finally, discover the odd plot hole in a classic Superman comic that DC actually FIXED in a reprint!
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: A rich man paid DC to make a special Superman comic book for his son’s Bar Mitzvah.
In 1988, British real estate developer Godfrey Bradman (here is a somewhat recent shot of Bradman….
approached DC Comics about doing a comic book for his son’s Bar Mitzvah. New DC staffer David Levin wrote it and Curt Swan drew it (with Angelo Torres inking it and doing the likenesses for the people involved).
Here is the cover…
Here Superman is captured along with the Bradmans…
The bad guys are tormenting them…
Superman finds a way out but there is a catch…
Don’t worry, the kids are there to help!!!
After that eight page story, the rest of the comic is a reprint of John Byrne’s Superman #2.
Check out David Levin’s blog for more pages and for his take on how he wrote the story. Very cool stuff.
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On the next page, was Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons the first people to have Superman use his heat vision offensively?
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