Friday, August 6, 2010
I've already talked up a first in the first issue of Action Comics, but here's one you might have chalked up to Batman. Whenever I try to explain to someone the difference between the original Superman and the status quo enforcing authority figure he became, I reference this story.
Clark Kent happened upon a senator being approached by a shady looking fellow. Upon investigating, he learned this was a slick lobbyist, and confronted the fellow as Superman about what interests he was pushing. When the lobbyist refused to talk, Superman grabbed him by the ankle and began running atop telephone lines, threatening to electrocute him. The pair leapt to the Capitol Building, then on toward another, except-- "Missed-- Doggone it!"
The first Superman story ended in a cliffhanger, but we all know super-powers used to intimidate information out of the bad guys appears in several comics every single month of the year. Just another sign of the pervasive influence of the Man of Steel...
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