Tuesday Top Ten: Batman & Superman Stories

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With one of the most anticipated movies of 2016 premiering this week, showcasing two of DC’s biggest icons together for the first time on film, we gathered ten stories that show the best of both heroes and their ideologies…

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10. Superman: For the Man Who Has Everything

By Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

Watchmen creators Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons craft a heart wrenching story of Superman having to reconcile with his past and how Batman will do anything to save him-Pat

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9. JLA #1-4
By Grant Morrison & Howard Porter
 Here, writer Grant Morrison & artist Howard Porter have Superman teaming with the rest of the Justice League to try and stop an unyielding alien threat and Batman coming through in the end to figure it all out. A strong examination of the contrast between the two characters and how they make each other stronger-Pat
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8. Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman Trinity
By Matt Wagner
Writer artist Matt Wagner crafts an engaging origin for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman exploring how each individual makes the group stronger as a whole-Pat
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7.Man Of Steel #3
By John Byrne
When the Superman mythos was reimagined in the 1980s by John Bryne, that meant that Superman would meet Batman in a different way than the way it had been depicted early in the 1950’s. Published the same year as The Dark Knight Returns, both deal with a paranoid attitude from Batman toward the Man of Steel. Batman wants to be certain that Superman is on the up and up, and is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for that goal-Josh
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6.Kingdom Come
By Mark Waid & Alex Ross
An epic between the heroes of old and the heroes of today, with the founding members of the JLA heading up the effort to curb the violence that had taken their world by storm. Superman holds true to his values, while Batman wants to make a more modern approach to be successful. The true heroes of the DCU choose sides, leading to Batman and Superman fighting ideologically instead of outright physically. In the end, of course both see the other’s side and agree to the greater good and middle ground of compassion and Justice-Josh
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5.Superman #76
By Edmond Hamilton & Curt Swan
The ‘first’ meeting of Superman and Batman together, involving a sea cruise, a chance meeting, and a friendship for the ages finally being formed between the two biggest heroes in DC’s stable-Josh
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4.Worlds Finest
By David Gibbons & Steve Rude
World’s collide and swap, as Batman watches over Metropolis and Superman flies over Gotham City. Both heroes side some time in each others home turf and gain a new perspective on themselves in the process, while also dealing with Joker and Luthor. Classic storytelling by Dave Gibbons and Steve Rude in a timeless DC style-Josh
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3.Worlds Finest
By Karl Kesel & Dave Taylor
A maxiseries for the ages, 12 issues bridging the gap from the early DC meeting of Batman and Superman to the present by teaming up on the anniversary of one of their most tragic failures. Each teamup takes place in a different era of DC and with a different background of continuity to remember fondly and enjoy for extra layering. Each story a unique look at the World’s Finest duo and how they differ, but also what makes them alike-Josh
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2.Superman/Batman Absolute Power

By Jeph Loeb & Carlos Pacheo

One of the most Elseworld stories of recent memory, it asks simply what if Batman and Superman ruled the DC Universe? Kidnapped at the very moment of their inceptions by the Legion of Supervillains, they grow up as the men we know but with vastly different outlooks on power and authority while also being the best of friends. It doesn’t last, as eventually they must travel back and correct the timeline, but the road there is a fascinating look at the biggest icons of DC-Josh

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1.World’s Finest #94
By Edmond Hamilton & Dick Sprang
This tale begins in typical 50s fashion with a shocking splash page declaration of how Superman has ditched his old buddies Batman & Robin for a mysterious new partner, Powerman. As Batman tries to deduce why Supes is acting strange, he and Robin reminiscence on the first time they met The Man of Steel. Edmond Hamilton’s script is a charming product of its time, full of wacky concepts (guns which shoot liquid Kryptonite) and a last minute explanation (literally in the final panel) for who Powerman is. Dick Sprang’s smooth line-work fits the narrative. All in all, an enjoyable Silver Age lark-Cosmo

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