Thursday, November 19, 2015

Batman and Deadman meet Muhammad Ali




Michael Eury of Back Issue  requested a Batman/Ali match up a while ago, I hope he doesn't mind the addition of Deadman.  I took me years to acquire a copy of Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali, and when I read it, I was not disappointed.  Sure, the story is crazy, but the Neal Adams art in it is spectacular.  Not only was he at the top of his form, the tabloid-sized pages really helped to showcase his work.  I am glad that it has been reprinted so that more readers can appreciate it today.

8 comments:

AirDave said...

Where did you find a reprint of this? If I were Marty McFly I would go back in time and buy all the over-sized comics!

Ross said...

I have an original, but you can get the reprint here : http://www.amazon.com/Superman-vs-Muhammad-Ali-Deluxe/dp/1401228410/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447936780&sr=8-1&keywords=superman+vs.+muhammad+ali

Simreeve said...

Looks good.
So, why IS Deadman interfering in Batman's training?

(And now, how about a match between Ali and Ted Grant? I seem to recall that a fight against 'Clay', presumably meaning Ali before his re-name, was once mentioned as part of Wildcat's backstory... Maybe that story and today's one might be connected?)

Kid Charlemagne said...

IIRC, in the modern version of the DCU, Grant was one of the fighters from whom Batman learned his mastery of fighting.

I like your idea that Ali was another one. ^_^

Cary Comic said...

I remember reading that DC Treasury Edition! And, you're right. It was a delightfully "Bodacious" story. ;-)

Ross said...

Simreeve, Actually I started this cover intending to use Wildcat, but no Images seemed to work to my satisfaction. Maybe one day, but it's tough to find usable Ali images as well.

Paul Green said...

I had an original off the stands, I agree the story was strange but not so bad, and Adams art in the tabeloid size was amazing! I think the Batman came from one of the Ra's Al Ghul stories. I think this was the only comics appearance of Ali, but hope you can find more images to use!
And like usual this is a story I would want to read!
P.S. I sold the original to pay for something less important, college!

Simreeve said...

Kid Charlemagne said...
"IIRC, in the modern version of the DCU, Grant was one of the fighters from whom Batman learned his mastery of fighting."

Before 'Flashpoint', yes, he was... but did the post-Flashpoint 'Prime Earth' universe even HAVE a version of Ted Grant/Wildcat?
I suspect that if any version of him was still considered to exist after that event then, at least until 'Convergence' loosened things up a bit again, he would only have been on the new version of Earth-2 and probably a relatively young person...
:(

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