What Comic Batman VS Superman?
When Batman faces off against Superman in movie theaters next year, it'll be the latest stage of a relationship that's been around for more than half a century, with more than its fair share of ups-and-downs. Are DC Entertainment's top two heroes friends, partners or rivals? The answer is all of the above, and then some. Here's a quick guide to the highlights of their complicated companionship in comic books to date.
Although they had previously appeared together in 1941's All-Star Comics No. 7 and 1945's All-Star Comics No. 24 (Both times in their capacity as "honorary members" of super team the Justice Society of America), the first "proper" meeting of the characters wasn't until 1952's Superman No. 76.
In "The Mightiest Team in the World, " Superman and Batman run into each other on a cruise ship, when coincidence places their alter egos in the same cabin due to a double-booking mishap. In sharp contrast to the grim conflict offered in the trailer for Zack Snyder's movie, the two quickly become friends, teaming up not only to prevent a diamond thief from escaping, but also to toy with Lois Lane's affections because such things were common back in that era.
Although "The Mightiest Team in the World" was a success, it took another couple of years for the two heroes to get together on a regular basis. 1954's 71st issue of World's Finest Comics (A series which had, since its inception, featured both Superman and Batman in separate stories in each issue) launched a regular feature where the Man of Steel and Dark Knight Detective teamed up on a monthly basis, which continued for the next three decades before coming to a conclusion with 1986's World's Finest Comics No. 323.
It wasn't just Superman and Batman who came together for the series; during its run, World's Finest also introduced the team of Jimmy Olsen and Robin, the Boy Wonder (1964's World's Finest No. 141, titled "The Olsen-Robin Team Versus The Superman-Batman Team!" Yes, even then, heroes were in conflict) and the Super-Sons, characters who were the crime fighting children of both Superman and Batman. (Called Superman Jr. and Batman Jr. — no, really — they debuted in 1973's World's Finest No. 215.)