World's Finest Comics

World's Finest Comics was an American comic book series published by DC Comics from 1941 to 1986. The series was initially titled World's Best Comics for its first issue; issue #2 (Summer 1941) switched to the more familiar name. Michael E. Uslan has speculated that this was because DC received a cease and desist letter from Better Publications, Inc., who had been publishing a comic book entitled Best Comics since November 1939.[1] Virtually every issue featured DC's two leading superheroes, Superman and Batman, with the earliest issues also featuring Batman's sidekick, Robin.

World's Finest Comics
World's Finest Comics 1
Cover of World's Best Comics #1 (Spring 1941)
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication dateSpring 1941 – January 1986
No. of issues323
Main character(s)Superman
Batman
Robin
Creative team
Written by
Penciller(s)
Inker(s)
Collected editions
World's Finest Archives Volume 1ISBN 1-56389-488-2
World's Finest Archives Volume 2ISBN 1-56389-743-1
World's Finest Archives Volume 3ISBN 1-4012-0411-2

Publication history

The idea for World's Best #1 originated from the identically formatted 1940 New York World's Fair Comics featuring Superman, Batman, and Robin with 96 pages and a cardboard cover.[2] The year before there was a similar 1939 New York World's Fair Comics featuring Superman but without Batman and Robin because Bill Finger and Bob Kane had not yet created them.

The series was initially a 96-page quarterly anthology, featuring various DC characters – always including Superman and Batman – in separate stories.[3] Comics historian Les Daniels noted that "Pairing Superman and Batman made sense financially, since the two were DC's most popular heroes."[4] When superheroes fell out of vogue in the early 1950s, DC shortened the size of the publication to that of the rest of its output, leaving only enough space for one story; this led to Superman and Batman appearing in the same story together starting with World's Finest Comics #71 (July 1954).[5] The title often depicted Batman gaining superpowers as a way to avoid having him be overshadowed by Superman.[6] Lex Luthor and the Joker first joined forces in issue #88 (June 1957).[7] A new supervillain, the Composite Superman, was introduced in #142 (June 1964).[8] Noted Batman artist Neal Adams first drew the character in an interior story in "The Superman-Batman Revenge Squads" in issue #175 (May 1968).[9]

The title briefly featured Superman teaming with heroes other than Batman in the early 1970s beginning with issue #198 (November 1970).[10] That issue featured the first part of a two-issue team-up with the Flash.[11][12] Other characters to appear in the next two years included Robin,[13] Green Lantern,[14] Aquaman,[15] Wonder Woman,[16] the Teen Titans,[17] Doctor Fate,[18] Hawkman,[19] Green Arrow,[20] the Martian Manhunter,[21] the Atom,[22] and the Vigilante.[23] Nick Cardy was the cover artist for World's Finest Comics for issues #212–228.[24] Metamorpho was the backup feature in issues #218–220 and #229 after the character had a brief run as the backup in Action Comics.[25]

The series reverted to Superman and Batman team-ups after issue #214, initially with a unique twist, featuring the children they might one day have, Superman Jr. and Batman Jr. These characters, billed as the Super-Sons, were co-created by writer Bob Haney and artist Dick Dillin in issue #215 (January 1973).[26] Super-Sons stories alternated with tales of the original Superman and Batman through issue #263, with issues #215–216, 221–222, 224, 228, 230, 231, 233, 238, 242, and 263 featuring the sons.[27] Haney frequently disregarded continuity by scripting stories which contradicted DC's canon or by writing major heroes in an out-of-character fashion.[28] He introduced Batman's older brother, Thomas Wayne Jr., in World's Finest Comics #223 (May–June 1974). This story was used as a basis for a plot detail in the "Court of Owls" story arc in 2012.[29] Issues #223 (May–June 1974) to #228 (March–April 1975) of the series were in the 100 Page Super Spectacular format.[30]

With issue #244 (April–May 1977), World's Finest Comics became one of the first 80-page Dollar Comics.[31] It featured the Superman and Batman team with back-up features. The number of pages was reduced from 80 to 64 starting with issue #252 (August–September 1978) and reduced to 48 pages with issue #266 (December 1980 – January 1981) which lasted until issue #282 (August 1982).

1st Feature 2nd Feature 3rd Feature 4th Feature
Green Arrow[32]
#244–259, 261–270, 272–284
Vigilante
#244–248
Wonder Woman of Earth-Two
#244–250
Black Canary[32]
#244–256
Atom
#260
Creeper
#249–255
Wonder Woman
#251–252
Black Lightning
#257–261
Hawkman
#256–259, 261–262, 264–270,
272–277, 279–282
Shazam!
#253–270, 272–282
Aquaman
#262–264
Adam Strange
#263
Red Tornado
#265–270, 272
Plastic Man
#273
Zatanna
#274–278
no fourth backup feature
#260, 279–282

Issue #250 (April–May 1978) combined Superman and Batman with Green Arrow, the Black Canary, and Wonder Woman into the World's Finest Team in a 56-page story.[33] Writer Roy Thomas wrote a book-length story for issue #271 (September 1981) which pieced together all the "first meetings" of Superman and Batman.[34] This issue did not have any backup features. The Hawkman story "Drive Me To The Moon!" in #272 (October 1981) featured Hawkgirl changing her title to Hawkwoman.[35] As of issue #283 (September 1982), the series reverted to a standard format title again featuring only Superman and Batman team-ups, which continued until the series' cancellation with issue #323 (January 1986). The series reached issue #300 in February 1984. This double-sized anniversary issue was a "jam" featuring a story by writers David Anthony Kraft, Mike W. Barr, and Marv Wolfman with art by Ross Andru, Mark Texeira, Sal Amendola, and George Pérez.[36][37] David Mazzucchelli, the artist of the "Batman: Year One" storyarc in 1987, first drew Batman in a backup story in World's Finest Comics #302 (April 1984).[38] Issue #314 (April 1985) was the last pre-Crisis and first Crisis on Infinite Earths appearances of the Monitor and (Lyla) Harbinger.[39] The series ended with issue #323 (January 1986) by writer Joey Cavalieri and artist José Delbo.[40]

Titles

A number of World's Finest titles have since appeared:

  • A four-issue miniseries in 1990 by Dave Gibbons, Steve Rude and Karl Kesel.[41] In the series, Superman and Batman battle their archenemies Lex Luthor and the Joker, and for that, they temporary exchange their places in their home cities, thus, Superman goes to Gotham City, and Batman goes to Metropolis.
  • A three-issue Legends of the World's Finest miniseries in 1994 by Walt Simonson and Dan Brereton.
  • A two-issue Superboy/Robin: World's Finest Three miniseries in 1996.
  • Elseworld's Finest – a two-issue miniseries that reimagines Superman and Batman in a 1920s style pulp adventure.
  • World's Finest: Parts I-III (also known as The Batman/Superman Movie) and Batman/Superman Adventures: World's Finest, a 1997 three-part episode of Superman: The Animated Series and its comics adaptation, respectively.
  • Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, a one-shot in 1998.
  • Superman and Batman: World's Funnest, featuring Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite.
  • A ten-issue miniseries in 1999 written by Karl Kesel[42] and illustrated by Dave Taylor. This series explored the Post-Crisis history of the two with each of the ten issues taking place one year after the other.
  • William Morrow and Company released a World's Finest novel in 2009, titled Enemies and Allies by novelist Kevin J. Anderson. The story is about the first meeting between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel during the Cold War.[43]
  • A four-issue World's Finest miniseries written by Sterling Gates was published in late 2009 and early 2010. In the series, Superman has relocated to New Krypton and Batman (Bruce Wayne) is presumed dead. Thus, it falls to various members of the Superman and Batman families to battle a threat posed by the Toyboy, Mr. Freeze, the Penguin and the Kryptonite Man. Protagonists include Superman Family members Nightwing (Chris Kent), the Guardian and Supergirl, along with Batman Family members Red Robin (Tim Drake), Robin (Damian Wayne), Oracle and Batgirl (Stephanie Brown). Superman and Batman (Dick Grayson) appear in the final issue.
  • While not released under the name World's Finest, the series Superman/Batman fulfilled much the same function as its predecessor. It was published from 2003 to 2011.
  • A new monthly team-up series titled Batman/Superman was launched in 2013.[44]
  • In January 2012, DC announced a new ongoing series with a similar name but a differently-placed apostrophe, Worlds' Finest, beginning in May. It starred Power Girl and the Huntress.[45][46] In this incarnation, the two are natives of Earth-2, where they used the codenames Supergirl and Robin, respectively.[47] With issue #29 the series began to feature the Superman and Batman of Earth 2 as the main characters.
  • Batwoman: World's Finest – In October 2012, the Batwoman title's third storyline featured Batwoman fighting alongside Wonder Woman in a five-issue story arc.
  • Batgirl: World's Finest- In March 2017, the first annual of Batgirl vol. 5 saw Batgirl team with Supergirl for a special mission.

Collected editions

Title Volume Material collected Publication date ISBN
World's Finest Archives 1 World's Finest Comics #71–85 and Superman #76 March 1999 978-1563894886[48]
2 World's Finest Comics #86–101 January 2002 978-1563897436[49]
3 World's Finest Comics #102–116 September 2005 978-1401204112[50]
Batman: The World's Finest Comics Archives 1 Batman stories from World's Finest Comics #1–16 and New York World's Fair Comics #2 October 2002 978-1563898198[51]
2 Batman stories from World's Finest Comics #17–32 January 2005 978-1401201630[52]
Superman: The World's Finest Comics Archives 1 Superman stories from World's Finest Comics #1–16 and New York World's Fair Comics #1–2 September 2004 978-1401201517[53]
2 Superman stories from World's Finest Comics #17–32 November 2009 978-1401224707[54]
Showcase Presents: World's Finest 1 World's Finest Comics #71–111 and Superman #76 October 2007 978-1401216979[55]
2 World's Finest Comics #112–145 October 2008 978-1401219819[56]
3 World's Finest Comics #146-60, #162–69, #171–73 March 2010 978-1401225858[57]
4 World's Finest Comics #174–178, #180–187, #189–196, #198–202 November 2012 978-1401237363[58]
Showcase Presents: Green Arrow 1 Green Arrow stories from World's Finest Comics #95–140 January 2006 978-1401207854[59]
Showcase Presents: Aquaman 2 Aquaman stories from World's Finest Comics #130–133, 135, 137 and 139 January 2008 978-1401217129[60]
Superman vs. The Flash 1 Superman #199, The Flash #175, World's Finest Comics #198–199 and DC Comics Presents #1–2 May 2005 978-1401204563[61]
Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons 1 Super Sons stories from World's Finest Comics #215–216, 221–222, 224, 228, 230–231, 233, 238, 242, 263 and Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1 December 2007 978-1401215026[62]
The Creeper by Steve Ditko 1 Creeper stories from World's Finest Comics #249–255 April 2010 978-1401225919[63]
Batman and Superman in World's Finest: The Silver Age Omnibus 1 Superman and Batman teamup stories World's Finest Comics #71-116 and Superman #76 March 2016 978-1401261122
Green Arrow Golden Age Omnibus 1 Green Arrow stories from World's Finest Comics #7-28; More Fun Comics #73-107 and Adventure Comics #103-117 January 2018 978-1401277208

In other media

  • "World's Finest" is the 16th, 17th and 18th episodes of the second season of Superman: The Animated Series, and the 29th, 30th and 31st of the overall series. Originally, this three-parter aired back-to-back as a movie event on October 4, 1997. The episode depicts the first meeting of Batman and Superman in the DCAU, when Batman comes to Metropolis in pursuit of the Joker, who has offered to kill Superman for Lex Luthor. Superman finds himself out of his depth when matched against the Joker's cunning and unpredictability, while Batman has trouble with the resources Luthor provides the Joker with. Both heroes must agree to overcome their differences in order to put a stop to the Joker and Luthor. In 2002, The Batman Superman Movie was released on DVD. This was the three episodes from the "World's Finest" story arc of Season 2 of Superman: The Animated Series (1997) combined into a feature length film.
  • In 2004, a fan trailer for a World's Finest movie was released.
  • In the 2009 direct-to-video animated film Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (an adaptation of "The World's Finest", the opening story arc of Superman/Batman), the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight team up to prevent a meteoroid from striking Earth and to take down Lex Luthor, who has been elected President of the United States and has framed Superman for murder.[64] DCAU cast members Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Clancy Brown and C. C. H. Pounder reprised their respective roles as Batman, Superman, Luthor and Amanda Waller. Additionally, Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan from the television series Smallville) voiced the role of Power Girl.
  • In 2010, a sequel was released titled Superman/Batman: Apocalypse which is an adaptation of Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner's second story arc, "The Supergirl from Krypton".[65] DCAU cast members Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg, and Edward Asner reprised their respective roles as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Granny Goodness. Additionally, Summer Glau voiced the role of Supergirl and Andre Braugher portrayed Darkseid.
  • At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel, confirmed the sequel for Man of Steel, officially titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; the movie released March 25, 2016. The film stars Henry Cavill reprising his role as Clark Kent/Superman and many of the first film's cast returned. Ben Affleck joins the cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
  • The eighteenth episode of the first season of Supergirl is titled "Worlds Finest". The episode is a crossover with The Flash and features a team-up of the title characters of both series. Kara Danvers gains a new ally when the lightning-fast superhero The Flash suddenly appears from an alternate universe and helps Kara battle Siobhan, aka Silver Banshee, and Livewire in exchange for her help in finding a way to return him home.

See also

References

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Hyathis (also known as Hyanthis) is a fictional extraterrestrial monarch published by DC Comics. She first appeared in Justice League of America vol. 1 #3 (February 1961), and was created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. In all her World's Finest Comics appearances she is referred to as Hyanthis.

King Arthur (DC Comics)

For the Marvel Comics version, see King Arthur (Marvel Comics).King Arthur (Arthur Pendragon) is a fictional character, a comic book King published by DC Comics. Arthur debuted in New Comics #3, (February 1936), and was created by Rafael Astarita. The character is based on the mythical ruler King Arthur whose earliest recorded appearances were in the Annales Cambriae, the Historia Brittonum, and the Y Gododdin. The character of King Arthur was made popular by Geoffrey of Monmouth's second major work, the Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain),

List of Batman comics

Batman has been featured in many ongoing series, limited series and graphic novels published by DC Comics. These titles have been handled or coordinated through a single editorial section at DC Comics. This section also generally handles titles that have spun off of the core Batman titles to feature related characters. This list presents these titles separated by general type of publication.

List of Green Arrow enemies

This is a list of fictional characters from DC Comics who are enemies of Green Arrow.

Madame Zodiac

Madame Zodiac is a fictional character, a comic book witch published by DC Comics. She debuted in Batman Family #17 (April 1978), and was created by Bob Rozakis and Don Heck.

Moondancers

The Moondancers are a fictional DC Comics team of radical pacifist terrorists. They first appeared in World's Finest Comics #295 (September 1983), and were created by David A Kraft, L.B. Kellog and Jerome K. Moore.

Oggar

Oggar, the World's Mightiest Immortal, is a fictional character from the publisher Fawcett Comics, whose publication rights were acquired by DC Comics in the 1970s. Oggar was a villain of Captain Marvel chronology in Pre-Crisis; he made no Post-Crisis appearances. He first appeared in Captain Marvel Adventures # 61 (May 1946, Fawcett Comics). His first appearance in DC Comics was in World's Finest Comics # 264 (August 1980).

He was a major recurring enemy of the Marvels in the DC Comics stories published before the continuity-resetting Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries in 1985.

Penny Plunderer

The Penny Plunderer (Joe Coyne) is a fictional criminal in the DC Universe, and an adversary of Batman. He first appeared in World's Finest Comics #30 (September–October 1947). The story was written by uncredited Bill Finger; the art was credited to Bob Kane.

Professor Night

Professor Night is a fictional character created by Alan Moore in the Supreme comic book, wherein most heroes and villains are thinly disguised counterparts of DC icons. Although his name is derivative of Doctor Mid-Nite, the character is otherwise clearly intended be a counterpart of Batman. Professor Night works with Supreme both in a semi-regular partnership (a la World's Finest Comics) and as fellow founding members of the Allied Supermen of America, and its successor, the Allies (counterparts to the Justice Society of America and Justice League). He first appeared in Supreme vol. 3 #43.

Robin Hood (DC Comics)

Robin Hood is a fictional character, a comic book Outlaw published by DC Comics. Robin Hood debuted in New Adventure Comics vol. 1 #23 (January 1938), and was created by Sven Elven. The character is based on the legendary archer Robin Hood whose earliest recorded literary appearance was in William Langland's 14th century narrative poem, Piers Plowman. The character of Robin Hood was made popular by Howard Pyle's 19th century novel The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.

Tomahawk (comics)

Tomahawk is an American comic book character whose adventures were published by DC Comics during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as a backup feature in Star Spangled Comics and World's Finest Comics and in his own eponymous series. He was created by writer Joe Samachson and artist Edmund Good, and first appeared in Star-Spangled Comics #69 (June 1947). Tomahawk's uniqueness stems in part from the time frame of his fictional adventures: the American Revolutionary War.

World's Finest Team

The World's Finest Team was a fictional DC Comics superhero team who first appeared in the DC Comics Dollar Comics format series in World's Finest Comics #244 (May 1977), created by Gerry Conway, with art by Jim Aparo and George Tuska. The team consisted of the Silver Age versions of Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary, along with the new, original Wonder Woman of Earth-Two.Prior to the events of Infinite Crisis, Matt Wagner re-invented the origin of the first meeting between Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in the DC Comics limited series Trinity in 2003. Combined, these three heroes are the "trinity" of the World's Finest Team (also referred to as the World's Finest Trinity). The story takes place before the formation of the Justice League.

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