"Superman and Batman: "How Do You Kill a Superman?"": To save Kandor from civil war, Superman has agreed to become its king, and live in the bottle city. However and without explanation, Superman repeatedly emerges in the outer world and acts irresponsibly. The new att


Quote1.png Never dreamed it would come to this... That to save the world, I must kill my greatest friend, Superman! Nobody's sadder than I am, fella... But it must be done! Quote2.png
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World's Finest #240 is an issue of the series World's Finest (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1976. It was published on June 14, 1976.

Appearing in Superman and Batman: "How Do You Kill a Superman?"

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  • Zirkonian Eight-Footed Cat (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Morgan Edge (Cameo)
  • Blue Alpha Ape
  • President of the United States

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Synopsis for Superman and Batman: "How Do You Kill a Superman?"

To save Kandor from civil war, Superman has agreed to become its king, and live in the bottle city. However and without explanation, Superman repeatedly emerges in the outer world and acts irresponsibly. The new attitude of the Man of Steel is noticed by Batman, who learns pf the mysterious events after a quick visit to Kandor.

Superman's actions create chaos in the entire world and Batman is asked by the President of the United States to kill the Man of Steel. Batman first tries to get help from the Kandorians, but they are unable to restrain Superman, leading to a confrontation between Batman and Superman, in which Batman uses a poison needle to kill Superman, who is absolutely vulnerable while in Kandor. However, after dead, Superman's body starts to grow until it breaks out of Kandor. It is then revealed that the responsible for all the unexplicable events is a sentient zirkonian cat from Superman's zoo at the Fortress of Solitude. Superman returns to life once his body is out of Kandor and he takes care of the evil animal. Things return to normal and everyone moves on with their lives.



Notes

  • This issue marks the first in the World's Finest series with Jenette Kahn as DC Comics' Publisher.
  • The story is told in three chapters:
    • Part 1 Dr. Superman, Mr. Hyde
    • Part 2 Small World, Big Problem
    • Part 3 The King is Dead -- Long Live the King!

Trivia

  • The President of the United States that appears in this issue is probably Gerald Ford, due to the time of this comic's publication. Likewise, the General-Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is likely Leonid Brezhnev.
  • Superman is miraculously resurrected once outside of the Kandorian atmosphere since his invulnerability prevents him from dying, allegedly. This is a marked deviation from the way Superman's powers have always been portrayed and always would be portrayed. In addition, Batman makes a decision to commit premeditated murder against his best friend, with only nominal reservations, and brandishes a gun. Clearly, this issue does not fit within the mainstream continuity of Earth-One.



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