Superman #164

    Superman » Superman #164 - The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman! released by DC Comics on October 1963.

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    1. Cover by Curt Swan and George Klein.
    2. "The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman!" written by Edmond Hamilton, penciled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein. Reprinted in Superman #239, Superman from the Thirties to the Eighties, Superman in the Sixties, Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told #1 & Superman vs. Lex Luthor.
    3. "Casey the Cop" gag strip by Henry Boltinoff.
    4. "The Fugitive from the Phantom Zone!" written by Edmond Hamilton, penciled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein. Reprinted in Superman #232.

    "The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman!"

    a. Part I: "The Showdown Between Luthor and Superman!"

    Luthor breaks free from prison and issues repeated challenges on TV for Superman to face him man-to-man, without super powers. Superman finally accepts, and the two travel to a distant planet with a red sun to fight it out. But will the planet itself be the death of them?

    b. Part II: "The Super-Duel!"

    The planet proves to be inhabited, and Luthor becomes a hero to the locals, while Superman is seen as a villain. The second round of Luthor and Superman's battle is fought in an arena full of spectators - cheering for Luthor!

    Note: All stories reprinted in Showcase Presents: Superman #4.



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    Could Have Been Epic 0

    (This review is of the longer two part cover story only)Here's a story that could have been one of the greatest Superman stories ever. It had a great setup - Luthor escapes from prison, and challenges Superman on TV to a fight without superpowers (cleverly breaking into shows like a western where the sheriff removes his badge to fight an outlaw man-to-man, and a heavyweight boxing match between two evenly matched fighters - a nice detail). It also has a great ending that reveals real growth on t...

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    Escape to a Planet to Watch the Fight of the Century! 0

    From October 1963 comes the Silver Age Superman in his continuing battle with Lex Luthor. In this issue it is said that their boyhood rivalry finally comes to a head in this issue.The cover is striking. Superman being beat up by Luthor on a red sun where Supes has no powers. How the heck did that happen? Looks like Curt Swan art on the cover.There are two stories inside. The first has Luthor in jail, brooding about Superman and how jealous he must be for Luthor’s supreme intelligence. No one can...

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