The 12 Weirdest Encounters Between Superman and Batman

Author Thumbnail Caitlin Donovan March 17, 2016 20:13 PM

1Superman and Batman's First Meeting

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Superman and Batman first officially first met in 1952’s Superman #76. Granted, they’d appeared in comics together before then, mainly in 1940’s, but this was the first story that showed them, y’know, meeting. It featured a weird cover where they both compete over who will save Lois from a fiery death. As Lois herself would say, probably not the best time to whip ‘em out and measure ‘em, guys.

The story itself is as kitschy and weird as the cover suggests. Bruce and Clark just happen to be assigned the same cabin on a cruise ship and naturally, a robbery happens that requires them to suit up. They discover each other’s secret identities when they accidentally see each other changing clothes. You know, a lot of slash fic has started the same way.

Batman and Superman are even worse at hiding their secret identities together than apart, so Lois, who is also on the ship, begins to suspect their true identities. Superman’s clever plan to both distract her and catch the theif is to pretend he and Batman are jealously competing over Lois’s affections, which Lois is thoroughly unimpressed by. At the end of the story, Lois decides to ditch them both and “date” Robin instead. Uh…not seriously go on a date with him, she was just trying to make a point. We hope. 

2Superman and Batman Switch Costumes

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Batman and Superman  eventually got a title exclusively devoted to their teamups, called “World’s Finest”. Issue 71 featured Lois once again figuring out Bruce and Clark’s secret identities (these guys are really bad at this). Bruce and Clark came up with the perfect solution to this: switch costumes and make Lois think Bruce is Superman! It’s foolproof.

Since Bruce and Clark look exactly alike, this totally works. Lois is slowly tricked into believing Bruce is Superman, meanwhile Clark gets knocked out by Kryptonite while playing Batman. Lois discovers him and assumes he was either impersonating Batman to get a story or has a weird costume-based fetish. Then she walks in on Superman and Bruce Wayne in the same room, throws her hands up in the air and gives up on these assholes.

You know, guys, it would be a lot easier to just tell her she’s right, ask her to keep it a secret and actually devote your time to solving crimes rather than these overly complicated schemes.

3The Menace of Composite Superman-Batman

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In World’s Finest #142, Bats and Supes had to fight a combined version of themselves. Like, he was literally half Supes, half Bats, split straight down the middle. The dude had green skin and was actually just a humble janitor from the future who got struck by lightning and gained the powers of The Legion of Superheroes,  a group of heroes from the 31st century. It….doesn’t really make much sense. 

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Caitlin Donovan is a long-time nerd with a passion for superheroes and epic fantasy. She lives in North Carolina with her cat and wrestles with writing novels and doing editorial work when she's not ranting about pop culture online. She runs a blog at ladyloveandjustice.tumblr.com
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