Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - Los Angeles Times

Neal Adams’ oversized 1978 comic book “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali” pitted the Man of Steel against the world’s greatest fighter. To the shock of young DC fans, the brawl left the Last Son of Krypton bruised and bloody.

Adams talks about his knockout comic in the newest episode of “Hero Complex: The Show” in the second segment of a two-part interview conducted on the floor of Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer.

In a nutshell, some nasty aliens called the Scrubb arrive on Earth and threaten to invade unless the planet’s greatest champion will fight their massive, snarling gladiator, Hun’Ya. Superman steps forward as the obvious choice, but then Ali cries foul; Superman is an alien himself and if Earth needs a champion, shouldn’t it be a human?

Superman and Ali then fight for the right to go, and since the Man of Steel is stripped of his powers during the bout, Ali wins. But the…

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