Saturday, October 9, 2010
1978 Vandal Savage vs. The World's Greatest Superheroes
The World's Greatest Superheroes was a newspaper strip produced by Chicago Tribune/New York News Syndicate which ran at the tail end of the 1970s, before morphing into a solo Superman feature. The initial story arc ran for three months beginning in April of 1978, and Vandal Savage was the featured villain. From what I understand, Savage had somehow lost his immortality, and sought to regain it by stealing the lifespans of millions of people he had arranged to kill through various disasters. Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash were on hand to stop him, although the Scarlet Speester was left the worse for wear. Barry grabbed the hilt of Vandal Savage's sword at one point, which was programmed to explode in the hands of any save his master. While the Flash was in a coma, he was replaced by Batman & Robin in the next adventure. Sadly, no Martian Manhunter, but that's to be expected.
Click on the links below to check out a couple of these strips:
Unpublished Sunday Strip
June 20, 1978