World’s Finest 87 – Superman and Batman switch powers, again

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Finger, Sprang and Kaye pull the old switcheroo again in World’s Finest 87 (March/April 1957).

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This time the changes are intentional.  A villain, who is more concerned with covering his face than his body, comes across some capsules created by Jor-El, that will temporarily endow someone with super-powers.  He attacks Superman with kryptonite, and Superman takes a capsule to regain his powers, not realizing that they have become contaminated with kryptonite as well.  The result, no powers for Superman.

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So he gives the capsules to Batman and Robin, and they get powers for the duration of the story.

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Even so, the climax still comes down to the villain with the super-powers, facing a powerless Superman. The bad guy shoots him, and Superman falls, but of course the costume is invulnerable, and he was just playing possum.

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