World’s Finest 88 – Joker and Luthor team-up

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World’s Finest 88 (June/July 1957) hides it’s greatest draw from the cover, the first ever team up of Lex Luthor and the Joker.

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Hamilton, Sprang and Kaye craft a fun little story here, but it’s largely a Luthor tale.  They do form a partnership together, but it’s primarily about the mechano-men that Luthor has invented.

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Superman and Batman both get publicly humiliated after stopping what appear to be crimes by the mechano-men, but are really legal uses of the robots. Superman stops one as they perform an underwater search, taking it’s place.

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He hopes to find out what the Joker and Luthor are really up to.  The villains figure out that Superman is one of the mechano-men, but are confident enough in their plan to let him stay.

And the plan was not a bad one, having mechano-men impersonate them during a big demonstration, while they use other to pull off a big robbery.  But Superman spotted the extra sets of clothes, and figured it out first.

The story would lead not only to many more Joker/Luthor team-ups in this book, but to other pairings of Superman and Batman villains.

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