World’s Finest 193 – Superman and Batman and the big escape

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Haney, Andru and Esposito conclude their cold war prison drama in World’s Finest 193 (May 1970).

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Perry White uses his journalist credentials to visit Superman and Batman, both being held in squalid conditions.  He encourages them to escape, and they make a few failed attempts.

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Just as Perry is about to head back home, the two heroes do manage to break free, and return to US for a triumphant parade.

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It turns out that those are not the real heroes, who are still in prison.  They are impostors, and the break-out was staged.  They have been sent to spy, give false information on the synthetic kryptonite, and ultimately set off a bomb to kill a number of high ranking officials.  Superman and Batman act all despondent, but secretly plot to escape.  I find the dialogue interesting.  They plot to fool the dictator by switching places, but cite the Justice League adventure against Dr. Light as the source of this idea – rather than the earliest times they teamed up!

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Their trick works, as it always does.  Superman and Batman get back just in time to prevent their imitators from setting off the bomb.

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