World’s Finest 199 – Superman and Flash vs the Phantom Zone villains

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World’s Finest 199 (Dec. 70) is the conclusion of the third Superman/Flash race, but the first one to have an actual winner, thanks to O’Neil, Dillin and Giella.

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Jimmy Olsen escapes from the Roman arrows by jumping through time, but winds up in the hands of the Spanish Inquisition.  It’s an unexpected twist, because no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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Meanwhile, the Superman/Flash race gets diverted by the Phantom Zone villains.  The Anachronids have weakened the fabric between reality and the Zone, and General Zod, Professor Vakox, Jax-Ur and Kru-El have emerged.  They want the Anachronids to succeed, destroying the Zone completely.

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Time starts falling apart, and we get cameos by Bruce Wayne and Alfred at the movies, and Diana Prince along with I Ching at her dress shop.

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Superman and Flash defeat the Phantom Zone villains, though it takes all their energy.  Superman has been under a red sun for a while now, and is quite drained.

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This makes the climax of the race a crawl to the finish, rather than a sprint.  The Flash wins, turning off the machine that created the Anachronids in the first place.

For some reason, this race was never referred to again.  On the few occasions when characters discussed the Superman/Flash races, they were said to have ended in ties.

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The issue ends with an ad promoting upcoming team-ups.  Robin is announced for the following issue, with Green Lantern, Aquaman and Wonder Woman promoted for later tales.

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