Who is the Fastest Man Alive?

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Su­per­man #199, Au­gust 1967

What hap­pened? Fans like noth­ing bet­ter than ar­gu­ing about who’s stronger or who’s faster – Hulk or Thor? Su­per­man or Flash? – and 16-year-old writer Jim Shooter knew there was power in giv­ing them what they wanted, as he did in this first ever race be­tween the two. There were even rules – Su­per­man couldn’t fly, for in­stance.

Why was it shock­ing? Though the race – af­ter much shenani­gans – ended in a dead-heat, the re­matches have kept com­ing, al­most all sim­i­larly in­con­clu­sive. But who cares? It’s the prom­ise of the con­cept that counts.

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