Big JOHN BUSCEMA never thought that MUHAMMAD ALI
could box. I used to doubt it myself, in fact. I'd watch him dance around
the ring, taking punches, and then wonder why he'd been declared winner
when the other guy had done all the work. However, as a symbol of what
black Americans could aspire to, he was the perfect choice to go up against
what some people might regard as the epitome of the white superman - quite
literally SUPERMAN. Not that DC COMICS' blue-eyed boy was meant
to represent such a notion, but it was hard to deny that he was the perfect
peg on which to hang the accusation for those who were of a mind to.
I didn't buy the giant Treasury Edition back in 1978. I didn't see
the point in pitting a real-life character against a fictional superhero, so
I gave it a miss. It's now considered to be a bit of a collectors' item, and
DC reissued the classic tale in a deluxe, omnibus-sized edition in 2010.
They also published a larger treasury sized version, but I'm running out
of shelf-space as it is, so I opted for the slightly smaller tome.
There are some nice extras in the back of the book, such as repro-
ductions of pencil sketches and layouts, and an afterword by JENETTE
KAHN, not forgetting an introduction by NEAL ADAMS himself at the
front of this handsome volume. A few panels seem to have been slightly
reworked, 'though I'm unsure if the larger edition likewise features such
revisions. However, it's definitely one to seek out, especially if, like me,
you didn't purchase the original and now wish that you had. Your local
FORBIDDEN PLANET is bound to stock a copy, and, if not,
they can probably order it for you.
Why not pop in today and have a look?!