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Superman and Batman: World's Funnest by Evan Dorkin and Friends Paperback – January 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1st edition (2000)
  • ASIN: B0006RJDU0
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a longtime reader of the Superman and Batman comics, two of the characters that I disliked the most are Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk. The introduction of magic into the stories meant that anything could happen, all that was necessary to create or get out of any situation was, "then a spell was cast." In this story, the two magical imps get together and have a battle between themselves that goes across dimensions, universes and comic book stories.
The dialog and storyline is over-the-top corny, as decades of comic booklore are the victim of satire. I found it obnoxiously funny as the two imps destroy superhero after superhero and universe after universe as they battle each other. It appealed to my sense of the absurdity of introducing magic into the Superman and Batman stories, for such creatures could never really be defeated. The two creatures using planets as projectile weapons against each other was fitting. After all, where does the power of their magic end?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Young on May 23, 2010
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Evan Dorkin's Superman and Batman: World's Funnest by Evan Dorkin and Friends is, without a doubt, a fantastic piece of comic deconstruction; featuring fun, satirical writing, great art, and a serious sense of gloriously twisted nihilism.

In a nutshell, Superman and Batman's extra-dimensional nuisances, Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite, get into a squabble that takes them across many of the various dimensions of the DC Universe, largely drawn by their original artists. Earth One and Two are here, as are Frank Miller's 'Dark Knight' Universe, Alex Ross and Mark Waid's Kingdom Come, and a plethora of others.

To say more would be to give away the plot. Suffice to say that Dorkin's allowed free reign, and uses it to spectacular effect.

The only caveat I'd make is that it's best to be well aware of the history of the DC Universe before reading this. It's a graphic-novel-length in-joke, really. But such a joke it is! I couldn't recommend it more. Loved it.
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This is an Elseworlds comic--taking DC heroes and villains and putting them in strange times and places and creating unique stories. In this one Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite (two imps from other dimensions who constantly annoy Superman and Batman) show up at the same time and manage to kill off Batman, Superman, Robin and quite a few other superheroes (this is all in the first 7 or 8 pages). Then they battle each other and go fighting through dimension and timelines galore killing off entire universes and superheroes. NONE of this is to be taken seriously of course. If's black humor but VERY funny black humor. The artwork changes from dimension to dimension (25 different artists had a hand in this) and the reactions of Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite to the various other heroes are priceless. The section where they meet the Super Friends had me in hysterics:) This does take for granted that you know the DC universe and characters from the 1970s up till 2000 (when this was published). If you do you'll love this. Highly recommended for comic book lovers.
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