No. 153 – It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…

Superman #6 image ©Time Warner, Inc.

Prog 530’s (1987) Judge Dredd story featuring Fairlyhyperman written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and drawn by Mike Collins v Superman, pictured here on the cover of Superman #6 (1939), pencilled by Joe Shuster (1914–1992) and inked by Paul Cassidy (1910–2005)

Created in 1933 by Jerome “Jerry” Siegel (1914–1996) and Joe Shuster, and sold to Detective Comics [known later as DC Comics] in 1938, Superman (aka the Man of Steel) is the original archetype of the US comic book superhero.

Although DC Comics retained all the rights to Superman, Siegel and Shuster were nonetheless paid handsomely for stories and art during the early 40s, and earned a combined income of over $75,000 in 1940. Superman, however, was earning millions for DC, and Siegel and Shuster sued DC for a stake, eventually being awarded in 1948 by the New York State Supreme Court a measly settlement of $120,000.

No. 121 – Bat Mugger

Bat Mugger cover from prog 585‘s Judge Dredd by Alan Davis vs. Batman (aka The Dark Knight) here pictured on the cover of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (DC Comics, 1986) by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley [not necessarily this particular image]

The Dark Knight Returns‘ huge success propelled Batman back into popular culture and, along with Alan Moore’s Watchmen (DC Comics, 1986–1987), initiated a publishing era known as the Dark Age of Comic Books (also known as the Modern Age or Iron Age).

In 1991 Dredd finally teamed up with Batman in Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham (DC Comics/Fleetway), written by John Wagner and Alan Grant with art by Simon Bisley.