Monday, 16 October 2017

The Man With Superman's Heart - Censored By The Comics Code Authority

Here's an odd one, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the story itself is completely whackadoo in the best late Silver / early Bronze Age tradition. Superman is dead, and presumably he's got an organ donor card, so there's some debate as to who should be the recipient of his bits and pieces.
At first, you do keep flipping back to the splash page to make sure you haven't missed that familiar caption stating ' Don't worry, readers, this is an imaginary story. It didn't happen, but what if it did?'
But no, this is actually occurring for real, so you're left with that old letdown plot-twist where it's all a scam by Supes for some lame reason he'll explain in the disappointing following issue. And sure enough, that's exactly what happens.
Still, it's all a lot of crazy fun while it's going on.
But just as interesting is the 2nd panel on p.6. Check it out, could Ross & Mike really not think of a Comics Code approved way to draw that panel? This is the only time I recall ever seeing something like this. How about you?


  1. What a coincidence. I was just showing this story to a co-worker a few weeks ago as the only time I ever saw the CCA actually censor a panel.

    The other thing I recall with clarity, even decades later, is the following issue - where Suoerman's 'plan' literally maims most of his intended victims - except for the one that he outright kills. Sure, one can 'blame' Luthor - but Superman's elaborate charade set into motion the literal suffocation of a bank robber. What a dick.

  2. There used to be a wesite called 'Superman Is A Dick' talking about just this kind of story, actually. Look how many 'jokes' he played on Lois over the years.

  3. As revealed in a letters column a few issues later, the censorship panel was an inside joke. They had discussed how to handle the story with the Code staff people in advance; the censorship panel was in the original script, not added by the Code.