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Muhammad Ali Versus Superman Comic Cover Goes Viral

In 1978, two of the greatest superpowers on Earth battled in the boxing arena. Well, at least one of them was from Earth. A now-iconic comic cover pitted fighting champion Muhammad Ali against the “man of steel” Superman.

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Muhammad Ali’s comic book self had a way with words, just as the boxer himself did.

Ali passed away on June 3 at the age of 74. He had been fighting Parkinson’s disease for 32 years and died from a respiratory issue.


Since Ali’s death, the comic book cover has become one of the most widely shared images on social media. Naturally, the fight between the two heroes would draw a lot of attention. The Beatles and Andy Warhol are just a few of the celebrities spotted watching the festivities.

Check out the iconic cover:

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Who will be the champion?

Artist Neal Adams, who drew the cover, said DC Comics editor Julius (Julie) Schwartz came up with the idea to pit the two forces against each other.

“One day at a meeting, Julie said, ‘Why don’t we have Superman fight Muhammad Ali?’ We all said, ‘You’re crazy!'” Adams explained. “But Julie felt that a real-life hero fighting a fantasy hero would be something special.”

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