Übermensch My Candelabra

With Behind the Candelabra and Man of Steel released in UK cinemas this month, I was reminded of the time these two figures crossed paths before.

Yeah, yeah, I know one of them is fictional. Don’t ruin the dream.

Superman for me will always remain at the top of the superhero pyramid, but it’s a little known fact (at least outside the world of comics) that in 1978 Liberace attended the Fight to Save the Earth from Star Warriors.

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Yes folks, it’s the fight you never even realised you wanted to see, featuring non other than our beloved Superman, battling Mohammed Ali for the survival of the human race. If you look closely you will see other stars of stage, screen, literature and politics in attendance. From Frank Sinatra to Jimmy Carter, by way of Cher. Here is the full roll call of stars…

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I believe that Liberace can be found between Ali’s legs. But this is no place for innuendo. Incidentally, the Batman also dropped by, no doubt to see Supes brought to justice for the cruel prank below.

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But this is beside the point. The plot of this unusual story is that aliens demand Earth’s greatest champion battles their greatest champion. Superman of course steps forward to do battle but is upstaged by Mohammed Ali, who argues, in his own inimitable way, that Supes isn’t from this planet and consequently doesn’t have the right to represent us in this fight. Harsh.

Superman strips himself of his powers and fights Ali, who of course wins…going on to then fight the alien, which he of course wins. Along the the way Ali also manages to figure out that Superman is really Clark Kent (of course he does – he is the greatest after all) thereby becoming one of the few people in the comic book universe who have discovered Superman’s true identity. A secret he vows to take to his grave.

Here’s to the greatest.

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