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The Man of Steel #3
March 14th, 2013 by Rusty

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The Man of Steel #3 cover

The Man of Steel #3

Date: 1986
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
2013 NM Price: $4.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads
Writer & Penciller: John Byrne
Other Artists: Dick Giordano, Tom Zuiko, John Costanza
Notable Notes: 1st appearance of Magpie the jewel thief!

Superman and Batman Together for the First Time?

I would love to read the actual comic book where Superman and Batman meet up and work together for the first time. I did a little bit of web searching and it seems like that might have been in issue #7 of All Star Comics back in 1941. I just hope that they took on a better criminal than they did in this issue!


At the end of The Man of Steel #2 Lois Lane had manipulated Superman into meeting with her, but this issue completely ignores that ending and instead begins in Gotham City – where Batman is trying to get information out of a criminal called “Bull”. Just when he has the crook right where he wants him who should show up but Superman – and Supes is intent on bringing Batman to justice! Once the 2 superheroes get a chance to talk Batman explains what was happening and Superman agrees to help him temporarily search for the jewel thief / murderer named “Magpie”. It doesn’t take them long to track her down and put an end to her criminal doings, and then Bats and Superman have another little talk about how they don’t see eye to eye but they are still working toward the same goal. And thus we see the beginnings of a “beautiful” friendship!

My 2 Cents:

  • Although this story was OK, I didn’t feel it was up to snuff with the first two issues of this series. It was almost predictable and cliche-ish. And I’m not sure how these two superheroes first met in regular DC Comics continuity, but I would guess it didn’t involve chasing down Magpie. I wish they would have tackled a better and/or more classic villain in this issue.
  • It was fun seeing the first meeting of these two however! Really, there is nothing like having these two giants work together to bring down a criminal!
  • As usual I think that Byrne’s art was quite good and fun to look at. My only complaint would have to do with Magpie’s outlandish outfits! She definitely screams “1980s” in your face!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars
  • Art: 3 stars
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars

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