DC Comics Publisher Jim Lee has reached into the depths of comic book history for his latest charity sketch, bringing the Silver Age villain known as Composite Superman into the fold.
One-half Superman and one-half Batman, Composite Superman is a character who, naturally, serves as an adversary to both the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. Created by Edmond Hamilton and Curt Swan, Composite Superman first appeared in 1964’s World’s Finest Comics #142. Lee’s new drawing of the classic baddie was revealed by Multiversity Comics and is currently up for auction on Ebay, with bidding set to end on Wednesday afternoon. At the time of writing, the artwork has amassed a price tag of $8,300 USD.
The Composite Superman was the alter ego of Joseph Meach, a janitor at the Superman Museum. A blast of lightning struck several statues of the Legion of Super-Heroes, granting Meach their powers. Meach used Chameleon Boy’s shapeshifting powers to take on the appearance of Superman and Batman at the same time. An alien criminal named Xan would also take up the identity.
All proceeds from Lee’s auctions will go toward the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc). The Binc Foundation is using the funds from the auctions to help support comic book shops in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Lee also played a key part in starting the #Creators4Comics initiative on Twitter, which saw comic book creators auctioning off signed artwork, comics and other items to help benefit comic shops.
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