the world every day is really hard work. Not that I would know, not
having super powers and all, but I think we all can assume keeping the
criminally insane from escaping their apparently minimum-security
asylums or carrying half the North Pole over to Saudi-Arabia to cool
down burning oil pumps all day can be a bit stressful.
So it stands to reason Superheroes need a day off from time to time.
And that's exactly what Superman, Batman and Robin did in 1943,
according to World's Finest Comics. And it would appear they still
hadn't gotten back to work by 1948. Perhaps all kinds of wild stuff
happened inside the comic books, but if we judge by the covers, all
these guys did all those years was hang out. Which leads us to today's
collection of DC cover art, which I like to call "Superman, Batman and
Robin's Gay Ole Time at the Fair".
When the fair came to town, Robin begged and pleaded all day until
Batman and Superman agreed to bring him. There wasn't anything else to
do anyway, and Superman wanted to check out the new cross-license
He-Man/Superman grip tester to see if it was calibrated right. Imagine
his surprise when he couldn't even make the arrow budge one inch! "Ohmigosh!"
Supes got his sweet revenge later, though. Looks like you'll have to
stick to the rice cakes this week, Robin. Wouldn't want you to snap
the bat-rope when you're climbing up a skyscraper!
Then they went to the target range.
"If it isn't the world's finest superheroes and also Robin!" the fair
managed exclaimed when he saw the three of them petting the horses.
"Could you maybe join our show later? I would be ever so grateful!"
And join the show they did. And since the fun machines had concluded
Robin was heavy and Superman was a little weakling, guess who had to
carry the two others? It was Robin!
"Thank you for your help!" said the manager. "Say, maybe you fellows
would be interested in our sports competition! There's a prize!" And
of course they were up for some sports. First up was the gymnastics
event. Superman was able to keep his friends up in the air for almost
thirty minutes, giving Batman, the dark avenger who strikes fear into
the hearts of all criminals, ample time to brood.
Unfortunately, the trio lost the second event because they
misunderstood the rules and competed against each other. Worse yet,
they lost a point for losing against Robin! "I do say," said the
manager, "what the fuck was that all about?"
By now, Superman and Batman was in such a mischievous mood that they
played a prank on Robin during the tandem cycling event. Poor Robin
couldn't understand what all the other contestants were laughing
"All right, boys, let's get serious and win this thing!" Superman
exclaimed. And boy did they ever! On the basket court they won 54-12
over a poor family from Kentucky, who were in Metropolis to visit an
The baseball game went even better. Batman hit two home runs, and
Superman hit the ball so hard it knocked the moon out of orbit and he
had to put it back in place to save the earth. Hooray!
By the skiing event, our heroes shared the lead with some teenagers
from downtown. Superman almost spoiled the trio's chances when he
tried to run over a rabbit who had forgotten to grow his winter fur,
but when it mattered the most he focused and crossed the finish line
first. While performing a somersault, no less!
Triumphant, our heroes could collect the grand prize: a ride on a
battleship! "What do you think Freud would say if he saw us now?"
Batman asked. "Ha ha, I don't know!" exclaimed Superman, gracefully
covering over the fact he wasn't sure who Freud was.
Tired, the three walked homewards. Then suddenly, a skunk crossed the
road! "Cripes, I just dry cleaned my cape!" Batman yelled. "Alfred's
not gonna be happy about this!"
"Let's try to wash off in this pond!" Robin suggested. "Gosh, I don't
know," said Batman, "that's against the law! But we are smelly from
all the sports and that skunk. What should we do?" Superman pondered
this for a while. "Here's what I suggest," he finally said, "maybe we
What did Superman suggest? Tune in next week for the exciting
Seriosuly, though, this is the end of the story.
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