Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday Night Fights: Repeat Rehash Revenge! - Round 3: Happy Earth Day!

It's Round 3 of Friday Night Fights: Repeat Rehash Revenge! The rules of this bout state that I can only use a character (or characters) that was featured in my previous round for this fight. Since I know of no other appearances of Anonymous Lexcorp Goon from Round 2, I will have to use the other combatant from that round: Superman.

In honor of today being Earth Day, tonight's fight comes from 1988's Superman: The Earth Stealers graphic novel, written by John Byrne, illustrated by the late great Curt Swan, and inked by Jerry Ordway. Synopsis: A band of space pirates has stolen the Earth and plans to hand it over to their clients for resource extraction. Superman has boarded their ship with plans to stop them, but is captured and forced to fight the space captain's champion, Gunge, for the safety of the planet.

Here's Superman vs. Gunge, featuring some beautiful Curt Swan fisticuffs.

What is that device that Lois, Jimmy, and Perry are strapped to? We'll soon find out, unfortunately.

What a predicament! How will Supes get out of this one?

Then the lightbulb in Kal's head suddenly flips on...

And down goes Gunge!!!!

(Neither Gunge nor the pirate captain ever appeared anywhere else besides this story. However, you'll notice that Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Perry White play a pivotal role in the above fight. Does that mean one or more of them will appear next week? Tune in next Friday and find out!)

Tonight's fight music is Sam Phillips' "Holding On to The Earth" since that's exactly what Supes does here.

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