When Muhammad Ali Knocked Out Kal-El circa 1978

When Muhammad Ali Knocked Out Kal-El circa 1978

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali…The Museum Of UnCut Funk has 8 copies of this classic comic book in it’s archives.

Muhammad Ali and Don King

Muhammad Ali and Don King…circa 1978

January 31, 1978, world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, right, is shown at a press conference in New York (with promoter Don King, left, and Herbert Muhammad, center), to promote Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, a special edition comic book which featured the champ taking on the Man of Steel.

Here’s how the epic rumble came to be:

Rat’Lar, the maniacal leader of a species of aliens called the Scrubb, demands that Earth’s greatest champion fight the greatest Scrubb fighter. If Earth refuses, the Scrubb and their huge armada of spaceships will destroy it. Superman and Muhammad Ali each come forward to volunteer. However, Ali argues that Superman is not really of Earth, and has an unfair advantage in his many superpowers. In typical Ali-style verbiage, he puts himself forward as the obvious choice.

Intrigued, Rat’Lar decides that Superman and Ali should fight one another to see who really is Earth’s champion. To make the fight fair, he decrees that the match should take place on his home planet, Bodace, which is orbited by a red sun (which temporarily robs Superman of his powers). The winner would simply be the best boxer.

To read more about the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali comic book check out our previous post and video.

Source:  Forbes.com

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