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Superman vs. Muhammad Ali

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  332 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Two legendary figures meet for the first time in this spectacular adventure, as an alien race called the Scrubb demand that Earth's greatest champion battle their world's own greatest fighter. Both Superman and Muhammad Ali step forward -- and to determine who is truly Earth's greatest fighter, Superman temporarily loses his powers and faces Ali in the ring. Ultimately, ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by DC Comics (first published 1978)
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I'm reading Superman Vs Mohammad Ali and it's my new favorite comic of all time you guys and I'm only on, like, the second page.
Peter Derk
Sep 22, 2011 Peter Derk rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
[After Action Letter Written by Batman]


After reviewing the after-action report collected in this volume, I have to make some critical points about how to handle these situations better in the future. But before I go on, I do want to express how extremely disappointed I am in you and your lack of forethought. You are better than this.

The proposition set forth by invading aliens, one that involves an Earth champion fighting their champion to decide the fate of the Earth, is not within you
Muhammed Mahmoud

حبي لأفلام السوبر هيروز دفعني نحو قراءة ال comic books المأخوذة عنها تلك الأفلام ، و يا لها من تجربة.
في هذه القصة المصورة الصادرة عام ، نشاهد محمد على بطل العالم في الملاكمة في مواجهة مع سوبرمان من أجل إنقاذ الأرض ..
المواجهة لم تكن باختيارهم بل فُرضت عليهم من فضائيين يريدون تدمير الأرض و إنهاء حياة بني البشر.
اندهشت من كم التفاصيل و الدقة اللي صُممت بها القصة ، و رغم صدروها منذ ما يقارب الأربعة عقود إلا أنها جاءت بمستوى رفيع على مستوى الرسوم و تصوير المعارك و الشخصيات.
الدافع الأكبر لقراءتي لهذا ا
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Das Cover ist der Hammer und die Idee einfach spaßig. Leider ist die Story unglaublich schlecht und auch der Erzählrythmus und die Dialoge taugen leider nichts. Schade. Die beiden Ikonen hätten mehr verdient.

Aber jetzt weiß ich immerhin wer "The greatest of all times and worlds" ist... Und ihr nicht :-)
Steven Kent
Oh come on! It's a boxing match between Superman and Muhammad Ali. It takes place in outer space! It is attended by scores of icons from the 70s.

This is fun, goofy stuff!
Feb 20, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it
Ridiculous and fun, with a greater emphasis on fun. The key to the book's success is keeping the story simple so that the characters can shine. I tend to dislike when comic books take earth-bound characters into space because it feels both cheesy and overkill on suspension of disbelief, but it doesn't bother me in this book because, despite the ridiculous premise, the rest of it doesn't get tangled in details related to outer space or aliens. It is fairly transparent that the only reason the ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Rob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
As a comic book aficionado of some years I've seen many 'event' comics come and go, and most of them were of middling quality. The plots seemed forced and the stakes artificial. Despite that and my ridiculously low expectations, this particular one managed to be amazing. It's obvious that a lot of care was taken with this one, and it's by two DC Comics heavyweights (ha!), Neal Adams and Denny O'Neil. Adams' art is phenomenal and this is one of those rare comics where they manage to capture both ...more
May 04, 2016 Topher rated it liked it
For a book that I picked up specifically because of how freaking weird it looked, one of the weirder things about it is how not-weird it is. It's mostly a pretty standard oldish-school Superman story, the kind that was published a lot in the 1970s. There's some kind of threat that seems really bad, and Superman, through a combination of intelligence, friendship, decency, and superpowers, defeats it. This one just happened to feature The Greatest. Probably the most remarkable three things about ...more
May 06, 2011 zxvasdf rated it really liked it
This was a nice blast to the past, to sink in a comic book world where the values are basically monochrome. All apple pie americana philosophy, only coming from Ali's boisterous mouth.

An insane alien has challenged Ali and Superman to a match with their champion, but first the two have to fight to determine the best fighter. What ensues is an action of bravery, fraud, and finally, redemption.

I loved the moments where Ali was shooting his mouth off. Intimidate the enemy away from the ring, and
Jan 26, 2014 Aaj rated it really liked it
Just take a look at this book, and you'll know what a classic book should look like!
Format and escpecially the cover of this book is awesome!! Muhammad Ali and Superman in a boxing ring with nearly 100 known faces enjoying the match! Really one of the best covers ever drawn!

The inner pages are no different. You'll have a royal feel while reading. The frequent splash pages are beautiful and enhances the effect.

Well, story is not too good, but is engrossing and author Neal Adams had made good
Max Rebo
Aug 10, 2011 Max Rebo rated it liked it
Dice Neal Adams, en el prólogo de esta obra dibujada por él mismo, que Superman vs. Ali es una de las mejores novelas gráficas jamás escritas. Creo que se pasó tres pueblos. Su arte es tan bueno como siempre, y por una vez justifica el formato Absolute de la edición de Planeta. Sin embargo, el guión de O'Neil (otro de los grandes del 9º arte) dista mucho de ser de lo mejor. La premisa es demasiado absurda, incluso asumiendo que se trata de un cómic de superhéroes y marcianos. Requiere de altas ...more
I'm not quite sure how I came across this, but when I saw it I thought, "what?" Pitting Superman vs. Muhammad Ali in a comic feels so dangerous, ripe for all sorts of ethnocentric, horrific scenes. What brave or foolish souls would take this on? So, I had to read it. Originally released in the late 70s, this work is, though sometimes a little painfully forced, overwhelmingly the representation of the best of what comics can strive to be. A good action story with a heart expressing response to ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title really says it all. Superman? Check. Muhammad Ali? Check. Awesomeness? CHECK!

I've got both the title character's on my wall in poster form, so you know I had to buy the book.

Not exactly the most plausible story, but hey, there's a flying guy from another planet in it, so that complaint is really moot.

Just sit back and enjoy the old-school, campy, comic booky goodness. Also, check out the alien imperial commander's bell bottoms. Oh, such great escapism.
TJ Shelby
Jan 17, 2011 TJ Shelby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc
Super fun read. Reprint of an old mini-series. I know this may seem crazy but Ali was pretty toned down. He wasn't as brash and cocky as he could have been. Superman, on the other hand, took more than boxing lessons from Ali, he also took smack-talk lessons. Since this was obviously written as a fan-favorite style, most of the normal critiques can be tossed. Read it for what it is and it will not disappoint.
Nov 25, 2013 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
It was a good positive message, but in many ways it seemed like a PSA for co-operation between black and white. A little corny, but then again, from 1977 I had no doubt it would be. The art wasn't bad, but no way readers today would ever swallow it. From a bygone era, a fun piece of social commentary history to check out, but non-essential.
Christian McKay
Jun 04, 2011 Christian McKay rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I realize it's just as ridiculous to say that the premise of Superman vs. Muhammad Ali is ridiculous as the premise is itself. (Did that make any sense at all?) But . . . yeah. The invading aliens really need to work on their reasoning.
May 05, 2015 Michael rated it it was ok
Shelves: wtfery
Neil Adams himself assures us in the forward that this is one of the best comics of all time. His artwork is pretty awesome but the script is terrible. I do like that President Jimmy Carter has a prominent spot on the cover.
Paul Griggs
Dec 22, 2014 Paul Griggs rated it really liked it
An artefact of a different era that remains readable and respectful to the fictional and real people involved
Sep 18, 2012 Christopher rated it liked it
Good old-fashioned comic book escapism. Campy, nostalgic, ridiculous, overtly patriotic, and tons of fun to read.
Simon Sweetman
Apr 05, 2016 Simon Sweetman rated it it was amazing
I feel like this is the greatest comic that ever existed. At least that's how I felt when I was reading it. Magic.
May 08, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
Interesting graphic novel, though not spectacular. Apparently was quite topical and political at the time it was written.
Jun 30, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's such and earnest, straightforward and un-cynical product of a more innocent era of popular culture that it's hard to dislike the corny glory.
Oct 10, 2011 Chuck rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Every bit as ridiculous as it sounds, but it's probably THE classic example of a 1970s DC comic. And, Neal Adams' art was at its peak.

Apr 30, 2011 Bridget rated it did not like it
why is this in my life?
Johnny Galt
Feb 28, 2011 Johnny Galt rated it it was amazing
Loves any story about the champ!
Logan Dalton
Mar 16, 2013 Logan Dalton rated it liked it
Amazing art from Neal Adams, but kind of a cheesy and contrived plot.
Feb 20, 2016 Buse rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic
One star for the drawings, this story was that bad and cheap.
Matt Piechocinski
Mar 25, 2016 Matt Piechocinski rated it liked it
Good thing the Champ didn't have to fight the Bat.

Robert Gustavo
Jan 20, 2013 Robert Gustavo rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good, despite being pretty much exactly what one would expect it to be.
Marc Burkhardt
Mar 11, 2016 Marc Burkhardt rated it it was amazing
The greatest graphic novel of all time.
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Dennis O'Neil is a comic book writer and editor best known for his work on Batman, Green Arrow/Green Lantern, and The Question.

He also wrote a novel with Jim Berry under the pen name "Jim Dennis".
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