Cover of World's Finest #215 (January 1973)
|First appearance||World's Finest Comics #215
|Created by||Bob Haney
|Alter ego||Clark Kent Jr.
Bruce Wayne Jr.
|Place of origin||Earth-One (Pre-Crisis Computer Simulation)
Earth-154 (Infinite Crisis)
Earth-16 (Post-Infinite Crisis)
|Abilities||Clark Kent Jr.:
Abilities equivalent to those of Superman, but at half the power level.
Bruce Wayne Jr.:
No superhuman powers; highly trained fighter and athlete, armed with Batman-type gadgets.
The Super-Sons is a pair of fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The characters were created by Bob Haney and Dick Dillin and first appeared in World's Finest Comics #215 (January 1973). They were based on imaginary tales about the sons of Superman and Batman with Superman's dark-haired wife and Batman's red-haired wife.
In 2017, DC Comics launched a Super Sons monthly comic book series featuring new versions of the characters, who are the biological sons of Superman and Lois Lane, and Batman and Talia al Ghul. The Super Sons series features the duo as Superboy and Robin (Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne).
The Super-Sons first appeared together in World's Finest Comics Vol 1 #154 (December 1965). Batman's imaginary son was seen first in Batman #131 (April 1960), Batman #145 (February 1962), and Batman #163 (May 1964). The Super-Sons, Superman Jr. (Clark Kent Jr.) and Batman Jr. (Bruce Wayne Jr.), were college-aged versions of their superhero fathers. Their mothers are never fully shown (their faces either being hidden or turned away from the reader) and are never referred to by name. The Super-Sons look almost exactly like their fathers and wear identical costumes. The characters spoke with a slightly exaggerated version of the slang popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They regard each other as brothers since both understand the pressures involved in being the son of a living legend. Like his father, Batman Jr. has no superhuman powers and relies on athletic prowess and gadgets. Superman Jr., only half-Kryptonian, has powers levels of only half that of Superman, Sr.
Although the very first Super-Sons appearance stated that these were actual stories in the lives of Superman and Batman, the final story in World's Finest #263, "Final Secret of the Super-Sons", written by Dennis O'Neil, revealed that the Sons had never really existed — they were merely computer simulations of what might have been, created by Superman and Batman on the Man of Steel's computer in his Fortress of Solitude.
They later inspired the characters Joel Kent and Bruce Wayne Jr. in Superman & Batman: Generations (January - March 1999).
Post-Crisis on Infinite Earths
A Super-Sons story by Bob Haney was published in the rare comic special Elseworlds 80-Page Giant (1999). In "Elseworlds" tales, "heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places -- some that have existed, and others that can't, couldn't or shouldn't exist." Eventually, the Super-Sons reality would be named Earth-216 and designated a hypertime reality unaffected by the Crisis.
The Earth-154 variant of the Super-Sons (and their fathers) appear briefly during the Infinite Crisis limited series, during which time Alexander Luthor, Jr. of Earth-Three warps reality in an attempt to restore the multiverse. Their planet and countless other Earths later contract into a single "New Earth". In the limited series 52, it is revealed that 52 identical parallel universes were created. During his subsequent attempt to consume the multiverse, the worm-like villain Mister Mind altered each of the parallel worlds, creating distinct histories for each. According to DC Nation #89, one of those worlds is Earth-16, home of the Super-Sons.
Following DC's The New 52 Multiverse reboot, the Super-Sons (Chris Kent as Superman and Damian Wayne as Batman) reside on Earth-16 as members of the Just—the sons and daughters of the classic JLA, who have inherited a crimeless, utopian universe, and so live as idle celebrities.
The Super-Sons stories
The titles of the individual 'Parts' of the stories are presented here as they were in the comic books. In other words, that of Part Two of Little Town With a Big Secret was actually shown in quotation marks, and the number of The Angel With a Dirty Name Part 3 was in numerical form rather than being spelled out as were the previous two parts. These variations have thus been reflected below, and are not mistakes.
Unlike the other stories, Saga of the Super Sons and Final Secret of the Super Sons were not divided into parts.
It should also be pointed out that 'Super Sons' was spelled both on the story titles and on the cover of DC Comics' trade-paperback collection without a hyphen, as here.
In World's Finest, the title of the series as given on the stories themselves tended to vary from issue to issue, i.e. Superman and Batman, Superman, Batman and their Super-Sons etc. These variations have been mentioned where they occur. Cry Not For my Forsaken Son bore only its story title and no series title was given at all.
|Superman and Batman:
Saga of the Super Sons
|World’s Finest #215||January, 1973||Bob Haney||Dick Dillin,
|Superman, Batman and their Super-Sons:
Little Town With a Big Secret
|World’s Finest #216||March, 1973||Bob Haney||Dick Dillin,
|(Part One is untitled)
Part Two: "The People Without Shadows"
Part Three: Children of the Universe
|Cry Not For my Forsaken Son||World’s Finest #221||February, 1974||Bob Haney||Dick Dillin,
|Part 1: Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth
Part 2: Rendezvous on Massacre Island
Part 3: Just an Ordinary Hero
|Superman Junior and Batman Junior:
Evil in Paradise
|World’s Finest #222||April, 1974||Bob Haney||Dick Dillin,
|(Part 1 is untitled)
Part 2: The Human Test Tube
Part 3: Who the Killer, Who the Prey?
|Superman and Batman:
The Shocking Switch of the Super Sons
|World’s Finest #224||June/July, 1974||Bob Haney||Dick Dillin,
|Part 1: A Chasm So Wide...!
Part 2: The Mighty Marauder
Part 3: The Breath of Death
|Superman, Batman and their Sons, co-starring Robin:
Crown for a New Batman
|World’s Finest #228||March, 1975||Bob Haney||Dick Dillin,
|Part 1: Avenge Thy Father
Part 2: The Riddle of Smoke Island
Part 3: Tomb of Ice
|Superman and Batman and their Sons:
The Girl Whom Time Forgot
|World’s Finest #230||May, 1975||Bob Haney||Curt Swan,
|Part 1: What the Satellite Saw
Part 2: The Silent City
Part 3: Sins of the Fathers
|Superman, Batman and their Super Sons:
Hero is a Dirty Name
|World’s Finest #231||July, 1975||Bob Haney||Dick Dillin,
|Part 1: Fathers on Trial
Part 2: Unwelcome Allies
Part 3: The Weather Bomb
|Superman & Batman and their Super-Sons:
World Without Men
|World’s Finest #233||October, 1975||Bob Haney||Dick Dillin,
|Part 1: Big Sister is Watching You
Part 2: The Greatest Hate
|Superman, Batman and their Super Sons:
The Angel With a Dirty Name
|World’s Finest #238||June, 1976||Bob Haney||Dick Dillin,
|Part One: Those Who Play the Puppets
Part Two: The Plague Giants
Part 3: Between Two Worlds
|The Super Sons of Superman and Batman:
Town of the Timeless Killers
|World’s Finest #242||December, 1976||Bob Haney||Ernie Chan,
|Part 1: Trio of Fear
Part 2: He Whom Evil Fights
Part 3: The Epitaph That Saved a Superman
|Superman and Batman:
Final Secret of the Super Sons
|World’s Finest #263||July, 1980||Dennis O'Neil||Rich Buckler,
|Superman Jr. is No More!||Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1||June, 1999||Bob Haney||Kieron Dwyer|
In December 2007, DC Comics published a trade-paperback collection of the series entitled Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons. It collects the stories from: World's Finest #215-216, 221-222, 224, 228, 230, 231, 233, 238, 242, and 263; and Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1. The story in World's Finest #263 is written by Dennis O'Neil, all the others by Bob Haney. ISBN 1-4012-1502-5
Super Sons (2017)
In 2016, DC Comics announced a new version of the Super Sons to appear in 2017. The two new super-kids are Jonathan Kent, son of Superman and Lois Lane, and Damian Wayne, son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul. The former is ten years of age in this version, while the latter is thirteen years old (as of the 80-page DC Universe Rebirth special). The advance releases describe them as "best frenemies forever" who will save the world together, "if they don't kill each other first."
- McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
Scribe Bob Haney and artist Dick Dillin introduced the DC Universe to an alternate timeline starring the World's Finest offspring in January's World's Finest Comics #215.
- The Kingdom #2
- Crisis On Infinite Earths: Absolute Edition
- Infinite Crisis #6 (May 2006)
- 52 #52 (May 2, 2007)
- DC Nation #89 appears in comics published on November 28, 2007, such as Countdown to Final Crisis #22.
- The Multiversity #3
- Johnston, Rich (April 11, 2016). "Jorge Jimenez’ Sketches For Super Sons – Damian Wayne And Jonathan Kent". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved April 18, 2016.