"Won’t be worth a plugged nickel"
Timeless writing right there DC.
When Batman can’t be there to scold one of his kids, he sends their stepdad to do it.
Father-Figure superman is an imposing dick.
Action Comics #488, October 1978, cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Dick Giordano
Superman is clearly perplexed and bewildered by an adversary who cannot be overcome by a severe beating.
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #122, September 1969, cover by Curt Swan and Neal Adams
The smug expression on Superman’s face really sells it.
Does he seriously have nothing better to do than get neighborhood children arrested and complain about tax rates? Superman is an octogenarian dick.
And after Superman left the boy was savagely beaten. The late 70s truly were a simpler time.
You can call Superdickery all you want, but this is a PSA, not a weird silver age story.
And that makes it all the more horrifying. Seriously Mr. Truth, Justice, and the American way is saying “Child abuse is wrong, but go back with your dad who intends to hit you and work this out.” To a child fleeing for his life.
Crack Comics #56, September 1948, cover by Reed Crandall
Captain TRIUMPH is cool with the dude dying, he can only use his freakish hands to save so many people a day, and dames in slinky dresses take precedence.