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Heroes Against Hunger
Heroes Against Hunger is a 1986 one-shot comic published by DC Comics that featured an all-star cast of comic book creators on a single story that was meant as a benefit for African famine relief and recovery. In this comic book, Superman and Batman team together with Lex Luthor to help bring relief to the impoverished country of Ethiopia while dealing with the story's Big Bad, the Master.

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  • All for Nothing: Sadly, Superman and Lex Luthor's combined efforts do nothing to alleviate the hunger situation in Africa, as Peace Corps worker Lee Ann Layton points out.
  • Anti-Villain: Lex Luthor in this story, who provides his technological skill to provide famine relief to Africa after seeing how devastated its people are.
  • Art Shift: Due to the number of various pencilers and inkers who submitted two pages each for the story.
  • Big Bad: The Master, who thrives off the misery of people for his amusement and survival.
  • Enemy Mine: Lex Luthor teams together with Superman and Batman to deal with the Master.
  • The Famine: The Ethiopian famine plays center stage in this story.
  • Magic Music: The Master has a keyboard on his chest that lets him play music that allows him to do anything he wants.
  • Pocket Dimension: The Master tries to trap Superman within one by using his Magic Music, but he escapes by flying faster than its portal can close.
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  • Powerful and Helpless: Superman and Lex Luthor are two of the most powerful characters in the DC universe (and Luthor is incredibly rich and smart, to boot) and they are completely unable to help with the famine. The comic's cover even had Supes on his knees and full of shell-shock misery as Luthor points this out.

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