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  • Accidental Innuendo: In this panel they are talking about fighting:
    Superman: Spider-Man...
    Spider-Man: How'd you get so hard so suddenly? Is this some kind of trick?
  • Awesome Art:
    • Ross Andru is a very competent illustrator.
    • Alex Ross recreated the iconic cover.
  • Complete Monster: Lex Luthor himself proves to be the most evil version of the character ever seen in the Pre-Crisis continuity. Initially content with causing mayhem across Metropolis for the purpose of luring Superman out, Lex eventually allies with Doctor Octopus and teams up to ostensibly threaten the world with a weather machine. Kidnapping Lois Lane and Mary Jane as leverage and hypnotizing a tribesman to act as the unwilling, murderous guardian of his secret lair in the process, Lex finally reveals the absolute depth of his wickedness when he reveals he simply intends to use the weather machine to annihilate the entire planet as the culmination of his “black ambition,” gloating that even after his plan is sabotaged he's still doomed the Atlantic Coast to a tidal wave. Beholden to none of Luthor's more honorable traits here, Lex ultimately attempts to destroy all humanity out of petty spite for never recognizing his genius, horrifying even Doc Ock with how far he'll sink to hurt Superman.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
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    • Otto yelling he doesn't want the world destroyed because the Earth is his home, too. How many times has Otto attempted to destroy the world since 1976?
    • Superman and another hero are manipulated by Lex Luthor into fighting. After a brief scuffle in which Superman clearly has the upper hand, they work together, and come to like and respect each other. Compare this with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Peter ditching MJ after mumbling a bad excuse is funnier after the “She knew all along” retcon. For sure she was thinking “Is that the best you can come up with?”
      Peter: "'Scuse me, MJ — feeling sick — gotta get some water —!"
      MJ: Water—?
    • Peter catches Lois when she is falling, and says: “Easy, miss. I've got you” several years before Superman: The Movie.
    • Peter tells Clark: "Does Warner Brothers make movies?" Just two years later, Superman: The Movie was released by Warner Bros..
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    • Mary Jane immediately assumed Lois was interested in Peter out of clinginess. Decades before a married couple named Peter and Lois existed.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Lex has plans for almost any eventuality.
  • Super Couple: Both couples -Clark/Lois and Peter/MJ- have plenty of ship-teasing moments.


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