This just blows my mind

The Man of Steel is firmly established as Earth’s greatest superhero. The Last Son of Krypton has faced many challenges in his 70 year career, and each time he has persevered and triumphed.

Which makes the cover of Superman # 261 all the more puzzling. This 1973 comic presents such a striking and startling image that I had to add it to our collection of Greatest Comic Covers.

Superman 261

WOW! I never thought I would ever see such a scene! And I think that’s Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in the lower right, equally astonished!

Needless to say, this cover makes my mind race at about 200 MPH! After a quick drink and cigarette, my wits are usually restored. The baddie is none other than the forgettable Star Sapphire, and she seems to take a perverse delight in getting The Man of Steel to worship her boots. And heaven help us, it doesn’t appear that ol’ Superman is entirely against the concept!

I must confess that Star Sapphire does have lovely long legs and very nice boots! Mother of Mercy!

In any event, I have no doubt that this cover warped the sensibilities of tens of thousands of youth back in the early 1970s. I know that’s how it worked out for me.