So I'm sitting at my desk this afternoon, writing the introduction for the first Un-Men trade paperback, due out from DC/Vertigo this April and featuring those wonderfully bizarre creatures created by Bernie Wrightson and myself way back in the second issue of Swamp Thing, when the phone rings. On the other end is my dear old friend, longtime Superman scribe and current Democratic candidate for Congress in California's 24th District, Elliot S! Maggin (and, yes, the exclamation point is intentional).
"Can you do me a favor?" asks Elliot. "If it's possible," I reply. "What's up?"
"I need you to settle an argument I've been having with one of my co-workers for almost two years now," says Elliot, "Just answer me this one simple question."
"I'll try," I say, "I'm no political pundit by any means, but I'll do the best I can. What's the question?"
Elliot pauses for a moment, then in all sincerity asks, "In a fight between Superman and Batman, who would win?"
This, Gentle Readers, what what my life has been reduced to. Apparently, I am now the final arbiter of the ultimate fan geek argument. >sigh< And I used to have such potential.
By the way, for those of you desperate to know the answer, and Elliot completely agrees with me on this, the winner would always be the Batman.