....but Lex Luthor also faced the World's Finest team of Superman and Batman many times over the years as well!
Let's take a look back at some of these earliest meetings!
World's Finest Comics #88
Luthor faced Superman, Batman and Robin with the help of the Joker, and the pair created robots called the Mechano-Men!
All this to the villains advantage, and still they were unable to be victorious against Superman and Batman!
Still, this just strengthened the brilliant Luthor's resolve, as he would come back to face the trio again....
first reprint in the 80 Page Giant #15 (October, 1965). The story has also been reprinted in Batman from the 30s to the 70s (1972), the Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told hardcover and tradepaperback (both in 1989), the World's Finest Comics Archives #2 (2002) and in the Superman/Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told tradepaperback of 2007, so you have plenty of opportunities to read this tale for yourself!
World's Finest Comics #94first meeting of Superman and Batman.
This story featured an idea which played out a great deal in these team-ups, that Superman would be overprotective of his human friends, and that Batman seemed to be there to do the thinking and to protect Superman from Kryptonite (at least, this was a limitation of some of the Silver Age stories....).
World's Finest Comics #100
...with Luthor breaking into the Fortress of Solitude and into the miniature Kryptonian city of Kandor, facing off against a powerless Superman (though Batman and Robin show up, and are able to defeat Luthor and his gang, as they possess no powers to lose)...
...though Superman and Batman are left stuck in smaller size for a time.
...and this story was represented in Worlds' Finest Comics #179 (October-November, 1968, under a Neal Adams cover), as well as in the World's Finest Comics Archives #2 of 2002.
World's Finest Comics #104
Luthor might have been able to get away with it, if not for the detective work of Batwoman (Kathy Kane, a woman who decided to take on the bat-mantle, and help the dynamic duo in Gotham City for a time).
...which ended just short of getting to our next appearance of Lex Luthor issue...
....only having Superman/Batman team-ups from World's Finest Comics #102 of 1959 until World's Finest Comics #116 of March, 1961....
World's Finest Comics #117
Wouldn't it be nice to see more of these Superman/Batman team-ups in color?
Check back for more Luthor appearances facing the World's Finest team to come soon!