Nine super innings: DC Superstars #10
BuckBokai was going to do a full-on review of a highlight in science-fiction sports literary history, namely the lead story of DC Super Stars #10 (1976), but the issue has proved elusive to download and more importantly has been amazingly critically analyzed by Comic Treadmill back in 2005 and recently by Baseball Prospectus, so we’ll refer you to those links.
If you haven’t been lucky enough to experience the life-changing greatest of DC Comics finally living up to their “Strange Sports Stories” franchise in form, this epic is based on an argument between the simply awesome Sportsmaster and the Huntress. This couple makes a bet stemming from a dispute in which the Huntress maintains that the bad guys never win (she must have been hip to the Comics Code Authority of Earth prime, eh?) and thus set up a superheroes vs. supervillians match.
The wager? As the ‘Treadmill puts it, “If the good guys win, Huntress will become a super-hero and if the bad guys win, she stays a bad girl.” Now how’s that for a vaunted DC “secret origin”…?
One spoiler alert: BuckBokai isn’t sure why the Prospectus guys tee off on poor Plastic Man for his, um, game-winning strategic play. I mean, Hawkeye saved the universe during a baseball game for cheating in West Coast Avengers annual #1 and in this ol’ Plaz saves Paula Brooks’ soul – is that not heroic?