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.BEM (Brains, Emotions, Muscles) had no evil arch enemy -- until DIAL B for BLOG's BEM CONTEST! The object was simple: create an arch-enemy for BEM who has an acronym for a name! This contest was won by Ken Carriere. Shown right is the fake "Swing With BEM" cover I, Robby Reed, creator of this blog, made to celebrate Ken's creation -- BEMZARRO (See DIAL B for BLOG #260 and 261 for details).

Ken's choice for this issue: The original Golden Age superheroes versus their Silver Age incarnations! Get ready to rummmmble... it's an intra-planetary smackdown of universe-shaking proportions when Flash battles Flash, Green Lantern takes on Green Lantern, Atom smashes Atom, and Superman pummels Superman! Holy Multiverse! It's CRISIS: EARTH ONE vs. EARTH TWO!
FLASH #137 (June 1963) - FLASH vs. FLASH!
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"VENGEANCE OF THE IMMORTAL VILLAIN!"
STORY by JOHN BROOME
ART BY CARMINE INFANTINO and MURPHY ANDERSON


Whenever two superheroes meet, they must fight each other. Why? Because we fans like it when they fight, that's why. So comic writers are forever finding "plausible" ways to get heroes to slug it out with each other. And when it's hero vs. hero, what's more fun than seeing the original version of a character return to belt the "modernized" version of himself right in the mouth?

In this issue of Flash, original Flash Jay Garrick teams up with Silver Age Flash Barry Allen to combat the evil Vandal Savage, an "immortal" villain who has lived for centuries. A master of technology, Savage possesses a "Will-Controller Beam" capable of making people do whatever he tells them to.

You'll NEVER guess what happens next! Maybe you will. Forget it, you definitely will, because he uses the Will-Controller Beam to, as the cover balloon says, make the two Flashes fight it out for the privilege of capturing him. Under the beam's influence, Jay and Barry had a super-speed showdown. Here's how it went...
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GREEN LANTERN #40 (December 1965) - GL vs. GL!
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"THE SECRET ORIGIN OF THE GUARDIANS!"
STORY by JOHN BROOME
ART BY GIL KANE and SID GREENE


This issue is one of the most important in the entire DC catalog, because it revealed John Broome's origin of the Guardians of the Universe, introduced the concept of the big giant hand that created the cosmos, as well as the idea that if the creation was witnessed by the evil Krona, it would lead to a colossal cosmic catastrophe. This monumental story formed the basis of storylines that culminated in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths series, as well as this tale's Infinite Crisis sequel.

Oh yeah -- it also featured one of the most realistic superhero battles ever seen. Here, the excuse is that Krona is possessing Alan Scott, the original GL, and forcing Silver Age GL Hal Jordan to attack him. While Scott's power ring is useless against wood, Hal Jordan's ring cannot affect anything that is the color yellow. Here's how the smashingly short encounter of the two GL's played out...
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ATOM #36 (April 1968) - ATOM vs. ATOM!
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"DUEL BETWEEN THE DUAL ATOMS!"
STORY by GARDNER FOX
ART BY GIL KANE and SID GREENE


The original Atom had no super powers. He was basically just a short guy who punched criminals, although later in his career he acquired the ability to dole out "atomic" punches, whatever that means. His counterpart, Silver Age Atom Ray Palmer, was also a normal human -- but thanks to the discovery of a white dwarf star, he was able in invent a means to shrink himself down to sub-atomic size.

This particular Golden Age vs. Silver Age slug-fest is one of the best of its kind. The two Atoms really attack at each other, with Gil Kane providing the visuals. In this story, Ray Palmer Atom is (once again) possessed, and when he attacks his Earth Two counterpart with everything he's got, good old Gardner Fox is not afraid to show the original Atom really socking it to his latter-day incarnation. Here's how the ATOMIC action went down...
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JLA #74 (September 1969) - SUPERMAN vs. SUPERMAN!
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"WHERE DEATH FEARS TO TREAD!"
STORY by DENNY O'NEIL
ART BY DICK DILLIN and SID GREENE
COVER BY NEAL ADAMS

The "greatest superhero battle of all time," strangely, was one of the last to be chronicled. It took until 1969 before the two Superman met each other -- and when the did, you will never guess what happened. OK, you will. At least if you've been paying attention so far. That's right -- the two Superman immediately fought with each other.

In another unfortunate case of "Possession Upon Introduction Syndrome," the Superman of Earth Two (the original Superman, who debuted in Action #1 and went off his rocker in the current Infinite Crisis series) is possesses by the bad guy, and so feels the need to have a knockdown, dragout battle with his counterpart. See kids? The two Superman had a big fight waaaay long before their current battle in Infinite Crisis!

The super-showdown was set off after the heroes of the Justice Society were freed from captivity, but left with a command to destroy the Justice League. Here's how it happened...
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