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World's Finest Vol 1 288


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"To Hell... and Back!": Superman continues searching for Batman after he was snatched away by some Demons. When Superman goes to the Justice League Satellite I, he loses his temper, but when he learns that [[Zatanna Zatara (New Earth)|Za

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  • Zodiac Idol (Final appearance)


Synopsis for "To Hell... and Back!"

Superman continues searching for Batman after he was snatched away by some Demons. When Superman goes to the Justice League Satellite I, he loses his temper, but when he learns that Zatanna has recovered, he goes to ask her about her experience with the dark magic, but she is barely aware of whatever happened.

In the meantime, Madame Zodiac and her dark master have prepared Batman's body for the possession and the dark cloud takes hold of Batman. The dark entity then claims that he will take over the world using several clones of the Batman's body, which will serve all his purposes.

Meanwhile, Superman is trying to find Batman, when his attention is drawn to a monster prowling Metropolis. Superman follows the beast and when he captures it, he is soon transported to a dark place, where there is a small mausoleum in the middle of nowhere. Superman breaks into the place and confronts the dark being in Batman's body. Using hypnosis, Superman forces Batman to fight the evil inside him by making him recall the past tragedy that shaped him.

With Batman fighting for control of his body, Superman can focus on defeating Madame Zodiac and after she is taken care of, Superman gets help from Dr. Zodiac, who informs Superman about a secret door that will unlock someone who can help them against the dark entity. Superman breaks the door and they find Madame Zodiac inside, trapped and powerless. When they free her, she explains that the dark entity manifested to her while she was practicing occult arts and it used the Zodiac Idol to separate her in two parts. Her evil part allied with the dark entity and they locked her in the room.

Once free, the good Madame Zodiac confronts her evil counterpart and after the struggle, a single person comes out. Madame Zodiac's evil personality takes control and Dr. Zodiac fights her, but Both of them are knocked unconscious by the dark entity, who has been defeated by Batman and has returned to the globe, where it commands all the Batman clones to fight Batman and Superman. The heroes work together to destroy the clones and after dealing with all of them, they use the Zodiac Idol to destroy the dark entity's globe and send it back to its own dimension.

With the threat under control, Batman and Superman return to their normal lives, even though, they have just experienced something hard to understand.


  • This book was first published on November 24, 1982.
  • This is the conclusion of the storyline that started in World's Finest #285.


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