Okay, let's do Monday Night Murals instead.
L: Action Comics #742 (March 1998), art by Stuart Immonen, Jose Marzan Jr., and Patrick Martin
R: Superman: The Man of Steel #77 (March 1998), art by Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, and Patrick Martin
(Click picture to big red- or big blue-size)
No, this pair o' 1998 covers is a homage to and updating of the classic "Superman Red/Superman Blue" story of 1963 (in Supes #162). The Man o' Steel splits into two, two, two pretty-nearly-identical persons, the same down to every aspect except dress code. You'd logically think they would wind up having a all-out no-punches-pulled battle in a junkyard, but heck no!: This is silver age Supes. Er, Supeses. The pair team up (gosh, that would have been the weirdest issue of DC Comics Presents of them all) to fight war, end crime, stop poverty, get Jack Parr back on the air, and, while they're at it, each one of them marries one of Superman's sweethearts, ending the age-old love battle between
The storyline was revisited in '98 when Superman first evolved into a blue-tinted electrical powerhouse, and then eventually split into two separate, warring personalities. It's been a while since I read these issues, but if I remember correctly, Blue was cold and logical, and Red was fiery and gung-ho. Blue planned out his battles, Red charged in without thinking. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's Goofus and Gallant, Last Sons of Krypton.
Around about then is the time I stopped reading all the Superman comic books that I'd been following faithfully since 1990: Superman; Action Comics; Superman: The Man of Steel; The Adventures of Superman; Superman: The Man of Tomorrow; Hey Superman, Where Are You?; The Thirteen Ghosts of Superman; The Superman/Batman Comedy/Adventure Hour; Jimmy Olsen: Heckblazer; and The Blazing Guns of Lois Lane, Superman's Girlfriend. The Red/Blue storyline wasn't really the reason; I'm pretty sure the Millennium Giants storyline was. (Even though that had a mural cover, didn't it?) DC dragged the Red/Blue saga on just a tiny bit too longthe whole shebang lasted about than a year, but with four titles a month it seemed like forever. Today I object most of all to having that neon blue Superman appearing in what would otherwise be the primal and definitive portrayals of the Justice League in Grant Morrison's "Rock of Ages" storyline in JLA #10-15. Me? I get out my red and yellow crayons for a classic makeover of those issues. Your milage, and artistic inclinations, may vary.
Anyway, that mural. Despite my lukewarm feelings for the storyline, I do love this pair o' covers. Despite the fact that they're done by two different artist teams, the style meshes perfectly, and there's a wonderful touch that is a hallmark of a clever mural: the detail that isn't apparent until the covers are fitted together. In this case it's the soaring trails of the Supermen which form a red and blue "S"...in the exact style of the "S" on the temporary Superman logo from this period. As I like to say: way cool.
If you'd like to read the 1963 Superman-Red/Superman-Blue story, you should, nay, must pick up DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories, Volume 1 at your local comic book store or bookstore or by clickin' the Amazon linky-think to the right. It's full of the wackiest, way-outtest DC tales of the multiverse, which Grant Morrison ought to be bringing back any day now. On the other hand, if you want to read the 1998 Superman-Red/Superman-Blue saga, dig in the couch for some change because I'm pretty sure you can pick up most of the issues of the whole dadburn shebang (Action #733-744, Superman #123-135 and Annual #9, The Adventures of Superman #546-557 and Annual #9, Superman: The Man of Steel #68-79 and Annual #6, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #9-10, and Superman Red/Superman Blue #1) in the quarter box at your local comic store. Also, geez, as long as you're there in the quarter bin, why not pick up the entire runs of Scare Tactics, Power Company and Sovereign Seven?
Or, if you're a Marvel Comics fan, pick up the adventures of Spider-Man-Red-Blue/Spider-Man-Blue-Red:
Tell 'em Bully-Red and Bully-Blue sent you.