The Return of "One Punch" to DC Comics – Superman #38 SPOILERS)

One Punch is a comic book meme that originated from a scene in Justice League International by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire., when Batman punched Guy Gardner in the face and knocked him out, With one punch.

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Something that Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle, immediately began celebrating. And kept referring to.

It turned up in the Batman: The Brave And The Bold cartoon, though it would be G'Nort who exclaimed "One punch! One punch!"

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It reoccurred in a battle between Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan to be the Earth's Green Lantern, and again, Guy was knocked out, with Blue Beetle on hand to celebrate the moment.

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However, during Green Lantern: Rebirth, it would be Hal Jordan who would deliver a one-punch knockout blow to Batman, instantly gaining him far more respect from Gardner. Only for Batman to return the favour later in the story.

In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Batman would do it to John Constantine…

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A future Guy Gardner would see him master the one-punch manoeuvre in Green Lantern #50.

The Return of "One Punch" to DC Comics – Superman #38 SPOILERS)

In Red Lanterns #10, Batman stand-in Midnighter faced Red Lantern feline, Dex-Starr. With exactly the same result.

The Return of "One Punch" to DC Comics – Superman #38 SPOILERS)

Until even the writer of that scene Keith Giffen would write, back in 2008, "I never thought I'd say this, but enough with the "one punch" already. It was a throwaway bit. Move on. Please."

Yeah, that's not happening. And in today's Superman #36…

The Return of "One Punch" to DC Comics – Superman #38 SPOILERS)

Where's the Blue Beetle when you need him?

SUPERMAN #38 SONS OF TOMORROW
(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Ed Benes (CA) Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert
"SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW" finale! With no other choice left, the Batman of Tomorrow brings in the Titans of Tomorrow to take on today's Teen Titans-as the life of Superman's son hangs in the balance! See the return of future Superman Conner Kent, Wonder Woman Cassie Sandsmark and Bart Allen Flash in the final battle of this epic crossover.
RATED T In Shops: Jan 03, 2018
SRP: $2.99

The Return of "One Punch" to DC Comics – Superman #38 SPOILERS)

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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