Superman/Batman - Publication History - Sam Loeb

Sam Loeb

Before he finished writing Superman/Batman #26, Jeph Loeb's son, Sam, died on June 17, 2005, at the age of 17, after a three-year battle with cancer. The issue was supposed to be Sam's DC writing debut and was to be illustrated by Pat Lee. Jeph, along with 25 other comic book professionals and artists who had known Sam, worked on the issue, scripting or penciling individual pages. Marvel Comics allowed John Cassaday and Joss Whedon to work on the issue despite their exclusive contracts. All 26 contributors donated their fees and royalties for the issue to the Sam Loeb College Scholarship Fund.

In "The Boys Are Back in Town" (issue #26), Superman and Batman send Superboy and Robin to visit the Toyman in Japan because he has not been heard from in a while. The issue was released shortly after Superboy's death in Infinite Crisis #6, and Robin's eulogy of Superboy serves as both a framing sequence and as a meditation on the author's passing.

The 26 contributors to the issue:

  • Art Adams
  • Joe Casey
  • John Cassaday
  • Joyce Chin
  • Ian Churchill
  • Allan Heinberg
  • Geoff Johns
  • Joe Kelly
  • Mike Kunkel
  • Jim Lee
  • Joe Madureira
  • Jeff Matsuda
  • Ed McGuinness
  • Brad Meltzer
  • Carlos Pacheco
  • Duncan Rouleau
  • Tim Sale
  • Richard Starkings
  • Michael Turner
  • Brian K. Vaughan
  • Mark Verheiden
  • Joss Whedon

"Sam's Story", a back-up story written by Jeph Loeb ten days after his son's death, depicts young Clark Kent's friendship with a boy named Sam who gets cancer. Tim Sale provides the art for the story in a style reminiscent of the Superman for All Seasons limited series.

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