That time Jim Steranko slapped Bob Kane at San Diego Comic-Con

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Jul 10, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

Comic-book legends don't always get along, as this particularly entertaining tale will prove.

You might know Jim Steranko best for his groundbreaking work in the 1960s on Marvel Comics books like Strange Tales and Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., but he's also just a fascinating guy who's led a huge life filled with behind-the-scenes stories from comic-book history. Steranko (or possibly a very, very talented Steranko impersonator) joined Twitter recently, and promptly began to hold court, sharing his stories and taking questions from fans about his fellow creators. The Steranko Twitter feed is always entertaining, but yesterday Steranko may have outdone himself when a comic-book store in Delaware asked him to recount how he met infamous Batman "creator" Bob Kane, a man known just as much (if not more) for his ego as for his comics.

 Steranko immediately launched into the tale of how he met Kane at San Deigo Comic-Con one year. They were introduced and Kane almost immediately began criticizing Steranko's chapter on Batman in his book The Steranko HIstory of Comics, claiming that he gave too much credit to Jerry Robinson and Bill Finger for their work on the character (it's widely accepted that Finger and Robinson did much of the work on Batman, though Kane's contract guaranteed him sole credit, which he has to this day). Steranko described Kane as "an intolerable ass as pompous as they come," but the real insult came when the conversation ended.

After a sleepless night of anger, Steranko went looking for Kane on the convention floor. Here's what happened next.

 We're not sure what's more impressive, the fact that this seems to have happened or the fact that it's only one of dozens of incredible comics tales on Steranko's Twitter feed right now. Check out the full story in a single image below (read it from the bottom up, mind you), then head over to Twitter to hear, among other things, about the time Steranko met Jerry Siegel when the Superman co-creator was cleaning out the ashtrays in the Marvel bullpen.


(Via Matt Fraction)