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In The Super Dictionary, Lex Luthor took 40 cakes (as many as four tens).

I couldn't find any information specifying if that dictionary has a designated universe, or if it was considered canon at all.

So as terrible as it was, was Lex Luthor's cake theft canonical in any universe, and if so, which one?

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    This may be my favourite question on this site! – Lord Jebus VII Jan 2 at 17:40
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    So when you asked this question did you have any indication that this could be within canon? Otherwise why did you pick this particular event from the dictionary? – OganM Jan 2 at 21:56
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    That particular image is pretty well-known across the Internet. Given that the dictionary is fairly obscure I expect there are a lot more people that had seen it than who knew about where it came from. – James Gryphon Jan 2 at 23:55
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    The most terrible thing in that picture is LL's costume. I hope it is not canonical – Taladris Jan 3 at 14:38
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    Given that one cake has fallen off the cart, it's clear that Lex Luthor only stole 39 cakes. That's not so evil after all. – aroth Jan 4 at 2:41
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Yes, for reasons known only to the author of Superman #709 this event has now been placed into DC's official canon.

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Note that The Super Dictionary you're describing contains a series of nonsense events that don't occur within the DC main universe, for example Green Lantern stealing a duck or The Penguin fighting a giraffe.

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    We don't know he STOLE the duck. He could be rescuing it from an angry mob, who thought that since it weighed the same as a duck, it must be a witch. – starpilotsix Jan 2 at 17:33
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    And That's Terrible. – VBartilucci Jan 2 at 19:36
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    DC should make every event in that book canonical, with extra credit if it happens in a movie. – Rob Crawford Jan 2 at 19:49
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    @RobCrawford I would much sooner watch The Super Dictionary movie than Justice League again. Imagine if they could get deVito, Reynolds, Spacey, and Kevin Costner to recreate these panels. – kaine Jan 2 at 19:54
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    I strongly suspect the DC character artwork shown here is repurposed from actual comics panels. Luthor definitely looks like he was drawn by Irv Novick, but the pie cart doesn't look like it was done by the same hand. Certainly, the GL artwork makes more sense if you assume that was an image of him floating in the air, moved to the ground and with a duck put under his arm.... – RDFozz Jan 2 at 22:42

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