We analyze some versions of Superman that have been part of some DC Comics universe and that have curious details
Superman in other universes different from the main one
One of the peculiarities of the comic industry is the number of characters that can be seen in editorials. Every day that passes new ideas are emerging and the cast we have to choose from is huge, since they have to be predisposed to all kinds of situations to reach the largest audience they can. The likes are changing and therefore both the orientations of the characters as the reasons they have have to vary.
With everything and with that, many times it is not enough that new characters arrive to the continuity of what we already know. On many occasions it happens to us that we do not enjoy the appearance of new characters, but that the alternate versions of our favorite characters is what attracts the most attention or what is going to sell the most, if not tell it to Spider-Man: No Way Home or the What If…? from Disney+.
It is true that I have spoken of the competitor, but DC Comics has a lot of fabric to cut when it comes to alternative versions. It has always been said that this publishing house did very well that of changing the plots and versions of their characters and elaborate them in other lines. Very good examples of this are the Injustice or Dcsos series, both achieving a big gap among readers and with very good reviews.
today it’s our turn the turn to talk about a banner for DC Comics And we’re not talking about Batman. Basically we are going to focus the attention on its counterpart: Superman. The last son of Krypton is the superhero par excellence and will always be a clear reference, but are there more versions of the character? Of course yes, some having a great impact not only in their universebut in all.
In order not to follow the current that usually occurs, today we are going to have to deal with versions of Superman but that are not as well known as others but that have backgrounds and universes around him of the most interesting. without saying much more we enter this list of Alternate versions of Superman.
Kal-El from Justice League: The Nail
We started this list strong, and it is that it is a much more interesting universe than the version of the superhero, since this version has almost no relevance. As the name suggests, this story centered on the Justice League will tell us what What would have happened if Jonathan and Martha Kent’s car was punctured by a nail and this makes them unable to rescue Kal-El, which will lead to him not becoming the superhero we know.
Everything presents us with a version of Metropolis in a mess, with many characters killed and defeated by natural villains from across the DC universe. Basically they leave us reflected the importance of the last son of Krypton who is in this universe, but does not develop into the hero we know. We can enjoy this story in a 3-issue limited series that has ECC collected in a single volume.
For this version of the character Let’s go to something of the most characteristicsince it is about the super man that we can get to see on Prime Earth, that is, the Earth that tried to emulate ours, where superheroes are just comic book beings. The parents of this version, as a joke, try to name their children after Superman himself, not knowing that he really is also a kryptonian and has powers.
said character will see his world shattered in Crisis on Infinite Earths, but it will not be until 20 years later where in Infinite Crisis he becomes a recurring villain for DC, as we have already seen. In the editorial they look for show the character as the reflection of all that anger that fans can present when things do not go their way and they have had moments in New 52 or in the latest Shazam series, as we have already seen in the ECC edition.
The Clark Kent of Secret Identity
Although the previous version could become something more earthly, let’s go with one that is. It is true that we are dealing with a version of Clark Kent who is going to high school and who begins to discover his powersbut the approach that this version of the character gets to have remains in this, something very adolescent with small touches of the powers that he has, not like the excessive fury that the Earth Prime version gives off.
Thanks to this series of four numbers, we can observe the enormous sympathy of this version of Clark, showing plots of the most familiar and that could be happening near your house. In a few words, we are treating the adolescent stage that we don’t enjoy the character itself within a comic seriessomething that we have always seen in passing but that we would surely have enjoyed enormously and that ECC has to leave us in a single volume.
Earth 2 version of Superman
let’s go with a Superman who has a lot to tell, mostly due to the time he has spent fighting crime. Created in 1960 we have to focus on a version of this already veteran superhero, basically the version from the golden age of comics. In order to fill in gaps, the publisher of DC Comics tried to justify the time jump between the Golden Age and the Silver Age, serving as an excuse that it is a different Superman and being one of the first versions of the character to appear in the panels.
If we analyze the main continuity, this Earth 2 we’re talking about completely changed giving this version up for dead, but we have been able to enjoy it at major editorial events, such as Crisis on Infinite Earths or Infinite Crisis, giving the character that respite and recording the first version of the superhero, which fought side by side with DC’s classic JSA.
Morrison and his version of the character in All-Star Superman
An amazing screenwriter one of the roundest character plots there may be. Grant Morrison took the reins of the character in this limited series of 12 issues that tried to narrate the last days of the character. Basically we are in front of a Clark Kent who is seeing that his life is nearing its end and we are observing a much more human character than we are used to.
Thanks to Morrison we were able to enjoy one of the most human versions of the character and although he sucks enormously from the story of the main character, we find it really interesting what he achieves with him and it would be spectacular to know more about that universe that he has set up, whether it is with Superman or with another character. ECC has managed to edit it in several possible ways and it is certainly a must read for all fans of the character.
Did you know these little-known versions of Superman?
So far we got with these versions of the man of steel. Some of them may have been somewhat better known than others, but due to the universe they tried to show us we found them quite interesting to analyze. As you can see, they are alternatives with the most accessible stories and it will not cost you much. be able to analyze them in depth if you wantin addition to the fact that we have left you links in each of the entries in the list with their respective comics.
Without wanting to fall into the usual we have left these lesser known versions of the character, but surely we have left some on the way. We encourage you to share with us which are your favorite versions of the character or even something that you found interesting to analyze. For us, Red Son or the version of Injustice will always have a place in our memory, but, as always happens in these things, it is a matter of taste.