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Author Topic: The Sons of Superman aka Super-clones  (Read 14072 times)
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« on: August 23, 2005, 06:25:49 AM »

I was thinking that it would be neat to form a list on every character that was based on Superman, now these characters must had to been made by other publishers besides DC!

Golden Age sons:

The Original Wonder Man
http://www.angelfire.com/art/wildwood/wonderman.html

Master Man
http://www.comicbooks.westumulka.com/masterman/

Captain Marvel
http://www.toonopedia.com/capmarv1.htm

Now there were lots of Characters that were based on Captain Marvel

Captain Thunder - DC Comics
Marvel Man aka Miracle Man - Warrior
Mighty Man - Image Savage Dragon
Prime -Ultraverse


More Superman Clones

Mighty Mouse - Cartoon
Gladiator - Marvel Comics
Hyperion - Marvel Comics
Wonder Man - Marvel Comics
Icon - Milestone
True-Man aka Maximortal
Apollo - from the Authority
Mr.Magestic - Wildstorm
Samaritan - Astro City
Supreme - Rob Liefiend
Solar - Valiant
Ultiman - Image "Big Bang Comics"

Parodies of Superman
The Saint - Image The Pro & the league of honor
Superduperman - Mad
Stuporman - Marvel

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2005, 10:59:15 AM »

How is Solar a Superman clone?
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2005, 02:27:45 PM »

Doesn't Superman Jr. of the Super-Sons saga in World's Finest count as a son of Superman?  It's even twice referenced: (1) As the junior version, and (2) half of the Super-Sons (the other half being Batman Jr.).

I think originally these were intended to be the real sons of the Big Two.  But DC eventually retconned them into being computer simulations of what their sons would be like running on the Fortress of Solitude's supercomputer.  They only manifested once in the mainstream Earth-1 when the supercomputer had a glitch that formed the Super-Sons out of matter from the Kryptonian Disintegration Pit.

Solar may be considered a super-clone in the sense that just about any succeeding costumed super-hero with a dual identity is a copy of Superman.  He comes closer since the solar energy aspect was so played-up over the decades for Superman esp. Post Crisis.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2005, 02:30:23 PM »

Let's not forget:

Halk Kar (arguably, the Golden Age Mon-El)
Mon-El/Lar Gand/Valor/M'Onel/whatever...
Ultra Boy
Star Boy (original take before losing comet powers)
Vartox

In DC's 'Mazing Man comic, IIRC, they had a comics super-hero called Splendidman who was obviously a Superman-homage.
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2005, 02:44:23 PM »

How about Tom Strong?

Arn "Iron" Munro of the JSA is supposed to be the Golden Age patch to the lack of the original GA Superman.  He has the powers of the original Superman, looks like the guy with a spitcurl albeit a white streak, and is the son of Hugo Danner (the Gladiator novel's protagonist that heavily influenced Siegel when creating Superman).  I'd count him as a definite super-clone.
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2005, 03:07:10 PM »

Under parodies, don't forget the Caped Wonder from the Tick (New England Comics).
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2005, 03:14:30 PM »

Oh, yeah!  Let's not forget The Reign of the Supermen ...

Steel/The Man of Steel

The Eradicator/The Last Son of Krypton

Superboy/Kon-El/Conner Kent

The Cyborg Superman


I don't know if gender is an issue but I'd count all the various incarnations of Supergirl as super-clones, too.

The original Kara Zor-El Supergirl

Power Girl

Andromeda/Laurel Gand (Post Crisis patch for the missing Supergirl in the Legion)

Matrix Supergirl

Linda Danvers/Matrix Supergirl

Linda Danvers Supergirl

Peter David's supposed Kara Zor-El Supergirl

Cir-El

The current Kara Zor-El Supergirl
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2005, 05:41:25 PM »

I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned the Pre-and Post-Crisis Ultraman from the Crime Syndicate of America (or "Amerika" in the recent JLA/CSA story arc).  

And of course there were the Bizarros...

Another "Super-Replacement" in the Legion of Super-Heroes was Richard Kent Shakespeare, aka "Impulse".  See http://web.archive.org/web/20030203121647/http://www.eskimo.com/~mohundro/lsh/shakespeare.html
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