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« on: August 29, 2015, 03:44:52 AM »

Please forgive me if this has been posted before, but I tried the search engine, and no results for this came up. This has been around for a while, but is pretty historical. Around 1936 while Siegel and Shuster were still looking for publishers for Superman, Jerry actually enlisted the help of illustrator Russell Keaton to work on a proposed strip for Superman in which The Man of Tomorrow was literally that! The last super-evolved survivor of a future Earth, who was sent back in time to survive! The strip didn't get past the origin story, and there appear to be portions of the script that were never even illustrated. But these restored versions show a very different backstory for the iconic character.
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 02:50:58 PM »

Thanks for posting this, Uncle Sporkums. To my inexpert eyes, Russell Keaton's work certainly looks more polished than Joe Shuster's; I guess the concept (time-traveler from the future into Earth's "present", rather than one from the "present", into Earth's future) was still too redolent of "Buck Rogers" to sell to the syndicates.
I don't think it was ever shown, in any Superman origin story that I've seen, how the Kents were able to keep the growing Superboy from leveling their house after he was shown wrecking the orphanage; and why the orphanage employees, years later, never came forward with their suspicions that Superboy may have once been the super-strong baby adopted by the Kents.
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