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« on: January 07, 2004, 04:01:46 PM »

I'm currently working on putting together a site that'll showcase my illustrative takes on the various versions of Superman and the characters that are directly related to him (which will include biographical material on each character). I've got most of the "canon" characters in my to-do list. Here they are:

1. Golden Age Superman (Earth-2)
2. Silver Age Superman (Earth-1)
3. Modern Age Superman (Post-Crisis)
4. Kingdom Come Superman
5. Superman 1,000,000
6. Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
7. Supergirl (Matrix)
8. Supergirl (Linda Danvers)
9. Supergirl (Cir-El)
10. Supergirl 1,000,000
11. Superboy (Kal-El, Earth-1 Superman as a boy)
12. Superboy (Kon-El)
13. Superboy 1,000,000
14. Superwoman (Kristin Wells)
15. Power Girl (Pre-Crisis)
16. Power Girl (Post-Crisis)
17. Steel (John Henry Irons)
18. The Eradicator
19. Mon-El (Pre-Zero Hour Lar Gand)
20. M'onel (Post-Zero Hour Lar Gand)
21. Nightwing (Van-Zee)
22. Flamebird (Ak-Var)
23. Bizarro (Pre-Crisis)
24. Bizarro (Post-Crisis)
25. The Composite Superman
26. Anti-Superman (Perry White)
27. The Quarrmer (alias the "Sand Superman")
28. Ultraman (Pre-Crisis)
29. Ultraman (Post-Crisis)

What I need help on is how many Elseworlds versions of the "Superman Family" there were, and what they looked like. Any ideas, anyone? And should I include Wildstorm's Mr. Majestic since Wildstorm operates under DC's banner (especially in light of the Mr. Majestic story arc in the Superman titles)?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2004, 11:36:43 PM »

Hm. . .off the top of my head, I can only think of a few of the characters from Superman/Batman: Generations.

 Let's see:

 Superboy/Superman (1920s through 30th century)

 Supergirl/Kara Kent (daughter of Clark and Lois)

 Nightwing (son of Joel Kent, adopted son of Batman II/Bruce Wayne Jr.)

 Don't forget Superman from the Red Son Elseworlds series, and there's also Speeding Bullets and Batman: In Darkest Knight to consider. Oh, and JLA: Age of Wonder is a great little series too. Superboy and the Legion, if for nothing else than the Superboy/Kal-El costumes. :p

 Does it show that I like Elseworlds? Wink

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2004, 12:05:47 AM »

Oh there's just so many you could drive yourself crazy trying to account for 'em all.

Like Earth 2/"golden age" Superboy (unofficial--but Superman was a boy in  More Fun and Adventure during the forties).

Many Superman look-alikes (including Gregory Reed--I would base his appearance on Christopher Reeve as Superman).

The Superman of the future (of 2965/66), and other future Supermen besides the 1,000,000 and Kingdom Come versions.

Hyperman--of Oceania, and Hyperman of Montreal (Kal-El in an imaginary story).

Other imaginary story Supermen--like Lex Luthor as Superman (and Clark as Batman).

Earth Prime Superboy.

Various imaginary and non-imaginary versions of Lois as Superwoman.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2004, 02:52:00 AM »

This is terrific! Keep 'em coming while I'll investigate these. Incidentally, does anyone have a scan of Hyperman that they could provide for me? I'm also planning an illustration of (I guess it's techinically an early Elseworlds story since it's imaginary) Kal-El as the non-super-powered crimefighter called Nova.

By the way, thanks a lot. I plan to have my take on the Golden Age Superman done by the end of the week at the latest.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2004, 06:19:56 AM »

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I'm currently working on putting together a site that'll showcase my illustrative takes on the various versions of Superman and the characters that are directly related to him (which will include biographical material on each character


Have you got a url set up yet or a host even?

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2004, 03:58:07 PM »

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I'm currently working on putting together a site that'll showcase my illustrative takes on the various versions of Superman and the characters that are directly related to him (which will include biographical material on each character


Have you got a url set up yet or a host even?

Dylan

Not yet. I've only started with this idea at the beginning of this week. Heh! I haven't even got the first illustration ready yet.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2004, 05:54:09 PM »

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Many Superman look-alikes (including Gregory Reed--I would base his appearance on Christopher Reeve as Superman).


Except that he pre-dates the Superman movie by several years.  So I'd make him look more like George Reeves.

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Hyperman--of Oceania, and Hyperman of Montreal (Kal-El in an imaginary story).


Ah, Hyperman.  Whose fatal weakness is Ritalin.

You know, quite a few of these have been done already as "Micros" over at the Big Red S site.  You might want to check them out:

http://www.greatkrypton.com/superman/micro.php
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2004, 07:40:53 PM »

Pressed for time I couldn't find pics for the Hypermen (I'll try later).  Oceania Hyperman has a magenta/purple and green and orange colour scheme but looks a lot like Superman (similar colour scheme to Nova, by the way).  While Montreal Hyperman is Kal-El in the usual super-suit but with a red H (his brother in Metropolis has the regular red S suit, but brown hair--see Superman first series no. 200).
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