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    I am researching and looking to compile a list of any and all characters that were imitated after Superman.

    Superman was so popular that other publishers sought to imitate the DC's success.

    Wonder Man (Fox Feature Syndicate)
    Master Man (Fawcett comics)
    Captain Marvel
    Supreme
    Gladiator
    Mister Majestic

    Who am I missing?

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    EDIT: Big thanks to Lorendiac for taking on the task of collecting all of the rip-offs in one single giant list. =)

    Alpha Centurion (DC)
    Alpha One ("The Mighty")
    Apollo (DC/Wildstorm)
    Astonishman (Dark Horse's "The End League")
    Atlas (father of Ron, one of the super-powered schoolkids in "P.S. 238")
    Atoman (Alan Moore's "Top Ten")
    Atomicus ("Kurt Busiek's Astro City")
    Bananaman
    Blue Marvel (Marvel)
    The Caped Wonder (Clark Oppenheimer, a supporting character in "The Tick" comic books)
    Captain Dynamo (father of several characters in Jay Faerber's "Dynamo 5")
    Captain Everything (One of the supporting characters in Jim Valentino's "normalman" series back in the 1980s)
    Captain Marvel (the original one from Fawcett)
    Captain Omnipotent (Kuli-Gan, the Last Son of Crypto; he appears in the "Dr. Blink, Superhero Shrink" comics written by John Kovalic)
    Captain Paragon (AC Comics)
    Captain Power (Marvel villain who fought Spider-Man)
    The Champion ("Power Factor")
    The Crusader ("Love and Capes")
    David Brinkley ("Superfolks")
    Gladiator (Marvel's Imperial Guard)
    Geezer ( parody from DC comics - superman v1 #25)
    The High (DC/Wildstorm)
    The Homelander (DC/Wildstorm's "The Boys")
    Hyper-Man (Chester King, a Superman-lookalike who was a famous superhero on the planet Oceania in the Silver Age DC Earth-1 universe)
    Hyperion (Marvel's Squadron Supreme)
    Icon (Milestone)
    Legacy (in the eponymous comic book from Majestic back in the 1990s)
    Magna-Man (star of the three-part miniseries "Magna-Man: The Last Superhero" from Comics Interview)
    Marvel Man (Ken Clark, a Superman-lookalike on the world of Terra in Silver Age DC Earth-1 continuity)
    Marvelman/Miracleman ( Marvel Comics)
    Master Man (Fawcett)
    Mighty Man (Image; the Savage Dragon continuity)
    Mr. Excellent (Paul Jenkins's "Sidekick" mini; this Superman knockoff was dumb as dirt)
    Mr. Majestic (DC/Wildstorm)
    Mr. Might (Silver Age DC -- he was one of the parents of Awkwardman of the Inferior Five)
    Mon-El (DC)
    Omni-Man (Robert Kirkman's "Invincible")
    Omniman (comics character Ethan Crane, a ka Supreme, worked on in Alan Moore's "Supreme")
    The Plutonian (Mark Waid's "Irredeemable")
    The Protector (from Majestic's "Legacy" series)
    Prime (Ultraverse)
    Samaritan ("Kurt Busiek's Astro City")
    Sentry (Marvel's Robert Reynolds)
    Son Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
    Stupor Duck (Daffy Duck in one cartoon)
    Sun God (Recently debuted as the Superman-analog on a previously unknown parallel Earth within the Marvel multiverse)
    Super Bugs
    Super Goof (Disney's Goofy in a comic book series)
    Super Grover
    Super-Squirrel (DC's Superman knockoff on Earth-C-Minus, home of the Just'a Lotta Animals team)
    Superior
    Supreme (Rob Liefeld's character; various publishing companies)
    True-Man aka The Maximortal (Rick Veitch's King Hell Heroica stuff)
    Ultiman ("Big Bang")
    Ultraa (DC)
    Underdog
    Victor ("Hero Alliance")
    Virtue (Marvel's Ethan Edwards)
    Wonder Man (Fox)

    Quote Originally Posted by Zetsubou View Post
    I am researching and looking to compile a list of any and all characters that were imitated after Superman.

    Superman was so popular that other publishers sought to imitate the DC's success.

    Wonder Man (Fox Feature Syndicate)
    Master Man (Fawcett comics)
    Captain Marvel
    Supreme
    Gladiator
    Mister Majestic

    Who am I missing?
    Tons. More than you can even imagine... More than *I* can imagine.

    I'll add the few that I know of.

    Ultiman
    Mighty Mouse
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    Bananaman
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq2KXudEjkI
    ( I suppose, in reality, Bananaman is a rip-off of Captain Marvel instead of Supes, much like Marvel Man)
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    Omni-man ( of Image comics Invincible)
    Invincible ( see above. created by Kirman, ruler of Zombies)
    The Plutonian ( of Mark Waid's Invincible)
    Samaritan (from Astro City)
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    Captain Dynamo
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain...o_%28comics%29
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    Marvel has a CRAP-load of them:
    Hyperion
    Sentry
    Blue Marvel
    Miracle Man/ Marvel Man
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    Captain Power
    http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix3/captpowercarr.htm
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    The Crusader from "Love and Capes" (He's more of a homage to Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman, but still.)
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    Ethan Edwards was pretty much a complete rip-off of superman.






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    Characters influenced by Superman that haven't been listed to this point (so as not to duplicate) are: Superboy, Supergirl, Steel, Power Girl, Ultraman, Apollo, Alpha Centurion, Astonishman, Alpha One, Superior, Ultraa, The Homelander, Underdog, Super Bugs, Stupor Duck, Super Grover, & Son Goku from Dragon Ball Z (Yes, you read that right!).
    "We're #1! We're #1! All others are #2 or lower!"

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    Prime
    Captain Planet
    New 52 Superman... Wait, What......

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    Almost every superhero since...But I'm guessing you're looking for the nigh powerful, flight ability and prototypical alpha male superhero types...And there are a world of differences between imitation and influenced by...

    Tom Strong
    David Brinkley from Superfolks
    Mighty Man from Savage Dragon
    Atomicus from Astro City
    Last edited by Astrozac; 05-06-2014 at 08:53 PM.

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    Stormwatch's The High, a superman based on the Golden Age socialist strongman take on the character (though with a modern powerset) having to deal with the morally ambiguous bastards the book had for protagonists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexrules View Post
    Captain Planet
    Not sure I'm entirely prepared to agree on this one, Lexrules... Captain Planet has so many differences from Supes, that I'd say he isn't any more inspired by Superman, than Batman or Spider-man is.

    I mean... he's a semi-sentient elemental force that's summoned from a collection of magic rings that a bunch of kids carry around. He's made up of the Earth's energies, he can turn into trees and rock, and fire, and mentally attuned electromagnetic energy.

    It dun' hold water mate, he's too different. Heck, he doesn't even have a cape...

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    Victor of "Hero Alliance" (which was published by Pied Piper, by Wonder Comics, and by Innovation). He didn't seem to be an extraterrestrial immigrant, but he had the strength, speed, flight, invulnerability, and was falsely rumored to have the X-Ray vision as well. He was also very much the "senior statesman" of the superhero community; greatly respected by virtually everyone else on the planet (superpowered or otherwise). He wore a green bodysuit and a red cape, with a big V on his chest. (And did I mention the dark hair and the square jaw?) In other words, the Superman parallels were not exactly subtle!

    Magna-Man of the miniseries "Magna-Man: The Last Superhero." (Published by Comics Interview, way back when.) He essentially had Superman's origin story and wore a red-and-blue costume.

    P.S. I notice that L.R Johansson mentioned Mighty Mouse. That triggered a new train of thought. If he qualifies for the list, then so should another high-powered anthropomorphic funny-animal superhero who used to have his own animated series: Underdog!

    P.P.S. Even as I was typing the previous line, I wondered if I should mention Super-Squirrel, the Superman knockoff who was the fearless leader of the Just'a Lotta Animals (JLA) of Earth C-Minus when his team guest-starred in a two-part storyline in "Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew" in the early 1980s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrozac View Post
    Almost every superhero since...But I'm guessing you're looking for the nigh powerful, flight ability and prototypical alpha male superhero types...And there are a world of differences between imitation and influenced by...

    Tom Strong
    David Brinkley from Superfolks
    Mighty Man from Savage Dragon
    Atomicus from Astro City
    I would say that Tom Strong is more inspired by Doc Savage than Superman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.R Johansson View Post
    Not sure I'm entirely prepared to agree on this one, Lexrules... Captain Planet has so many differences from Supes, that I'd say he isn't any more inspired by Superman, than Batman or Spider-man is.

    I mean... he's a semi-sentient elemental force that's summoned from a collection of magic rings that a bunch of kids carry around. He's made up of the Earth's energies, he can turn into trees and rock, and fire, and mentally attuned electromagnetic energy.

    It dun' hold water mate, he's too different. Heck, he doesn't even have a cape...
    I ran out of characters I was going to say from previous posts so I sent Captain Planet to the slaughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qwathings View Post
    I would say that Tom Strong is more inspired by Doc Savage than Superman.
    Yeah, but there are a couple similarities. Still, I'd say they're more like brothers from big daddy Doc Savage than father and son themselves.

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    On the funny-animal-Superman-parody front, I now realize that last night I forgot to mention:

    Stupor Duck (aka mild-mannered reporter Cluck Trent, as seen in at least one old Daffy Duck cartoon)
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    Super Goof (the super-powered alter ego of Walt Disney's Goofy; he actually had his own "Super Goof" comic book for several years!)

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