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    Quote Originally Posted by zhris View Post
    I may have read it right, but you got it wrong. Goku (actually, most all of DBZ) is based on an old Japanese novel called Journey to the West, which predates Superman by, oh... about 400 years. But then again, at least half of this list seems more like 'let's make a list of people who are super-strong', since that's the only similarity I see in many of them.
    Well, Journey to the West is an old Chinese novel not Japanese

    and yeah, that book clearly influenced DBZ way more than Superman ever did.
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    In terms of funny animals, I think those should include:

    Super Turtle by Henry Boltinoff (for DC)
    Super Duck from MLJ/Archie--originally Supe was a kind of funny animal parody of Superman, but the character soon went off in his own direction.
    Super Cat--originally Cosmo Cat, published by Fox and later sometimes known as Super Cat, published by Star Publications, and finally Ajax-Farrell.
    Super Pup--published by Avon for a couple of issues in the mid-'50s, dresses like Superman.
    Super Dog--published by Children's Comics Publishers, first appearance in ZOO FUNNIES No. 5 (April '46)--a puppy gets super powers from the Spirit of Comic Books.
    Super Rabbit--published by Timely in the 40s, gets his powers by rubbing a magic ring--originally wore an 'S' on his chest, but later replaced that with 'SUPER RABBIT.'

    As well there have been a few other Superman almost copies:

    Super American--a man literally from the future, when everyone has super powers, who comes to the '40s to battle Hitler's forces in FIGHT COMICS (published by Fiction House).
    Super-Girl Sandra--original appearance in '69, in PRINCESS TANA from the U.K.'s IPC publishers; comes from Mercury to Earth, with amazing super powers.
    Supervolodar--gets powers of flight and strength from his belt, published in Argentina in the '60s.
    Super Hombre--a superhero published in Spain in '58, created by Mick Anglo--the man who also created the Captain Marvel rip-off, Marvelman. When these stories were reprinted in the U.K. in the '60s, the hero was called Miracle Man (not to be confused with Miracleman, the American name for Anglo's Marvelman). In point of fact, Anglo was trying to copy his own Marvelman when he created Super-Hombre, so the character copies Marvelman who copies Captain Marvel who copies Superman.
    Super Boy--originally published in SUPER BOY 112 in '58 by Imperia, from France; the son of a scientist who fights crime in the distant future.

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    Here is a parody of Superman from the manga Dr. Slump, known as Suppaman

    http://drslump.wikia.com/wiki/Suppaman

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    There was that Justice League issue in which Atom finds a sentient civilization of micro-organisms living in a fatally ill boy...by the end we get a beginning of a microverse Superman type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dupersuper View Post
    There was that Justice League issue in which Atom finds a sentient civilization of micro-organisms living in a fatally ill boy...by the end we get a beginning of a microverse Superman type.
    First issue after the end of Morrison's run if I recall correctly. Right before Tower of Babel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zhris View Post
    I may have read it right, but you got it wrong. Goku (actually, most all of DBZ) is based on an old Japanese novel called Journey to the West, which predates Superman by, oh... about 400 years. But then again, at least half of this list seems more like 'let's make a list of people who are super-strong', since that's the only similarity I see in many of them.
    Well, that's certainly true of Son Goku from Dragon Ball, where he's just a young martial artist who flies on a cloud and has a monkey tail- clearly based on Sun Wukong from Journey to the West, along with Oolong, Bulma, Krillin and several other characters. By the time the story rolls around to Dragon Ball Z though, there are certainly more than a few similarities to Superman. Son Goku is revealed to be one of the last surviving members of a planet that exploded moments before he was launched away (like Krypton), and his enemies include Vegeta, a man from the same planet as the hero is from who comes to Earth to fight him (like Zod), and Frieza, an alien who took a hand in destroying the planet (like the dude from Earth One and some versions of Brainiac). What I'm saying is, of course Son Goku wasn't originally based on Superman, but he did eventually take on many obviously Superman-influenced traits.

    Also, how about Iron Munroe? He was made to replace Golden Age Superman for Young All-Stars, right? Though of course his backstory is based on a retcon of Gladiator, I've always really liked it. Of course, I liked Hugo Danner in Gladiator more than a lot of people, too.

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    Iron Munro is an usual case.

    The comic book version of Iron Munro first appeared in SHADOW COMICS No. 1--on sale January 12, 1940--written by Theodore Sturgeon, illustrated by E. C. Stoner and published by Street and Smith. That character is based on and gets his name from John W. Campbell's Aarn Munro, who appeared in "The Mightiest Machine," ASTOUNDING STORIES, serialized from December 1934 - April 1935.

    Campbell's story was set in the future, when other planets had been colonized and Aarn was born on Jupiter. Aarn Munro also would have looked much different from how Iron Munro looked later on in YOUNG ALL-STARS, when Roy Thomas revived and repurposed the character. And yes, Thomas gave Iron Munro a background based on the 1930 novel, GLADIATOR, by Philip Wylie. Both Campbell and Wylie likely influenced the creation of Superman through their characters of Aarn Munro and Hugo Danner. So is Iron Munro a copy of Superman or a retroactive prototype of Superman?

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    Here you got a list. With pictures included. ANd believe me I think still is incomplete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorendiac View Post
    I didn't want to seem impatient by complaining about this right away -- I figured you'd probably notice it and fix it on your own -- but it's been a couple of days and the problem is still there. I don't know exactly what you did when you were copying-and-pasting my list, but it seems like only every other name is still in boldface in the version you spliced into an early post of this thread. Gives the whole thing a very weird look.
    Sorry, I got myself banned, so I couldn't reply.

    Anyways, the bold-face on every other is ON PURPOSE! : D Why, you ask? Well, because, imho, it makes it easier to read, to discern the names from each other. I think it works pretty well! Don't'cha' think? =) Bold-face is used to make certain words pop out more, to make them more visible from others - but if EVERY word is in bold... then it kind of defeats the purpose of bolding something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    Iron Munro is an usual case.

    The comic book version of Iron Munro first appeared in SHADOW COMICS No. 1--on sale January 12, 1940--written by Theodore Sturgeon, illustrated by E. C. Stoner and published by Street and Smith. That character is based on and gets his name from John W. Campbell's Aarn Munro, who appeared in "The Mightiest Machine," ASTOUNDING STORIES, serialized from December 1934 - April 1935.

    Campbell's story was set in the future, when other planets had been colonized and Aarn was born on Jupiter. Aarn Munro also would have looked much different from how Iron Munro looked later on in YOUNG ALL-STARS, when Roy Thomas revived and repurposed the character. And yes, Thomas gave Iron Munro a background based on the 1930 novel, GLADIATOR, by Philip Wylie. Both Campbell and Wylie likely influenced the creation of Superman through their characters of Aarn Munro and Hugo Danner. So is Iron Munro a copy of Superman or a retroactive prototype of Superman?

    I had no idea this character had such a complicated history. I've gotta look into this guy more. Any idea where I can get some of this stuff? Especially the older stuff- obviously Young All-Stars is kind of hard to get a hold of as it is, but I've never even heard of most of this.

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    One more to add to the list is Miracle from Fred Perry's Gold Digger series. Basically, he's a Superman who came to believe that the presence of a superhero attracted supervillians and ceased being public so he could fight bad guys while dressed in a business suit. There are people who disagree with him, of course...Agent Miracle.jpg

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    "Well, that's certainly true of Son Goku from Dragon Ball, where he's just a young martial artist who flies on a cloud and has a monkey tail- clearly based on Sun Wukong from Journey to the West, along with Oolong, Bulma, Krillin and several other characters. By the time the story rolls around to Dragon Ball Z though, there are certainly more than a few similarities to Superman. Son Goku is revealed to be one of the last surviving members of a planet that exploded moments before he was launched away (like Krypton), and his enemies include Vegeta, a man from the same planet as the hero is from who comes to Earth to fight him (like Zod), and Frieza, an alien who took a hand in destroying the planet (like the dude from Earth One and some versions of Brainiac). What I'm saying is, of course Son Goku wasn't originally based on Superman, but he did eventually take on many obviously Superman-influenced traits."

    I thought this was where the similarities might lie, but I am by no means a manga specialist. I like Danner as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oruncrest View Post
    One more to add to the list is Miracle from Fred Perry's Gold Digger series. Basically, he's a Superman who came to believe that the presence of a superhero attracted supervillians and ceased being public so he could fight bad guys while dressed in a business suit. There are people who disagree with him, of course...Agent Miracle.jpg
    That's an interesting concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexrules View Post
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    New 52 Superman... Wait, What......

    You beat me to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeplejack2112 View Post
    You beat me to it.
    And it is still isn't funny.

    India had their own Superman, Shaktimaan (which lasted beyond 300 episodes) and currently has an animated series.

    No matter how many reboots, new origins, reinterpretations or suit redesigns. In the end, he will always be SUPERMAN

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