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    Default The Super-Men (and -Women) of All-Planets

    I’m thinking what if Superman had the equivalent of the “Batmen of All Nations” aka the Club of Heroes? While there have been lots of Superman analogues on Earth, I thought it better to look at all the champions he’s met from other planets.

    I put a few restrictions on this or else it would just get out of hand:

    1. They have to have been active on one other planet besides Earth during their career, but some connections to Earth are fine.
    2. They can't have crossed over from a parallel universe, but other dimensions within the same universe are allowed.
    3. They can’t be residents from the past or the future--so no Hercules and no Superman of 2965, but Alpha Centurion is okay because he lives in the present now. I ruled out most of the LSH but I figure that someone like Mon-El counts because he met Clark in the present era and has been active in contemporary adventures.


    Super-Beings of All-Planets;
    a chronological list by cover date of first meeting--
    ▽ indicates a Superboy adventure


    • Mister Sinister in the 4th Dimension 05-06/42
    • Mr. Mxyztplk of Zrfff in the 5th Dimension--aka Mxyzptlk, Maxy Z Toplik, John Trix, O’Rourke et al 04/44
    • The Collector from Another Dimension 03-04/47
    • Regor of Uuz (Winki Lamm) 05-06/49

    • ▽Marsboy of Mars (Sutri aka Joe Mars) 05-06/51
    • The Menace of Zar 05/52
    • Halk Kar of Thoron 01-02/53
    • ▽Kral of Titan 10/54
    • Vitor Vall of Skar; Vitar’s wife, son, daughter & parents 03/56
    • Sharn of Iwo 09/56
    • ▽Power-Boy of Juno (Zarl Vorne) 10/56
    • Gollo of Zar 11/57
    • Skyboy of Kormo (Tharn) 01-02/58
    • The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh (Tlano) 02/58
    • Kell Orr of Xenon 02/58
    • ▽Dworn (aka Alan) 06/58
    • ▽Vidal of the Inter-Galactic Patrol (Allen Greene) 05/59
    • Superlad of Zollum (Jimmy Olsen) 09/59
    • ▽Kosmon the Hunter and the “blob” 11/59
    • ▽The Super-Aliens of the Superboy Planet 12/59

    • ▽Shar-La, the Space Traveller 01/60
    • ▽Solar Boy (in another galaxy) 02/60
    • Hyper-Man of Oceania (Chester King) 06/60
    • Princess Jena of Adoria 07/60
    • Astounding Man of Roxnon 07/60
    • ▽The Kryptonite Kid of Blor and his dog 09/60
    • ▽The Leader and his red invaders 10/60
    • ▽Mighty Boy of Zumoor (Thomas Keith aka Zarl Kazzan) 12/60
    • Miss Gzptlsnz of Zrfff in the 5th Dimension 04/61
    • ▽Mon-El of Daxam (Lar Gand) 06/61
    • Marvel Maid & Marvel Man of Terra (Lea Lindy & Ken Clark) 02/62
    • Logi of Durim (aka "The Alien Super-Boy") 03/62
    • Princess Ilona of the Sunev Galaxy 03/62
    • Ilona’s four husbands of the Sunev Galaxy--Vangar, Duran, Rogor and Berek 03/62
    • ▽The Xnorians of Xnor 03/62
    • The Superwoman of Staryl (Luma Lynai) 06/62
    • Princess Allura of the Ashtar Galaxy 10/62
    • ▽Valhalla of Super-Companions 12/62--Liquidman, Stormboy, Tree-Man, Telepathy Man, Shadowman
    • ▽Othar of Thrann, the Super-World 12/62

    • Super-Male of Soomar (Irn Brimba) 05/63
    • Supposed Super-Suitors of Lois Lane 07/63
    • Rona of the Seventh Dimension 12/63
    • ▽Super-Youth of Brozz (Frank Merrill) 12/63
    • Defender of Lexor (Lex Luthor) 04/64
    • Illena of Kromal 10/64
    • Miss Platonia, Dialla of Platonia 03/65
    • Galora, the Girl from Mord 09/66
    • Aeroman and Windlass 12/66
    • Solarman 12/66
    • Serpento of Orzak 12/66
    • Dr. Chill of Klon Kado 12/66
    • Zardin the Boy Marvel of Nangar 12/66

    • ▽Vau Sulor of Kaprice (aka Kit-El); plus Qor Sulor & family 04/67
    • ▽Ron-Avon of Belgor (aka Ron Avnet) 09/67
    • ▽Hyperboy of Trombus (aka Kirk Quentin); the Hyper-Family (Mr. & Mrs. Quentin) 01/68
    • Dyno-Man of Sorrta 05/68
    • ▽Zkor 06/68

    • The Sandman from Quarrm (aka the Sand Superman) 01/71
    • Captain Thunder (Willie Fawcett) 06/74
    • Vartox of Valeron (Vernon O’Valeron) 11/74
    • Karb-Brak from the Andromeda Galaxy (Andrew Meda) 06/76

    Other possible candidates:


    • Alpha Centurion of the Vimuru homeworld (Marcus Aelius)
    • Maxima of Almerac
    • Icon of Terminus (Arnus aka Augustus Freeman IV)--Milestone
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    Some here might not be Batman readers and might not know about the Batmen of All Nations--so maybe some more information is needed on that.

    BATMAN No. 62 (December ’50 - January ’51) featured an adventure where Batman and Robin met the Knight and Squire, in “The Batman of England” by Bill Finger, Dick Sprang and Charles Paris. Then, in DETECTIVE COMICS No. 216 (January ’55), B & R got together again with the Knight and Squire, plus the Musketeer, the Legionary, the Ranger and the Gaucho (respectively from France, Italy, Australia and somewhere in South America), in “The Batmen of All Nations” by Edmond Hamilton, Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris.



    Next, Edmond Hamilton wrote a sequel, with art by Dick Sprang and Stan Kaye, for WORLD’S FINEST COMICS No. 89 (July-August ’57). In that adventure, Superman, Batman and Robin teamed up with the Batmen of All Nations--minus the Ranger who never showed up for the affair--forming “The Club of Heroes.” Also featured was a mysterious hero who took Superman’s place, Lightning Man--who turned out to be the Man of Steel himself.



    Curiously, living up to his reputation as “Batman with a Bow,” Green Arrow held his own convention of international heroes in “The Green Arrows of the World” as detailed by Bill Finger with Jack and Roz Kirby, from ADVENTURE COMICS No. 250 (July ’58): the Phantom of France, Bowman of the Bush, Bowman of Britain, Green Arrow of Japan, Green Arrow of Polynesia, Green Arrow of Mexico and Green Arrow of Switzerland (among others).

    The Club of Heroes remained dormant until the ’80s when they were retconned into inspiring the Dome--the international organization which later created the Global Guardians, headed by Dr. Mist.

    In more recent times, Grant Morrison revived the original concept of the Batmen of All Nations, during his BATMAN run. And the revived concept was spun off into its own title with BATMAN INCORPORATED.

    Edit: I should add that Morrison retconned into the Batman of All Nations several other Batman counterparts from over the years--like one of my favourites, Bat-Hombre!
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    Default The Superman from Outer Space

    Some of these Super-Men of All-Planets and other Superman counterparts are featured on Bob Hughes’ Doppelgangers page for his Who’s Whose site.

    My best-loved of those Supermen is “The Superman from Outer Space”--Hyper-Man from Oceania--who had his Swan Song in ACTION COMICS No. 265 (June ’60)--as told by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and John Forte.

    However, I first discovered this classic in SUPERMAN No. 207/G-48 (June ’68)-- a 30th anniversary 80 Page Giant. One of the greatest comic books I ever bought.



    I suspect Alan Moore took some direction from this Binder gem when he had Tom Strong and Tom Strange meet.

    Hyper-Man is the spitting image of Superman and many other things about his life on Oceania (a twin of Earth) are almost the same as the Man of Steel’s life on Earth. The champion of Oceania poses as Chester King (a double for Clark Kent) and Hyper-Man’s girl friend is Lydia Long--Lois Lane’s doppelganger.

    But as with Terra Obscura in the Moore stories, Oceania is not in some other alternate universe. It’s in the same universe. It’s just that the astronomical odds of a planet almost exactly the same as Earth seem to weigh in its favour. Which is not so incredible for fans of classic STAR TREK.




    It’s a heart-breaking story, but one great yarn.
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    Hmm you pretty much took what I was gonna say with Hyperman and Maxima, frankly I haven't even heard of half of the people on your list. I was going to nominate Etrigan but I don't think he meets your first criteria. Mr. Majestic maybe, but I'm honestly not that familiar with the character or Wildstorm in general. Still a Superman equivalent to Batman Inc. could be cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    Some of these Super-Men of All-Planets and other Superman counterparts are featured on Bob Hughes’ Doppelgangers page for his Who’s Whose site.

    My best-loved of those Supermen is “The Superman from Outer Space”--Hyper-Man from Oceania--who had his Swan Song in ACTION COMICS No. 265 (June ’60)--as told by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and John Forte.

    However, I first discovered this classic in SUPERMAN No. 207/G-48 (June ’68)-- a 30th anniversary 80 Page Giant. One of the greatest comic books I ever bought.

    I suspect Alan Moore took some direction from this Binder gem when he had Tom Strong and Tom Strange meet.
    Man, those sound awesome, and Comixology doesn't have either of them. I would have bought them both. Come on Comixology and DC Comics, take my money already and fill in your Superman back catalog.

    They don't have a single issue from the 200s of Superman Volume 1. Not a single issue.

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    There have been a few Hypermen, but I think Chester King is the only one of them that meets my criteria--and he's deceased!





    However, there is Hyperboy (Kirk Quentin), who I'll have more to say about another time, hopefully.

    I don't know that much about the Wildstorm characters or if Mr. Majestic exists in the same universe as Superman. Someone else will have to give the 411 on him.

    Likewise with Milestone--my knowledge is limited. I suspect that Icon could fit into my club of Super-Men--but maybe some other posters can field that question.
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    Default The Supergirl of Two Worlds

    Like her cousin, Kara Zor-El had her fair share of look-alikes. The case of Luma Lynai is a real oddball adventure. But before I get to her, I have to talk about Marvel Maid and Marvel Man.

    Written by Otto Binder, who wrote the sad tale of Hyper-Man, “The Second Supergirl” has a lot of similarities minus the tragic ending.

    With art by Jim Mooney, this first part of the Marvel Maid adventure was in ACTION COMICS No. 272 (January ’61), while “The Supergirl of Two Worlds” picked up the narrative in ACTION COMICS No. 273 (February ’62). Note: both these stories are reprinted in the SUPERGIRL ARCHIVES Vol. 2.

    Supergirl wants to find another planet like Earth, where there are counterparts of herself and Superman, so she has Kal-El consult the super-computer in the Fortress of Solitude which finds the planet Terra. Again, as with Oceania, Terra is astoundingly similar to our planet, but with some weird differences.

    On that planet, Kara finds that her doppelganger is Marvel Maid--the planet’s champion. Meanwhile, Superman’s double is Marvel Man, who like Supergirl at the time is unknown to the public at large.

    The Marvels came from a civilization deep inside Terra, which was destroyed, but not before they were sent to the surface world. They get their powers from cosmic rays (which never penetrated deep below the surface), but diamonds are their Kryptonite.

    Because they are such a threat to Marvel Maid, diamonds are contraband on Terra.

    In his secret identity as Ken Clark, Marvel Man is being held in prison, for lack of the proper documentation. He’s effectively treated like an illegal alien and held in custody for that reason. It’s a startling insight into what could and sometimes does happen to undocumented workers in our real world. Yet Marvel Man is quite happy to stew in prison, while his cousin gets all the fame and glory.

    Otto Binder wrote many of the Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel stories at Fawcett, which no doubt inspired the names for Marvel Maid and Marvel Man.

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    Default Superman’s Super-Courtship

    Jerry Siegel was the author of “Superman’s Super-Courtship” and he had a gift for creating outlandish tales. As usual, Jim Mooney provided the art for this Supergirl yarn from ACTION COMICS No. 289 (June ’62).

    After his cousin has tried to set him up with Helen of Troy and Saturn Woman, Superman confesses to Supergirl that if there was any woman he would settle down with it would be her--but Kryptonian law prevents cousins from marrying.

    Then--as in “The Second Supergirl”--Kara uses the super-computer in the Fortress to find another planet with her doppelganger. This time she locates the planet Staryl, where Luma Lynai is the Superwoman of that world.

    The Man of Steel rushes off to Staryl to find Supergirl’s twin--albeit an adult and not an adolescent like his cousin. The two instantly fall in love, but when they fly back to Earth to get married, Luma is weakened and in pain. It turns out that while she has powers under Staryl’s orange sun, the rays of a yellow sun are deadly to her. And so the two part--although Luma secretly thinks, “I’ll always love you--”

    The “ick” factor in this adventure is the revelation that Superman would get busy with Supergirl if the law allowed it--and that Supergirl encourages him to mate with her double, if she can’t do the deed herself.

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    Default Superman’s Big Brother

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A space traveller crash lands on Earth, suffering from partial amnesia. The Caped Kryptonian, finding evidence that this traveller came from Krypton, leaps to the conclusion that this is his big brother. Only it turns out, in the end, that the space traveller only stopped over on Krypton, making acquaintance with Jor-El, before heading off again into space.

    This might sound like the origin story of Mon-El, “Superboy’s Big Brother”--and it is--but, in fact, that adventure was a rehash of “Superman’s Big Brother” by Edmond Hamilton and Al Plastino, from SUPERMAN No. 80 (January-February ’53).



    The big brother in this version is Halk Kar. Superman rescues an out of control rocketship and adds up the clues that point to the pilot being his older sibling; however, when the Man of Steel puts the space traveller to the test, he finds that Halk’s super-abilities are nowhere near on the same level as his own.



    Nevertheless, the Man of Tomorrow, afraid of humiliating his brother, deceives Halk Kar and the boastful alien gets himself in a mess of trouble, not realizing how weak his powers truly are. When he’s electrocuted by crooks, Halk finally comes to his senses and remembers his true origins.

    Halk Kar comes from Thoron, which is in the same solar system as Krypton but smaller (yet not as small as Earth) and after stopping on Krypton just before the planet was destroyed, Jor-El sent him on his way again. Gee, Jor-El--did you ever think of using Halk Kar’s rocketship to save some Kryptonians?

    At the end of this adventure, Superman bids Halk Kar adieu, now in another rocket ship on a return trip to Thoron. We do not know what he found when he got there.

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    Default Superboy’s Big Brother



    “Superboy’s Big Brother”/“The Secret of Mon-El” by Robert Bernstein and George Papp, from SUPERBOY No. 89 (June ’61) recycles a lot of the plot from “Superman’s Big Brother.” However, the big brother is not weaker than Superboy in this story. In fact, he’s invulnerable to Kryptonite--which will prove his undoing.



    Named for Monday, the day he arrived, Mon-El takes the alias of Bob Cobb when he becomes a brush salesman. However, fickle youth that he is, Clark starts to suspect that it’s all a sham--while, lacking any self-awareness, he fails to see that the sham is all of his own making. “Mon-El” never said he was Kal-El’s big brother, that was all the Boy of Steel’s built-up fantasy, wanting to believe he had a big brother and filling in the gaps, making excuses, so it could all be true.

    Then like a hero in a Greek tragedy, who walks inexorably the doomed path of his own creation, Superboy plots to expose the lie by contriving a “Kryptonite” meteor shower--in fact lead boulders painted green--never realizing that the lead will kill Mon-El.

    Once exposed to the plumbum poison, there’s no turning back. Mon-El’s death is assured. But the shock recovers his memory and he relates a tale much the same as Halk Kar’s--except his home planet is Daxam.



    Realizing that he has killed the only brother he ever knew, Superboy gives Mon-El a bitter reprieve, by putting him in the Phantom Zone--where he will remain for the foreseeable future.
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    Default The Boy from Outer Space

    Yet another memory-loss space traveller whose rocket ship crash landed on Earth was Skyboy.





    This was in “The Boy from Outer Space” by Edmond Hamilton, Dick Sprang and Stan Kaye, WORLD’S FINEST COMICS No. 92 (January-February ’58). Superman, Batman and Robin rush to save the survivor after his rocket ship collides with a meteor. The pilot is a mere boy who Superman dubs Skyboy.



    They find that the youth has powers almost as great as Superman’s and the Man of Steel concludes that he must hail from a planet with a greater gravity similar to Krypton. Lending Skyboy a cape and an S shield, Superman seems to hope the boy will be his protege, just as Robin is Batman’s.

    Meanwhile, a rash of copper robberies points to a gang of extra-terrestrial thieves and fingerprints on the scene match those of Skyboy. Is the boy in league with super-villains? The Dynamic Detective Duo suspect so.

    For those that want to read this story for themselves, don’t read any further because I’m about to give away the ending . . .


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    Hoping to shock Skyboy into remembering his past, Superman hurls a meteor at him--the same one that collided with his rocket ship--and the boy now remembers that he is Tharn. He comes from the planet Kormo, where his father is a lawman. A gang of thieves intent on stealing Earth’s copper (which is rare on Kormo) wounded Tharn’s father and the boy chased after them in his own ship. All people on Kormo have the same fingerprints, which explains how Tharn’s prints seemed to be at the crime scene.

    Having rounded up the gang of extra-terrestrial crooks, Tharn returns to Kormo with his prisoners; however, as he leaves the World’s Finest Trio, Skyboy promises, “I’ll come back some day, if I can.”



    END OF SPOILER


    The story’s been reprinted in ARCHIVES and SHOWCASE PRESENTS volumes, but I first read it in the 80 Page Giant WORLD’S FINEST COMICS No. 170/G-40 (October-November ’67) where it made a big impact on me. I was moved by Superman’s longing for a young partner to mentor, who would be like a son to him. And I always wished there had been a sequel.
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    How about Action Comics 460-463? The Alien allergic to his own people and Superman? He hits Clark so hard, Clark ends up an amnesiac newsman in 1776? He's not really a villain, he retired to Earth for medical reasons and Superman sets off his condition.


    Love the thread, all that great Superman Sci Fi!
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    I was just thinking how villains are so much easier to name. Busiek, Azarello, Lobdell, Snyder, Johns, even Morrison's Captain Comet, these hidden Supermen show up. They have flashier powers but are tortured, brainwashed, or just gone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Thunders! View Post
    How about Action Comics 460-463? The Alien allergic to his own people and Superman? He hits Clark so hard, Clark ends up an amnesiac newsman in 1776? He's not really a villain, he retired to Earth for medical reasons and Superman sets off his condition.


    Love the thread, all that great Superman Sci Fi!
    I think his name was Kar-Brak or something like that. I'll add him to the list. I'd forgot that he wasn't an actual super-villain--just vexed.

    One of the old reliable plots for Superman is to pit him against himself--or if not himself exactly then someone almost the same as him. So that's why there's so many duplicate Supermen as villains. Dev-Em is another such example. He came from Krypton and was a villain in Clark's own time, giving him trouble when he was Superboy. However, Dev-Em took off for the 30th century and in the Legion's time period he became a good guy.

    In addition to bad Kryptonians, Superman had his fair share of good Kryptonians that looked just like him. I can think of four--chief among them Van-Zee and Don-El. Don-El was head of the Superman Emergency Squad. Van-Zee, of course, was Superman and Nightwing, at different times in his life. And he married Supewoman--Sylvia DeWitt, who gained super-powers thanks to a serum Van-Zee invented. Sylvia being an Earth woman who looked just like Lois Lane.

    If you think about it--as I have--Van-Zee must have been born in the bottle city of Kandor, as would a lot of other citizens there. Kandor was taken by Brainiac before Krypton was destroyed and presumably before Kal-El was born to Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van. The House of Zee must have been in Kandor--and possibly cousins of Lor-Van--with also Jor-El's twin brother, Nim-El, living in Kandor at that time. Interbreeding among the Houses must have led to a lot of genetically similar cousins.

    I've resisted putting Van-Zee and Sylvia on my list, however, as that would open the floodgates to a lot of other Kryptonians, Kandorians and Earthlings.
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    I've revised the list at the top to add some others including Karb-Brak. Still not sure if Mr. Majestic fits within my self-imposed criteria.

    Now for another story that cried out for a sequel that never was . . .

    • Aeroman and Windlass
    • Solarman
    • Serpento of Orzak
    • Dr. Chill of Klon Kado
    • Zardin the Boy Marvel of Nangar

    --these are but a handful of the hundreds of heroes from across the universe who are assembled for a proposed convention of cosmic crimefighters and a relaxing retreat on the “paradise planet” ruled by Jemphis the Collecto.

    It’s a ruse by the malevolent dictator to force Batman and Superman into a gladiatorial competition to the death.

    “The Duel of the Super-Duo,” was in WORLD’S FINEST COMICS No. 163 (December ’66). From the team of Jim Shooter, Curt Swan and George Klein--the story, as I observed on my blog, reads like an episode of STAR TREK. Yet STAR TREK had yet to air at the time Shooter drafted this tale.

    The cosmic convention only happens at the very end of the story and mostly off panel--with just these few conventioneers being identified by name--plus some anonymous others visualized by Swan and Klein, as well. Barely enough, it leaves the reader wanting for more.



    At the end of the adventure, Dr. Chill speaks for all the cosmic conventioneers when he says, “We’ll have to do this again . . . and bring your Justice League friends next time!”

    And Batman answers, “We will!”



    Despite these promises, those other-worldly idols were never seen again.
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