Love or hate him, his mainstream influence is undeniable. And you can trace it in many ways. Cartoonists, comic writers and film producers recreate and repackage his image all the time. However, sometimes they overdo it. To the point where the original character gets lost in the new version.
Here follow 25 Bizarre Alternate Versions Of Superman You Won’t Believe Exist. Which one is your favorite?
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Whom Gods Destroy is a 1996 four-issue comic book mini-series. A true 90s classic. The uncanny X-Men’s “father” Chris Claremont, had the crazy but brilliant idea to mix superheroes with Greek mythology and World War II.
This is how we ended up with the very first half-man, half-horse superhero. Centaur Superman fights against the Nazis in an Axis dominated Europe. Wait, it gets even better. In Whom Gods Destroy Lois Lane becomes a Wonder Woman. Just because Zeus decided so!
Shogun of Steel
In this oriental version of the original story you get what you probably guess by now. The Japanese version of the superhero, who is also a shogun by the way. In case you still wonder how or why, the answer is simple really. Kal-El’s spaceship landed in ancient Japan instead of Smallville, Kansas.
As for the painful difference in time period? Trust us, we asked the same question.
Superduperman, as the awfully ridiculous name suggests, is a spoof of Superman. Superduperman appears in the parody comic strip MAD magazine #4, having the same abilities of the original superhero. But…there’s a but here! He combines his superpowers with a weird sense of humor and attitude. If you’re looking for a good laugh, then you will definitely appreciate this piece of satirical art.
Lionel Jr. Luthor
In this story, Superman is found by Lionel Luthor, Lex’s daddy. He’s raised as Lionel Jr. alongside Lex, who’s technically Superman’s brother. However, the comic stays true to the original in some ways. When Lex finds out his brother’s secret, he shows him some true brotherly love by killing him the following year.
In this limited but classic nineties series titled JLA: The Nail, Jonathan and Martha Kent’s pickup truck gets a flat tire caused by a nail. This prevents them from finding baby Kal-El’s spaceship. This little detail changes history as we know it. For example, Metropolis is a much uglier and unsafe place without Superman.
Oh yeah, did we mention that Superman was adopted by an Amish couple and grows up as one, too?