Comics Let's Get Insane: Eight of the Most Weird Superman Tales Ever Told

Comics Let's Get Insane: Eight of the Most Weird Superman Tales Ever Told

Some times you're leading the Justice League and preserving the planet from Brainiac. Other individuals you're wishing Sherlock Holmes into existence and officiating gorilla weddings.We are much less than one particular week away from receiving our palms on situation #1000 of Action COMICS. Let’s believe about that for a minute. One particular thousand. 1 adopted by 3 zeroes. Which is a complete good deal of comics. And as you might count on, with that numerous issues and eighty several years of heritage, our great good friend Superman has no scarcity of stories to seem again on. Certain, some of them are thrilling, dramatic, substantial flying…even passionate. I’d even go so significantly as to say that most of them are.

 

But some of them?

 

Ooooh, boy… Let us just say that with a long life arrives lots of chances for things to get weird. And no one does weird fairly like Superman. This is a guy who has a entire earth of villains with the term “bizarre” in their identify, following all. For all that we say Superman is all about small cities and wholesome values and apple pie and all that, the dude is aware of how to get freaky.

 

So, with that in brain (notably the apple pie…remind me not to compose listicles at lunchtime), let's get a appear at some of the silliest, some of the most out-there, most totally bonkers Superman tales at any time instructed.

 

Introducing Super-Menace! – SUPERMAN #137In this quite specific (and really ’60s) situation of Superman, we learn that Kal-El was really not the only Kryptonian toddler despatched to Earth in an escape pod. Turns out he was actually one particular of two, the other becoming a...duplicate made by some form of...alien...craft...

 

Listen, just go with it, ok? There have been two toddlers hurtling through place is the level listed here.

 

So, our minor Kal crash lands in Smallville, like normal, and the other Kal crash lands conveniently appropriate by the hideout of infamous husband and spouse gangsters, "Wolf" and Bonnie Derek.

 

You can probably see the place this is heading.

 

The gangsters elevate the second Kal-El into a Tremendous-Brat who then grows up to be a domino mask sporting Super-Menace, the mightiest villain in the total universe!

 

This entire concern was later composed off as an "Imaginary Tale," which was the Silver Age go-to for retconning factors when they acquired as well out of hand. So tragically, Super-Menace no more time exists anywhere, but in our hearts.

 

 

Crimson vs. Blue – SUPERMAN #162If you have been looking through Superman comics for a while, you may actually be acquainted with this tale. Back in 1998, Superman was "break up" into two diverse variations of himself, the much more popular of the two colloquially known as "Electric Blue" due to the fact he was...nicely, electrical blue and experienced strength powers.

 

It was the ’90s, okay? Never feel Comics Scooby Apocalypse: Redemption for Scrappy about it.

 

But what you may possibly not know is that great ol' Electric powered Blue Supes was really a phone back to a a lot older story from 1963. In this timeless vintage that virtually no one remembers, Superman finds himself with just too several large-precedence things on his to-do list, so he invents a equipment with distinct types of Kryptonite that will, preferably, improve his intelligence and inspire him to begin knocking the more difficult targets out a single by 1.

 

Now, to me, it would seem to be like somebody who can invent a equipment like that was previously quite darn smart, and that possibly, in a entirely diverse story, Superman would recognize that and learn that he does not need to have the device after all. He just needs the patent for it together with some expense money, and he could make billions cranking out intelligence devices. That would be far more than ample to employ an entire employees to support him with these objectives he would like to obtain.

 

But no, this is not that tale. Alternatively, Superman’s device splits the Gentleman of Steel into two similar clones—one dressed all in pink, the other dressed all in blue—who identify by themselves...you guessed it, Superman-Crimson and Superman-Blue. With each other, they solve the world's problems, solve a adore triangle (Red marries Lois, Blue marries Lana Lang) and in any other case seem to have fairly excellent and conflict-totally free lives.

 

Of system, it all wound up being another out-of-continuity "Imaginary Story," so none of that in fact came to move. But hey, at the very least we have nevertheless got the ’90s edition to appear again on fondly, together with my alternate, entirely unused machine tale, which you all noticed listed here first (just in situation that Bendis dude attempts stealing it ) )!

 

 

Burning the Bat-Witch – WORLD’S Very best #186In 1969, equally Superman and Batman starred in a genuinely crazypants time journey story that landed them both caught back in time during the American Revolution. Now, this was just before Back again to the Future, so you ought to realize that casually time traveling to significant times in historical past was the two a totally standard and flawlessly risk-free factor to do. And I ought to know. I compose about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow each and every 7 days, so I’m pretty much a time vacation specialist.

 

Of program, the time journey isn’t all that went down. On leading of currently being accused of getting British spies (Superman's red cape left him mistaken for a Pink Coat, clearly) and trying to convince the locals that they ended up truly just actors ("The S stands for Shakespeare!"), Superman and Batman ultimately started turning on 1 yet another, because of system they did.

 

This still left Superman himself stirring up some really insidious drama about Batman currently being a witch and a demon and leaving him precariously close to burning at the stake.

 

With buddies like these…

 

 

Clark and Barda (Almost) Get Caught on Tape – Motion COMICS #593We wager this one particular is mega awkward at Justice League holiday getaway functions. For the duration of an come across with the correctly named Sleez, a villain from Apokolips who—you guessed it—had the electrical power to drive folks to do some quite sleazy factors, Superman quite almost joined the hallowed Hollywood ranks of sex tape superstars.

 

Trapped by Sleez, Supes and Big Barda have been manipulated into receiving uncomfortably cozy with 1 an additional although Sleez manned a quite, really ’80s online video digital camera, intent on filming the whole point to use as a weapon from the Justice League. Fortunately, Mister Wonder was ready to get there in time to crack Sleez’s head manage and aid Superman and Large Barda defeat the stubby minor troll before any costumes have been removed and factors crossed any line that a excellent publicity manager could not take care of.

 

Nonetheless, even with the narrow miss out on, Sleez goes on document for currently being 1 of Superman's skeeviest villains. I indicate, the man managed to get too creepy for Darkseid. How twisted and gross do you have to be to do that?

 

 

Dragon-Centric Wardrobe Malfunctions – SUPERMAN #142Shockingly, this situation is not on the listing for its secondary tale, "Superman Fulfills Al Capone!", in which, uh, Superman meets Al Capone, but for its last tale—"The Flame-Dragon from Krypton!"

 

The Flame-Dragon is a dragon! Who breathes scorching flames!!

 

How that can make him various from other dragons is beyond my simple knowing (as is how this man didn’t finish up generating a cameo in Dark Nights: Steel). But that hearth of his was the resource of some trouble for pricey old Superman, who accidentally intercepts 1 of said flames even though still sporting his Clark Kent suit and tie.

 

The fireplace burns by way of Clark's avenue outfits easily as something, leaving him standing in his Superman go well with for all to see, and creating it just a minor evident for Lois Lane who her plucky boyfriend really is.

 

Thankfully, when Lois follows her hunch all the way to Kent Farm, she finds Clark, bandaged from his burns, prepared and ready to convince her that, no, no, every thing she'd just experienced was some form of trick, and actually, he'd managed to flag down an ambulance for himself just as Superman arrived to help save the day.

 

He may possibly be very good at a good deal of things, but lying undoubtedly isn't one of Clark's super powers. And speaking of which, I’d be lying if I said I don’t absolutely want the Flame-Dragon of Krypton to make a return to the planet of Superman comics. And to get in a battle with a single of those Joker Dragons in Steel. And for this complete issue to be drawn by Greg Capullo. And encourage a prog rock album named “Dragon Krypt.”

 

Let’s go on…

 

Purple Kryptonite Ridiculousness – Action COMICS #283The early times of Kryptonite have been basically a roulette wheel of ridiculousness. In this story from 1961, Superman is besieged by Red Kryptonite, which has all sorts of absurd affects on him.

 

And I genuinely, genuinely imply "all sorts." Very first, Superman is granted the energy of "mind more than make a difference," which, in the ’60s, evidently translated into actually granting your own wishes. While trying to figure out what to do about the Pink Kryptonite chunks, he wished for the help of Sherlock Holmes—as I am certain any individual would—and poof! Just like that, the learn detective appeared on the scene to lend a hand.

 

(He later on quickly wishes his mother and father into existence, but that was decidedly much less humorous.)

 

But, although wishing for Sherlock Holmes to be real and not just an amusing Robert Downey, Jr. character may be kind of nutty, it is nowhere close to enough to land this tale on our list on its very own.

 

No, that will come considerably afterwards, when a different chunk of Crimson Kryptonite causes Superman to breathe fire any time he opens his mouth (just like the Flame-Dragon of Krypton!). But Superman cleverly gets all around that issue by employing what I consider might just be one of the Guy of Steel's most underrated powers: Super Ventriloquism.

 

And no, he does not take his ventriloquism act on the highway at the stop of all of this since THAT would just be way too unbelievable.

 

 

Officiant for a Gorilla Marriage – SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #ninety eightNaturally, Superman's most well-known working day job is that of a plucky Day-to-day Planet reporter, but he is worn his truthful share of momentary hats above the very last eighty a long time as properly. Like back in 1966, when poor Jimmy Olsen was wrangled into marrying a gorilla named Bruna and—rather than halting the ceremony or introducing Bruna to a handsome he-gorilla or something—Clark took on the function of generating it all official as the "witch physician" of the gorilla troop.

 

To make issues even weirder, the logic powering the tale was described by stating Bruna wanted to marry Jimmy since she felt nostalgic and "sentimental" about the movie King Kong. You see, an exploratory band of scientists had been exhibiting the gorillas motion pictures in hopes of...educating them factors, I guess?

 

I will not know about you, but any time I've gone out into the jungle on a scientific mission, my 1st get of company has always been setting up a film theater for the wildlife.

 

 

Superman's New Power – SUPERMAN #a hundred twenty fiveIn 1958, after make contact with with an alien ship of unknown origin (no, truly, the ship by itself is never ever discussed), Superman is dismayed to uncover all of his powers other than for flight and invulnerability mysteriously replaced with the capability to shoot rainbow beams out of his hands.

 

And he doesn’t even need to split out the jazz arms for it to perform. (Although, in my brain canon, he does them even though employing it anyhow.)

 

Thankfully, the rainbow beams also inexplicably lead to all criminals to surrender. (I indicate, wouldn't you if a traveling, invulnerable male wearing spandex shot rainbow lasers out of his fingers at you?) But there is certainly another—dare I say weirder—side result for the entire situation. Someway, and your guess is as good as mine on this a single, Superman's new powers also cause him to be ready to shoot a little model of himself out of his hand as nicely. The small Superman—called the Proxy, but darn it, it ought to have been called the "Superchaun" and occur with a pot of gold—has all of standard Superman's regular powers and no rainbow beams.

 

The Proxy at some point sacrifices by itself by deflecting a chunk of Kryptonite absent from rainbow-blasting regular Superman, which permits him to regain his normal powers and in any other case completely go back again to standard. Effectively, besides for the simple fact that the whole Justice League now probably gives him a challenging time more than the day he became Rainbow Man and had to get saved by his strange Leprechaun mini-me.

 

And there you have it. Now, you should do not consider this listing the incorrect way. We joke and tease due to the fact we adore, and there is no one we love listed here on the DC website a lot more than Superman. The Male of Steel is an inspiration. He reminds us of the very ideal that we can be. His tales have the ability to transfer us, thrill us and provoke us into experience all sorts of emotion. Some of the greatest comic tales ever instructed have highlighted Superman.

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