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Ed Love

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Monako

Subj: Re: No, I quit DC when they killed the Golden Age Superman.
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 10:08:33 am EDT
Reply Subj: No, I quit DC when they killed the Golden Age Superman.
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 09:40:39 am EDT

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> > Is he back with the JSA? What's going on in that picture, exactly?
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> That's the Superman from Kingdom Come (Earth 22, IIRC). Kal-L is still dead.

Oh, that figures. Let me know if DC ever develops good taste and brings back the original man of steel. For the record, I do like the Kingdom Come Superman Alex Ross created, but only because I look at him and think ""Earth-2 Superman".



> > > Is he back with the JSA? What's going on in that picture, exactly?
> >
> > That's the Superman from Kingdom Come (Earth 22, IIRC). Kal-L is still dead.
>
> Oh, that figures. Let me know if DC ever develops good taste and brings back the original man of steel. For the record, I do like the Kingdom Come Superman Alex Ross created, but only because I look at him and think ""Earth-2 Superman".
>

In a sense they didn't because the Earth-2 Superman wasn't really the GA Superman. Until the "Flash of 2 Worlds" there wasn't the concept of Earth-2. The Superman you were reading about at that particular time was for all intents and purposes, the same Superman from the 40's. Just as the Phantom and Dick Tracy in the newspapers today are more or less the same men that were in the papers in the 30's and 40's. Call it the "sliding timeline" or what have you, the thing is they weren't bound by as strict continuity rules as today, so readers and writers just willingly turned a blind eye that these guys were around that long, that Robin was still a kid, etc. They just chose not to reference it and not make a big deal out of it.

With the creation of Earth-2 though, the rules of continuity changed for DC, and then the Earth-2 Superman (and Batman & Robin, Green Arrow, and Aquaman) were created in theory though it would be awhile before all made in-continuity appearances. To delineate between the two versions, the Earth-2 versions would embrace little things that were true briefly for the characters early in their careers such as the differing explanations of the source of the powers, the name of the newspaper, and his boss, etc. And those contradictory things were now formally expunged from the backstory of the current version of the character, now known as the Earth-1...,

Golden-age hero and villain encyclopedia: www.geocities.com/cash_gorman



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