The Reign Of The Superman
March 22, 2017 8:02 PM   Subscribe

Before Superman became the hero that we know him as, he was an evil genius.
posted by Foci for Analysis (18 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Well that is just a terrible likeness.
posted by Alexander J. Luthor at 8:05 PM on March 22, 2017 [7 favorites]


Some of us have always recognised the "Superman" for the menace he is.
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 8:19 PM on March 22, 2017 [2 favorites]


It's kind of funny how the idea of the Superman has these complicated roots, representing both the highest ideal of Jewish heroism in the form of the Messiah (who Superman in the classic version was inspired by) and the Nazi Ubermensch. What a strange and unlikely convergence of patterns of myth.
posted by saulgoodman at 8:37 PM on March 22, 2017 [4 favorites]


Horseshoe theory!
posted by Sebmojo at 8:42 PM on March 22, 2017


The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg: Some of us have always recognised the "Superman" for the menace mensch he is.
posted by Political Funny Man at 9:12 PM on March 22, 2017 [2 favorites]


He was also kind of a dick
posted by littlesq at 11:11 PM on March 22, 2017 [6 favorites]


I quite enjoyed that. Is there any more about this fellow?
posted by Segundus at 5:12 AM on March 23, 2017


Which fellow? There's this, previously.
posted by BWA at 6:28 AM on March 23, 2017


The guy in the illustration looks more like Lex Luthor.
posted by lagomorphius at 6:36 AM on March 23, 2017


"Truth, justice, and the American way! And also will to power because God is dead!"
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 6:41 AM on March 23, 2017 [1 favorite]


This was an episode of the Saturday Night Live skit "What if?" "What If Superman grew up in Germany, instead of America?"
posted by Rob Rockets at 7:32 AM on March 23, 2017 [1 favorite]


Also, Übermensch!, by Kim Newman, explores this idea.
posted by tspae at 8:27 AM on March 23, 2017


DC itself explores this as Earth-10.
posted by WCityMike at 9:04 AM on March 23, 2017


“Jerry Siegel,” the Nazi rebuke began, “an intellectually and physically circumcised chap who has his headquarters in New York...

"...The inventive Israelite named this pleasant guy with an overdeveloped body and underdeveloped mind ‘Superman.’ " (Das Schwarze Korps, April 25, 1940.)


Twitter really is the medium these assholes have been waiting for.
posted by PlusDistance at 12:00 PM on March 23, 2017


The guy in the illustration looks more like Lex Luthor.

""The Superman" is a normal human being, until he is given super-powers by a bald mad scientist similar to Lex Luthor (he's the one pictured in the double-page spread above), and he becomes a villain!"
posted by FatherDagon at 1:27 PM on March 23, 2017


Just a thought: If Superman is solar powered, a full body suit is the exact opposite of what he needs to be wearing. For maximum supermanity, he should be a nudist who spends all his time sunbathing.
posted by ooga_booga at 2:42 PM on March 23, 2017


he should be a nudist who spends all his time sunbathing.

"Hel-lo, Batman!"
posted by benzenedream at 2:47 PM on March 23, 2017


ooga_booga: "Just a thought: If Superman is solar powered, a full body suit is the exact opposite of what he needs to be wearing. For maximum supermanity, he should be a nudist who spends all his time sunbathing."

Larry Niven's Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex -- or an analysis of the problems with that.
posted by WCityMike at 3:29 PM on March 23, 2017


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