Ron Rife, Steve Oliff
February 05, 2003
IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS
AT DC AND IMAGE, SUPERMAN ANALOGUES GUARD THE BLEED
In our previous article, we argued that Superman analogues at DC Comics and Image Comics guard the Bleed. When the Wildstorm Universe joined DC Comics in 1999, The Authority first appeared. This Anti-Justice League guarded the Bleed. Additionally, it housed Apollo, a Superman analogue. Another Superman analogue, Mister Majestic first appeared in Image Comics in 1994.
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IN THE STORY OF THE YEAR ALAN MOORE CREATES TEAM SUPREME
LIKE THOUGHT ROBOT, SUPREME’S STORY IS CENTRAL TO IMAGE COMICS
THE SUPREMACY PROVES SUPREME IS A STORY
In Superman, The Greatest Story: How Art Deco Meets Plot Device, I argued Superman’s story popularized the superhero genre. Specifically, Grant Morrison suggests the Thought Robot created the DC Comics franchise. Similarly, Supreme may be the central story at Image Comics.
Like DC’s Limbo, the Supremacy is a form of Image Limbo. At DC’s Limbo dead or forgotten characters exist. At Image’s Limbo, Supreme’s amnesia as well as revisions in his continuity are associated with alternate versions. In addition, it is a form of Limbo for Supreme who was once forgotten on Earth. In many respects, Supreme is a story like Thought Robot.
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SUPREMIUM CAN WARP REALITY
In The Story Of The Year, Alan Moore gives a revamped origin of Supreme. Originally, Supreme gained super powers after exposure to Supremium while an infant. Incredibly, he developed the typical powers of a Superman analogue: super strength, super speed, super vision, senses, flight, intelligence.
Importantly, we learnt that Supremium can warp reality. In the case of his arch-enemy, Darius Dax, his experiments with Supremium created a temporal paradox causing him to time travel. In addition, it may have caused Dax’s dimensional transport to Daxia upon death. In fact, it is a form of Limbo containing the possible versions of Dax.
BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL, SUPREME MET JACK KIRBY
In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall. This is the literary process where a character is aware of being a creation in a work of literature. Here, Thought Robot is either aware of the Presence, the Writer or the reader.
Similarly, Supreme can break the Fourth Wall. In Supreme: The Return, Supreme meets with the Writer, Jack Kirby. While investigating ideas invading Earth, Supreme meets with the Monarch. And he finds out the Monarch is the Writer who tells him Supreme can achieve virtually anything. In essence, he has limitless power.
Today we talk about a character that is lesser known. Supreme was created by Rob Liefeld for Image Comics as a violent and angry Superman analogue. He was taken over by Alan Moore who created him as a “tribute to [the] Silver Age Superman”. (Supreme) A bit on his origin. Ethan Crane, the son by […]
IMAGE DAY WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT ON MAGIC IN A FICTIONAL SETTING. IN ORIGINS SPAWN CIA FILES THE HELLSPAWN I was dead and went to Hell. In order to see my wife again, I made a deal with D. It turns out, I bargained more than I could hope for. I became a […]
In ‘The Legend of Supreme’ (1994) #1, Ethan Crane shoots two men with a gun over the rape of a 15 year-old girl. What happened next?
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