Krypton: S.T.A.R. Labs: Superman’s Project For Advanced Science

KRYPTON

In 'Starman' (1990) #28, Starman attempts to restore Superman's super powers with his solar energy.
In ‘Starman’ (1990) #28, Starman attempts to restore Superman’s super powers with his solar energy. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN MAD SCIENCE

S.T.A.R. Labs has been associated with Superman and Metropolis, as the future of the Man of Tomorrow. It has served as backup for Superman, Cyborg and the Teen Titans. Superman has had a scientific advisor named Dr. Emil Hamilton, who is a former S.T.A.R. Labs employee.

S.T.A.R. Labs is Superman’s project for advanced science since the Man of Steel has entrusted it with the knowledge of his super powers and weaknesses.

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DC Day: In The ‘Reign Of The Supermen’ Storyline, Cyborg Superman Sinisterly Destroys Coast City

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CYBORG SUPERMAN DESTROYS COAST CITY WITH WARWORLD’S HELP!
In ‘Superman’ (1993) #80, Cyborg Superman recruits Mongul in order to create Engine City with War World. Photo/DC Comics

IN DC COMICS

‘REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN’

STEEL

During the ‘Reign of the Supermen storyline, Cyborg Superman destroys Coast City with Mongul’s help. Steel, Superboy, Eradicator and Cyborg Superman emerge as Superman replacements during Superman’s absence. Steel appears first. John Henry Irons witnessed a murder of one of the children he was trying to protect on the streets of Metropolis.

John recognizes the Toastmaster weapon used to commit the murder, which he created. Attempting a chase, the murderers evade and John ends up at the hospital. Discharged from the hospital, John recounts how Superman saved him and the promise he made to make his life count. He forges a suit of armor and promises to get the Toastmaster weapons off the streets. He is known as the Man of Steel.

In Superman: The Man Of Steel’ (1993) #22, Steel saves a woman for the first time. Photo/DC Comics
SUPERBOY

The second Superman to emerge is Superboy.

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A group of thugs in a taxicab drive by the Superman memorial statue in Centennial Park and begin shooting at it with their guns. Soon after, they attempt to run down an attractive jogger, but a young boy claiming to be the man of steel intercepts them. Crushing the car, he steals a pair of trendy sunglasses from one of the goons and kisses the would-be victim before flying off.

Adventures of Superman Vol 1 501, DC Database

Meanwhile, the young Superman arrives at the Daily Planet announcing his triumphant return. Lois Lane meets him and is hardly convinced that this is in fact the one, true Superman. This Super-boy begins to flirt with her until he sees a younger reporter, Tana Moon, leaving the Daily Planet building. He introduces himself to Tana and learns that she works for Vincent Edge at WGBS. Tana convinces Superboy to give her a talk-show exclusive interview and he finally broadcasts to the world that he is not the true Superman, but rather his clone. Lex Luthor discovers the news broadcast and summons Project Cadmus administrator, Carl Packard, to his office.

Adventures of Superman Vol 1 501, DC Database

 

ERADICATOR

In ‘Action Comics (1993) 687’, the Eradicator is the third Superman to emerge. He emerges in the Fortress of Solitude, confused and shocked. One of the robots who created him, explains he was created by a mobile field effect. The Eradicator watches news footage of Superman’s battle with Doomsday and flies to Metropolis. He enters Superman’s tomb and picks up his cape. As he emerges from the tomb, he is blinded by the light. He flies back to the Fortress of Solitude.

The Eradicator returns to Metropolis and responds to various crimes. Unlike Superman, he is more lethal in dealing with violence. People speculate whether Superman has returned. Later, Lex Luthor discovers that Superman’s body is missing and is furious. Supergirl bursts into his office, furious that he hid news of Superman’s return from her. Meanwhile, the Eradicator saves a plane from crashing earning the people’s admiration. He picks Lois Lane up and they have a private conversation. She notes he has Superman’s memories but his personality is different. She attempts to kiss him, but the Eradicator evades stating only Superman remains, Clark Kent is dead. He is the Last Son Of Krypton.

 

In ‘Action Comics (1993) 687’, Eradicator makes an appearance at Superman’s Memorial. Photo/DC Comics
CYBORG SUPERMAN

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #78, Lois Lane investigates Superman sightings. She interviews a scientist who claims to have seen Superman. The man states, Superman removed a train with a cracked container containing nuclear waste in order to prevent contamination. He was able to get a photo of him and shows it to Lois. Lois heads back and turns on her police scanner in the car. She intercepts a police report for Maggie Sawyer’s Unit to report to Star Labs immediately. Superman has been sighted there! Then, Project Cadmus intercepts a bogey headed their way for Zoomway Alpha. They send the Sky Sentinels but the bogey is too fast for them.

The figure breaches the perimeter, and Guardian and security men fire at him at Infra-Vision to kill. The blasts have no effect on him. They turn the lights back on and see Cyborg Superman. He has come for the dead body of Doomsday. Guardian seems to recognize him and Director Westfield vociferously denies his request citing legal bindings. Wasting no time, Cyborg Superman breaks through the underground concrete and uses his robotic right arm to hack the vault where Doomsday is kept. Filled with the memories of Superman, he is terrorized by Doomsday. He manages to bind Doomsday and takes off into space as Lois Lane watches. He is the Man of Tomorrow.

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #78, Cyborg Superman meets Doomsday’s dead body in a vault at Project Cadmus. Photo/DC Comics

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CYBORG SUPERMAN DESTROYS COAST CITY

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #80, Eradicator is in Coast City helping put out a fire at Ferris Aircraft Warehouse. When he hears reports of an alien aircraft in Coast City, he decides to stay and investigate. In Metropolis, Cyborg Superman receives a message from the White House of the sighting in Coast City. When he learns that one of the Supermen is in the area, he suggests the impostor may be leading the aliens and departs for Coast City. Aboard the craft, Mongul orders to release the 77,000 carnage globes on the city. With ninety seconds to detonation!

As Eradicator flies through the carnage globes, he is intercepted by Cyborg Superman. Cyborg Superman blames him to be an impostor and to be the leader of the alien craft. Eradicator slightly denies the accusations, and as he turns his back flying away, Cyborg Superman attacks. Cyborg Superman fashions his right robotic arm into a gun and shoots Eradicator in the back. At that moment, Mongul orders all the carnage globes to be detonated. Fashioning his robotic arm into a cannon, Cyborg Superman blasts the Eradicator stating that he cares that Coast City be obliterated and that Eradicator be blamed for the deaths of seven million men and women. Cyborg Superman falls to a huge crater, in his energy form.

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #80, Cyborg Superman blasts the Eradicator and destroys Coast City. Photo/DC Comics

Mongul moves to the next phase and releases seeds in the ground that are to connect to build Engine City. The White House contacts Cyborg Superman and states it is not able to see past “the smoke and ash”.1 Cyborg Superman claims he “did everything possible to save Coast City.”1 Asked what he sees, Cyborg Superman says nothing is left and that he only sees a huge crater. Concerning the craft, Cyborg Superman claims he only saw a glimpse of it before it vanished.

On the other hand, the Eradicator has arrived at the Fortress of Solitude. He is protected by a suit and says he will survive in it. Cyborg Superman is on Warworld. Mongul arrives and asks for forgiveness for being behind schedule. Mongul kneels on his right knee and kisses Cyborg Superman’s right robotic hand. Cyborg Superman states: “And Metropolis is next!”1 Welcome to Warworld!

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #80, Cyborg Superman recruits Mongul in order to create Engine City with War World. Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

Superman Vol 2 80 in DC Database.
Reign of the Supermen in Comic Vine.
Superman: The Man of Steel Vol 1 22 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 501 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 687 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 2 78 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Superman #80.

DC Day: Static, Your Neighborhood Black Superhero’s Crackling First Appearance In The New 52

DC DAY

In 'Static Shock' (2011) #1, Static Shock appears on the streets of New York.
In ‘Static Shock’ (2011) #1, Static Shock appears on the streets of New York. Photo/DC Comics

IN NEW 52

STATIC, THE TEENAGE GENIUS

In ‘Static Shock’ #1, is the first appearance of Static in the New 52, your neighborhood black superhero. Static is on the streets of New York trying to contain Sunspot, who stole a special plasma protection suit from S.T.A.R. Labs.

S.T.A.R. Labs is Static’s new after-school job as a black superhero. He is on the scene. Static attempts various means to contain Sunspot. Finally, he places Sunspot in an E.M. field to ionize the plasma suit in the air. Finally, he short-circuits Sunspot on the Queensboro Bridge.

In 'Static Shock' (2011) #1, Static Shock contains Sunspot in an E.M. field to ionize the plasma suit in air.
In ‘Static Shock’ (2011) #1, Static Shock contains Sunspot in an E.M. field to ionize the plasma suit in air. Photo/DC Comics

VIRGIL HAWKINS’ COVER: S.T.A.R. LABS

Static’s secret identity is Virgil Hawkins, a student at high school in Harlem. Hardware notes that his parents might worry once they find out that Sunspot’s plasma suit came from S.T.A.R. Labs where Virgil works.

In reality, Hardware reveals that Virgil’s work at S.T.A.R. Labs is a cover for the black superhero. Hardware states that he hid Virgil’s true purpose at S.T.A.R. Labs by revealing to the workers there that it is an opportunity to free him from the juvenile system by working at odd times of the day and night.

In 'Static Shock' (2011) #1, Hardware reveals Virgil Hawkins' cover at S.T.A.R. Labs.
In ‘Static Shock’ (2011) #1, Hardware reveals Virgil Hawkins’ cover at S.T.A.R. Labs. Photo/DC Comics

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STATIC’S PUBLIC PERSONA

Static is a black superhero living in New York. In fact, Static has problems with his public persona. As Static interrogates Sunspot, he gets shot with a bullet “over a half mile.” Static attempts to trace the bullet with no success.

Despite his earnestness, the public blames Static for the damages. Hardware reminds Static that he is lucky for having evaded arrest and advises him to return home.

In 'Static Shock' (2011) #1, Hardware reminds Static Shock he is lucky for not having been arrested.
In ‘Static Shock’ (2011) #1, Hardware reminds Static Shock he is lucky for not having been arrested and advises him to return home. Photo/DC Comics

SLATE GANG

The heist was actually orchestrated by the police and the Slate gang. They discuss Static’s superheroics and possible interference by Hawkman. They had planned to deliver the technology to clients.

Gang leader Tan suggests they take no risks whereas Piranha suggest they take out Static. The Slate gang agrees. Virule is selected to take out Static, the black superhero.

In 'Static Shock' (2011) #1, Virule is selected by the Slate gang to take out Static.
In ‘Static Shock’ (2011) #1, Virule is selected by the Slate gang to take out Static. Photo/DC Comics

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SOURCES

Static Shock Vol 1 1 in DC Database.

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