Infinite Versions of Superman

Infinite Versions of Superman

The details Superman’s story and supporting cast vary across his large body of fiction released since 1938, but most versions conform to the basic template but a few stories feature radically altered versions of Superman.


Superman: Red Son (2003), set in Earth 30, which depicts a communist Superman who rules the Soviet Union. Superman: Red Son will give answers to this premise in this three-issue prestige format comic book mini-series published by DC Comics that was released under their Elseworlds imprint in 2003. Superman’s rocket ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas. With alternate-reality versions of real political figures such as Joseph Stalin and John F. Kennedy, there will be a host of familiar superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman- and a Superman you’ve never seen before.


Earth 31 Superman is also called the “Kingdom Come” version (Kingdom Come #1-4, 1996). Superman is an older, reclusive Clark Kent that’s secluded himself on a farm following the death of Lois Lane at the hands of The Joker. In Earth 31, the upstanding members of the Justice League have retired which allowed for dangerous and irresponsible superheroes to fill in the role.

Using the plot device of parallel universes, DC Comics has published crossover stories where different versions of Superman interact with each other.


Earth 2 Superman much like the Earth-Prime Kal-El, Kal-L was much older and became Superman much earlier, having a much deeper bond with his cousin, who became Power Girl and also married his Earth’s Lois Lane. Advanced Earth 2 much more than Kal-El had Earth Prime, making Metropolis much safer and a utopia. Kal-L teamed up with Kal-El to stop a New God, Kaiyo the Trickster, who had been travelling through the Multiverse. This Superman sacrificed himself to save his Earth from the Apokolips War.


In the New 52 revamp, Val-Zod is the person they call in Earth 2 when Superman needed to be stopped. In Earth, before Superman escaped the destruction of Krypton, his parents also sent an orphan (by Earth standards that orphan is a black man) along with their son (Superman) and niece (Super Girl/Power Girl).


Earth 23 Superman, Kalel was also born to Jorel and Lara and rocketed to Earth 23, most of the heroes are African American. Raised and adopted by a kindly couple as Calvin Ellis and becoming Superman, he also launched a political career and rose, eventually becoming the president.


Ultraman (Justice League of America #29 (August 1964), an evil counterpart of Superman and the leader of the Crime Syndicate of America, a villainous version of the Justice League native to his universe. He possesses powers similar to Superman’s but Ultraman’s power source is through exposure to kryptonite, while the Earth’s yellow sun weakens him. Earth 3 versions of Superman in the “New 52, Ultraman and Owlman, who fought the Justice League during an event called Forever Evil.


Clark Kent was born on a parallel world that was destroyed during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Superboy-Prime (DC Comics Presents #87 (November 1985), was trapped outside time for decades. he emerged from a pocket dimension to try to replace Superman as his faith in Earth’s heroes was destroyed by decades of their mistakes.