Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Other Supermen Era At Action Comics

I happened to be flipping through some old Action issues today and noticed this trend. In Action #254-255 we have the first appearance of the adult Bizarro Superman. In Action #256, we see the Superman of the future. In Action #257, Clark Kent becomes a "second" Superman:

In #258, Superman encounters Cosmic Man:

Who turns out to be a robot. In Action #259, the other Superman is Superboy:

After a few issues off (#260-262), the Bizarros return for another two-parter in #263-264. It's Hyper-Man's turn in Action #265:

Then in #267-268, there's a two parter featuring a Superman of the past:

After that, the stories mostly get back to normal, but it's striking that there were so many tales with a similar theme over the course of about a year and a half.


Blog into Mystery said...

Nice. They certainly got themselves into a groove with the other Supermen - if it ain't broke, don't fix it, i guess. I think Superman #58, which I recently talked about on my blog, may have had the first instance of a "different" Superman. I could be wrong.

Pat said...

BiM, lots of other Supermen stories out there, certainly; I know that Superman #57 has a story of the future where everybody's a Superman, for example. But I do like that story in Superman #58.