Superman has been around for a very long time, and has had many things happen to him. On of which was the Superman Red/Superman Blue storyline that occurred in 1963, and then adapted again in 1998.

In the Superman Red/Superman Blue one-shot (February 1998), a trap created by the Cyborg-Superman caused Superman to split into two beings who represented different aspects of his personality, though each believed himself to be the original. Superman Blue was the more cerebral entity, preferring to think his way out of situations and actually solve problems with his mind as well as his powers. Superman Red was more trash, but also more decisive, preferring action over taking the time to think. Over time these two personalities grew more and more polarized and individual, to the point that neither entity wanted to become one Superman again.

This begs the question

Of the two, which Superman did you prefer more?

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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16 Comments

  1. brenton8090
    June 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    It’s weird, but the last few weeks, i haven’t been able to vote on the poll, it just shows the results the whole time. Maybe it’s because I use chrome, or something.

    • June 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm — Reply

      I got that with the poll a couple of weeks ago, in Firefox, but the problem hasn’t repeated since. Weird.

    • Ricco
      June 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm — Reply

      Last poll Stephen pointed out that emptying the cache would resolve this problem, said problem was created when the site crashed. Your memory cache still has the cookies from when you voted in previews polls, but since several were lost in the crash the site wont let you vote because it already has a vote from you for poll number 22 (random number) which is in fact poll 35 (again random number). The site believes you already voted at this moment.

      • brenton8090
        June 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm — Reply

        Thanks, that did it!

  2. June 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    I’m reminded of the Star Trek episode ‘The Enemy Within’ in which Kirk is split into two beings, similar to the Red and Blue Supermen in personality. I’m also going to go with the message of that episode: Kirk needed both parts to be an effective captain, and Superman needs both his Red and Blue portions to be at his best – thus, I voted for Worst Event Ever!

    • aerspyder
      June 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm — Reply

      That is exactly what I thought when I first read those back in the day and when reminded of them with this poll. I kind of wanted a fourth choice, he needs both to function with a bad picture of him being fused back together. BTW, darn you Scott Hunter for stealing my answer. Darn you to heck. }8^{J>

  3. Dragoskai the snarky review guy
    June 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    Why oh WHY can’t Superman be Superman? I happen to enjoy the boy scout with his underwear on the outside to any of these incarnations! SHEESH!

  4. Ricco
    June 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Never read it, but it reminds me of the Rebirth of Superman with the multiple Supermen, not good times.

    WORST EPISODE EVAH!

  5. thedexter102
    June 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    So wait is Superman two-face now. Although I voted blue because he’s more like The Doctor. In a battle PICK THE GUY WITH THE TARDIS.

  6. TaZ
    June 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm — Reply

    I was probably one of the few folks that actually liked Supes during the “energy powers” phase. The “Red/Blue” Supes deal wasn’t that great.

  7. nu
    June 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    I only read stories with Superman Blue (JLA), but Superman Red sounds like he was fun

  8. Simon
    June 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm — Reply

    I have a feeling that any time a poll has a “worst ever” choice, as is a reader’s cynical nature, it’ll be a landslide.

  9. June 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm — Reply

    I’m not picking Comic Book Guy – it’s too cliche. Instead, I’ll pick Superman Blue because the sky blue & white color combination is nice. But that’s it.

  10. SkrullBryan
    June 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm — Reply

    ARE YOU MONITORING MY COMPUTER?!?!

    I just spent time last night reading about Superman Red & Blue on Wikipedia. Never read the story, but the character design caught my eye.

  11. June 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm — Reply

    Electric Superman Blue/Red was the storyline that got me into comics. Superman #132 was the first comic I ever bought. I saw it for sale at the newsagent at the train station and picked it up because I was intrigued. It wasn’t long before I was a full fledged comic reader picking up way too many books a month.
    I have a fondness for this storyline and have an electric blue Superman action figure on my desk. Goes to show that even the worst storyline or character can be someone’s favourite.

  12. litanyofthieves
    June 16, 2010 at 9:53 am — Reply

    Hmmm…. I’ve cleared my cache a couple times (Set to clear my history and cache every time I close firefox) I have a feeling that StumbleUpon won’t let me clear my cache completely.

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