9) ‘IRON’ MUNRO


After the Crisis On Infinite Earths, the loss of Earth-2 and subsequent rewriting of history meant that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were never active during World War II.  As such, Roy Thomas decided to create new characters to embody the spirits of those heroes in the All-Star Squadron and fill in the holes in DC continuity.  Their Superman analogue was a young man named Arn Munro, who gained his powers by birth as the son of Hugo Danner, the main character of Philip Wylie’s novel, ‘Gladiator.’  Since that novel was a metaphorical forebear of Superman, it made perfect sense and symmetry to have Danner be the literal forebear of Superman’s spiritual stand-in.

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Jerry Parshall on

    What, no “Sands of Blood”!? I have ruined many people’s weekends (as in, they couldn’t put the book down and got nothing accomplished) by giving them a copy of “The Cowboy Wally Show.”

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