As the prototypical superhero, Superman has spawned a lot of imitators, with the earliest ones appearing not long after he did in the ’30s.  Wonder Man was sued out of existence, as was Captain Marvel, eventually, but these days you can’t start a new universe without a Kal-El analogue.  Indeed, many times there’s not much more to them than “a character like Superman” with names like Titan, Sovereign, Apex or something similar.  Still, there are a lot of interesting characters in the mold of the Man of Steel, from Gladiator of the Imperial Guard to All-Might of ‘My Hero Academia’ to DC’s own “Iron” Munro, which leads to today’s solar-powered query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) might even be able to make a case for Alan Moore’s take on ‘Supreme’, which was a love letter to the Silver Age, asking: Which fake Superman is the BEST fake Superman?

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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. Jarmo Seppänen on

    Its Captain Marv..erm, Shazam. The only character in current DC who’s been able to maintain positive outlook of things and allowed to be fun.

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