Friday, October 17, 2008
Born On Krypton
When Barack Obama jokingly said "Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-el, to save the planet Earth," at the Al Smith Dinner, it reminded me of a black Superman character from 1999. In Legends of the DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, long time fans were treated to a lost chapter from the famous maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths. In this comic, an interesting universe was depicted which featured ethnically diverse versions of several regular DC Superheroes, such as a Japanese Flash, a black Superman, a Middle Eastern Wonder Woman and a Native American Green Arrow. This world had silver age storytelling sensibilities but with a contemporary multi-cultural dynamic.
What’s more interesting (and coincidental) is that the Superman of this earth had a round S-symbol and he was married to a Super-Girl who wasn’t his cousin.
And what was the name of this alternate world? “Earth D”
Heh Heh I think it’s a good year to be a Democrat. Could this the dawning of Earth D?
Oh and on a side note, there was an “Earth R” too. It was a world created by the villain Despero and it was populated with Reptilian lifeforms… I guess that figures.