Source: Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1 (1999)
Type: ElseworldsWas this Earth ever part of the 52?
Imagine the DC Universe as the music industry. Lex Luthor started out buying the rights to the swing classics of the All-Stars and the jazz recordings of the Blackhawks, before discovering the Heroes and becoming the most powerful man in popular music. Clark, Ollie, Barry and Arthur were the Beatles of Earth-Whatever, with Clark in the Lennon role. After the band broke up because he wanted to do more experimental stuff with the much-hated (one assumes) Lois Lane, Lex's attempts at getting the band back together again resulted in, what else, the death of Clark. Is it a coincidence that rock god Doomsday's star rose just after that? Did Doomsday perhaps have a thing for Catcher in the Rye?
Teen bands like the Titans, the emo stylings of Bruce Wayne, and divas like Princess Diana now dominate the charts. Or have they all been relaunched through aggressive mp3 sales?