Reign of the Supermen #427: Ginger Superman

Source: Action Comics #559 (1984)
Type: TransformationNot all Superman stories are created equal. Paul Kupperberg's "A Superman of a Different Color!", for example. Why he felt the need to tell the story of Superman's first haircut, I can't say, but we can probably agree that "taking away the invulnerability of Superman's hair" probably isn't the greatest transformation story ever told. And isn't Clark playing with fire here?
Even if I accept that one of Superman's powers is that his hair never grows, and that other follicular stories never led to the hairdresser's (i.e. Lois doesn't count), this one strains credulity. Ponder:

Superman is returning from outer space and stops at a lush planet in a trinary system where it is never night and nothing casts a shadow. There, he fights a big orange missing link between apes and Jimmy Olsen that tries to rip off his scalp!
Suddenly, it hits him! Because there are no shadows here, black is not part of the visible spectrum for native animals! So like a bull after a matador's cape, that hairy monster wants to destroy the offending color. Acting on it, he dyes his hair with Orange Pollen from Garnier(TM).
He could have just flown away... The creature lets him go, and he quickly reverts to his old color before he clears the atmosphere, but there's a side-effect. His hair is temporarily de-powered. Still, it can blunt scissors after just a trim.

So... What made the LEAST sense to you?


LiamKav said...

I'm worried about what happens if he gets given a different haircut, and then his hair gets it's invunerability powers back. He'd be stuck with it.

Imagine if it was a ridiculous haircut too. Say, a mullet. Can you imagine Superman with a mullet? Thank god we dodged THAT bullet!

Siskoid said...


Martin Gray said...

Ah, I guessed that was an ape Jimmy once met, that was in love with the red-headed reporter and ... oh, never mind.


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