Reign of the Supermen #478: Devolved Superman

Source: Justice League of America vol.1 #114 (1974)
Type: Transformation (in an imaginary story)
Remember Anakronus? The Lord of Time's silent partner who, way back in Justice League of America #10 defeated the entire JLA more or less right after the comic ended? No? Neither has Snapper Carr who, three years after his falling out with the League (our time), finds his whole family taken hostage unless the JLA gives Anakronus the 10 million bucks their telethon has just netted (a JLA telethon?! Come back Monday for the details, there's a post in them there hills!). He goes on and on about defeating the Justice League and tells an involved story in which he uses his temporal powers to bring back/forward various warriors or evolve/devolve creatures to fight the heroes for him, and it all ends with the JLA - including Superman - devolved into NOTHINGNESS!!!!
Obviously they got better.

OR the truth may be that Anakronus is a nutjob in a Centurion outfit from a costume shop, wielding a blinged-up .45 automatic. At least, that's what it looks like when the Atom, Elongated Man and Red Tornado show up to save Snapper and his family. Which doesn't explain how Anakronus knew about the Lord of Time or why his gun makes sci-fi noises. I call shenanigans on Len Wein, and to no-win a no-prize, I'll say Anakronus' story is true, but the JLA prevented the timeline from occurring somehow, leaving the poor villain lost in time, his mind broken, with echoes of memories of what once went wrong.

Section for Snapper Carr haters: Instead of using his JLA signal device (he doesn't think of it), he calls the telethon and puts subtle emphasis on certain words to let Green Lantern know he was in trouble. Being subtle with Hal Jordan is a risk, I think you'll agree.


SallyP said...

Woohoo! I'm a Snapper Carr hater! I LOATHE Snapper Carr!

But he did have a weird fascination with Hal Jordan...and seriously, who can blame him? That's why he "forgot" to use his JLA signaling device. That and Hal's superior intellect of course.

Siskoid said...

Man-crush huh? I really have to finish reading those Showcase Presents collections.

SallyP said...

He is always ogling Hal's feet. It's weird.

Siskoid said...

"Hey Snapper, I'm up here."


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