Reign of the Supermen #502: Brooklyn Superboy (and Other Parallels)

Source: Superboy Special vol.2 #1 (1992)
Type: Alternate Earths
The Adventures of Superboy live action show actually had featured a portal to other dimensions in a couple of episodes (gotta track those down!) and it was featured again in a 1992 Superboy Special which feels rather Silver Agey to me, and not just because of Curt Swan's art.

I mean, Superboy has to use the portal because a terrorist has died and that has triggered the countdown to a whole slew of disasters. Clark has to find another version of the terrorist to show off to the media so the guy's sleeper agents won't pull their various switches. He fails, but connects with an alternate Superboy he's happy to see is a hero. A hero who's just killed a Central American dictator! Oops! Clark asks where HIS rocket fell, and alt-Clark answers "Brooklyn", which is why he says things like "youse". I don't know what writer Stan Berkowitz (who wrote for the TV show and later the Animated universe) is trying to say there. That people from Brooklyn are more likely to kill than people from Kansas? That's not right, is it? (There's also an innocuous but vicious line about hostages and the Middle East... I'm going to say Mr. Berkowitz is a bit tone-deaf and leave it at that.)

Anyway, Superboy still enrolls Brooklyn Superboy's help and then a whole mess of others arrive (above). Swan isn't into major redesigns, so it's mostly about haircuts and "S" symbols. (The El family crest is an odd point of divergence to be that common). Together, they stop all the terror-created disasters around the world and go back to their own Earths. Except Brooklyn, who decides to help Clark with another Silver Age problem. Seems that Lana saw him change into Superboy, so now he needs a body double to get him out of this secret identity snafu. Except Brooklyn kinda wants to use Lana's attraction to Superboy to get jiggy with it, uhm, her.
Ultimately - and the issue gets a bit side-tracked with other elements at this point so Berkiwitz can effective tie up all loose ends, as much from the tie-in comic as the original television show - Brooklyn goes home, and Clark opts to tell Lana everything. She loves him for it. The end.


Simon said...

Are the various alternate Superboys modeled after anyone in particular? A lot of them look like they might be some kind of in-joke, but I'm not sure what the reference might be...

Siskoid said...

Probably, but given Curt Swan's age, maybe those references are too old and are going way over my head. Maybe that's Spock near the middle, but otherwise.

Simon said...

Just looking at it, I saw possible analogues for characters: Spock and Dr. Smith (from Lost in Space). Maybe a stretch, but the second rank on the left also looks kind of like Sal Mineo? Maybe they're all S-references?

Anonymous said...

to answer simon:i agree it would have been funnier if the spock one had a beard


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