Reign of the Supermen #222: K'L'L of the Wolves

Source: Superman Annual vol.2 #6 (1994)
Type: ElseworldsA different kind of Amalgam, in this Elseworlds Annual, the Superman myth is combined with the Jungle Book, and why not? Both are about orphans raised by beings inferior to them.

It takes a while for his powers to manifest, of course, and in that time, he does acquire a scar from the tiger Khan. But by the time he reaches adulthood, he's grown from a Mowgli to a Tarzan, playing with his jungle friends without fear of being hurt. Khan ends up as a cloak. And then the man-pack arrives and kills his adopted mother. An animal attack ensues and a legend is born, a legend that attracts the likes of Lois Lane, Sir Richard Burton and Lex Luthor. Both men have designs on Lois, but when she meets K'L'L - whom she renames Clark - it's love at first sight. She even gives him incentive to learn English.
A jealous Luthor discovers the precious jewel he "liberated" from a primitive tribe can incapacitate the jungle man, and he captures everyone (including a lot of Clark's jungle friends) and brings them back to England. Well that was a mistake. Lex's plan to assassinate Queen Victoria is foiled and he is defeated. In epilogue, Burton recounts the tale to one Rudyard Kipling, K'L'L is knighted and becomes Sir Clark of Kent...
...and he and Lois have super-kids.
Ooh, that's gonna ensure the British Empire never dies...


Carl Walker said...

Nice Mignola cover there.

Siskoid said...

He provided all the Superman covers for the Elseworld Annuals. Sadly, none of the interiors.


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