Reign of the Supermen #278: Superman, Herald of Galactus

Source: Superman/Fantastic Four GN (1999)
Type: Amalgam/TransformationThere was a time when Marvel and DC crossed-over so often, the characters all knew each other and didn't think to ask how they'd done so. In that golden age of bipartisanship, Dan Jurgens gave us a little something for Amalgamondays...

Turns out Galactus was responsible for blowing up Krypton. You heard it here first! (Or perhaps you heard it in the comic back in 1999 first, but never mind.) Not only did he eat Superman's homeworld, but he tagged the escaping rocket for later use. In the present, Superman has found a recording from Jor-El that reveals Galactus' part in his origin, and so he goes to see the Fantastic Four on Earth-616. The Cyborg-Superman's apparently followed him there, which makes sense because he started out as an analog of Reed Richards. He somehow knows Superman's about to meet Galactus, and he hopes for a tase of Power Cosmic. Except it's Superman who's the chosen one, and Galactus turns him into his most powerful herald yet!

Don't worry, as soon as an inhabited world is in danger, Superman pulls a Silver Surfer (Galactus sure doesn't learn, does he?) and breaks his conditioning. With the help of the FF and the Cyborg (kinda, you just know he tries to betray them all), Galactus is repelled. All it took was Reed reversing the polarity of the neutron flow. Superman's Power Cosmic is drained from him, and the Cyborg is turned into a credit card, and Franklin Richards gets to meet his hero, and all's well that ends well.


greywulf said...

Superman as Herald of Galactus? That's made of so much awesome I hardly know where to start.

Matthew Turnage said...

I really enjoyed that crossover. I wish they'd used that treasury-sized format more often when they resumed the inter-company crossovers in the 1990's. The Hulk/Superman one with Steve Rude art would have looked magnificent at that size.

Siskoid said...

Yes, that's a nice once. Too bad Steve Rude is being snubbed by DC. He draws a nice book!

Glenn Greenberg said...

"The Hulk/Superman one with Steve Rude art would have looked magnificent at that size."

I edited that one.


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