Reign of the Supermen #283: Mr. Might

Source: Showcase #62 (1966), recolored in Inferior 5 #11 (1972)
Type: Alternate EarthThe Inferior 5 were the original legacy heroes. Back in the Silver Age, while Barry Allen had little to do with Jay Garrick (at least at first) and Hawkman the archaeologist and Hawkman the space cop had yet to be linked through reincarnation, there was still the Inferior 5, children of a past generation of beloved heroes.

On Earth-12, that is. There, the Justice Society was called the Freedom Brigade and looked more like the Justice League. Captain Swift (Flash)! The Bowman (Green Arrow)! Princess Power (Wonder Woman)! The Mermaid (Aquaman)! And of course, Mr. Might (Superman)! (Uncle Sam and Miss America are also in the mix as the Patriot and Lady Liberty.)

Originally, Mr. Might had Superman's colors reversed, but above is the "corrected" reprint. The lightning bolt on his chest may hint at a confusion with Captain Marvel, which the colors helped define, and isn't it sad that Captain Swift had to sacrifice his chest emblem to the cause? We don't know Mr. Might's secret identity except that his surname is Brent (instead of Kent).

Mr. Might and the Mermaid hooked up and had a son: Awkwardman. So sharpen your pencils, slashfic fans! I think I just gave you a land and sea scenario for Earth-1's version.


Brad said...

You're basing the "Earth-12" comment over the I-5's appearance in "The Oz-Wonderland Wars," correct?

There's nothing to indicate that Earth-12 was their home base; just that they wanted to go there. And wherever their home was, it had versions of all the DCU heroes (the 3rd Showcase story and the last original issue) as well as parodies of the Marvel troupe.

Siskoid said...

Which at the very least puts the stories outside standard continuity. So why not Earth-12?

The post-Crisis I5, of course, were on the only Earth available, with Dumb Bunny being a relative of Angel (of Angel and the Ape).

Which makes the Freedom Brigade characters exist perhaps as a never-discussed 60s or 70s generation of heroes.


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