Reign of the Supermen #316: Colonel Kent (Earth-18)

Source: Justice Riders GN (1997)
Type: ElseworldsA question inspired by yesterday's Reign entry: Why wasn't Superman in either Gotham by Gaslight (answer: It's a Batman story, silly!) or its sequel, Master of the World (BATMAN. STORY. I SAID.)?

Well, he was busy being a little less Victorian and a little less Jules Verny. He was out in the Western genre at the tail of Justice Riders. Not as Superman, but as Colonel Kent, writer of dime store novels. At the end of the book, he's visited by this Elseworld's Blue Beetle, who tells him the fantastic story of the Justice Riders - Sheriff Diana Prince, Booster Gold, Kid Flash, Hawkman, J'Onn J'Onzz and himself - and encourages to build on the legend. Kent thinks he should leave out the more unbelievable parts of the tale, in particular the bit about the "strange visitor from another planet". Does that mean he's hiding his own nature? Or is it just a coincidence engineered by writer Chuck Dixon?

You make the call. I'll be busy enjoying J.H. Williams III's art over here.

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