Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Former Superman
Superman is diverting a comet threatening inhabited planets (from Superman #172, October 1964) but it's impregnated by Kryptonite and he rapidly begins losing his superpowers. He contacts the people in the shrunken Kryptonian city of Kandor, which he keeps in his Fortress of Solitude. They select a blond guy named Ar-Val to replace Superman as the defender of Metropolis. Problem turns out to be that Ar-Val seems to have a different set of priorities then the original Superman. So the old Superman adopts a new identity-wait for it-the Former Superman in an attempt to take on Lex Luthor and Brainiac. He gets a boost of borrowed powers from some of the Legion of Superheroes, including telepathy, super magnetism, invisibility and Elastic Lad's stretching powers. Doesn't help. He's captured and when Ar-Val finally is convinced to intervene the Former Superman sacrifices himself to save the new one. Ar-Val determines that he doesn't deserve to be the new Superman and sacrifices himself in order to transfer the superpowers back to the original so the old Superman can abandon his Former Superman title. Thank goodness!! I used a Toy Biz Daredevil body and the head from a Superman and a cape from Dr. Doom in the conversion.