COMICS: ACTION COMICS #9 To Reveal An African-American SUPERMAN

Action Comics #9 will reveal an alternate Superman who happens to be black. Is this a response to Miles Morales?

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By Mark Julian - 2/10/2012


With ACTION COMICS #9, two acclaimed guest artists will explore an alternate Earth and the story of its Kryptonian protector. Multiple Eisner Award-winning artist Gene Ha will be a guest artist for the primary plot, penned by regular series writer Grant Morrison. And fresh from his recent work on THE SHADE miniseries, artist Cully Hamner will illustrate the issue’s back-up story, written by Sholly Fisch.

Parallel worlds come to the forefront of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave,” with titles such as EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST exploring the adventures of heroes on alternate Earths. ACTION COMICS #9 sets up the multiverse with a standalone story of a Superman from another Earth, who must fight a monster from yet another parallel world. But this isn’t just any monster; it’s a Superman surrogate known as Superdoom, twisted into an unstoppable agent of evil.

The back-up story will also feature an adventure of this alternate Superman, set on his parallel Earth.

Regular series artist Rags Morales will return for ACTION COMICS #10 in June. In the meantime, check out Ha’s inks for ACTION COMICS #9.




Superman, also known as Clark Kent and Kal-El from Krypton, has been a continually published character. Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he went through a distinctive reboot. To accompany discrepancies in the aging of Superman across several decades, his earliest stories were retroactively portrayed as having taken place on an alternative world called Earth-Two. The Multiverse used to explain these characters later gave way to an "evil" version of Superman from Earth-Three and other "What if?" scenarios. The Multiverse system was discarded in the Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries, following which an adaptation of the mainstream "Earth-One" Superman was rebooted in John Byrne's The Man of Steel miniseries in 1986. Variations in the character were eventually defined by the varying Superman origin stories, such as the subsequent Superman: Birthright reboot by Mark Waid in 2003.

The single-Earth continuity would still allow for the dichotomy of a good and evil Superman by introducing an alternative version of Superman's Earth-Three double, Ultraman in the Antimatter Universe surviving the Crisis, as presented in JLA: Earth 2. Alternative Supermen were also depicted using literary devices such as time travel and "Hypertime". The subsequent sequel to Crisis titled Infinite Crisis would see a brief return of the Golden Age Superman, Kal-L as well as the teenage Superman of a world without heroes who survived the original Crisis. Due to the events of the sequel, as revealed in the subsequent weekly maxiseries 52, a new Multiverse, consisting of fifty-two alternative Earths, was created with most worlds featuring new alternative depictions of Superman.

In addition to these "official" Supermen, variations of the standard character, a number of characters have assumed the title of Superman in many variant stories set in both primary and alternative continuity. Following the storyline of The Death of Superman and during the subsequent Reign of the Supermen storyline, a number of characters claimed the mantle. In addition, Bizarro, for instance, is an imperfect duplicate of Superman. Other members of Superman's family of characters have borne the Super- prefix, including Supergirl, Superdog and, in some instances, Superwoman. Outside comics published by DC Comics, the notoriety of the Superman or "Übermensch" archetype makes the character a popular figure to be represented with an analogue in entirely unrelated continuities, for example rival publisher Marvel Comics parodies Superman through the character Hyperion.





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PaulRom - 2/10/2012, 8:08 AM
Wait til people start saying that DC is ripping off Marvel. :D
TheGreenRanger - 2/10/2012, 8:11 AM
Obama Man?
McGribble - 2/10/2012, 8:19 AM
If it is anyone, It should be Cam Newton!!! If it's Obama Man, does the S stand for Socialism?
mikesinuman - 2/10/2012, 8:20 AM
S is for SHIT!
comicb00kguy - 2/10/2012, 8:21 AM
I thought one of the points of this big reboot was to get rid of all those multiple earths with their myriad of variations of all those characters.

Personally, as long as this is presented as an alternate reality storyline, it doesn't bother me a bit. Part of the fun of alternate realities is finding a new twist on a familiar character (as long as it isn't an excuse to turn them all into depraved, despicable, and debaucherous filthbags like what the Ultimate universe became)

This is a lot different than that stupid "new Spider-Man" because this is not being presented as a permanent change to the character, just as an alternate reality story.
Daniellantern - 2/10/2012, 8:22 AM
No offense. So, Superman's father is Luke Cage? Yeah, afro Jor-El.
seamuskeaneart - 2/10/2012, 8:22 AM
"Action Comics #9 will reveal an alternate Superman who happens to be black. Is this a response to Miles Morales?"

ammm no, there has been an alternative earth with a Black Superman at DC for a long long time, he even apeared in Final Crisis.
hush - 2/10/2012, 8:22 AM
This is nothing to do with Miles Morales.

There has been several instances of a black/dark skinned Superman - in Final Crisis, Superman/Batman when Joker is 'playing chess' with Mr Myxl..Myzl... the little imp dude, Steel (of course). And Superman can't be African-American if he was born on Krypton, surely? Unless Krypton also had a continent called Africa.

Maybe Marvel were ripping off Blue Beetle? Or maybe DC were ripping off Nick Fury. Or maybe The Question? She is Latino, Miles Morales is half Latino.

Or maybe, just maybe, both companies are trying to diversify, and quite rightly so.
AlReg - 2/10/2012, 8:25 AM
I am glad others noticed it was the Superman in Final Crisis. Has nothing to do with Miles Morales. Hopefully it is a proper prelude to the Multiverse story Morrison has been working on.
SageMode - 2/10/2012, 8:30 AM
Let the mildly racist commentary commence...........
JackBauer - 2/10/2012, 8:33 AM
@McGribble - Cam Newton as Superman? Only if he gets paid to play, err I mean save the world ;)
hush - 2/10/2012, 8:35 AM
@ Just1Superguy - why can't there be an alternate version with different heritage? Superman is still white, this is just a different take on the character, like Nick Fury in the Ultimate Universe. I didn't see anyone complain about a Russian Superman.

I'm still amazed this has even made it to front page considering how many different characters have had their heritage changed.
MassExecutions - 2/10/2012, 8:38 AM
Just further evidence that we are now living in a post racial society! Right?
McGribble - 2/10/2012, 8:43 AM
JackBauer, I only brought it up for two reasons. 1. I am a die hard Carolina Panthers fan and 2. Cam newton has the Super Cam thing going on when he scores. And I saw this really good image a while back...

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Odin - 2/10/2012, 8:43 AM
They are really looking an exuce to make star of next superman-reboot an african-american.
hush - 2/10/2012, 8:45 AM
Guess so, you might need to work on it
Dedpool - 2/10/2012, 8:46 AM
Why not just have Icon be more prevalent?!
MrWayne - 2/10/2012, 8:52 AM
if he had crashed in Kansas around the same time as Clark in the original I bet he would be a villain from growing up right before, and during the civil rights crap.
Geeksiah - 2/10/2012, 8:55 AM
man, this is straight up pandering
niknik - 2/10/2012, 9:02 AM
I hear they have shortened his name to "SUP MAN".
JatevinM - 2/10/2012, 9:06 AM
I swear the stereotypes and racism that some of you are exhibiting is stupid. In this day and age there is no excuse for being racist.
aRandomSinisterClone - 2/10/2012, 9:11 AM
Actually there are excuses for being racist. it's sumones opinion, and everyone has the right to their opinion. Unless it goes against CBMs writers own opinions. Then your just trolling.
DividedIStand80 - 2/10/2012, 9:31 AM
The "S" should be grafitti'd on his chest. Is that racist?
TheAmarilloBlack - 2/10/2012, 9:43 AM
LOL@racist fan boys

Not even alternate Earth Supermen can be black...damn. So sad.

Looks like DC doesn't give a fock what you ignorant dix think, thankfully.

And for the record, even white Superman has some swag about him.

TheAmarilloBlack - 2/10/2012, 9:44 AM
@Nomis

She married Play, actually.
TheAmarilloBlack - 2/10/2012, 9:45 AM
@Mareado
Agreed on the Milestone point. Icon and Rocket need a redux.
TheAmarilloBlack - 2/10/2012, 9:50 AM
@GoldenLampstand7

AMEN.
GoldenLampstand7 - 2/10/2012, 9:53 AM
Sad that in a technocracy as modern and educated as this one, there are still reptilian cavemen who take primal joy in remaining beastial in their views and commentary, with much puffed-up pride in their "supremacy" of godlessness. A usurping sense-of-entitlement precludes humility and grace, apparently. Prayers for your deliverance from a hate-filled existence, O great examples of humanity.

nld3 - 2/10/2012, 9:54 AM
Why can't they just create new black superhero's instead of recycling old white ones.
GoldenLampstand7 - 2/10/2012, 10:01 AM
Then they ridicule the use of proper English, while clinging to their stolen land, screaming "honor" and "patriotism" with unlawful militias & a political party named after what they'd now consider a terrorist act. Knowing that the earth is satan's possession until the reclamation sheds light on the aggression and apathy of these minions, from their humor to their custody and sole historical use of atomic weaponry.
TheAmarilloBlack - 2/10/2012, 10:04 AM
@Nomis

I used to think that WAS Goldie (Max Julian)!
OtakuPapi - 2/10/2012, 10:06 AM
Im so sick of this alternate black characters opposed to making up new characters that just so happen to be black geez. The knock off is never better than the original. We already have Steel a knockoff Black superman just isnt cool.And my biggest gripe is these brothers dont even look like African American or aren't representive of the culture at all.They already fricked up Static and his whole look... plus people racist qualities really come out when a black characters don's their favorite character outfit(Miles Morales) and the racist side of people will make them criticize and not even give the characters a chance anyway.People really show their true colors when anyone brings up Miles Morales ... because many others have donned spider suits over the years and have all been white and no one said anything about it at all (Ben O'Reily the various Spider Girl's and Women)so its sad to see people show their true colors.If Marvel or Dc wants to create African American related characters they need to do it properly opposed to putting them in or associating them with other characters whom are already establish. So sick of the racist banter
GoldenLampstand7 - 2/10/2012, 10:07 AM
Intruder is the right name for such a miscreant,who trolls youtube for Gooftroupe rejoinders^^^They love things that consist of anarchy, chaos and death,gallows humor they call it, these acolytes of Molech.
luffycapri - 2/10/2012, 10:07 AM
ABOUT [frick]ING TIME
thewolfx - 2/10/2012, 10:09 AM
black power mutha[frick]er!
GoldenLampstand7 - 2/10/2012, 10:25 AM
Little intruder, you'd be funny with some new material & writers, instead of merely "funnystyle". You already are a minion of the adversary, just by drawing breath. Since repentance is key to growth and development spiritually, I expect your latent adolescence to remain in stasis.
bigshow2312 - 2/10/2012, 10:28 AM
We've posted a fan cast with an all black twist, Check it out HERE

Boris Kodjoe (OG)
JohnnyKrypton - 2/10/2012, 10:30 AM
Nothing new here, though I'm sure DC will try to spin it that way...there have been black Supermen popping up around the DCU since COIE
supermanonemillion - 2/10/2012, 10:42 AM
I think it's so ridiculous when they go back and change the ethnicity of a hero. Like in this case, it's a disservice to the African American population to change the race of Superman from white to black. It's like saying, "We can't think of any new characters that will represent your community in a positive light, so here's a color change of this hero. Hope you enjoy." Now with Miles Morales, I feel that that is not the case. Although he bares the same moniker, he is an entirely new hero with a new origin and background that shines a positive light on both the African and Latin American communities.

But, if you don't want race to be an issue, don't even label them as "black" or "white," or "African America" or "European American." We are all just people and we are all Americans.
GoldenLampstand7 - 2/10/2012, 10:46 AM
No doubt this is how intruder not only talks, but carries himself, with the character of a hyena, no doubt laughing to keep from crying. Retreat behind ill-conceived humor all you like in the safe anonymity of cyber-space. This is what having enablers for parents produces, a feeling of leaning on one's own understanding and denial of truth.
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