Superman is without a doubt the most popular and beloved superhero in pop culture history, even though Batman’s and Spiderman’s fans might disagree with this statement. His popularity and mainstream influence can be seen in many ways, and his character has been recreated and repackaged so many times to the point where the original can barely be found in the new version. Here are 25 Bizarre Alternate Versions Of Superman You Won’t Believe Exist. Which one is your favorite?
One of the greatest and most decorated comic book writers ever, Uncanny X-Men’s “father” Chris Claremont, had the absurdly “brilliant” idea to mix comic book history with Greek mythology and this is how we ended up with the very first half-man, half-horse superhero. Thank you very much Zeus . . . uhh, Chris Claremont.
Shogun of Steel
In this “oriental” version of the original story you get what you probably can guess by now—the Japanese “translation” of the epic superhero, who is also a shogun by the way. In case you still wonder how or why, the answer is simple really: Kal-El’s spaceship landed in ancient Japan instead of Smallville, Kansas. As for the painful difference in time period? Trust us, we asked the same question.
Superduperman, as the awfully ridiculous name suggests, is a spoof of Superman who appears in the parody comic strip MAD magazine #4, having the same abilities of the original superhero but combined with a weird sense of humor and attitude. If you’re looking for a good laugh, then you will definitely appreciate this piece of satirical art.
Lionel Jr. Luthor
In this story, Superman is found by Lionel Luthor, Lex Luthor’s daddy, and was raised as Lionel Jr. alongside Lex, who’s technically Superman’s brother. However, the comic stays true to the original in some ways, and when Lex finds out his brother’s secret, he shows him some true brotherly love by killing him the following year.
In this limited but classic nineties series titled JLA: The Nail, Jonathan and Martha Kent’s pickup truck gets a flat tire caused by a nail (hence the title), and this prevents them from finding baby Kal-El’s spaceship. This little detail changes history as we know it, and trust us when we say, Metropolis is a much uglier and unsafe place without Superman. Oh yeah, did we mention that Superman was adopted by an Amish couple and grows up as one, too?