Reign of the Supermen #342: Rock'n'Roll Clark Kent

Source: Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1 (1999)
Type: ElseworldsWas this Earth ever part of the 52?

Imagine the DC Universe as the music industry. Lex Luthor started out buying the rights to the swing classics of the All-Stars and the jazz recordings of the Blackhawks, before discovering the Heroes and becoming the most powerful man in popular music. Clark, Ollie, Barry and Arthur were the Beatles of Earth-Whatever, with Clark in the Lennon role. After the band broke up because he wanted to do more experimental stuff with the much-hated (one assumes) Lois Lane, Lex's attempts at getting the band back together again resulted in, what else, the death of Clark. Is it a coincidence that rock god Doomsday's star rose just after that? Did Doomsday perhaps have a thing for Catcher in the Rye?

Teen bands like the Titans, the emo stylings of Bruce Wayne, and divas like Princess Diana now dominate the charts. Or have they all been relaunched through aggressive mp3 sales?


Dale Bagwell said...

Interesting spin on the DCU. Now all that issue seemed to need as a "Behind the music" add-in to really make it feel legitimate.

Maybe a pop-video section? No?

Siskoid said...

Watch Darkseid Music Television for all the vids you care to see.

After a few years, the channel becomes all reality tv like watching the Robins live in the same appartment and stuff.

Dale Bagwell said...

Sounds creepy, yet oddly appropriate given today's reality TV-addicted culture.

Do you know where I can catch DMT, as I don't think my current cable provider offers that channel?

I guess I'll have to use my new Kirby bombastic converter box to siphon the signal coming from the Source.

Siskoid said...

That should work, but don't get caught pirating the channel or the Parademons'll come for you.

And not the cool Parademons either. Those creepy, overdrawn, insect things from the new DCU.

Dale Bagwell said...

True, and that's why I don't leave home w/o either my Astro-Force or my handy dandy Mother Box.

By the way, have you checked out the Boom Tube? They have some awesome porn that gets signaled in from New Genesis. Where else can you get nude images of "That's why they call her Big" Barda, or even "Really" Beautiful Dreamer?
I'm not even going to describe the awesomeness of the Female Furries...'cause furry is the word.
Thank the High-Father for this modern age!

Siskoid said...

Sleez has been really busy.

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

Siskoid, why have I not heard of this book? All I ever buy is DC and I was very big into Superman up until maybe 2000.

I guess my question is, do you own these books? I know readers have sent in a few suggestions, buta few of these Reigns, well, its like you went to Earth-14 to get them.

Siskoid said...

Hahaha, yeah, the Elseworlds 80-page special did come out on Earth-14. On THIS Earth, it was withdrawn and pulped because of that superbaby in the microwave story, though a couple thousand copies WERE sent to the UK. It's now a rare collectible. In a case like that, I have been known to get someone to send me a scan for research purposes.

Siskoid said...

Out of curiosity though, which other ones seemed "Earth-14" to you?

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

Ah. That Elseworlds, the pulped one. I hadn't realized there were "serious" Superman stories in it. I always choose Earth-14 because all we ever know about it is that Morrison gave it magenta butterflies.

I thought I knew all of the Superman Elseworlds, so a few you've posted in the Reign I would place on Earth-14, in that I didn't have a clue.

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

Maybe we'll come to find out the DCnU is on Earth-14, as well.The butterflies simply morphed into that strange lady who I refer to as Escape Clause.


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