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starwolf_oakley ([personal profile] starwolf_oakley) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2011-01-28 06:20 pm

ACTION COMICS: Zod's origin

The "General Zod from Polkistan" story in ACTION COMICS was a puzzler for a while, and not just because of his name. First because, when Superman confronted him during "Our Worlds at War" he said "What are you going to do... kill me?" Second, Bizarro saw Zod without his helmet and told Superman "Him look like you!" Superman said "So... he doesn't look like me?" Superman was really concerned over a foe who seemed to know about that time he killed those Pocket Universe Kryptonians.

Originally, Zod was going to be the Kal-El from an alternate universe Krypton created by Brainiac 13 and based on actual Kryptonian history. That Krypton was introduced in a storyline called "Return to Krypton."

Zod's origin was changed, but there was a VERY strong link to Kal-El. Like the Smallville Zod, he wanted to turn the sun red.

Zod decides to explain his origin to Superman, and how he is "everything you are not."

Joe-El was a smart guy, but he really screwed up not realizing that radioactive pieces of Krypton would travel with Kal-El's ship to Earth.

In Soviet Russia, yellow sun weakens YOU!

"Let's see, my father is really dead, everything I know is a lie, blah blah blah... Hey, this stuff about the guy in blue tights and a red cape is interesting!"

This Russian getting contacted by the ghost of General Zod might be a bit of a stretch, but it seems to work.

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[personal profile] fifthie 2011-01-29 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
Actually I partly take that back because not being kryptonian was the source of some of the most badass shit about him.

Like the armor actually being a red-sun-radiation suit, then he beats the piss out of Clark, LOCKS him in the armor, and then turns Earth's own sun read? That is villain as fuck.
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[personal profile] crinos 2011-01-29 04:05 am (UTC)(link)
And as I recalled, that somehow depowered ALL the other superhumans on earth.

Of course, these were the Halcyon days before Civil War and Identity Crisis, when the worst thing we had to worry about in comics were Superman and Batman being too overpowered.
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[personal profile] fifthie 2011-01-29 12:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Every so often I'll wonder why it is I give a fuck about comics, and then someone will mention the totally ballin' run of Superman comics from about 2000 to 2004, and I'll be like "oh, yeah!"