With Ta Nehisi-Coates Union JJ Abrams By creating a new Superman movie for Warner Bros, The Hollywood Reporter was able to confirm that the project would feature a black Superman. Now this is not new to comics. Across a variety of Elseworlds, parallel dimensions, and cronies, there have been Black Supermen before. Most of them were created by Grant Morrison and his old partner Mark Millar. And eBay is blowing up some of them as a result.
Final crisis # 7 featured the first appearance of Calvin Ellis, created by Grant Morrison Y Doug Mahnke, who in his own world is a black superman president of the United States. Final Crisis # 7 CGC 9.8 sold for $ 600, or $ 157 raw, a comic that was selling for $ 3 a week ago. Action comics # 9, which features the character on the cover, sold CGC 9.8 for $ 200 or $ 99 gross.
It will also appear in the Infinite border DC Comics # 0, which is a good time.
While Val-Zod is the Superman of Earth-2, created by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott Y Robson Rocha. His first cameo in Earth 2 # 19 has been sold for $ 200 CGC 9.8 and $ 30 gross. His full appearance (and on the cover) in Earth 2 # 25 has sold CGC 9.8 for $ 200 or $ 25 gross.
A third candidate is Tangent Superman, the Superman from another dimension, originally a human male named Harvey Dent. Created by Jupiter’s legacy‘s Mark Millar Y Jackson Guice. He became dark and vindictive, taking over the world, allowing no freedom of thought. Tangent: Superman # 1 sells for around $ 2 if you’re lucky.
There’s also Marv Wolfman’s Superman from Earth D and Paul Ryan from Legends of the DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths, where both Superman and Supergirl are black.
And, well, this Superman died. Not that this means much these days. And the copies have been selling for around $ 20 on eBay in recent days.
And then there was Grant Morrison’s first try with Chas Doug at Animal man # 23, for the Silver Age pastiche character Sunshine Superman, along with others.
That just sold for … three dollars. And as for the Black Kryptonians, there’s also the famous misstep. When DC Comics decided to be a little more aware of racial concerns in the ’70s, they wanted to explain why no one had ever seen a black Kryptonian. And so he made up the story of an isolated island called Valtho Island on Krypton, where all Kryptonians lived. Yes. So most people tried to ignore it.
A reference to the island was made in Alan moore Y Dave Gibbons dream rich in continuity story of Superman For the man who has it all, in Annual superman # 11, on “Racial Issues with Vathlo Island Immigrants.” Currently $ 195 CGC 9.8 and $ 45 raw.
A black Kryptonian named Iph-Ro from Vathlo appeared in Superman, the man of steel # 111 (less than $ 3). Lately, DC has just shown integrated black Kyrptonians along with the rest of the world that they look like humanity. And Calvin Ellis, President Superman, is said to have originated on the Kryptonian island of Vathlo from his reality.
But I also remembered something Marlon Brando once said when approached to work on the original. Superman: The Movie. Richard Donner remembered
Brando lived in Los Angeles and I had to go meet him. I called Jay Kanter, who was a very powerful agent and studio executive, and said, “Can you give me any clues?” And he said, “He’s going to want to play like a green suitcase.” I said, “What does that mean?” “It means he hates work and loves money, so if he can convince you that the people of Krypton look like green suitcases and you only photograph green suitcases, he will get paid just to do the voiceover the way his mind works.” . I said, “F …”, and then I called Francis Coppola. He said, “He’s brilliant. He has a brilliant mind. But he loves to talk. If he keeps talking about it, he will convince himself of any problem.”
And then meeting Brando.
Said, “Why don’t I touch this like a bagel?” I was ready for him to say “a green suitcase” and he said “bagel”. He said, “How do we know what the people of Krypton were like?” It had good logic. Said, “Maybe they looked like bagels up there in those days?” I said, “God, Marlon, let me tell you something.” He had just told us the story of a child [and how smart he was] and I said, “It’s 1939. There isn’t a kid in the world who doesn’t know what Jor-El is like, and he looks like Marlon Brando.” And he looked at me and smiled [and said], “I talk too much, right?” Said, “Okay. Show me the wardrobe.”
So why does Superman look like humans anyway? In DC Comics, there is a theory that Thanagarians and Kryptonians are descended from space Atlanteans. In Elliot S! Maggin’s novelization of Superman, the man of steel, there is the suggestion that the people of Earth, Krypton and others are descended from a common ancient race.
But DC Comics already published another comic with an archetype of “black Superman”, Icon, part of the Milestone line. He is an alien that originally looked very different from humans, but his escape pod that landed on Earth was programmed to reshape him to look like the first sentient being to encounter him. The capsule landed in the southern United States in 1839.
And by the way, Icon just sold on eBay CGC 9.8 for $ 250 and $ 50 gross.
Could the new movie steal a bit of Icon for its new icon? What if Kryptonians look like bagels or green suitcases? What if the shape Superbaby chose is that of the person who finds them? What if it’s not Jonathan and Martha Kent, but someone else?
However, the mother’s name has to remain Martha, obviously. You can’t mess with that.