Superman of Earth-2

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#1 Posted by Shaun2oo3 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Should Kal-L have his own character page?

I believe he should. Justice League Of America Vol. 1 #73 introduced Kal-L, the Superman of a parallel Earth, who went on to have numerous interactions with our more familiar Kal-El, as well as establishing a separate identity in his own universe.

Even though retroactive continuity indicates that many of Superman's Golden Age adventures were in fact the adventures of this Kal-L, it is often hard to determine exactly which. Therefore, I believe only Kal-L's appearances from after JLA Vol. 1 #73 ought to be included on such a character page.

Naturally, this raises the question of whether similar pages ought to be created for characters like the Earth-2 Batman. Certainly not all superheroes that adventured in the Golden Age ought automatically to be granted a separate Earth-2 page, but some of these, particularly the Justice Society, were featured in Earth-2 adventures after the introduction of the concept. Despite their overlapping backgrounds, Earth-2 characters generally developed quite differently than either their Earth-1 counterparts or their Golden Age antecedents, and because of that, maybe shouldn't be lumped into those categories. Power Girl (Kara Zor-L) and the original Huntress (Helena Wayne) stand as two obvious examples of this; the former because of her continued role in the mainstream DC Universe post-Crisis, and the latter because of her radically different origins from her mainstream universe counterpart.

Anyhow, that's my take. What's yours?


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