Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Action Comics Annual #3 (1991)
Clark Kent and Lois Lane aided Pete Ross in his campaign for President of the United States. While rescuing Ross from an assassin's bullets, Kent was publicly revealed to be Superman. The Man of Steel turned the event into an opportunity, eventually announcing his own candidacy for office. Superman of course won, and naturally became the greatest president of all time.
Sigh. And so, it eventually came to pass that in the new Messianic age, the Superman would call upon his metahuman subjects to aid in the gradual disarmament of the world's militaries. This chafed Guy Gardner severely (played per usual as a one-note kneejerk,) who objected to Superman's plan to "emasculate the American fighting man!" Martian Manhunter was present among the assemblage of U.S. heroes, and repeatedly tried to restrain the Green Lantern verbally. Gardner eventually struck Superman with an energy blast, prompting Flash to seize Guy while stating, "Let me handle him, J'Onn! I've wanted to put [him] in his place for a lo-o-ong time!" Flash's attack failed, as did a few others, until Superman rose up to handle the matter himself. The Martian Manhunter warned, "You heard him...let The President handle this!" The matter was resolved when Superman proved his superior willpower by resisting, then claiming, Gardner's ring. Green Lanterns John Stewart and Hal Jordan arrived, one to cart Gardner to an Oan prison, while the other offered Superman a Corps membership. Superman refused, happy with just his benevolent sovereignty over the Earth.
During the Armageddon 2001 event that played out across DC's 1991 summer annuals, a character from the future, Waverider, paid individual visits to Earth's heroes. One of our champions was to become a tyrant in Waverider's time, killing all the other heroes. Through his powers, Waverider could look into a potential future for each hero, to see if one led to the coming of Monarch. Alternately, it offered writers a chance to really get tacky with the glorified fan fiction. I mean, what's stopping Superman from bringing about this Utopic existence right now? When you think about it, stories that make this all look so easy also make the in-continuity Superman look considerably less than ideal.
Anyhow, I wrote this book up years ago, during the hiatus between the old Rock of the JLA site and the Idol-Head blog. I also discarded the stupid book in the interim, and without interior scans to match the blog's usual format, left it by the wayside for even more years. I figure I might as well dust some of these off, even if it means looking at just a stinkin' Superman cover every now and then. The guts of this trifle were by Roger Stern, Tom Grummett, and a bunch of inkers.