On Krypton

  • More than 20 years before the destruction of Krypton, Jor-El repelled the Multitude.
  • soon after, he helped imprison Xa-Du in the phantom zone.
  • Not long after Clark was born, Krypton was attacked by COMPUTO, but was turned away.[1]
  • Jor-El created a dog named Krypto for his son.[2] Before Krypton's destruction, Jor-El and Lara tried to escape into the Phantom Zone, but stopped when they realized that criminals trapped there were waiting to get revenge. Krypto sacrificed himself to save them. With no other options, Jor-El and Lara placed Kal in a prototype evacuation rocket, activating its Brainiac intelligence, and sent it to a place with a yellow sun.[3] Krypto, though, continued to loyally follow Clark all the way to Earth as a phantom, following his smell.[4]

Life with the Kents

  • The Kents had been trying to have children for years, and had just decided to save up for adoption by mortgaging the farm when the rocket crashed to earth. They took the child with them, leaving behind a deformed calf carcass to throw the government off of the trail.[5]
  • At 13 years old, Clark began to wonder about his heritage, and his father helped him realize that he would have to determine for himself what the S-Shield meant. That night, Clark was visited by the young Legionnaires.
  • The Kents died on the night of Clark's prom[6] under suspicious circumstances.[7]
  • After the Kents died, Clark sold the farm to Mr. Fry and left for Metropolis to become a journalist.[8]

Years ago, the Legionnaires revealed themselves to a young Clark Kent, and befriended him, helping him to learn to fly with a legion ring. (is this a different occurrence form the "later that night" above?)

Superman and the Men of Steel

Upon moving to Metropolis, Clark took a job at the Daily Star, and prepared himself to act as a vigilante by having several shirts printed with the S-Symbol that had come to Earth with him emblazoned on them. His attempt to rescue a young boy caused him to reveal himself before he expected to, and the city came to know of the superhuman man.[9] Within six months, he had fully revealed himself, and was targeting corrupt businessman Glen Glenmorgan when General Sam Lane and Lex Luthor took an interest in him. They staged several emergencies to trap him, finally succeeding with a train crash that endangered the General's own daughter Lois. As it happened, Luthor and Glenmorgan shared a common business partner in this endeavour.[10] In collaboration with the military, Luthor tortured Superman while his Kryptonian Rocket was studied. Upon his escape, Superman discovered it and sealed it away for protection, but too late to prevent its Kryptonian signal from alerting the Collector of Worlds to its location - and unaware that Luthor was complicit in making that happen.[11]

After returning to civilian life, Clark found himself under investigation by the police, who had come to believe that his attempts to expose Glenmorgan's corruption as a journalist linked him to the Superman. They found nothing, but Clark's landlady, Mrs. Nyxly, had discovered his Superman outfit in the meantime and hidden it from them. Meanwhile, Superman's actions against Glenmorgan - who owned the media - had pegged him as a monster from space. Clark had an informant in his crusade against Glenmorgan called "Icarus", who warned him of a plan to replace the current rail system with a shoddier system made at a place called the Factory for Tomorrow. While Clark was there investigating, the robots meant to become subway cars transformed into Terminauts - designed by the Collector of Worlds to preserve significant artifacts from planets soon to be destroyed.[12] Protecting citizens from the Terminauts as Superman, Clark eventually discovered that John Corben had donned the Steel Soldier armor, which in turn had been subsumed by the alien intelligence that controlled the Terminauts - and their battle distracted him enough to prevent him from noticing that the entire neighbourhood of New Troy had been sealed in a bottle, and taken up into space.[13]

Superman made a giant leap from Metropolis into outer space, catching hold of the retreating space-ship. He was caught, though, by the ship's defences. Hearing the sound of a Metropolis radio broadcast from within the ship, Superman found his way to the room in which all of the bottled cities and artifacts were kept. The Collector tried to force Superman to choose between the lives of those in the city of Kandor and of New Troy, but he refused to choose, instead donning a Kryptonian suit of armour from one of the bottles, and promising to protect both.[14] Using the miniaturized Kryptonian Rocket, recovered from within New Troy, Superman trapped the Collector within a Sunstone matrix, and returned the city to its rightful place, before adopting the Collector's ship as a home base. After returning to Earth, he came out officially to the people of Metroplis as an alien, and promised to remain on the side of good.[15]

Cross World

Early in their careers, Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne met in Gotham City while Clark was investigating murders of Wayne Enterprises employees. Unaware of each other's identities, they met each other later as Superman and Batman, and distrusted each other. They were soon, however, whisked away to a parallel universe by Kaiyo, the Trickster. There, they encountered older, more competent versions of themselves.[16] Kaiyo revealed the nature of Darkseid to them all, and explained that the other world's Batman had been harbouring a dangerous weapon in the form of a Chaos Shard, which came from a much larger crystal that the US Government had been keeping hidden. Kaiyo believed that this shard would be all that could save either world from Darkseid.[17] The Batmen and Supermen of both worlds fought over the crystal until it was destroyed. With this outcome, Kaiyo determined that only Clark's world would survive, and took up residence there, wiping the memories of all involved.[18]

Justice League

Superman had his first encounter with Batman and Green Lantern after they'd pursued a Parademon to Metropolis.[19] He assumed they were villains because they had a Father Box, overpowering both of them, even after Green Lantern called the Flash for help. Batman convinced them all to team up, but they were too late to stop the Father Box opening a Boom Tube to Apokolips.[20] The four of them were forced to battle an army of invading Parademons, but they were fortunate to receive assistance from Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg - the last of whom had just assimilated the Father Box technology into his cybernetic body.[21] Their resistance attracted the attention of Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips, who came to fight them personally.[22] Darkseid incapacitated Superman with an Omega Blast, and the Parademons carried him off to Apokolips. Batman followed to rescue him while the rest of the group remained to battle Darkseid.[23] Superman was tortured by Desaad and Steppenwolf until Batman managed to save him. They returned to Earth and Superman punched Darkseid back through the Boom Tube as Cyborg closed it. The heroes were congratulated by the President for saving the planet, and they decided that they ought to become a team. historian David Graves would later call them the Justice League.[24]


Having been hired by a mysterious man, Maxim Zarvo, hunter of dangerous game, researched rumours of the the so-called "Mid-west Superman" in Kansas, where he heard accounts centred around two farms - the Kent Farm and the Blake Farm. Superman, meanwhile, met with the newly formed Justice League to discuss the scope of their work, but was disappointed to learn that they would rather have dealt with intergalactic threats to the planet than issues like poverty. While visiting with Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, Clark learned that Lois had been keeping a scrap book of early Superman sightings which included things he wasn't involved with - suggesting someone else predated him. On the way back to work at the Daily Star, they found Angus Grundig attempting to bomb the building and in his attempt to stop it as himself, Clark faked his own death in the explosion. He returned to his apartment as Superman to find Zarov sneaking around, his appearance disproved Zarov's theory that Clark and Superman were the same person.[25] In the meantime, Clark took the alias of Johnny Clark and joined the fire department. Still he began to regret killing Clark Kent off, and sought advice from Batman, who promised to deal with it.

Superman later consulted with the Brainiac intelligence in his base, wondering why so many alien attacks had been happening of late. The computer warned of a threat called the Multitude, an unstoppable force, which had, somehow, been stopped by Jor-El, once before on Krypton. Upon returning to Earth, Superman found that Lois and her niece Susie had been attacked by Captain Comet, the superhuman known as the Blake Farm Ghost, who had predated Superman. Comet warned that humanity was soon to go extinct as a result of Earth's being targeted by several interstellar agencies. Susie, whom he claimed was a super-human neo-sapian, was the only one he cared to spare.[26] Superman managed to fight him off, but in the process, caused his Johnny Clark identity to be thought dead as well. After saving Lois' life, he returned home, where Batman met with him to explain that it would be better if Clark Kent lived on. Unfortunately, because everyone thought he was dead, Mrs. Nyxly had no alternative but to use up one of her three wishes - a concept completely alien to Clark - to erase his death from the collective conscious. She explained that she was from the Fifth Dimension, and that everything bad that ever happened in Clark's life was the doing of someone else from her home.[27] She showed him her true face, and then explained that Lord Vyndktvx, from her home Dimension had attacked Clark at multiple points in his history, to the point that certain memories he had might have happened otherwise before those attacks. [28]

At the End of Days

Mrs. Nyxly, explained the truth about herself and the enemy attacking Superman throughout his entire life. Vyndktvx had been the court magician in the Fifth Dimensional Kingdom of Zrfff, but found himself replaced by a more charismatic Mister Mxyzptlk, who won the princess Nyxlygsptlnz's heart, and excited the king with stories of his battles of wits with the Superman of Earth - the only one of his victims who had ever been able to trick him. Driven to jealousy, Vyndktvx attempted to kill his rival, but killed the King by accident. Rather than face imprisonment, he opted to take revenge on Superman while the princess escaped to Earth. After revealing her true nature, though, Mrs. Nyxly was shot dead by Maxim Zarov.[28]

Meanwhile, Superman's impending death at the hands of Vyndktvx and the Anti-Superman Army caused a future in which Universo controlled the United Planets, and the Legion of Super-Heroes became fugitives. The Legionnaires used a Time Bubble to try to follow Vyndktvx's attacks through time and save Superman's life.[29] Having failed to save the Kents from being killed in a car accident, they recruited Superman - five years into his career - to help them stop the theft of the Kryptonite Engine from the rocket that brought him to earth. They were unaware that Vndyktvx had had Maxim Zarov shoot Superman in the head with a teleport rifle just prior to their arrival.[30] The Anti-Superman Army then went back in time and stole the Kryptonite Engine before Superman and the Legionnaires could stop them.[31] When they arrived, they were attacked by Erik Drekken, from whom Saturn Woman was able to read the location of the Kryptonite. It was inside Superman's brain, thanks to the teleport bullet. The Legionnaires entered Superman's brain and took back the Kryptonite, while Superman used the radiation it created to keep the rocket powered, and prevent the Collector from regaining control of his ship.[32]

Some time later, Xa-Du, a prisoner of the Phantom Zone escaped into the Fortress of Solitude, and trapped Superman within it in his place. By coincidence, this reunited Superman with his childhood dog Krypto. With some help from the Phantom Stranger, he was able to put Xa-Du back in the Zone and escape with Krypto.[33] Moments after defeating Xa-Du, Superman was visited by Saturn Woman, who warned him that the time had come to finally face the threat of the Multitude.[30] Meanwhile, Vyndktvx recruited Xa-Du into his army.[33]Hearing the cries for help from Earth, Superman travelled to Mars to stop an attack on a terraforming colony by Metaleks. This proved easy enough, but the Multitude - embodied by a horde of angels - was on its way. After facing them alone, he knew he could not succeed, but he remembered that the Multitudes Fifth Dimensional origin would mean that he had to attack it all at once. Using the planet's terraforming array, he electrocuted the Multitude in its entirety, and it withdrew. Angry at being thwarted a second time by a member of the House of El, Vyndktvx revealed himself and killed the Mars colonists.[34]

The Anti-Superman Army's attack dragged Superman from Mars back to Earth, and upon his return, he warned Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen to go and find the human embodiment of Mxyzptlk at Metropolis General Hospital. Upon their arrival at the hospital, Lois and Jimmy couldn't find a way to wake him from his coma, but were surprised when the Legionnaires arrived to help.[30] Superman, meanwhile, received help in his battle from Krypto, the Wanderers, and even Lex Luthor before he was overwhelmed by the strength of the monster Superdoom, whom Vyndktvx had recruited from another universe entirely.[28] In the monster's grip, Superman called out to Vyndktvx that while for a Fifth Dimensional being, all of this had been one attack, for him it had been spread out over a lifetime, and it had given him the chance to learn his enemy's weaknesses. Using a telepathic connection set up by Lois' niece Susie, he convinced everyone in the world to say their own names backwards. The sound of this five-dimensional utterance caused Vyndktvx to retreat to his own dimension, where he was immediately arrested.

Afterwards, Mrs. Nyxly appeared to Clark and revealed that she had escaped death by hiding in the 2-dimensional "S" on one of his T-shirts. She offered to use her third of three wishes to set right all that Vyndktvx had done wrong to his timeline, but Clark refused, choosing instead to move forward. He asked instead that she use it to bring the Mars colonists back to life. With all resolved, the Legion's timeline was restored, and Nyxly and Mxyzptlk, whom Saturn Woman helped to wake, were able to return to the Fifth Dimension and live happily ever after.[35]

What Price Tomorrow?

Five years after going public as Superman, Clark was forced to watch as the Daily Planet was bought out by Morgan Edge, merged with Galaxy Communications, and its old building destroyed and replaced by a newer, more technologically advanced one. Edge also restructured the Planet's reporting style to such a degree that Clark and Lois fought over it, and quit his job in a rage. His frustrations were compounded by discovering that Lois, whom he had romantic feelings for, was dating another man named Jon Carroll. Not to mention that several attacks by alien beings who seemed to speak Kryptonese heralded the return of Superman from an apparent absence, as Clark was forced to protect his city.[36]

As it turned out, they were not aliens at all, but humans possessed by some kind of technology. One of those possessed was Heather Kelley, whom Clark had dated at Lois' suggestion. Upon cornering the creatures, Superman demanded to know who created them, and they responded that he did.[37] The creatures overpowered him and assumed his appearance - freeing Heather and two others from their possession - and using it to kill under his guise. Displaced into outer-space, the real Superman used a psychic link to the duplicate and learned the origin of these creatures. They were nanobots, collected by the Collector of Worlds, and he had freed them when he attacked the Collector's ship to save Metropolis five years ago. Joining with his recently arrived cousin Kara, Superman returned to Earth and threw the nanobot duplicate into the sun, destroying it. Despite getting along well with Heather, when Clark visited her in the hospital later, she broke up with him because she sensed his romantic feelings for Lois.[38]

Secrets & Lies

Superman then found himself entangled with the alien Helspont, who sought to use him as a thrall in his plan to conquer earth and get revenge on the Daemonites who imprisoned him. Naturally, Superman rejected his offer and fought him off. While Superman's apparent tendency to attract threats to Metropolis began to alienate the city's citizens, Clark began to alienate his friends by forgetting his commitments to them thanks to the distraction those threats became.[39] Meanwhile, a blogger named Victor Barnes became convinced that Superman must have a secret identity, right at the same time that a super-powered woman named Anguish arrived in the city, naming Superman as her father. When Barnes went public with his story, naming Spence Becker as Superman's secret identity, Anguish targeted Becker's family. [40] After resolving Anguish's issues and proving Becker was not his secret identity, Clark attempted to make amends for forgetting to pick up Lois Lane's sister Lucy by taking her out to dinner at an expensive restaurant, but when a nuclear crisis occurred, he ditched her with the bill.[41] The incident involved an extradimensional being, captured by the Russian government. After resolving that creature's problems, Clark finally returned to Metropolis and made good on his promise to go bungee jumping with Lucy off of the Bogdanove bridge, proving he was not such a loser after all.[42]

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Things that happen in the past:

Long ago, when Clark was a boy, the Legion of Super-Heroes paid him a visit, and lent him a Legion Flight Ring.

  • Vyndy sabotages the Kent's vehicle so that they die and make Clark vulnerable.

Action Comics (Volume 2) #5 - With the Science Council refusing to hear Jor-El's plan for evacuation, he and Lara decide to take their baby and escape into the phantom zone. Unfortunately, the criminals inside are waiting for them. Krypto saved them from being dragged in by Xa-Du, but was himself dragged in. Unseen, a Red streak(???) zips out of the phantom zone as they escape. Lara and Jor put Kal in a prototype evacuatory rocket run by a Brainiac intelligence. Kal is saved just as the planet is destroyed.

John and Martha Kent discovered the rocket just after being to the adoption agency following a miscarriage. Seeing it as a sign, they took the child from the rocket. To throw the government off the scent of the child, John replaces the boy with a miscarried and deformed calf.

Action Comics (Volume 2) #9 - not very important, so far. More important to Multiversity and #17. Black president superman (earth 23) discovers the Transmatter Symphonic Array, which causes Jimmy, Clark, and Lois from whatever reality SuperDoom is from to jump through. Superdoom shows up soon after.He was the creation of Clark and Lois, who had found a way to make imaginings real. The government got a hold of it, and corrupted him. Kalel punches Superdoom back into the tessaract device, and he is trapped there. The head of "Overcorp" whatever that is, looks like Vyndy.

Action Comics (Volume 2) #15 - Vyndy was responsible for the deaths of Jonathan and Martha Kent on Clark and Lana's prom night.

  • Clark took the job the daily star, and had 200 Superman shirts made, and got his apartment keys from Mrs. Nyxly. His attempt to rescue a little boy caused him to reveal himself, and Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen caught him on camera, revealing Superman to the world.[9]



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