View Full Version : DC can someone direct me to a history of bizzaro superman????
i'm looking for background on bizzaro superman. can anyone help out? i figure there must be a website out there that's got his history all laid out, but i can't find it.
Malch, I'm sorry, but I don't know any websites with Bizarro history, but I do know a little myself.
The character dates back to the late 50s or early 60s (Action #254). Bizarro is a failed attempt by Lex Luthor to create a duplicate of Superman. The failure was marked by a chalky white skin color, crystalline complexion, and a retarded mental capacity. Otherwise, in terms of power, Bizarro is identical to Superman. Bizarro's mind-frame comprehended everything with a peculiar backwards logic: bad is good, left is right, up is down. He didn't really seem malevolent, just, well...bizarre. He even created a cube-shaped world in which everything was backwards so he could live in harmony, though still occasionally coming to Earth in order to help Superman (think the opposite of help).
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the new version of Bizarro does not have a world of his own, and is not always consistently backwards, depending on the writer. He stays, though, consistenly weird and unpredictable.
I highly recommend reading a few stories firsthand. When you are back-issue hunting, make sure you get a few pre-Crisis issues of Superman or Action featuring Bizarro. You'll know right away why everybody is so captivated by this goofy character
The Pre-Crisis Bizarro was actually created by a dotty old professor living in Smallville, who invented a machine that made imperfect duplicates of things. It was accidentally used on Superboy, who then had to deal with Bizarro Superboy.
Bizarro Superboy was destroyed when Superboy rammed him head-on, crushing him to powder, after wreaking considerable havoc around the town.
Bizarro Superboy was so popular, the writers had the professor show up a while later in Metropolis with his malfunctioning zapgun and accidentally do the same thing again. THIS time, though, Superman convinced Bizarro that instead of raising havoc on Earth, he could relocate to his OWN world.
Using the duplicator ray, an army of Bizarro Supermen were created, and THEY assembled the cube-shaped Bizarro World out of space debris. They later got bored with it, and decided to invade Earth. Superman held them off by using the Bizarro Ray on a hunk of Green Kryptonite, thus creating Blue Kryptonite... which does not occur naturally, and is totally harmless to everything except Bizarro Supermen.
The Bizarro Supermen were actually grateful to Superman for creating the stuff that could kill them, which tells you something about the way Bizarros think.
The Bizarros decided to make their world more interesting, instead of invading Earth. They did so by creating their own Bizarro Ray, and duplicating various other Earth people who were NOT Superman... there were quite a few Bizarro Lois Lanes, as well as Bizarro Perry White, Bizarro Jimmy Olsen, and the entire Bizarro Justice League!
The Bizarro World was popular enough that it occasionally spawned stories that ran in the backup section of Action Comics as "Tales Of The Bizarro World!"
The Post-Crisis Bizarro was Luthor's attempt to create a synthetic duplicate of Superman. The process worked well enough on humans, but due to Superman's alien cell structure, the duplicate's cells began to crystallize... and you know the drill from there.
The original Post-Crisis Bizarro Superman was supposedly destroyed in MAN OF STEEL #3, but he's popped up since then...
I saw the Bizzarro episode on the Batman/Superman Adventures animated series, and it was pretty cool. He was the Lex Luthor created Bizzarro.
wow. there are some real historians on this site.
thanks alot guys!
hopefully we'll see a bizzaro on a base someday soon....
If I could get hold of a spare Superman, I'd show you one.
His powers were the same as Superman's. I'd say he wouldn't have the Superman team ability, because he was frankly pretty dumb in all his incarnations. I would also go so far as to say he wouldn't have the Superman Enemy ability, because he was dumb enough that the idea of him Outwitting anyone is ludicrous.
Other than that, though, he was basically Superman...
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