In the books the Miskatonic university was located in the Lovecraft town of Arkham. Diana Dane is his Lois Lane equivalent. His telepathic powers allowed him to communicate in many languages. Panel 1: Hulver Ramik is Kanjar Ro. Prismalo may be based on Despero. Panel 2: Glory appears to be fighting an equivalent of Felix Faust. Panel 1: Wonder Woman's long time love interest is Steve Trevor. Superman's underwater love interest was Lori Lemaris the mermaid. Panel 4: See what happens if you don't use the vacuum cleaner?
Panel 1: Lou Mougin points out that this creature may be a version of the Martian Manhunter's sidekick Zook. Something of the look of Spacehunter and his bird-like companion also suggests the Falcon and Redwing. Panel 4. The tale that portrayed Gil Kane as a prisoner in an imaginary realm was called "His name is The title and the last line of this chapter were a reference to another classic Gil Kane book "His name is Panel 1: Judy was born in Littlehaven in ; technically, she is the same age as Ethan Crane, although Ethan apparently stopped aging upon reaching adulthood.
Panel 3: Jungle Judy is one of the many identities adopted by Judy Jordan, as seen in issue Panel 1: Judy is said to have been 48 when Supreme left for space; her birthday is presumably late in the year, because Supreme left in Trix is a breakfast cereal, made by General Mills, which first went on sale in It was one of the first pre-sweetened cereals. Panel 2: This panel recaps events first described in issue 52A. This page is highly reminiscent of the lurid covers of the science fiction pulps of the thirties, which frequently featured scantily-clad women trapped in the laboratories of mad scientists or in the clutches of BEMs bug-eyed monsters.
Panel 1: Two notable new trophies are visible here:. Panel 3: Judy is now wearing the Supreme Woman costume seen on the previous page. Panel 2: Suprema recalls fighting Clare DeLune on the moon in Panel 1: The creatures visible in the Imaginary Menagerie include:. Panel 3: S-1's new name is Talos, after a metal man from Greek legend. In Greek myth, Talos was a man made of bronze, given as a gift to Europa by Zeus.
He was the guardian of Crete. Because Diehard is also largely cybernetic, he may be attending as a show of moral support. Panel 2: The Supremobile is analogous to the Supermobile, a spacecraft Superman used in situations in which he was unable to fly. It may be the same craft seen in the citadel Supreme in issue Rigel is a massive B-type star, a blue giant about 65 times the size of the sun and 50, times brighter.
It is part of a trinary star system located about light-years from Earth.
Rigel forms the foot of the constellation Orion; the name is derived from rijl , the Arabic word for foot. Panel 4: In an apparent link to the Elvis reference on page 1, the real Bill Hickok did not live to be 40, having died in at the age of Lee , the commander of the Confederate States army.
Panel 2: Washington, DC looks nothing like that. Panel 1: Sure enough, the heroes are going back to kill Hickok in , the correct date for our history. Panel 4: Moore has taken the license to place Hickok's death in Abilene. In fact, Hickok had become destitute and set off for Deadwood, SD, to try to make his fortune in the gold fields. In reality, Hickok was never seated facing the door.
Here's the real story of his death:. When a seat opened up at the table, a drunk man named Jack McCall sat down to play. McCall lost heavily. Hickok encouraged McCall to quit the game until he could cover his losses and offered to give him money for breakfast. Though McCall accepted the money, he was apparently insulted. The next day, Hickok was playing poker again. He usually sat with his back to a wall so he could see the entrance, but the only seat available when he joined the game was a chair facing away from the door.
He asked another man at the table, Charles Rich, to change seats with him twice, but Rich refused. Take that! Hickok died instantly. Page Panel 1: Hickok was playing five-card stud when he was shot. He was holding two pairs, black aces and black eights as his "up cards".
The identity of the fifth card his " hole card " is the subject of debate. This hand is known as the "Dead Man's Hand.
Page Panel 2: In the background we see a female version of Fighting American from We'll find out more about her in Supreme: The Return 3. Page 5: Panel 2: Most of the villains we see in this issue were seen in Supreme 52, with the exception of Slaver Ant, who appears to be a new character.
Slaver Ant may be a reference to Hellgrammite , a scientist who turns into an insect hybrid, who first appeared in the Brave and the Bold in He possesses superhuman strength and leaping abilities, the power to secrete adhesives and weave transformative or imprisoning cocoons, and a durable exoskeleton. A number of his schemes revolve around transforming others into weaker, subordinate versions of himself, leading to clashes with Batman and The Creeper in Brave and the Bold 80, and with Green Arrow and the Black Canary in World's Finest Comics Sentinel was found guilty of killing Riptide in the Judgment Day miniseries and sentenced to remain in the Hell of Mirrors.
Page 7: Friends was an incredibly popular series on NBC in the s, and if you haven't heard of it, I'm too old to explain it. This is the first appearance of the new uniform Twilight will wear in Alan Moore's Youngblood series. Page Panel 1: Gunsmoke was a western TV show that ran from until Panel 2: Vor-Em is obviosly a refence to some villain, but I can't place him. If anyone has an idea, let me know. Page Panel 2: Jaberwocky was a famous poem by Carroll. Supreme: The Return 1. Eastwood, of course, made his career in Western movies. It is a drama set in an all-girls boarding school run by two women, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie.
An angry student, Mary Tilford, runs away from the school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses are having a lesbian affair. The accusation proceeds to destroy the women's careers, relationships and lives. Panel 1: Bon Jovi is a popular American rock band.
Panel 2: Apparently, adhesive glitter is a thing! Panel 4: "Nobody told him it was going to be this way Panel 1: This is now the second time someone has killed a Radar suprematon and the reader has been led to believe it's the real thing, as seen way back in Supreme Her longstanding aversion to the media is well documented, as well. Panel 3: The "bimbo" reference is likely Gennifer Flowers.
Panel 3: Formic acid is an acid often found in ants. Supreme: The Return 2. Original Dax is based on the original Lex Luthor. In a play on Luthor, who initially had red hair before going bald, original Dax was bald before getting red hair. This image is an homage to the famous cover of Action Comics 1. However, Luthor did not appear in that issue and didn't turn up until Action Comics Panel 1: While Lex Luthor never had a planet of clones that I've been able to find there was a planet of Lexor, where he was considered a hero to the inhabitants.
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In Superman , Lex challenged Superman to a fair fight, man-to-man, on even terms, without his super-powers to help him, the Man of Steel accepted the challenge. As Superman would have no powers on a planet like Krypton that revolved around a red sun, he built a spaceship to take the pair of them to such a world. It was agreed that if Superman won the fight, Luthor would return to Earth with him and serve out his prison sentence. But if Luthor won, he would leave Superman on that planet and return alone.
Landing on a dying desert world, the two fought a boxing match, which resulted in Superman winning. Believing Superman to have perished in a sandstorm which struck not long afterwards, Luthor came across a city where the people had once been a great scientific race, but presumably following a great war eons ago which wiped out their civilization, had returned to stone age life due to no longer having any understanding of science or technology.
Luthor revived the planet's science, but the people's greatest problem was a shortage of water; the only source was a fountain in the city, which Luthor had discovered would soon fail. Although Luthor constructed robots to dig deep underground to find water, he was unsuccessful. When Superman arrived in the city, the pair continued their fight in a ancient arena, this time each using sets of ancient inventions against each other. Eventually, the two ended up fighting man-to-man once more, during which Luthor suddenly weakened, giving himself up and vowing to go back to Earth, with Superman, to prison.
As the spaceship left the solar system with the red sun and entered one with a yellow orb, Luthor — who had promised to get the people water — persuaded Superman who had now regained his super-powers to throw masses of frozen water from an icy planet back to the desert world. This Superman did, at the same time activating Luthor's robots by his x-ray vision to build canals like those on Mars which would bring water all over the planet, and leave its people forever grateful to Luthor.
In prison on Earth.
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Luthor received a present from Superman: a photograph taken through a super-telescope in Superman's Fortress of Solitude, showing a great statue of Luthor on the one world where he was a hero. The planet would later be named Lexor by its people. Lexor appeared several times after that: In Superman , Luthor became a superhero on Lexor.
In other appearances, Luthor marries and has a daughter on the planet. Much of it got erased during the Crisis on Infinite Earth storyline. Panel 2: Doomsdax is a play on Doomsday, the villain who killed Superman in the Death of Superman storyline. Page 3: Panel 1: Telepathic plants some with the territory of being a superhuman.
Panel 3: Amalynth is the Supreme version of Kandor, the bottled city. Kandor was once the capital of Krypton until it was shrunk and stolen by the supervillain Brainiac, several years before the planet was destroyed.
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