Supermen of America
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Supermen of America #1, artist Dave Gibbons.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearance(Original)
Supermen of America #1 (March 1999)
(Second)
Superman #714 (October 2011)
Created by(Original)
Stuart Immonen writer
(Second) Chris Roberson (writer), Jamal Igle (artist)
In-story information
Base(s)(Original)
Outreach 1
(Second)
Mobile
Member(s)(Original)
Brahma
Loser
Maximum
Outburst
Pyrogen
Psilencer
White Lotus
(Second)
Superman
Superboy
Supergirl
Steel
Livewire
"Iron" Munro
Super-Chief

The Supermen of America is the name of two fictional superhero teams published by DC Comics. The original group first appeared in a special written by Stuart Immonen published in 1999,[1] and a later mini-series written by Fabian Nicieza, which was published in 2000. The second group debuted in Superman #714 in 2011.

The Supermen of America appear in the second season of the Arrowverse television series Superman & Lois.

Historical Supermen

SOA membership card 1940.
SOA membership card 1940.

The original Supermen of America was an official Superman fan club from the 1940s. Comic readers could send away for and receive special membership cards that also doubled as decoders. Members also received buttons and special certificates.

Fictional history

Original team

The young members of the superhero team Supermen of America are all young metahumans gathered by Outburst after the shooting death of singer Junior K-D from the boy band Crossfire.[2] Outburst and his family had been saved from death at Doomsday's hands by Superman. The young naive meta is willing to accept Lex Luthor's funding for a team of superheroes to protect the city in Superman's absence. Although Luthor volunteered money, Outburst is tasked with recruiting the members.

Outburst first recruits his girlfriend White Lotus, a young meta trained by the Warlords of Okaara, then he gathers Brahma, Loser, Pyrogen, and Psilencer. They were salaried heroes but they were determined to protect the city from villains emboldened by news of Superman's apparent death.

They refurbish buildings across Metropolis and turn them into community centers. The main building Outreach 1 serves as the team's headquarters. After Psilencer's untimely death by a gang member, Outburst and his inexperienced teammates are deeply shaken and reconsider their vocation. It was around this time that the team met and recruits Maximum, the angry young protector of Suicide Slum, a chronically poor section of Metropolis. A former athlete, Maximum would have remained quadriplegic without special implants provided by Lexcorp.

A disgruntled Lexcorp employee discovers that S.T.A.R. Labs had hidden a capsule inside a special holding chamber called Lockdown 6 in the waters near Metropolis. Luthor successfully deploys Pyrogen to retrieve the capsule from Lockdown 6, but he encounters the villainous group Deep Six and is rebuffed. Darkseid, lord of Apokolips, also wanted the contents of Lockdown 6 and had sent the Deep Six to retrieve them. In the Vega system, the Warlords of Okaara sense the danger presented by the capsule, and take preventative measures.

The Okaarans overpower Earth's defensive forces and White Lotus hurries to negotiate a peace settlement before they "cleanse' the planet. To save Earth from worse attacks, while White Lotus was negotiating with the Okaarans, the chamber is opened and the Unimaginable was unleashed. The Unimaginable's energy form possesses Maximum and he temporarily gains immense power. Maximum's parents eventually convinced him to relinquish the power, which he disperses safely.

In exchange for the Supermen's silence about his involvement with the Unimaginable fiasco, Lexcorp cuts its ties with the Supermen of America charities. Lex Luthor signs all property deeds over to the organization, including Outreach 1.

Slaughter of the SOA, from Omac Project No. 6 (2006).
Slaughter of the SOA, from Omac Project No. 6 (2006).

Current status

Several members of the group are seen during the 2006 Infinite Crisis event in the pages of The OMAC Project No. 6. The team is confronting several OMACs, technologically advanced warriors controlled by a central intelligence that wishes to corral superhuman activities, even it means using murder. The OMACs analysis states the team is "67.89% neutralized". White Lotus is shown upright and active. Brahma and Outburst are clearly down. Loser is being attacked by two OMACs. Outside of a passing reference in a subsequent issue of Superman, wherein it is mentioned Superman went to check on the team—however much there was left at that point—the final fate of the SoA remains unrevealed.

Second team

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Superman founds the new SoA. Art by Jamal Igle from Superman #714 (2011).
Superman founds the new SoA. Art by Jamal Igle from Superman #714 (2011).

After a months-long walk across the US, Superman recruits several allies into a new group named after the former SoA.[3]

Membership

Original team members

Later additions

Second team members

In other media

Mitch Anderson and a variation of the Supermen of America appear in the Arrowverse television series Superman & Lois with Mitch Anderson portrayed by Ian Bohen. Anderson is introduced in season two as the new Lieutenant General of the Department of Defense (D.O.D.) following Sam Lane's retirement from active duty. Anderson confronts Superman about his rescue of a North Korean nuclear submarine. While rescuing people from a mine, Superman discovers Jessie Vance (portrayed by Evelyn Gondo) and an unnamed man (portrayed by Dominique Termansen) in Superman-like suits are there before suffering from another vision. Superman then confronts Anderson about the figures which Anderson explains that he had been training X-Kryptonians under the D.O.D. due to Superman's refusal to serve America. Superman states to Anderson that he serves more than America. During a hostage rescue caused by Phillip Karnowski who powered himself up with X-Kryptonite, Superman is overpowered due the painful visions tied with an "invasion cosmological event", but is saved by Anderson's Supermen who defeat Karnowski. One of Anderson's latest recruits is teenager Tag Harris who received Kryptonian abilities during the first season in which he was exposed to yellow phosphorescence the same time Superman's son Jordan Kent discovered his abilities. With Anderson considering Superman's painful visions as turning him into a liability, Superman does state to him that Tag is less than 18-years-old. In the episode "The Inverse Method", Superman gives Mitch Anderson the information they needed to track down his attacker from the mines and advises them not to have the Supermen of America engage this opponent as they aren't ready for threats like that. When the culprit is found at Salar de Uyuni, Anderson sends the Supermen of America to confront him. The attacker kills Jessie and her unnamed teammate and Superman fights him giving Tag time to get away with the necklace around Bizarro's neck. Anderson and the U.S. army later holds a funeral for Jessie and her unnamed teammate as Jessie's mother Sandra scolds him for sending her daughter to her death. He later starts acting out on his own and kills Bizarro before assisting Ally Allston. When he made it to Bizarro World, his Bizarro counterpart starts to try to merge with him before Bizarro Anderson was accidentally killed. When he meets Bizarro versions of Superman's family, he then regrets his actions and understands why Superman protects his family. Anderson is later killed by Jonathan's counterpart Jon-El when helping Superman fight the Bizarro versions of Tal-Rho and Lana Lang.

The Bizarro version of Mitch Anderson appears in "Bizarros in a Bizarro World". When he tries to merge with his normal counterpart, Bizarro Anderson was accidentally burned by Jon-El's fire breath. Superman later found his charred body upon arrival.

References

  1. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 290. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  2. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Pasko, Martin (2010). The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. p. 426. ISBN 978-0-345-50108-0.
  3. ^ Superman #714 (October 2011). DC Comics.