Superman’s Most Famous Image… Isn’t Actually His!

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Life gives a thousand times. And, if you don’t believe it, ask Superman. Apparently, his most emblematic image is a lie… It belongs to another superhero!

Superman’s most famous image has turned out not to be his own. The world of comics has witnessed a surprising revelation. Apparently, the iconic pose of the Man of Steel in the first issue of the emblematic series Action Comics was not actually created by the Kryptonian, but by Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern.

This surprising plot twist has been revealed in issue 4 of the current series Jay Garrick: The Flash, by Jeremy Adams and Diego Olortegui. The plot takes us through the memories of Professor Hughes, also known as the evil Doctor Elemental.

Going back to 1938, Professor Hughes remembers witnessing an amazing feat that led him to an obsession and villainy: one of the first broadcasts of Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern, thwarting a robbery. The image speaks for itself:

What do you think? Doesn’t it remind you a bit of this cover?

Superman: Action Comics 1

Indeed, it is.

The Superman Tribute that Changes the History of DC Comics

The pose of Green Lantern in the scene is instantly recognizable: underneath a tilted car that impacted a telephone pole, it is practically a mirror image of the iconic cover of the first issue of Action Comics, the introduction of Superman.

Although the circumstances are different, the composition of Green Lantern’s broadcast clearly reflects the iconic image of Superman, with a terrified onlooker at the bottom left and the distinctive angle of the car.

This deliberate homage highlights the historical importance of Superman’s classic pose as a visual pillar representing heroism and new beginnings. Green Lantern, by adopting this pose, is presented as a key catalyst in the arrival of future heroes to the DC Universe, just as Superman’s first appearance was.

The fact that Alan Scott’s broadcast as Green Lantern took place in 1938 places his debut in the DC Universe at roughly the same time as Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics.

 

This implies that, in the DC Universe, it was Alan Scott who triggered the heroic age, although it also leaves room for him and Superman to operate simultaneously. Either way, the change adds a fascinating twist to comic book history by showing how Green Lantern emerges as one of the greatest catalysts of the hero’s era.

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