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Real Name
Current Alias

Red Son; The Man of Steel






Base Of Operations


6' 3"

225 lbs (102 kg)




Marital Status

President of the Socialist Society Union, retired with the military rank of Major


Place of Birth
Krypton (actually future Earth renamed as such)

First appearance

Superman: Red Son #1
(June, 2003)
Image:Quote1.png The Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact! Image:Quote2.png
-- Josef Stalin




Red Son

Kal-L of this reality follows much of the similar known reality of being rocketed to Earth from a dying advanced culture based on the distant Krypton.

But rather than landing in the suburbs of Kansas in the United States, this rocket lands on a Ukrainian collective farm in Communist Russia under the control of Josef Stalin. The baby is immediately taken in and recognized as an alien with advanced powers and abilities that will be used for the greater good of the country. This idea is lightly touched on in some of the 1970s retelling of the origin of Superman where the Kents pass Kal-El off as a distant relative in order to avoid the same fate of the government taking the child if he was openly known to exhibit superhuman abilities.

Growing up as a Soviet citizen, the future Superman is basically shown as a good person who dedicates his abilities to the safeguard of Soviet citizens and some of the people of the world as he spends most of his time detecting and preventing accidents. Over the intervening years, Superman becomes a member of Stalin's inner circle and is used as a propaganda event to bolster Stalin's regime. It is not until the United States CIA prompts S.T.A.R. Labs lead scientist Lex Luthor to develop a plan to destroy him does Superman begin to openly and actively support the arms race between the United States and the USSR.

Lex Luthor chooses to create his own version of Superman through cloning to combat and overcome the original. Luthor decides to crash Sputnik into Metropolis which will bring Superman to the event and hopefully allow Luthor to gather genetic material of Superman. As planned, Superman arrives in time to stop the deadly crash. The United States government claims the probe and Luthor gets the samples he needs in order to create his copy which proves to be defective and is named Bizarro. Luthor sends his Bizarro off to engage Superman who is attending a state party which Wonder Woman is attending. Bizarro crashes the party and the two fight. Their battle is so aggressive it accidently causes a nuclear missile to launch. Bizarro proves himself to be a true genetic descendent of Superman as he sacrifices himself to save millions from the nuclear explosion. Superman tries to distance himself from the potential destruction he has caused and the power battle of the two governments but it spurred to actively change the world when he meets with Lana Lazarenko, his childhood sweetheart who is suffering along with her children. Deciding to actively lead the government, Superman assumes leadership of the country to transform it into a utopia after Stalin is poisoned by his son, Pyotr Roslov (counterpart to Pete Ross).

Over a period of twenty years or so, Superman and Wonder Woman are shown to be working together to bring about a better world with Superman unaware of Wonder Woman open attraction to him. Though Superman has advanced the Soviet Union to almost world wide control without resorting to war and virtually eliminated poverty, disease and the like, his plan is obviously starting to control the populace directly. But the extent of that direct control is not known until revealed to be done by brain surgery techniques that pacifies dissidents into obedient slaves, or "Superman Robots". Batman develops as a direct result of the horror of the true state of Superman's society as he was orphaned by the disgruntled son of Stalin, Pyotr who was pushed aside by Superman. But Pyotr ruthlessness serves him well enough to become the head of the KGB. Batman works against the system of Superman who views the safety and food at the cost of human free will as too costly and seeks to overturn Superman regime.

Luthor, still scheming against Superman over all these years, is involved in supporting Batman's activities as well as developing a computer core called Brainiac that is created to seek out a plan to defeat Superman. Superman overcomes both, but at the cost of Wonder Woman's health who is badly injured in a kidnap plot and Brainiac shrinks down Stalingrad and its citizens to a bottled city neither of which Superman is able to restore to normal. While not completely defeating him, these events deeply effect Superman, turning him ever so much more dark in his need to safeguard the innocents around him, even at the cost of the individuals' freedoms. Superman takes the Brainiac computer into protective custody to prevent anymore such attacks and supposedly reprograms it to be a subservient robot making slave for the good of the Soviet Union.

At the beginning of the new century, the Global Soviet Union is a world-wide country with the notable exception of the United States of America. The USA has suffered a second civil war while the Soviet Union has no crime, no poverty, no unemployment, and no freedom of choice. The conversion brain surgery is now a public punishment for the dissent and open opposers of the government. Superman is still trying to operate as a good person and repeatedly refuses Brainiac's suggestions of openly invading the USA and ending its destructiveness. Superman's primary failure of Stalingrad has become even worse as the shrunken city is ravaged by a microscopic germ.

After an almost lifetime of failed events, Luthor decides on an open attack plan by openly controlling the United States as an active platform of attacking Superman and his regime. Luthor runs for and wins the American presidency which he basically turns into a dictatorship to grant some prosperity to the once defeated country in getting the people to support his ideology. Luthor confronts Superman in the Siberian Fortress of Solitude and declares open war against Superman. Superman relents in accepting the terms of war upon seeing Luthor's open attack force of the Green Lantern Marine Corps which are led by Colonel Hal Jordan and comprise of Privates Scott, Stewart, Rayner, and Gardner and supported by the Amazon forces commanded by a highly disillusioned Wonder Woman and other superpowered beings.

The battle against Superman does not stop him as Superman enters the United States White House in triumph where Lois Lane-Luthor (in an obvious nod to the Earth-Three history) defeats Superman with a simple note that reads "why don't you just put the entire world in a bottle, Superman?"

Reminded of his greatest defeat and the reason for his open domination of humanity, Superman relents and orders Brainiac to end the invasion and return home. Brainiac openly defies Superman and reveals that he will control humanity for his own purposes. But Luthor deactivates the rampaging robot which overloads the nuclear power source of the invasion ship into basically a bomb. Superman pushes the invasion ship into outer space, where it blows up supposedly killing Superman in the offworld explosion.

Seemingly rid of the open control imposed by Superman's beneficial society, Lex Luthor reforms the planet and its governments into a new philosophy of "Luthorism" that paradoxically uses several of Superman's ideology. Luthor relents his complete control and develops an age of peace and stability. Luthor retires to scientific pursuits which includes colonizing the solar system and curing all known diseases. Luthor extends his life to reach over two millennia. It is at Luthor's funeral that Superman finally reappears, revealed to be apparently immortal with no age in all the intervening years.


In the dimensional reality known as Earth-30, 35 years ago a rocket from Krypton landed on Earth containing the sole known survivor of that civilization. Due to flaws in the trajectory, the rocket's flight was off its entended flight-path by 12 hours, which resulted in the ship landing in communist led Russia. Recognizing the powers that the babe had, the super-powered child was taken in and raised by the ruling government and developed as its most prominent operative -- Superman!

Superman would eventually become his country's active political leader as President and dominator. While the Earth-30's specific complete background has not been revealed, it is known that unlike the previous "Red Son", this Superman has only been on Earth for 35 years. Also unlike the original Red Son, the Earth-30 Superman has no problem in openly using open war or enforcing his views on the populace of Earth outside of his control who do not submit to him.

Powers and Abilities


Kryptonian Physiology: Superman's cellular structure is more dense, resilient and biologically more effective than human tissue. Superman's body also stores energy actively within his bio-cellular matrix as an energy pattern that is linked to his body's electromagnetic field.[citation needed] This energy powers most of Superman's electromagnetic capabilities such as flight and heat vision.[citation needed] It also supplements his physical strength.

  • Solar Energy Absorption: Technically, this is the main source of Superman's powers. Because Superman's powers are greatly due to exposure to Earth's yellow sun, his powers have been affected by extreme absorptions of solar power, whether voluntary or involuntary.[citation needed] However, Superman has used this to his advantage in battle in many instances, and to his detriment at certain times.[citation needed]
  • Superhuman Strength: While the exact magnitude of Superman's strength is unknown, it is generally accepted that Superman is sufficiently strong to lift several thousand tons.
  • Invulnerability: Superman's body is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces ,In addition, his immune system protects him from toxins and diseases.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Superman has the ability to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an undefined period.
  • Flight: Superman can defy the forces of gravity. Under one Earth gravity, Superman is capable of Mach speeds in Earth's atmosphere. His control of his flight is very precise and he can perform aerobatic feats such as hovering, flying backwards and even lifting great weights while flying. Superman has repeatedly demonstrated he has the ability to achieve escape velocities , fly in outer space and land safely down to a planet's surface from outer space.
  • Superhuman Speed: Superman is capable of enhanced reflex action and the ability to move at incredible speeds by sheer force of will. Superman can match most other speedsters in their ability to perform super-fast movements, reactions, and processes. He can use this power to disarm opponents who do not have heightened reflexes, catch bullets or shrapnel or cross vast distances in seconds.
  • Super-Breath: The ability to create hurricane force winds by blowing, and to chill his breath in order to freeze a target (this latter ability has also been called "freeze breath" and "arctic breath"). Superman can also breathe in large amounts of air, an ability used when dealing with and disposing things like clouds of poison gas.
  • Superhuman Hearing: The ability to hear any sound at any volume or pitch.[citation needed] He has shown enough control to block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source/frequency. He can identify a person by their heartbeat, or pick out a single voice in an entire city.
  • Heat Vision: The ability to fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it with the conscious act of activating this power. Visually, the power is typically depicted as two beams of red light firing from his eyes. These beams can be made invisible, allowing Superman to work undetected. The area of effect can be consciously determined by Superman, down to the microscopic level. Recent stories imply the precision is so exact it can bypass a target's outer shell (not causing damage to a person's skull for surgical purposes) or even defenses (such as invulnerability or intangibility).[citation needed]
  • Superhuman Vision:: He also possess a superior sensory arrangement of microscopic, telescopic, infrared and ultraviolet visual capabilities. He is able to see the entire spectrum. Abilities include:
  • Electro-magnetic Spectrum Vision: can see well into most of the EM Spectrum. He can see and identify radio/television and any and all broadcast/transmitted frequencies, allowing him to avoid detection through radar or satellite monitoring methods. Superman can see the aura that every living thing generates.[citation needed]
  • Telescopic Vision: The ability to "zoom in" his distance to see something at a great distance.
  • X-Ray Vision: The ability to see through anything except lead. He can see things behind a wall as if the wall were not there, or can "peel back" layer after layer of matter in his mind. Opponents sometimes used lead-lined constructs in an attempt to hide things from Superman.
  • Microscopic Vision: The ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.F

    Strength level

Class 100+ ; able to list 100 tons easily.


  • Superman He does assume a non powered persona similar to the original format of Clark Kent being a meek and retiring personality, but this persona is not specifically named as it is considered a national secret.
  • It is unknown if this Superman is affected by Kryptonite as it is never used in this story.

See Also

Recommended Reading

  • Superman: Red Son
  • Countdown: Arena

Links and References

  • Superman at Wikipedia


Elseworlds Character

This character exists within an Elseworlds continuity, and as such is not a part of the mainstream DC Universe; they may also exist within the 52 Multiverse. This template will categorize articles that include it into the category "Elseworlds Characters."

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