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Bizarro
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Bizarro: art from the cover of Superman #202 (Dec. 1967).
Art by Curt Swan & George Klein.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superboy #68
(Oct. 1958)
Created by Otto Binder
George Papp
In-story information
Alter ego Kent Clark
Place of origin Htrae
Team affiliations Injustice League
The Society
Notable aliases Bizarro #1, Superman, Bizarro Clark, Bizarro-Superman
Abilities Reverse versions of Kryptonian powers including freeze-vision; heat-breath; vacuum breath; spot-light vision; x-ray hearing

Bizarro is a fictional character that appears in publications published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Superboy #68 (1958), and was created by writer Otto Binder and artist George Papp.

Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character has appeared in both comic books and graphic novels; and other DC Comics-related products such as animated and live-action television series; trading cards; toys and video games.

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Publication history

Bizarro debuted in Superboy #68 (Oct. 1958), writer Otto Binder casting the character as a Frankenstein's monster pastiche that possessed all the powers of Superboy. Shunned for his grotesque appearance, the teen version of Bizarro only appeared in a single comic book story. An adult version, however, followed soon after: debuting in the Superman daily newspaper comic strip, featuring in Episode 105: "The Battle With Bizarro" (Strips 6147-6242 :Aug. 25, 1958 to Dec. 13, 1958). This storyline also introduced the strange speech patterns that became synonymous with the character, with all of Bizarro's comments meaning the opposite (eg. "bad" means "good"). The newspaper version also wore a "B" on his chest, as opposed to the distinctive "S".[1]

Writer of the strip Alvin Schwartz stated:

I was striving, you might say, for that mirror-image, that opposite. And out of a machine which would reveal the negative Superman, came the mirror image, - always remembering that in a mirror everything is reversed...The times were such that one-dimensional characters, your standard superheroes, even in comics, seemed rather simplistic, like paper cut-outs. What was demanded was the full dimensional personality - a figure that carried a shadow, if you like. I was certainly inspired to some degree also by C.G. Jung's archetype of "the shadow" - and Bizarro certainly reflected that, as well. [2]

Binder revised the character, this time wearing an "S" in Action Comics #254 (July 1959). Bizarro proved popular, and starred in the back-up feature in Adventure Comics for fifteen issues, running from issue #285 - 300 (June 1961 - Sep. 1962). The character made forty appearances[3] in the Superman family of titles - Action Comics; Superman; Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen; Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane; Adventure Comics; Secret Society of Super-Villains and DC Comics Presents - from 1959 to 1984 prior to a reboot of the DC Universe as a result of the limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 - 12 (April 1985 - March 1986).

Bizarro was reintroduced into the DC Universe in The Man of Steel #5 (Dec. 1986). An unrelated four issue limited series titled A. Bizarro (July - Oct.) was published in 1999.

Yet another version was introduced during the "Emperor Joker" storyline in Action Comics #769 – 770 (Sep. - Oct. 2000); Adventures of Superman #582 – 583 (Sep. - Oct. 2000); Superman #160 – 161 (Sep. - Oct. 2000); Superman: Man of Steel #104 – 105 (Sep. - Oct. 2000) and Superman: Emperor Joker #1 (Oct. 2000). Remaining in DC Comics continuity, Bizarro continued to make semi-regular guest appearances that firmly established the character as part of the Superman mythos. The character appeared in Action Comics #785 (Jan. 2002); Infinite Crisis #1 (Oct. 2005); the Superman: Last Son storyline in Action Comics 844-846 (Dec. 2006 - Feb. 2007); 851 (Aug. 2007); #855 - 857 (Oct. 2007 - Dec. 2007) and Annual #11 (July 2008); and #873 (March 2009).

The character appeared in the limited series Rann/Thanagar Holy War #1 - 8 (July 2008 - Feb. 2009); Strange Adventures #1 - 8 (May - Dec. 2009) and Solomon Grundy #1 - 7 (May - Nov. 2009). Bizarro also appeared in a chapter of the Blackest Night storyline in Superman/Batman #66 - 67 (Jan. - Feb. 2010).

Character Biography

Pre-Crisis Bizarro

When a scientist is demonstrating his newly invented "duplicating ray" to Superboy, an accident causes the ray to duplicate the teen hero. The copy, quickly labeled "Bizarro", is a flawed imitation as it possesses chalky white skin and childlike erratic behavior. Shunned by the people of Smallville, Bizarro befriends a blind girl. Superboy is eventually forced to "kill" the doppelganger, using the remains of the duplicating machine, which acts like blue kryptonite (as opposed to green kryptonite, Superboy's weakness) on the copy.[4]

Years after this adventure when Superboy has become Superman, his arch-foe Lex Luthor recreates the "duplicating ray" and uses it on the hero, hoping to control the duplicate. The Bizarro that is created, however, is confused, stating :"Me not human...me not creature...me not even animal! Me unhappy! Me don't belong in world of living people! Me don't know difference between right and wrong-good and evil!"[5] Luthor is forgotten as Bizarro attempts to emulate Superman, creating havoc in the city of Metropolis and almost exposing Superman's secret identity as Clark Kent. When Bizarro falls in love with reporter Lois Lane, she uses the duplicating ray on herself to create a "Bizarro Lois", who instantly attracted to Bizarro. The Bizarros leave Earth together, determined to find a home where they can be themselves.[6]

Superman encounters the couple once again, discovering that Bizarro - now called Bizarro #1 - has used a version of the duplication ray to create an entire world of Bizarros, who now reside on a square-shaped planet called "Htrae" (Earth spelled backwards).[7] Bizarro #1 and Bizarro-Lois #1 also give birth to a child who while super-powered, appears to be totally human. Considered a freak by Bizarro standards, the child is the catalyst for a brief war between Htrae and Earth.[8] Bizarro also has a series of adventures on Htrae, aiding a normal Jimmy Olsen when accidentally trapped on the Bizarro world;[9] preventing an invasion of blue kryptonite statues[10] and stopping the Bizarro version of Titano.[11]

Bizarro's influence is also felt on Earth: Jimmy Olsen is inadvertently turned into a Bizarro for a time,[12] and a new teen version of Bizarro travels to the 30th century, attempting to join the Legion of Super-Heroes. When rejected by the Legion, the Bizarro teen creates his own Bizarro version of the Legion, which Superboy eventually persuades him to disband.[13]

When Bizarro encountered Superman once again, he had developed certain powers that were the opposite of Superman's (such as possessing freeze vision as opposed to heat vision), and unsuccessfully attempts to once again kidnap Lois Lane.[14] Bizarro also temporarily joins the Secret Society of Super-Villains to battle the Justice League of America and Captain Comet.[15]

Post-Crisis

After the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Lex Luthor creates a clone of Superman called "Bizarro". The clone, however, proves to be an imperfect copy. Although mute, the creature attempts to mimic Superman; kidnaps Lois Lane and is finally destroyed when colliding with Superman in mid-air.[16]

The new "Bizarro": cover of Action Comics #785 (Jan. 2002).
Art by Ed McGuinness.

The version of Bizarro currently depicted in DC's mainstream continuity possesses all the abilities of Superman but with a child-like mentality. He is created by arch-Batman foe the Joker when the villain steals the powers of the fifth-dimensional imp Mr. Mxyzptlk. Creating a twisted version of Earth called "Jokerworld" - a perfect cube with Joker's image on each facet - the villain designates Bizarro to be the planet's greatest hero and leader of a reimagined "JLA" called, the "Joker's League of Anarchy)". When Mxyzptlk regains his powers, the imp allows Bizarro and several other beings to remain on the restored Earth.[17]

Bizarro suffers a setback when captured by the Pokolistanian dictator General Zod. Zod beats and tortures Bizarro, apparently simply because the creature resembles Superman. The hero rescues Bizarro, and to help him adjust to the normal Earth rebuilds Bizarro's "Graveyard of Solitude" (the opposite of Superman's Fortress of Solitude).[18] During the Infinite Crisis, Bizarro is tricked into joining the reformed Secret Society of Super Villains by Flash foe Zoom, and during a battle with superteam the Freedom Fighters accidentally kills the Human Bomb, constantly hitting the hero to observe the flashes of light that are produced from the kinetic energy of the blows.[19]

Bizarro becomes involved when Kryptonian criminals led by General Zod escape to Earth,[20] but wishing to create a home for himself, Bizarro travels into deep space to a solar system occupied by a blue sun. After creating a cube shaped planet, filled with abstract versions of various buildings and locations on Earth, Bizarro is still lonely. The blue sun, however, gives Bizarro a new ability called "Bizarro Vision", which allows him to create new Bizarros. When this fails, Bizarro kidnaps Jonathan Kent, Superman's adopted father on Earth. Superman rescues his father and helps Bizarro become his world's greatest hero.[21]

Bizarro eventually appears on the planet Throneworld, eventually befriending and aiding Earth hero Adam Strange and allies Prince Gavyn; Captain Comet, and the Weird. Together they participate in the war between alien worlds Rann and Thanagar,[22] and against villains Lady Styx and Synnar.[23]Bizarro eventually visits the grave of a deceased Jonathan Kent, and is then sent by rogue Kryptonians with other Superman foes to the inter-dimensional prison, the Phantom Zone.[24]

Bizarro has a series of encounters with former Secret Society ally Solomon Grundy,[25] and during the events of Blackest Night, Bizarro confronts the Black Lantern version of Grundy. Bizarro eventually destroys Grundy by driving him into the heart of the Sun.[26]

Other versions

The limited series All-Star Superman (Jan. 2006 - Oct. 2008) features Bizarro clones from an alternate universe called the "Underverse". They can "infect" a normal human and change them into a Bizarro clone by touch. One of these creatures is called "Zibarro" and is unique in that he has the mental capacity of a normal human.

Several alternate universe versions of the character exist: one-shot The Superman Monster (1999), essentially a Frankenstein pastiche features monstrous copy of Bizarro; one-shot Superman: Red Son (2004) features a nameless version created in the United States to stop the Soviet-based Superman and Lex Luthor creates Bizarro-like duplicates in the limited series JLA: The Nail (1998).

Powers and abilities

Bizarro is depicted as having all the abilities of Superman, although in some incarnations several of these traits have been reversed, such as "freeze vision" instead of heat vision, and "flame breath" instead of freeze breath. This also applies to weaknesses, as Bizarro is vulnerable to blue kryptonite, as opposed to green kryptonite, which is lethal to Superman.

In other media

Bizarro appears in the animated television series Challenge of the Super Friends (1978) voiced by Bill Calloway; Super Friends (1980 - 1982); The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985 - 1986) voiced by Danny Dark; Superman: The Animated Series (1996 - 2000) voiced by Tim Daly; and Justice League Unlimited (2004 - 2006) voiced by George Newbern.

Various versions appear in live-action television adaptations, appears in Superboy (1988 - 1992) played by Barry Meyers and Smallville (2001 - present) played by Tom Welling.

Tom Welling as Bizarro in the seventh season episode (#133) of Smallville titled "Bizarro" (Airdate Sep. 27, 2007).

Bizarro appears in several video games, including Superman 64 (1999); Superman: The Man of Steel (2002) and Superman Returns (2006) voiced by John DiMaggio.

A Bizarro feature film is being developed by writers Dean Parisot and Robert Gordon.[27][28]

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.thespeedingbullet.com/
  2. ^ Conroy, Mike. 500 Comicbook Villains, Collins & Brown, 2004.
  3. ^ http://www.dcuguide.com/whoswho.php
  4. ^ Superboy #68 (Oct. 1958)
  5. ^ Conroy, Mike. 500 Comicbook Villains, Collins & Brown, 2004.
  6. ^ Action Comics #254 - 255 (July - Aug. 1959)
  7. ^ Action Comics #263 - 264 (April - May 1960)
  8. ^ Superman #140 (Oct. 1960)
  9. ^ Adventure Comics #287 (June 1961);
  10. ^ Adventure Comics #290 (Nov. 1961)
  11. ^ Adventure Comics #295 (April 1962)
  12. ^ Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #80 (Oct. 1964)
  13. ^ Adventure Comics #329 (Feb. 1965)
  14. ^ Superman #306 (Dec. 1976)
  15. ^ Secret Society of Super-Villains Special #1 (Jan. 1977); Secret Society of Super-Villains #10 (Oct. 1977)
  16. ^ Man of Steel #5 (Dec. 1986)
  17. ^ Action Comics #769 – 770 (Sep. - Oct. 2000); Adventures of Superman #582 – 583 (Sep. - Oct. 2000); Superman #160 – 161 (Sep. - Oct. 2000); Superman: Man of Steel #104 – 105 (Sep. - Oct. 2000) and Superman: Emperor Joker #1 (Oct. 2000)
  18. ^ Action Comics #785 (Jan. 2002)
  19. ^ Infinite Crisis #1 (Oct. 2005)
  20. ^ Action Comics #844 - 846 (Dec. 2006 - Feb. 2007)
  21. ^ Action Comics #855 - 857 (Oct. - Dec. 2007)
  22. ^ Rann/Thanagar Holy War #1 - 8 (July 2008 - Feb. 2009)
  23. ^ Strange Adventures #1 - 8 (May - Dec. 2009)
  24. ^ Superman #682 (Jan. 2009)
  25. ^ Solomon Grundy #1 - 8 (May - Nov. 2009)
  26. ^ Superman/Batman #66 - 67 (Jan. - Feb. 2010)
  27. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i7c23ccda60974aa22c26d0828796a26c?pn=2
  28. ^ Marshall, Rick (April 9, 2009). "'Bizarro' Superman Movie Making The Rounds?". MTV.com. http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/04/09/bizarro-superman-movie-making-the-rounds/. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 

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