List of Elseworlds publications

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This is a list of Elseworlds publications from DC Comics, separated by main character, and in alphabetical order by title. Each title was originally released as a one-shot book unless otherwise noted.

Batman Family Elseworlds[edit]

Superman Family Elseworlds[edit]

  • Superman: Secret Identity (2004) - A young man named Clark Kent is teased about being named after the comic book character, and then one day discovers he actually does have the powers of Superman.
  • Son of Superman (1999) - With Superman missing, Lex Luthor takes control of the Justice League. Meanwhile, Superman's young son Jonathan begins manifesting superpowers and rebelling against the "heroes" he comes across. (HC, SC)
  • Superboy's Legion (2001) - Inspired by the heroes of the 20th century, a 30th-century-raised Superboy forms his own Legion of Super-Heroes. (2 issues)
  • Supergirl: Wings (2001) - A reworking of the Supergirl as Earth angel story, in which Matrix is a cynical guardian angel to Linda Danvers. Features versions of all the angelic characters of the DCU.
  • Superman: A Nation Divided (1998) - Superman as a Union soldier during the American Civil War. This also has connections, near the end, with The Lone Ranger.
  • Superman: At Earth's End (1995) - Sequel to Kamandi: At Earth's End (see below).
  • Superman: The Dark Side (1998) - Kal-El's rocket is diverted from Earth to Apokolips, and Superman is raised by Darkseid. (3 issues, collected)
  • Superman: Distant Fires (1998) - A nuclear holocaust destroys civilization and deprives Superman and many other surviving heroes of their powers.
  • Superman, Inc. (1999) - Superman is raised to suppress his powers, and becomes a sports superstar and a ruthless businessman.
  • Superman: Kal (1995) - Baby Kal-El lands in medieval England, he grows up to become a blacksmith, where he forges the future Excalibur and a suit of armor out of the metal of his spaceship.
  • Superman: The Last Family of Krypton (2010) - Jor-El, Lara and Baby Kal all arrive on Earth. (3 issues)
  • Superman: Last Son of Earth (2000) - Baby Clark Kent arrives on the planet Krypton in a rocket from the doomed planet Earth. While struggling to find his place there as an adult, he discovers a Green Lantern power ring. (2 issues)
    • Sequel: Superman: Last Stand on Krypton (2003)
  • The Superman Monster (1999) - A Frankenstein pastiche in which Vicktor Luthor finds a crashed rocket with a dead infant inside, and sets about bringing it back to life using his experimental machinery. This is a loose sequel to Batman: Two Faces.
  • Superman: Red Son (2003) - Kal-L's rocket crash-lands in Ukraine, and the Man of Steel becomes the USSR's main hero. (3 issues, collected)
  • Superman: Speeding Bullets (1993) - Kal-El is raised by the Waynes who are murdered by a mugger, and becomes a superpowered version of Batman.
  • Superman's Metropolis (1997) - The first of a trilogy that includes Batman: Nosferatu and Wonder Woman: the Blue Amazon. A fusion of the Superman mythos with Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
  • Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle (2001, co-published with Dark Horse) - Kal-El is raised by apes in this amalgamation of the two stories. (3 issues, collected)
  • Superman: True Brit (2004) - Kal-El lands in the English countryside and is raised to be "ordinary" and not draw attention. Nonetheless, he becomes a British superhero, before the tabloids try to knock him down. This story was co-written by Monty Python's John Cleese and long-time Python chronicler Kim "Howard" Johnson. (HC, SC)
  • Superman: War of the Worlds (1998) - A golden age Superman encounters the Martian invaders from H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds in 1938.
  • Superman: Yes, Tyrone, There Is A Santa Claus (2006) - A little boy writes a letter to the Daily Planet asking if there is a Santa Claus, prompting Superman to dress up as Santa Claus and visit the boy, only to learn that he has been beaten to it by "Bat-Santa". Published as the only Elseworlds story in the DC Infinite Holiday Special.
  • Superman/Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy (1997) - Superman and Wonder Woman in a story that involves Greek mythology and Nazis in an alternate future. (4 issues)
  • Kingdom Come (1996) - See link for details. (4 issues) (HC, SC)
    • Associated: The Kingdom (1998) - Not technically Elseworlds, but a loose sequel to Kingdom Come. The collected set of books consists of:
      • New Year's Evil: Gog (1998) - A young boy saved from the Kansas attacks by Superman becomes a prophet to the hero he deems heaven sent. But when he learns of his savior's transgressions, his world shatters, and the group of demi-gods known as the Quintessence attempt to give him a new purpose.
      • The Kingdom #1 (1998) - With Gog on a time-travelling rampage against Superman, the future heroes must band together to save the child of Superman and Wonder Woman. In addition, the Linear Men select a group of younger heroes to assist in the effort.
      • Nightstar (1998) - Focusing on the daughter of Dick Grayson (Nightwing) and Starfire, and her efforts to save the child.
      • Son of the Bat (1998) - Ibn al Xu'ffasch, son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, tries to restore the balance to his reality by recruiting various former villains to his aid.
      • Offspring (1998) - The son of Plastic Man attempts - in his rather comical way - to prevent the end of the world he knows.
      • Kid Flash (1998) - Iris West, daughter of Wally West (The Flash) combats her feelings of abandonment from her father, the apathy of her brother, and the crisis that could destroy her reality.
      • Planet Krypton (1998) - A young runaway working as a Supergirl waitress at Booster Gold's hero-themed restaurant "Planet Krypton" starts seeing ghosts of other realities; heroes that may or may not have existed.
      • The Kingdom #2 (1998) - Circumstances force the future Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to recruit the help of their younger, modern-day selves to save the most powerful child in Hypertime in the final clash with Gog.
    • Associated: Justice Society of America Kingdom Come Special Superman (2008) - Part of the Thy Kingdom Come storyline, and not an actual Elseworlds. It fills in details about Lois Lane's death at the hands of The Joker as mentioned in Kingdom Come.

Superman/Batman "Team-Up" Elseworlds[edit]

  • Elseworld's Finest (1997) - Batman and Superman in a 1920s pulp adventure; a play on the phrase "World's Finest", a long running DC Comics series feature these two heroes. (2 issues)
  • Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl (1998) - A world in which Bruce Wayne was never Batman, and the infant Kal-El didn't survive. The orphaned Barbara Gordon becomes Gotham's near-dictatorial protector, and Kara Zor-El teams with Lex Luthor and the Justice League as the Girl of Steel.
  • Superman & Batman: Doom Link (1995) - A cyberpunk story. This book was only available with Kenner Toys' Cyber-Link Superman & Batman Action Figure Two-Pack.
  • Superman & Batman: Generations (1998–1999) A retelling of the Superman & Batman mythos, with the heroes and characters in the DCU aging in "real-time" from a first meeting in 1929 and stretching onwards. (4 issues, collected)
    • Sequel: Superman & Batman: Generations II (2001), focusing on characters in the DCU besides Superman & Batman. (4 issues, collected)
    • Sequel: Superman & Batman: Generations III (2003), covering a 1000-year battle against Darkseid. (12 issues)
  • Superman and Batman: World's Funnest (2000) - Superman's extra-dimensional pest Mr. Mxyzptlk meets Batman's extra-dimensional pest Bat-Mite, and chaos ensues as they chase each other throughout the multiverse.
  • Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons (2007) - Not labelled as Elseworlds, but collects the Imaginary Stories from World's Finest featuring the teenage sons of Superman and Batman. Includes 'Superman Jr. is no More' from the recalled Elseworlds 80-Page Giant. (in the title, Super Sons is spelled without a hyphen)

Justice League and/or Justice Society Elseworlds[edit]

  • The Golden Age (1993) - A story set at the end of World War II and the Golden Age of comics, as superheroes become targets for an ambitious hero-turned-senator and his "protégé new-age hero". (4 issues, collected) [NOTE: The current TPB of this story retitles it as JSA: The Golden Age.]
  • JLA: Act of God (2000-1) - When a strange energy hits Earth, heroes and villains alike lose their superpowers. Some refuse to give in to defeat, while others disappear into the woodwork, and still others undergo a "rebirth" as the Phoenix Group. (3 issues)
  • JLA: Age of Wonder (2003) - A Justice League created during the Industrial Age. (2 issues)
  • JLA: Created Equal (2000) - A cosmic plague hits Earth, killing all men except for Superman and Lex Luthor. (2 issues)
  • JLA: Destiny (2002) - In a world where Superman and Batman never existed, Thomas Wayne creates his own Justice League. (4 issues)
  • JLA: The Island of Dr. Moreau (2002) - Set in the 1880s, the League is combined with Dr. Moreau's animal-men.
  • JLA: The Nail (1998) - The world is without Superman after a punctured tire prevents the discovery of baby Kal-El by the Kents. The Justice League is a group of heroes whom the media deem as dangerous aliens as a lethal conspiracy seeks to undermine all they stand for. (3 issues, collected)
    • JLA: Another Nail (2004) - With the discovery of Superman and his addition to the JLA, the heroes must maintain their good face to the public. (3 issues)
  • JLA: Riddle of the Beast (2001) - High fantasy story as young Robin Drake leads the armies of the World against Etrigan. (HC)
  • JLA: The Secret Society of Super-Heroes (2000) - Superpowered beings keep their existence quiet; the JLA becomes an unaccountable conspiracy. (2 issues)
  • JLA: Shogun of Steel (2002) - Set in feudal Japan.
  • JSA: The Liberty Files - two two-issue mini-series collected into one volume:
    • JSA: The Liberty File (1999–2000) - The Justice Society as a special operations team during World War II. (2 issues)
    • JSA: The Unholy Three (2003) - Six years after the events of The Liberty File, the JSA is recalled to battle, with a new member in their team: Clark "Superman" Kent. (2 issues)
  • Justice Riders (1997) - The JLI as a group of marshals, gamblers, inventors, and various other characters in the Old West.
  • League of Justice (1996) - A quartet of teenagers find themselves joined up with fantasy fiction versions of the Justice League heroes. (2 issues)
  • Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta (2002) - An alternate version of the Planetary team meet an alternate version of the JLA triumvirate - Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

DCU Elseworlds[edit]

Elseworlds Annuals (1994)[edit]

The annuals in 1994 featured Elseworlds stories.

  • Action Comics Annual #6 - "Legacy" - A Kryptonian named Gar-El flees Krypton and conquers 18th century Earth. Two hundred years later, his descendant Kal fights against his rule. Written by John Byrne.
    • Doomsday for the Fifth Dimension: A short story which was published alongside Legacy. Written by Dennis Janke and Louise Simonson, and illustrated by Janke, the story shows baby Kal-El's rocketship landing in the fifth dimension, and having grown to adult size, begins unintentionally wreaking havoc on its denizens until it is stopped by King Mxyzptlk.
  • Adventures of Superman Annual #6 - "The Super Seven Part I: The Longest Night" - Long after Earth has been conquered by aliens, only seven superheroes remain.
  • Batman Annual #18 - "Black Masterpiece" - Leonardo da Vinci's apprentice uses his master's hang-glider design to fight crime.
  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #4 - "Citizen Wayne" - Batman as Citizen Kane.
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #2 - "The Tyrant" - In a totalitarian Gotham, Batman prevents crime by suppressing all dissent. Anarky leads the resistance.
  • Catwoman Annual #1 - "The Last Man" - Talia al Ghul as a 14th-century werecat fighting Crusaders.
  • Deathstroke, the Terminator Annual #3 - "Journey's End" - Deathstroke survives into a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Detective Comics Annual #7 - "Leatherwing" - Batman translated into a traditional tale of piracy on the high seas.
  • Flash Annual #7 - "The Barry Allen Story" - A crippled Wally West sells Barry Allen's story to a film studio.
  • Green Lantern Annual #3 - "Ring of Evil" - Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner as Nazis; John Stewart leads the resistance.
  • Justice League America Annual #8 - "The Once and Future League" - A century after the League was destroyed by Felix Faust, a new version is formed.
  • Justice League International Annual #5 - "No Rules to Follow" - On an alternate Earth where heroes are shunned and feared, ten heroes (Superman, Batman, the Shark, Fire, the Flash, Dr. Light, Polaris, Power Girl, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle) form together as the Justice League.
  • L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual #5 - "The Man From L.E.G.I.O.N. 007" - Lobo as a James Bond parody and other spoofs: "L.E.G.I.O.N. Archives", "L.E.G.I.O.N. 90210", "LEGION by Gaslight", "WomanMan with Girl the Boy Wonder", "Elseworlds Rejects".
  • Legionnaires Annual #1 - "Castles in the Air" - The Legion as a futuristic version of the Knights of the Round Table.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #5 - "The Long Road Home" - The Legion in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Lobo Annual #2 - "A Fistful of Bastiches" - Assorted Western tales.
  • New Titans Annual #10 - "Facets" - Heroic fantasy version of the battle against Trigon.
  • Robin Annual #3 - "The Narrow Path" - In feudal Japan, the apprentice of the Bat Ninja learns his true destiny.
  • Steel Annual #1 - "Crucible of Freedom" - John Henry Irons as a plantation slave who fights for his family's freedom before the American Civil War.
  • Superboy Annual #1 - "The Super Seven Part II: The Men of Steel" - Continuing the story from Adventures of Superman Annual #6.
  • Superman Annual #6 - "The Feral Man of Steel" - In 19th century India, Kal-El is raised by wolves. Loosely based on Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli stories, with added elements of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan novels.
  • Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #3 - "Unforgiven" - Jor-El convinces the Science Council to relocate selected Kryptonians to Earth. Twenty years later, his son must help humans and Kryptonians live in harmony.
  • Team Titans Annual #2 - "Into the Light" - A space opera version of the battle against Lord Chaos.
  • Superman/Batman: Alternate Histories (1996) - reprints the stories "Leatherwing", "Legacy", "Crucible of Freedom" and "Citizen Wayne" from the above.

Legends of the Dead Earth annuals (1996)[edit]

Earth is dead. Those who once might have called it home are long scattered to the endless stars. But in that scattering, on a thousand different worlds, by a thousand different ways... Earth's greatest legends live on.

These annuals are not technically Elseworlds, but were considered Elseworlds due to the theme, although some of them were shown to be a part of DC continuity.

  • Action Comics Annual #8 - "A World of Hurt"
  • Adventures of Superman Annual #8 - "Superman Forever"
  • Aquaman Annual #2
  • Azrael Annual #2 - "Night's Fall"
  • Batman Annual #20 - "Fables of the Bat-Man"
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #4
  • Catwoman Annual #3
  • Detective Comics Annual #9 - "War-Bat"
  • Flash Annual #9 - "Silent Running"
  • Green Lantern Annual #5 - "The Value of I, Nobler in the Mind...!"
  • Guy Gardner: Warrior Annual #2 - "Hypersensitive"
  • Impulse Annual #1 - "Speed Force!"
  • Justice League America Annual #10 - "The Alliance"
  • Legends of the Dark Knight #6
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #7
  • Legionnaires Annual #3 - "The Long Road Home" (shows XS' time travel journey back to her own time, thus in continuity)
  • Power of Shazam Annual #1 - "True Believers" (character later appears in mainstream continuity)
  • Robin Annual #5 - "The Iron Sky"
  • Sovereign Seven Annual #2 - "Memento Mori"
  • Starman Annual #1 (stories referred to in regular series; in continuity)
  • Superboy Annual #3 "Fathers and Suns"
  • Supergirl Annual #1 - "Surrogate", "The Legend Lives On", "Shootout at Ice Flats"
  • Superman Annual #8 - "The League of Supermen"
  • Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #5 - "The Never Ending Battle"
  • Wonder Woman Annual #5 - "The Unremembered"

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This title was solicited as an Elseworlds issue, but was not officially branded as such, despite including all-Elseworlds stories.
  2. ^ Not officially branded an Elseworlds tale, this irregularly sized hardcover is nonetheless an Imaginary Tale set in a digitally depicted alternate future.
  3. ^ Not officially labelled an Elseworlds tale, the story nevertheless refers back to Daredevil/Batman: Eye for an Eye (Marvel, 1997) which was labelled as such. That the two are in the same (loose) continuity clearly marks this as an Elseworlds tale.

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