Bizarro (DC)(Earth-1 - Pre Crisis)(02 - Superman)
Real Name: Bizarro-Clark Kent
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Had two different power sets. Initially, he had exactly the same powers as Superman. But he was stuck by a meteorite which "reversed" his powers. Thus he came to have "ice vision", "fire breath", "X-ray vision that would only penetrate lead", etc.
Blue Kryptonite (that is, ordinary Green-K exposed to the radiation Luthor used to create Bizarro in the first place).
Lex Luthor (of Earth 1) used Professor Dalton's work to create a second Bizarro in an effort to have an evil "match" for the Man of Steel. Unfortunately for Luthor, this Bizarro did not exhibit actual evil tendencies. Instead he respected Superman, and tried to be like him.
Sadly, being so "backwards", his efforts were often clumsy, and therefore destructive. He eventually voluntarily relocated to the planet of "Hrtae" (Earth spelled backwards), where he continued to populate the world with others made in either his image or that of the broader Superman Family.
Superman eventually came to visit Hrtae, where he was promptly arrested for "looking normal". He got out of jail by offering to hammer the spherical planet into a cube.
Thus was created the square "Bizarro World" that was a recurring fixture of the DCU from the 1960s through to the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
This Bizarro eventually died in the final pre-Crisis Superman story. Mr. Mxyzptlk had somehow controlled Bizarro to the point that he destroyed Hrtae—and was causing significant damage to Earth—while Superman had been off world doing research for the US government. In the end, instead of trying to clumsily imitate Superman, he had become obsessed with doing the opposite of Superman. Thus he was—in a way completely out of character for this Bizarro—actually evil. But somewhere deep inside his original good-heartedness fought against what he had become. Unable to come up with any other way to resolve his inner conflict, he killed himself with a chunk of blue kryptonite.
Though not the original Bizarro, this is by far the more dominant of the two pre-Crisis characters known as "Bizarro". Indeed, DC's total "Bizarro output" over the years has, to date, featured this version of the character over any others.
Note on first appearance:
While Action #254 is the first comic book appearance of this character, there is an argument to be made that the character was first used in the Superman daily newspaper strips in October 1958. Despite Bizarro 01's early demise, It's difficult to tell whether the character in the dailies is meant to be Bizarro 01 or Bizarro 02.
Bizarro created by Otto Binder.
First Appearance: Action Comics (1938) #254
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80 Page Giant (1964)
#1 Action Comics (1938)
- 'SUPERMAN Annual'#6
- 'Jimmy Olsen'
Adventure Comics (1938)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
#13 Ambush Bug (1985)
- 'Incredible Unpredictable Issue'
#3 Animal Man (1988)
- 'The Ambush Bug History of the DC Universe'
DC Comics Presents (1978)
#71 DC Retroactive: Superman - The '70s (2011)
- 'The Mark of Bizzaro!'#97
- 'Phantom Zone - The Final Chapter'
DC Special Series (1977)
#6 DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012)
- 'Secret Society Of Super-Villains Special'
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
HC DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'TPB
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'
TPB DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
- 'DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore'
#4 Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
- 'Justice, Chapter Four'#5
- 'Justice, Chapter Five'#10
- 'Justice Chapter Ten'#11
- 'Justice, Chapter Eleven'
#10 Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug (2009)
- 'Triumph and Treachery'#11
- 'A Changing of the Guard'
#136 Superman the Origin of Superman [1966 Golden Record ed.] (1966)
- 'The Man Who Married Lois Lane!'#143#145#148
- 'Mr. Mxyzptlk's Super-Mischief!'#149
- 'The Death Of Superman!'#157#169
- 'The Bizarro Invasion Of Earth!'#174
- 'Clark Kent's Incredible Delusion!'#305
- 'The Man Who Toyed With Death!'#306
- 'Backward Battle For The Bizarro World!'#333
- 'Happy New Year...Rest In Peace!'#337
- 'Too Many Crooks!'#379
- 'The Bizarro-Buster Is Loose!'#379 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'The Bizarro-Buster Is Loose!'#400#400 (With UPC)#423
- 'Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Part One'
#1 Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (1958)
- 'The Origin of Superman!'
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954)
#50#80 The Best of DC (1979)
- 'Jimmy Olsen, the Bizarro Boy!'
The Outsiders (1985)
#6 The Super Friends (1976)
- '...Nothing Can Stop - - The Duke Of Oil!'
#28 The Superman Family (1974)
- 'Masquerade of Madness'
#167 Weird Secret Origins (2004)
- 'A Deep Death For Mr. Action'#187
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'The Federation Of Bizarro Idiots!'#181
- 'The Hunter and the Hunted!'
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