Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #79
This week, Brian Cronin takes on three Superman legends, two of which I suggested. The latter is one that's irked me for some time: the backstory of Joe Kelly's Zod. The 'Russian cosmonaut's son' origin never jived with the early foreshadowing, and along the way Ignition was totally lost.
Well, thanks to Brian, Joe's given us the answer:
Neat to finally know the truth, huh?Zod was a while back, so forgive me if I don’t remember the whole thing. Ignition was definitely Zod’s boy from the beginning, and the gag there was that (as a young man) Zod had found him and rescued him, so despite the fact that he was infinitely more powerful than Zod, Ignition was loyal to him. Eventually, the loyalty would have been eroded, of course!But my original take for Zod was not the cosmonaut’s son business. (Even though I do like the symmetry of it) He was going to be Kal-El from the Silver Age Krypton (which we had always intended to be real) [Ed Note: Another crossover during Kelly’s run on the title involved a visit by Clark and Lois to Silver Age Krypton] corrupted by the Zod whom Superman “executed.” I wanted Superman to suffer for that violation of his own principles, and giving him an “evil twin” who had been tainted because of Superman’s fall from grace seemed like a cool way to do it.