posted on Jun, 5 2012 @ 12:21 PM
DC and Marvel (and others) have liberally made thinly veiled copies of each others characters constantly over the years, they've even occasionally
had very different characters with the same names appear, as it's hard to not cross that threshold on occasion when each has made thousands and
thousands of characters over time.
For similarity check out Cat Woman vs. Black Cat, for instance, and both are major characters for each company (Cat Woman was first), or Green Arrow
vs. Hawkeye. Back in the Silver Age they were especially keen on keeping up with each others ideas.
On top of that, this character seems pretty well protected as it is clearly in the realm of parody, and parody gives one some pretty broad leeway to
do what they want. A lot of parodies come a lot closer to their various characters and Superman, especially, has been parodied thousands of times,
like Saturday Night Live's old "Uberman" skit, where Kal-El lands in Nazi Germany as a baby, instead of the U.S. Midwest and is raised to follow
Nazi values instead of following the tenets of "Truth, justice and the American Way."
Not for nothing, but this reminds me of when I was playing the online MMO "City of Heroes," a game where you can make superhero characters, develop
their powers and fight crime and evil. My friend and I started a supergroup in the game called "The Surplus Soviet Superheroes," and we were all
communist-based superheroes. My character was Apparatchick, and she came from another dimension where the communists won the Cold War and where here
to do the same for our world. She looked kind of like a Communist-themed Supergirl, but with an eye-patch. My friend was The Soviet Atom, basically
a big, clunky Iron Man rip-off hold-over from the Stalinist era (he was brain damaged, so thought Papa Joe was still his glorious leader). One of our
supergroup members was from China and was called Great Leap, and had great jumping abilities which I thought was pretty clever. There were others,
but I don't remember most of them.