10 Insane Alternate Superhero Origins You Won't Believe Exist

Alternate universe? Leave all the rules at the door.

Red Son
DC Comics

From time to time comic book readers will find themselves jaded, looking for more eccentric takes on their favourite tales. Ones that go against the more traditional storytelling formulas their favourite superheroes are typically bound to. To cater to this interest, writers and artists will venture into alternate takes and worlds of the old favourites, enjoying breaks from the more long term narratives on offer.

Many of the most famous examples of this centre on dark, often rather miserable older versions of popular characters (Old Man Logan and The Dark Knight Returns being two more popular examples of this staple).

There are, however, times when this elseworlds trope is applied to the early years of our favourite heroes. Often times popular, sometimes downright terrible, every time imaginative, the countless alternate origins out there are rather fascinating (and hilarious) to dig up.

With the best and the brightest that Marvel and DC have to offer, let’s take a look at 10 of the most unbelievable alternate superhero origins to ever grace the page.

Feel like some others deserved a mention? Tell us your favourites in the comments below.

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