Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Saga of Christopher Kowalski: A Wronskiverse post

A late April Fool's Day Post.... 

I created the Wronskiverse way back in 1978.  I've added to it for many years.  For most of my life, most of my fiction took place here.  (Now I write within the TVCU framework.)

Since I'm mostly retiring this universe, I thought I'd share a bit of my early crossovers.

Christopher Kowalski started off as being me, Bobby Wronski, in my early stories.  I was 5 when I started writing these stories, so there was a lot of copying other popular fiction, but placing me into the lead role.  As I got older, I used the storytelling to tell some stories that were metaphors for things going on in my own life, as well as homages and parodies of popular super-hero tropes.

A version of the character has been introduced into a more shared reality through my I was a Teenage Super Hero post, and I'm starting to wedge that character into some published stories within the next year.

So this post isn't the TVCU.  It's the Wronskiverse, a very super-hero universe.  I'm not going to cover all the characters and crossovers of the Wronskiverse today.  I'm going to stick to the central hero, Chris Kowalski for now.  If this post gets a lot of feedback, I'll maybe do some more.  Note that a profile for this character is seen as a bonus in Television Crossover Universe:  Worlds and Mythology Volume I.  Also note that I was be referencing stories that were written but never published, or that I thought up, but never wrote down.  Super Comics once had the tagline "The Greatest Stories Never Read" for a reason.

Little Bobby was first introduced on an imaginary soap opera called the Wronskis, which did not air from 1972 - 1981.  Little Bobby spun off into a comic strip that ran in Super Comics beginning with its first issue in 1979.  Super Comics was a self-made comic book under the publisher also called Super Comics, which was my fan made creation.  In some Little Bobby strips, he would have day dreams of being a super-hero called Super-Bob.  Eventually, those day dream stories became a regular series of its own and became the center of what would become the Wronskiverse.  Note that not all of the Wronskiverse is being included here.  This post will only focus on the character Christopher Kowalski.  

Later, Super-Bob became Powerkid, a much cooler name, and later still, Powerman (even though there was a hero for hire already using that name.) 

And so, now on the the Chronology!!!

Dawn of Time--HISTORY OF THE SUPER UNIVERSE--So the story goes, there were six cosmic beings born.  Three were good.  Three were evil.  All six beings went their separate ways.  Of the three evil ones, one eventually found his way to Earth where he was known both as Azathoth and Morgoth, though he would also later go by the names Uglon and Doctor Deadly.  Another of the evils was known by the New Power Organization as Evil, or the First Evil, but he also was known as Lucifer and Satan.  The third of the evil settled in another solar system, forming a planet around him.  As a sentient world, he became known as the Forbidden Planet.  As for those who were good, one such being migrated to the planet Kookoorongba where he became known by the locals as the Great Unknown.  He became their higher power, though he watched over the entire universe like a loving Father watching from the Heavens.  (God, in case my subtlety was elusive.)  Another migrated to Mount Olympus where be became known as Zeus (or sometimes Zues).  The final of the three good is the one who we shall dub for now the Stranger.  It is this Stranger who we shall follow in the genealogy portion of this chronology.  [Real Life Notes:  The story of the six cosmic beings originated in History of the Super Universe, 1986.  Doctor Deadly first appeared in Powerkid Police, 1982.  His being known as Azathoth came about in Powerman in 2007.  He is not THE Azathoth.  It doesn't work with what we know of Lovecraft's mythos.  Doctor Deadly having been Morgoth was established in LORD OF THE CHAIN, 1983.  Doctor Deadly's name of Uglon was part of the 1991 reboot of the Powerman series.  Evil of the New Power was introduced in National Heroes, 1983 with the strong implication that he was Satan/Lucifer, which was later established in other Super Comics titles.  The First Evil conflation came later in 2008.  The Forbidden Planet first appeared in Super Comics, 1981, as part of the Adventures on Other Worlds series.  The Great Unknown was first mentioned in Super Comics, 1979 and appeared in Powerkid, 1983.  The revelation that he was God was revealed in Powerman, 1991.  He's probably not though.  The Great Unknown never claims to be.  Powerman comes to that conclusion.  The Wronskiverse concept of God is very, very open and vague to allow many interpretations, based on varying canons that come together in a crossover based shared reality.  Zeus is of course Zeus, but his origin here really contradicts Greek mythology.  But there have also been many contrary versions of Zeus that are part of series canons that have come together in a crossover based reality.  So we tend to just let these things go.  The being known as the Stranger here is Vonski, first appeared in Vonski Presents, 1983.  He was identified as the Stranger in the series of the same name, 1991.]

Dawn of Man--The Stranger arrives on Earth, where he hides an object of immense power called the Universal Transponder in a garden and assigns Adam and Eve to guard it.  However, Evil tricks them and almost obtains the object of power.  The Stranger then relocates it to a forest in another part of the world.  This forest becomes a nexus of time and space because of the object.  [This is the origin of the Forbidden Forest with a clear allusion to Vonski, the Stranger, being God, or at least being God in this particular story of the Bible.  In the 2008 bios for Allorin Vonski and the Great Unknown, many instances of God in the bible were attributed to one or the other.  Refer to my previous comments on how we kind of just let those varied interpretations of biblical and mythological events and characters in fiction go.] 

c. 10,000 B.C.--SUPER COMICS--The life of Caveman Bobby, an ancestor of Chris Kowalski,  that was once encountered by Super-Bob.  Caveman Bobby would reappear in the Crisis Within.  

c. 9360 B.C.--The Stranger uses the name Allorin Vonski for the first time as he serves as a scientist in Atlantis.

C. 4042 B.C.--LORD OF THE CHAIN--The Stranger now lives under the guise of Gandolph the Grey. Sometimes Gandolph would use other names.  One name was McKormack.  In this guise, he gives a librarian named Bobbi the Sword of Power, and sends him on a mission to Mordor.  Later, in Mordor, the Stranger reappears after having recently been "killed" in the form of a younger man named Shron, wielding even greater power than before.  He saves Bobbi and his friends who have joined him on his mission, and alludes that Bobbi's mission was a distraction while a more important quest was undertaken.  Shron then departs to reappear as Gandalph the White.  [This story I composed in 1983 to 1984 was of course inspired by Lord of the Rings.  I don't claim this to work with Tolkien canon.  Remember that Morgoth is a younger version of Doctor Deadly.  The Sword of Power is a recurring item in Super Comics mythos, having been wielded by many hands, and makes its way back and forth through time, including, for crossover purposes, He-Man and King Arthur.  The latter called it Excalibur.  That sword could have its own timeline.  Bobbi was an ancestor of Chris Kowalkski.]

c.1440 BCE--The Stranger gives Moses the "Ten Commandments".  Moses had previous served as the Champion of Earth, using a powerful staff given to him by the Great Unknown.  [From the 2008 bios]

c. 33 A.D.--Jesus of Nazarath is granted powers from the Great Unknown to become this era's Champion of Earth.  [From the 2007 Powerkid series]

6th Century A.D.--Many people have apparently been Merlin at some point, so why not the Stranger, Allorin Vonski?

6th Century--HISTORY'S HEROES--The Purple Knight is this era's Champion of Earth, chosen by the Great Unknown.  He is given a Sword of Power, but not THE Sword of Power, which is at this time called Excalibur.  The Purple Knight was created by John. C. Barstow and teamed with other Champions in a cosmic time spanning adventure.

6th Century A.D.--Robert the Savage is a hero in Ireland, this era's Champion of Earth, who wields the Sword of Power after the fall of Camelot.  Robert is an ancestor of Chris Kowalski.  

1600s--HISTORY'S HEROES--The Scarlet Swordsman is a Musketeer who becomes the Great Unknown's Champion in this era.  

Late 1800s--SUPER COMICS--Bobby the Kid is a young western hero who travels helping others, even though he is also wanted for a murder he did not commit.  [Real Life Notes:  This was a separate series in the Super Comics anthology.  Super-Bob has visited his ancestor, Bobby the Kid.  Bobby the Kid would also appear in the Crisis Within and cross over with other western heroes.]

Late 1800s--THE STRANGER--The Stranger, whose powers oddly and inexplicably increase and decrease at varying points of time, is a confederate soldier during the Civil War.  Following this, he travels out west and wanders and helps people in need.  [This was a 1990s Super Comics series based in the old west, and was part of a group of western series.  During this time, a crossover occurred which involved a team-up of the Stranger, M-16, Bob Zan, the Scarlet Swordsman, Bobby the Kid, and BRISCO COUNTY JUNIOR against the time traveler Cronstar.  Those heroes would regather when the cosmic villain Barsto appeared in his attempt to destroy the timeline.  

1886--Bobby (Kowalski) the Kid has his first son, Jacob.  Because of his outlaw status, Bobby is unable to remain and be a father.  [Conjecture]

LATE 1800s--The second Scarlet Swordsman is the Great Unknown's Champion in this era.  Note that I included the Scarlet Swordsman in my western crossover, forgetting that John Barstow had intended him to have lived in the same era as THE THREE MUSKETEERS.  So this was meant to be the same character but was later corrected to be a second Scarlet Swordsman.

1920--Birth of Edward Kowalski, who is the son of the legendary Bobby the Kid.  

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1926--FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM--Ivan brought this to my attention.  Jacob Kowalski, a cannery worker and aspiring baker accidentally ends up with a case full of magical creatures and becomes involved in an adventure that involves falling in love with a wizard.  At the end of the adventure, she erases his memories.  For the purposes of this timeline, Jacob is Edward's much older brother though they had never met.  It should be noted in post-reboot Wronskiverse, the Wronskiverse version of Dumbledore is another identity of Allorin Vonski. 

World War II--POWERMAN 1942--Krazel is the first Powerman.  He has been assigned by the Great Unknown to watch Earth and protect it from extraterrestrial interference but as he watches the early days of the second World War, he chooses to intervene, and is called Powerman by the people of Orange City.    [Real Life Notes:  This was a retcon series in the post-reboot era, when Krazy-El is called Krazel.]

World War II--MYSTERY MEN--Now using the name Allorin Vonski again, the Stranger gathers a team of heroes to help protect America during World War II.  The team consisted of Powerman I (Krazel), the alien known as Zap, Captain USA (a man who thought he was Steve Rogers), Space Hero, and the Speedster.  The team is also part of the larger organization, the ALL-STAR SQUADRON.  [A 1990S SUPER COMICS SERIES SET IN 1942.]

World War II--NATIONAL HEROES--Edward Kowalski works as a special agent for the U.S. government first as "Four Eyes" and later as "X-Man".  [Real Life Notes:  Edward Wronski is my grandfather.  He was not really a special agent.  I wrote National Heroes around 1983 - 1984 inspired by a mix of G.I. Joe and MASH.  Most of the series took place in the present, with occasional historical flashbacks.]

Late 1940s--Vonski is injured in a cosmic battle, the details of which have not been revealed.  He for the first time creates his new home, an other dimensional realm that connects with various places on Earth and beyond.  Vonski tasks DRACULA and APHRODITE to care for him. [From the bios for Allorin Vonski, explaining why in the original Vonski Presents series, Vonaki considered Dracula and Aphrodite to be his parents.]

1951--Birth of Michael Bossman Kowalski, the son of Edward Kowalski.  

Korean War--NATIONAL HEROES--Edward Kowalski is using the alias Colonel Flagg.  [Yes, the crazy CID/CIA guy from MASH.]

1950s--Vonski takes on a new look and begins to be known as THE PHANTOM STRANGER!  [Revelations from the 1990s Blackbirds series]

1960s--SUPER-HEROES--Vonski leads another hero-team called simply the Super Heroes, which fight meta-villains aiding the communists in Vietnam!

1969 - 1972--Young Michael Bossman Kowalski, a juvenile delinquent, is recruited by Krazel to join the Interstellar Peace Organziation.  The two become partners, assigned to monitor a politically unstable world called Hanguk.  Michael falls in love with a native woman named Min-Hee, and they have a child, Christopher.  The alien Booers invade Hanguk, and are successful.  Michael tries to convince Min-Hee to flee with him to Earth.  Min-Hee refuses so Michael takes his son and flees to Earth.  Now a deserter from the IPO, he changes his name to Robert Kowalski.  He meets a woman named Maureen Hasser, one of three sisters destined to mother a champion of the Universal Protectors.  They marry, and move from Worcester to Orange City.  



November 1979--SUPER COMICS # 1--"Super-Bob"--Chris is visited by an alien from the planet Kookoorongba named Krazel.  Krazel has been sent by the Great Unknown to tell Chris that he has been chosen as Earth's champion.  When he says "Powers of the world, give them to me" he will gain super-powers.  Chris attempts to call himself Superboy, but after his first encounter with student journalist Darcy Killerheim, she mishears him say Super-Bob, and the name sticks.  Krazel trains him in the use of his powers, which are initially super strength, speed, invulnerbility and flight.  Other powers will come later, "when he is ready for them".  One other power he seems to have it the ability to not be recognized.  He wears a duplicate of Superman's costume but does not alter his face nor wear a mask, and in fact, for years still wears his glasses in costume.  Real Life Notes:  This story was originally meant to be a daydream fantasy of Little Bobby, but became more popular than the Little Bobby strip.  In fact, this story is the beginning of the Super Comics Universe, aka the Wronskiverse.  It should be noted though that the current Wronskivese version of this origin story has been greatly retconned.  Over in my I Was a Teenage Super-Hero blog post, you can find the original origin. Krazel was a spin-off character from a previous sci-fi magazine I wrote called Adventures on Other Worlds.  The Super-Bob series never talks about why Super-Bob's costume resembles Superman's.  It just appears when he transforms, replacing whatever clothing he had been wearing.  Later, in Powerkid, it's revealed that Superman is a comic book character on an alternate Earth, and that Little Bobby was a fan, as I was indeed a fan, and that it was the first thing he imagined for a heroic costume.  




1980--SUPER COMICS--Chris' father, Bob, becomes the Karate King, Super-Bob's "side-kick".

September 1980--Super Comics Presents # 1--"Warworld"--Super-Bob teams with a new heroine, Pretty Gal, against an alien called Mongul and his Warworld.  Real Life Notes:  This story is almost exactly the same as DC Comics Presents # 28, replacing Superman and Supergirl with Super-Bob and Pretty Gal.  In fact, many of the stories of Superman and Superboy from 1979 to 1986 were copied to become Super-Bob/Powerkid stories.  This is the one time where I didn't also replace the villain with one of my own.  Thus, as far as Wronskiverse canon is concerned, Mongul was a Super-Bob foe, not a Superman foe.  Pretty Gal was incidentally based on a girl I had a crush on in second grade.  



October 1980--SUPER COMICS PRESENTS # 2--"Super-Bob meets Batman"--Batman is in Orange City working on a case that Super-Bob also happens to be working on.  So they team up.  Real Life Notes:  This was the Batman of the 1960s television series.  In the Wronskiverse, the same Batman from the 1960s TV show is also the Batman of the Super Friends and also the post-Crisis version of Batman.  



February 1981--SUPER COMICS PRESENTS # 6--"Super-Bob meets Chris King"--Chris King is in town (without Vicki) and has brought his "H" Dial, which is good as an alien threat looms over Orange City, and only the combined efforts of Super-Bob and a multitude of heroes can save the day.  Real Life Notes:  This was actually the very first month that the new Dial H for Hero debuted, and my cousin Phil Sheridan and I liked it so much we had to do to a team-up story.  This would bring Dial "H" for Hero into the Wronskiverse, but not officially.  



March 1981--SUPER COMICS PRESENTS # 7--"Super-Bob meets the Greatest American Hero"--Believe it or not.  Ralph Hinkley ends up in Orange City working on a case with FBI agent Bill Maxwell, and two brand new heroes still fumbling with their powers meet.



September 1981--SUPER COMICS # 23--"Little Bobby in Animal Town, USA"--Chris and his friend Darcey find themselves in Animal Town, USA, brought there by the magic of Princess Rabbit.  Animal Town is ruled by King Friday (implying that the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is a neighborhood within the larger Animal Town).  The town's hero is Brown Bear (from the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?).  The town's mayor is Mickey Mouse, who has a bowtie with a Green Lantern power ring at its center, giving him the powers of a Green Lantern.  And though not seen here, Pac-Man will later come to live in Animal Town.  Real Life Notes:  This was written under the premise still that the Little Bobby and Super-Bob stories were separate canon.  Animal Town was another series in Super Comics based on my stuffed animals.  Later, Powerkid would find he can visit Animal Town by travelling through the mystical Forbidden Forest, and that Animal Town is in fact in a separate reality.  However, for Wronskiverse purposes, we can assume Little Bobby/Chris is Super-Bob, but chose not to reveal his identity since Darcey (who is also in the Super-Bob stories) doesn't know his secret identity.  



October 1981--SUPER COMICS # 24--"The Noogie Master"--Chris' parents divorce.  [This also happened in real life.]

August 1982--POWERKID # 3 AND 4--"Karate Spears"/"Powerkid meets Superman"--Powerkid encounters Karate Spears for the first time, who nearly kills the hero because he realized his weakness:  apple crisp!  Powerkid manages to flee and being a fan of comics, knows the theory of the mutliverse, and flies into the Forbidden Forest to travel to another universe where he might find a hero to help.  He ends up on Earth-1, and with Superman's help, Karate Spears is defeated.



September 1982--POWERKID # 1--"Powekid"--Super-Bob becomes Powerkid, with a new costume.  Real Life Notes;  The story almost acts as if the Super-Bob stories weren't canon.  This short story was the first writing assignment I did for fourth grade, and because I didn't think my teacher would get all the backstory, I gave the character a complete reboot, that really ripped off Superman's origin.  Later stories would ignore this story, and reincorporate the Super-Bob stuff.  Later, a story would be told in which Krazel (retconned Krazy-El) completes training Super-Bob, and offers him to wear the costume of the Powermen (police force) of his homeworld of Kookoorongba, thus he becomes Powerkid, with an almost all red suit, with the yellow upside down triangle on the chest with a P in the center.  He still wears the glasses for another year.  This story also references Zap, Master of Power, as Powerkid's best friend though he hadn't yet appeared in any stories, and Karate Spears as Powerkid's arch-foe, though again, he'd never before appeared.  Both were the creations of two of my friends, Phil Sheridan and Charlie Spears, who would regularly contribute to Super Comics.  They would end up appearing in stories soon, and getting their own origins.



SEPTEMBER 1982--POWERKID POLICE # 1--"The Super-Trio"--A magical evil calling himself Doctor Deadly comes to Orange City from outer space.  He claims to have once ruled this world, and now wants to reclaim it.  Arriving on the scene to battle this alien wizard is Powerkid, Zap, and a new speedster hero called Speedy.  Together, the three are able to stop him where one would have failed.  Doctor Deadly flees into outer space.  Powerkid and Zap, who are cousins Chris Kowalski and Philip Sherman, find that this new hero is also their cousin, Shon Crest.  The three realize that only by working together were they able to defeat the villain, and that some threats only can be stopped by a team.  And so they put the word out that they wish to form a team, and are calling on any new heroes (since there had been a recent explosion of new heroes) who would like to join.  The team ends up consisting of initially:  Powerkid, Zap, Speedy, the Unknown, Man-Killer, Space Hero, Waterman, Avenger, The Toy, Bird Boy and Bird Girl, Screamer, Witch Woman, Stretch, Vic-20, Tornado Man, and Fireman.  Later members would be Kitten Girl, Powergirl, and mascot Chris Whaler. Real Life Notes:  During the Super-Bob era, there had been another Super-Trio consisting of Super-Bob, Super-Len, and Witch Woman.  Doctor Deadly will later be revealed to be Morgoth from the Lord of the Rings, who is possessing an alien scientist's body.  The Powerkid Police is obviously my version of the Justice League of America.  Phil Sheridan came up with the name.  Powerkid is the PKP version of the JLA's Superman.  Zap is the PKP's version of the JLA's Martian Manhunter.  Speedy is the PKP's version of the JLA's Flash.  Incidentally, a year later, Speedy, under the new name of the Speedster, gets his own series, where he becomes a janitor at a museum in CENTRAL CITY, because he just feels the city needs a speedster.  In this reality, the Flash apparently doesn't exist, at least not in the early 80s.  Of course, he does exist in the early 1980s in the Super Friends.  I guess there's more than one Central City.  The Unknown is the PKP's version of Batman.  Man-Killer fills in for Wonder Woman.  Space Hero fills for Green Lantern.  Waterman for Aquaman.  The Toy for the Atom.  Bird Boy and Bird Girl are the PKP's Hawkman and Hawkwoman.  Interestingly, later, Bird Boy was found to be constantly hopping around in time due to the Crisis.  He was the Bird Boy/Bird Man of the 1950s/1960s Wonder Woman stories, the Bird Man of the 1960s cartoon, and later, Harvey Birdman, Attorney-At-Law.  Screamer is Black Canary, obviously.  Witch Woman fills in for Zatanna.  Stretch fills in for Elongated Man, but is actually Stretch Armstrong, as in the toy where you could grab his arms and stretch him out.  Vic-20 and Tornado Man took the place of Red Tornado. Tornado Man here is an older hero among the group, formerly having been a member of the Mighty Heroes.  Fireman is the replacement for Firestorm.  Kitten Girl and Powergirl joined two years later, with no JLA counterpart.  Chris Whaler was the Snapper Carr of the group.  The PKP disbanded in 1985, but in 1987, I wrote a story from 1984 that retroactively added the character.

Morgoth 2Birdboy (Wingo)

September 1982 to 1989--During this time period, my father became a villain in fiction, because I was writing as a means to process pain.  The fictional version of my father began appearing in Mystery Comics from 1982 to 1985 as the nemesis of the Unknown, Detective Lebane, and Doctor Mystery. He was a crimelord in Worcester. Note that he was never named in those series and was simply "The Boss".  Those stories were later shown to be on the alternate Earth of the Heroes of Earth, called Earth-5 in the Crisis Within.  From 1984 to 1985, Powerkid's father returned to Orange City where he was now a billionaire due to his illegal activities and hires several villains to kidnap Powerkid as his way of reuniting with his son, but by hoping to turn his son evil.  In Super Comic's infringing title Adventure Comics, 1989, Powerman finally exposes his father and puts him in jail.  I want to say here and  so there's no mistake, these were the stories of a hurt child.  In the real world, my father is a person who worked hard as a factory supervisor and is beloved by most of the Wronski family.  He is not a villain.  In respect to his privacy, I will say no more.  This is included for the sake of completeness.

October 1982--POWERKID # 2/SPACE PATROL # 2--"Powerkid meets the Space Patrol"--In the year 3082, the Butterfieldia responds to a distress call from planet Marshmellow.  It turns out to be a trap.  They are caught in a tractor beam, but in trying to break free, they find themselves instead thrown back to the year 1982, in the skies over Orange City, Massachusetts.  When Chris sees it, he does his usual run to a secluded spot so he can say the magic words.  He flies up to the ship and meets the crew of the Butterfieldia, including his Captain, Robert Bossman, who is Powerkid's descendant.  Powerkid learns that he will be known as a legendary hero someday, and his heroic legend will inspire his future lineage.  He also meets the ship's second in command, Commander Zap Rogers, who is not only a descendant of Phillip "Zap" Sherman, but also Buck Rogers (the TV version, incidentally).  While getting to meet each other, the ship is yanked back to its proper time and place.  Powerkid helps the Butterfieldia save the planet's ruler, Princess Missy, from the evil Sir Nicholas.  Afterwards, the crew's witch transports Powerkid back home, since he hasn't yet developed the power to travel through time on his own yet.  Real Life Notes:  My second fourth grade writing assignment was my first Space Patrol story.  My third was this crossover tale.  The Space Patrol was evolved from Starfleet, and was commanded by the United Planets, formerly United Federation of Planets, thus implying that they are in the future of both Star Trek and the Legion of Super-Heroes.  It should be noted that I wasn't the first to use Space Patrol and I wasn't the last.  Later stories would incorporate almost every usage of Space Patrol I could find and amalgamate them to be the same organization in different time periods or sectors of space.



September 1983--POWERKID # 13--When Krazel is dying as a result of a battle with an alien race of amazons called the Booers, the Great Unknown merges his mind with Chris'.



1983 - 1985--VONSKI PRESENTS--Vonski presents tales of the supernatural from his otherdimensional home.  He particularly focuses on Vampire Man and the Vietnam era incarnation of THE CREATURE COMMANDOS.  [A Super Comics anthology series from 1983.  The first appearance of Vonski, not counting all the characters he's been conflated with.  Sometimes Vonski was mistakenly called Vronski.]

November 1983--POWERKID # 15--Doctor Deadly teams up with his counterpart from Middle Earth and his 31st century counterpart as well as Karate Spears.  They capture Bobbi the Avenger, Powerkid, and Captain Robert Bossman of the Butterfieldia in an attempt to kill them all.  Real Life Notes:  Bobbi the Avenger is revealed in this story to be an ancestor of Chris Kowalski.  His initial storyline took place concurrently with the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  The sword he possessed, the Sword of Power, was revealed later to be Excalibur, and also the sword later possessed by He-Man of Eternia and Powerlord, a hero partner of Zap, Master of Power.  The sword would also at one point be possessed by an Earth teen who would also become He-Man, and teamed up once with the Wonder Twins.



September 1984--POWERKID # 25--After having his powers slowly drained by Doctor Deadly over several months, a team of Powerkid's greatest enemies attack and abduct the hero.  Doctor Deadly tries to finish the process of draining the power, but not knowing that the hero is actually two people in one, ends up restoring Krazel in a new body separated from Chris.  The heroes are then rescued by the Powerkid Police.

September 1984--POWERKID POLICE # 25 AND 26--"Heroes of Earth"--The Powerkid Police team up with a team of heroes from an alternate reality, one where heroes are more predominately magic users and costume vigilantes.  The leader of the team is named Vronski.  Vronski is said to have been raised by Dracula and Venus.  He is a horror host, who lives in the same reality as the stories he tells.  This includes stories involving a Vietnam era version of the Creature Commandos, that implies that the original Creature Commandos also existed in that realty.  Later it is revealed that Vronski, in previous lives, has been Gandalph from Lord of the Rings and Merlin.  He's also revealed later to be the Monitor (from Crisis on Infinite Earths).  Another member of the Heroes of Earth was Doctor Mystery, who had another model of the Dynomutt, Dog Wonder.  Another member Blacky (from General Hospital).  And another was named Doctor Deadly (but not the same bad guy enemy of Powerkid).  This Doctor Deadly was in fact secretly Ken Doll, married to Barbie Doll.  This Doctor Deadly once fought the Empire from Star Wars.



July 1985--THE CRISIS WITHIN--This mini-series took place concurrently with Crisis on Infinite Earths.  It featured every Super Comics character that ever appeared thus far.  The story reveals that the Crisis affected all realities, including those of Powerkid, the Heroes of Earth, and Animal Town.  This story also takes place in many time periods, involving the present day characters, Suiper-Bob from 1982, Middle-Earth, the Space Patrol, ect.  This also includes appearance of G-Force from Battle of the Planets, Zorro, the Lone Ranger, Star Trek, Buck Rogers, Star Wars, Mighty Mouse, the Super Friends, He-Man, Batman and Robin, the Greatest American Hero, Dial H for Hero, the Mighty Heroes, G.I. Joe, the Ghostbusters, and Madison Mermaid from Splash.  (There may be more that I can't remember.)  The story reveals that these realities (which would be Earth-B, Earth-5, and Animal Town), were affected by the anti-matter wall and the time and space anomalies.  The Super Comics heroes and villains were all on the Monitor's satellite, along with heroes from the Marvel Universe as well.  Powerkid and other Super Comics heroes were part of a second team that invade the anti-matter universe.  But after that, the Powerkid Police and Heroes of Earth had to deal with a separate crisis within their own realities.  Doctor Deadly has taken advantage of the weakening of time and space to attempt to destroy all reality.  He's defeated, but a barrier is created that traps the Heroes of Earth in the Wronskiverse, unable to return to their Earth-5.  Also during these events, the Anti-Monitor kills Powergirl, who Powerkid had a crush on.  At the end of these events, the Powerkid Police disband and Powerkid retires.  Another effect of the Crisis is that Powerkid loses knowledge of the future, including his meetings with the Space Patrol.  Note that in the later series, Crisis, Vonski was the Wronskiverse's Monitor under the "New 52" ideal that each universe has it's own Monitor.



September to December 1986--HEROES--No, not the show from NBC.  I came up with it first, so NBC executives, I'm still waiting for a check.  In this story, Doctor Deadly has created an alliance between several alien worlds in a plan to invade Earth.  Angela, princess of Booer, travels to Earth to warn Powerkid, and they head to Death Planet, Deadly's home, to stop him.  Meanwhile, Vonski enlists Zap, Master of Power to assist Powekid, because Powerkid is too bitter after the Crisis to turn to his former teammates for assistance.  Also, Deadly's wife, Teela (from Masters of the Universe) comes to Earth to recruit the hero now called Speed Demon who was once Speedy.  The three heroes who originally faced Doctor Deadly in 1982 end up working together again against Deadly's forces on Death Planet.  Meanwhile, the crew of the Galaxy V commanded by Captain Robert Bossman arrive, having been accidentally transported from the year 3082. (This is a alternate future of a reboot version of Space Patrol called Star Patrol. )  The crew from the future never run into the present day heroes.   Eventually, the Star Patrol crew get sent back home, and the other heroes wind up back in Orange City, where they are joined by other heroes Fireman and Bob Zan.  The combined heroic efforts end up repelling the invasion.  The heroes present choose to form a new Heroes of Earth team, realizing the absence of the Powerkid Police almost cost Earth its freedom.



September 1987--POWERKID # 61 AND 62--"Powerkid meets the Star Patrol"-Having lost his memories of meeting the Space Patrol, Powerkid meets the Star Patrol from an alternate future for the first time, after they end up getting tossed back in time.  This time, Vronski uses his magic to send them home.  Real Life Notes:  The Star Patrol canon and mythos contains all the same crossover connections that the Space Patrol had.  I used the Crisis as an excuse to modernize the series with a more mature style.

November 1987--POWERKID # 63--"Possessed"--Chris' sister Michelle is possessed by Satan, and since that's not his area, he turns to the Monster Club, a team of teenagers that consist of a vampire, witch, werewolf, and ghost.  They live in Hadenville, Ohio, which is also the location for the headquarters of the new Heroes of Earth introduced in Heroes.  It's also the setting for Dark Knight over Hadenville, a 1989 story in which a troubled teen creates his own Batman costume and become a vigilante.  That story concludes with the real Batman and Joker appearing, in their post-crisis versions, which for the Wronskiverse would be the same Bruce Wayne and Joker that appeared in Batman'66.  (There's some that feel that the Joker might actually be an immortal.)  The werewolf teen of the Monster Club is named Gary Talbot, and yes, he is related to Larry Talbot, the Wolf Man.  Satan is a villain from...well, you know.



November 1988--POWERMAN # 1--"Deathmen Invasion"--Chris Kowalski decides he's no longer a kid, and so becomes Powerman.  Luke Cage doesn't sue.  This story was part of a crossover with Heroes of Earth, but no other "real" crossovers were involved.

1989--HISTORY'S HEROES--The Great Unknown gathers together various past Champions of Earth as well as the current Champion, Powerman, to face a cosmic menace.  The History's Heroes were the Purple Knight (6th Century), the Scarlet Swordsman  (17th Century), Powerman (1989) and others.   [Note this story was actually written by my good friend John C. Barstow.  The story introduced the History's Heroes, establishing a legacy of heroes chosen prior to Chris Kowalski.  This story also had ramifications on the Super Universe throughout the other titles.  This was written to be a serialized saga, but John only wrote two chapters of it.  Sadly, I only remember the Purple Knight and the Scarlet Swordsman.  Zeus and the Forbidden Planet both die (though not really) in this story, the Great Unknown is bonded to Chris Kowalski in a similar manner to how Krazel was in 1983 for a short period, and Doctor Deadly becomes trapped in the Dark Dimension.]



December 1990--FINAL CRISIS--Yes, that was the title, so DC, you owe me money.  In this story, Doctor Deadly, finishing what he tried to start in the Crisis Within, actually destroys the universe.  The next month, the new Super Comics Universe is officially launched, completely rebooting the series.  Now, Chris Kowalski is visited by the old wizard Allorin Vonski who bestows on him the powers of the Champion of Earth.  This reboot version only lasted a couple of years, before I integrated those stories into the original canon, combining the two versions into what became the Wronskiverse.  

1991--Powerman and other Super Comics series--During this year, Powerman and the entire Super Comics Universe had been rebooted, with nothing previously written still in canon.  Powerman, Justice, and other heroes were relaunched as if they had never previously existed.  Later, though, the stories of this era would merge with the original Earth-B and become the Wronskiverse.  During this year, Powerman is killed by a new villain team called the 7 Deadly Sins, composed of his greatest enemies.  His sister Michelle is given amnesia by Vonski and transformed into a duplicate of Powerman.  However, it turns out Chris was still alive, stranded on Death Planet.  He makes his way back to Earth, and reclaims the role of Powerman.  Michelle loses her powers and is reverted to normal.  Chris then graduates from high school and attends the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, where he decides to reveal his dual identity to the world.  During this year, I also imagined the Super Comics being bought by DC, and becoming an imprint, with Super Comics characters being incorporated into the DCU.  So I had a lot of crossovers interacting Super Comics characters with DCU characters.  I also continued to include Star Trek, and wrote an original storyline called Star Trek:  Azrael, set concurrently with the 23rd century DC Star Trek series.  I also included Brisco County Junior as part of the western era of the Super Comics Universe. 

1992--Powerman and other Super Comics series--The year begins with Powerman learning he has caught a disease from a woman he had slept with while he had been powerless and stranded on Death Planet the year before.  The Great Unknown helps by placing Powerman in a pocket dimension where the disease won't affect him.  While Powerman is absent from the world, the War of the Gods DC crossover transpires.  Vonski gives several of Powerman's high school friends super powers, and also restores powers to Michelle, who becomes Powerkid.  These heroes find themselves meeting the heroes of the Marvel Universe in an "inter-company" crossover event.  Eventually, Powerman returns and finds a cure in the 31st century.  Powerman then joins the Massachusetts National Guard.  However, after basic training, came the Death of the Super Universe storyline.  I killed everyone.  It was my third attempt at retiring the universe (after the Crisis Within and Crisis), so I could just move on with my life.  All the current series I was writing were all affected.  The series wraps with the return of the Powerkid Haters, who destroy Orange City, killing all its inhabitants.  Powerman then kills the Powerkid Haters, and then has a final battle with Doctor Deadly above the former Orange City, where the two seem to kill each other in battle.  Note that by the time I was writing the finale, I had stopped using DC characters in my stories. 

1993--Powerman and other Super Comics series--"Return"--Having "cancelled" all the Super Comics titles with the end of the Death of the Super Universe, which wrapped up in December 1993, I took three months off then re-introduced four new series, Powerman, NIghTrain, Marvel, and Scorpio.  It is revealed the Chris Kowalsi again survived his death.  He has been powerless and amnesiac, living as a homeless man in nearby Gardner, until he finally regains his memories and powers and makes a return.  He later learns that others survived, including his cousin NighTrain, Marvel, and later his family who had been rescued by Powerkid just before the city was destroyed and had been living in Greenfield.  The Return storyline lasted for three months, and then, I did another crazy Crisis thing for a month, where I created a separate universe for every major character, placing Powerman, Master of Power, Justice, etc each in a separate reality.  This only lasted a month though, and was not considered canon.  A month after that, I returned to writing within the main Super Comics Universe (which no longer had DC ties), and wrote a storyline where everyone who had been killed in Death of the Super Universe was back, as if they had never died.  This storyline involves the U.S. government banning costumed vigilantes.  Powerman retired, while other heroes like NighTrain went underground.  Powerman meets Amanda Strombol, an escaped government experiment, the perfect weapon, who convinces Powerman to stop the true villain manipulating the government, Doctor Deadly.  In the end, the ban on costumed heroes is lifted.  However, NighTrain is still arrested for having violated the ban while it was in effect.  He cuts a deal where he  turns himself in if all other heroes gain immunity. 

1994--Powerman and other Super Comics series--In 1994, I merged the original Earth-B stories into the canon of the current Super Comics universe.  I brought back several classic characters, while also setting up a second generation of heroes led by Powerkid (Michelle Wrigley).  Storylines include a villain called Continuity destroying the universe, which did involve crossovers with Star Trek and Brisco County Junior, Powerman fake dying again, NighTrain becoming a villain, and the year ending with Powerman retiring to replace Santa Claus!

1995--Powerman--Early 1995 had Amanda Strombol leaving Powerman because she didn't want to play Mrs. Claus.  This led to Powerman suffering from depression (his first sign of a deeper mental illness), and leaving Earth.  He finds the planet Hanguk, and learns of his true alien origins, and meets his birth mother, and YonYoon, the woman who he ends up marrying.  He meets a new group of adventurers who call themselves the Group, and repels a Booer invasion. 

1996/1997--I wrote no stories during this time. 

1998--Timeline--Powerman gets a psychic message from his sister to return to Earth.  During his absence, a metahuman called Adam has taken control of the Earth, and created a world where metahumans are the ruling class.  The Heroes of Earth have become the Royal Guard.  While Powerman comes home to help overthrow Adam, he and the other heroes are first faced with another problem.  Adam's brother has developed time travel technology, and is travelling back in time to erase every metahuman from history, so that he can stop Adam's rise before it begins.  Timeline, as the villain calls himself, is stopped just before he can kill young Chris Kowalsi.  After defeating Timeline, Powerman then witnesses his younger self being struck by the ray from space that will change his life forever.  Adam is then defeated back in the present.  One of the positive effects that Adam had had on Earth is that Earth had become part of the United Planets.  Powerman gathers the heroes after the crisis is ended, and tells them that in his travels through time, he had learned that the future is one without meta-humans.  It is one where ordinary humans become extraordinary heroes.  He proposes that to ensure a positive future for Earth, metahumans need to disappear.  The gathered group agree, and while a few, including Powerman, YonYoon, the Group, NighTrain, and Patience Glenndale, decide to leave Earth to explore (and keep their powers), Vonski casts a spell over the entire planet that makes all remaining heroes and villains lose their powers, and makes the general population forget that super-heroes and villains ever existed.  (This was again another attempt to wrap up the Super Universe.) 

1999/2000--No stories written.

2001/2002--Powerman--Following the birth of Connor Kowalski, Powerman and his friends decide to stop exploring and setting in an alternate universe, the DC Universe.  For a year, they interact again with DC characters, as if those DC characters had never been part of their universe previously. 

2003--No stories.

2004 to 2007--Powerman--The heroes had returned to their own universe at some point, and Powerman and his wife YonYoon have divorced.  Powerman can't deal, and he takes off deciding to travel through time and the multiverse.  During this time he has numerous team-ups, meeting characters I don't own once per month.  I don't remember all the stories, but I was big into the Wold Newton Universe during that time, so a lot of characters such as the golden age Superman, Doc Savage, Tarzan, etc, appeared.  None of these characters were meant to be in the main Super Universe (which I was now calling the Wronskiverse), as it was meant to be clear that Powerman was travelling the multiverse. 

2008 to 2012--Powerman, Powerkid, Powerman Team-Up, Powerkid Team-Up, and other Super Comics titles--Another attempt for me to bring back the Super Universe.  Powerman returns to Earth to find that his father is out of prison, back in control of his company, but also has reformed.  There had always been a thing in the Kowalksi family that every other generation seems to alternate between hero and villain, and this messes with Powerman's already fragile mental state, because if his father is good, then he is... evil?  Powerman becomes a villain, and kills vice-president Dick Cheney.  Allorin Vonski returns and reveals that Powerman is actually possessed by Doctor Deadly.  He gives young Connor Kowaslki powers and Connor becomes the new Powerkid.  Powerkid stops his father, while Vonski frees his mind from Deadlly's control. Despite it not being Chris' fault, he is still blamed for the death of the vice president.  Powerman's return undoes the world's mystical amnesia, and they remember that Chris Kowalski is Powerman, so Powerman takes on a new secret identity, using his power of physical transformation, and becomes UMass student Jonathan Standford.  Powerkid joins other next generation heroes as the new Super Trio, while Powerman joins other UMass heroes as the Heroes of the People.  Michelle returns to heroics as the new Justice, with her boyfriend becoming the new Truth.  Several other heroes re-emerge, having regained their powers, with Vonski's spell undone. Many crossovers happen, as Powerman does continue to travel through time and space, and Powerkid also does so, teaming up with Power Rangers, Dora the Explorer, Bob the Builder, and other young audience characters. Also, I had now decided to incorporate the canon of Win Scott Eckert's Crossover Universe into the Wronskiverse, (though of course the Wronskiverse was not part of the Crossover Universe).  Michael Bossman turns out to still be evil, and loses control of his fortune and company.  Connor inherits the Bossman fortune while Michelle becomes CEO of Bossman Enterprises.  Powerman's mother develops cancer, and Powerman is helpless to save her.  Then several heroes and villains are abducted by Vonski's son, who makes them do battle.  Michelle's boyfriend Truth is killed, as are several others.  After everyone returns to Earth, the New Power unleashes a virus that kills metahumans and aliens, while also destroying Hell, all the worst inhabitants returning to Earth.  This leads to...

2012--The Time War--Aliens that had been living on Earth are forced to leave the planet.  Many heroes and villains die of the virus, including Powerkid's mother.  The few remaining heroes of the present are joined by heroes from 2022, the Power Police, led by an adult Connor Kowalski/Powerman, in battling the time travel villain Cronstar, and once again, Powerman has his "final" battle with Doctor Deadly.  Magic is destroyed, and Powerman is left in suspended animation, floating in space, while believed dead by his loved ones. 

2013--Champion of Earth, Justice, Space Hero, and Dark Tales--A rebooted Super Universe.  Chris Kowalski is 15 years old, and gains his super powers for the first time.  He does not become Powerman, but instead uses his powers in secret.  He soon finds other powered heroes, and together they gather to save the world from Uglon the Deadly and Ken Madison.  Meanwhile, the story of Justice that I had started in 2009 continues in this new universe, with female UMass students as Justice and Truth.  The crossovers come mainly in Dark Tales and Space Hero.  Dark Tales reboots all the mystical heroes of the Super Universe, centering around Michael Peters, who once again becomes a vampire for the first time.  Dark Tales was a series I had first written in 1991.  Dark Tales showed that the new Super Universe included every non-Super series that existed in the "Horror Universe", based on the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia that I was writing at that time.  Meanwhile, Space Hero featured a new Krazel, who picked up a sidekick in Patience Glenndale, as he patrolled space.  In this new timeline, Earth had never encountered aliens (as far as the public knows), and time travel wasn't something that was known to exist.  However, every fictional planet and alien species had a counterpart in this new Super Universe.  The Doctor (from Doctor Who) was known of, but Krazel believed him to be an urban legend.  These series wrapped up with Chris discovering the multiverse, including the old Wronskiverse, the universe of adult Connor as Powerman, another universe where Connor Wronski becomes a hero called the Ace, a universe where an alien alliance had invaded an Earth where the metahumans were gone, etc.  This was the finale of the Wronskiverse.  The story ends with the Time War resuming, and ending, and the future being unknown...




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