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Superman: True Brit is an Elseworld Superman story by John Cleese and Kim Howard Johnson, with art by John Byrne and Mark Farmer.

It humorously speculates on what could have happened if Kal-El had been raised in England rather than Kansas.

Compare Superman: Red Son, which shows what could have happened if Supes had been raised in the USSR instead.

This story contains examples of:

  • Adoptive Name Change: baby Kal-El's rocket lands in England. His parents learn his birth name early on, but decide to give him the more appropriately British name "Colin Clark", because they don't want the neighbors to think they've adopted a foreigner.
  • Alliterative Name: "Colin Clark" is one, starting with the same consonant sounds as "Clark Kent".
  • Amusing Injuries: On more than one occasion Colin's strength leaves a cricket implement lodged within someone which cannot be removed without killing them.
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  • Borrowing the Beatles: The Rutles serve as the local stand-in for the Beatles.
  • Idiot Hero: Colin is utterly incompetent at being a superhero.
  • Mythology Gag: When Colin moves to America he decides to change his name, keeping his family name but also honoring his parents' place of birth in Kent, deciding on Kent Clark.
  • Naturalized Name: In this story, Kal-El is given the English name Colin Clark.
  • Reality Ensues: Colin tries to use his super-speed for work opportunities, but finds that he gets priced out of nearly every potential job because no company is prepared to pay him a full day's wages when it doesn't take him a full day to do the work. His attempt to solve Britain's budget crisis by converting coal to diamonds also backfires, as it creates a coal shortage and drastically lowers the value of the diamonds.
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  • Running Gag: Every time Colin does something embarrassing, his parents move further and further away.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end, Superman leaves for America in hopes that he'll be better accepted there.
  • Shout-Out: Naturally, a Shout-Out to Monty Python's Flying Circus' "Bicycle Repairman" sketch, when a Frenchman comments on Colin using a lever to tighten a nut when repairing the Eiffel Tower. Also, Superman has to save Ron Nasty and Dirk McQuickly.
  • Strawman News Media: Colin ends up working for a breathtakingly sleazy tabloid called the Daily Smear.
  • Vestigial Empire: The Batman mentions working for the good of the British Empire. Colin mentions that the British Empire no longer exists but The Batman says they still own a bit of Ireland.


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