Guardians of Metropolis (1994)
For several years there were no New Gods titles but a subset of Kirby's creations continued to guest-star across the Superman family of titles. The Guardian, the Newsboy Legion, Dubbilex, and the DNA Project were reintroduced in 1988's Superman Annual #2. These characters had formed the bedrock of Kirby's run on Jimmy Olsen and their original story was tweaked for post-Crisis continuity. Writer Roger Stern retained a good bit of Kirby's premise about the secret government facility called the DNA Project, which was renamed the Cadmus Project (after King Cadmus who grew warriors from teeth of a dragon). The original members of the Newsboy Legion were the founders of Cadmus and experts in the science of cloning and DNA manipulation. They cloned themselves and their hero, the Guardian (Jim Harper), after he was murdered. When the clone Newsboys escaped, the Guardian was sent to reclaim them, and this chaos drew the attention of Superman and Jimmy Olsen. The clones were confused; they believed they were the originals and that it was 1943. Superman and Guardian followed the clones in their Whiz Wagon back through the Habitat and the Zoomway that led to Cadmus. They were swallowed by the giant vehicle called the Mountain of Judgment and greeted by Jude and his group of Hairies. Elsewhere Sleez had enslaved Dubbilex but Superman overpowered him and Sleez appeared to disintegrate. The case ended with a very awkward meeting between the Newsboys clones and their "fathers." (Superman v.2 Annual #2)
Notes: The Kirby characters from Jimmy Olsen were reintroduced as "new" to the DC Universe (though quite similar to their pre-Crisis versions). This differed from the New Gods characters in general, whose Kirby history was considered canon. The second generation Newsboys were changed from being sons of the originals to clones. The name "Cadmus" is a wholly post-Crisis invention. Another Jimmy Olsen character, Dan "Terrible" Turpin, was also reintroduced post-Crisis in Superman v.2 #7 (July 1987). Darkseid's agents Simyan and Mokkari returned in Superman #40 and #43 (1990).
In 1994, after the "Death of Superman," these characters and others were the stars of a mini-series titled Guardians of Metropolis. The series was a virtual celebration of Jimmy Olsen characters and it introduced a new one, Boss Moxie, who was Darkseid's original Earth mob agent in the 1940s. Moxie worked with Granny Goodness to sell a super-gun to Agent Axis. Back then the Guardian and Newsboy Legion had teamed up with the Boy Commandos (Kirby's other wartime creations) to put Moxie away. (Guardians of Metropolis #1, 3) Note: Boss Moxie is the father of Intergang head Ugly Mannheim. This tale also retconned Dan "Terrible" Turpin into having been Brooklyn, a member of the Boy Commandos.
Boss Moxie was released from his long sentence in Stryker Island prison and met up again with Granny, who was running the B.O. Goodley Orphanage in Metropolis. At the same time, the Guardian learned that his sister Mary was dying. He could make no claim on her estate because he was legally dead and her only heir, 13-year-old Bobby, had been kidnapped by Granny. The Newsboys (who had a "pet" sea monster called Trevor, and were aided by the pink monster Angry Charlie) decided to help bust Bobby out. In the caverns beneath Cadmus, a renegade scientist from Cadmus, Dabny Donovan, launched an attack on the adult Newsboys with the help of his "DNAliens," Dragorin and Lupek. Donovan captured his former colleagues and tormented them with his mad, homicidal circus. (#1)
Granny put Gilotina in charge of the orphanage. She failed to stop the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit and was captured. During her incarceration, she befriended Newsboy Tommy. (#2) Moxie and the Female Furies kidnapped the Newsboys and took them to Cadmus, but two slipped through and got help from Yango of the Outsiders. (In the orphanage, the Newsboys had learned that Roberta Harper was a girl, and Bobby learned her uncle's identity as the Guardian.) (#3)
The chase converged on the Zoomway to Cadmus, where Tommy was injured. Gilotina had become protective of him and she opposed the Furies, declaring the humans under her protection. The forces of Apokolips retreated, leaving Gilotina to her own fate. She had committed treason for demonstrating independent thoughts and actions. She was offered a position on Cadmus' security team. When Mountain of Judgment roared in to help, Boss Moxie fell into cavern and he was found by Donovan. Guardian finally met his grandniece, Roberta, for whom he was granted legal guardianship. She became a member of the Newsboys as Famous Bobby. Guardian and the kids were set up to live in Hobbsview Manor and were offered newspaper routes by Clark Kent. (#4)
|Guardians of Metropolis #1-4 (Nov. 1994–Feb. 1995)||Karl Kesel||Kieron Dwyer||The Guardian, Newsboy Legion, Superman, Jimmy Olsen, Boss Moxie, Dubbilex, Sleez, Dabney Donovan, Granny Goodness, Female Furies, Virman Vundabar, Angry Charlie, Yango, the Hairies, Dragorin, Lupek, the Boy Commandos, Dan Turpin|