Cartoon Country: Superhero City – A Visitor’s Guide
Inspired by Jason (Goldstar)’s recent Cartoon Country on The Super Hero Squad Show, I’ve decided to pay homage to one of my personal favorite aspects of SHS, its’ setting of Superhero City.
First, let’s get the boring expository stuff out of the way:
- Although this article was indeed inspired by the Superhero City on Super Hero Squad, the setting depicted in this article is not the same Superhero City from that show, but rather a different Superhero City which I made up, though the name’s the same. I really like the name Superhero City and I couldn’t think of a better one, so I’m not changing it. Our site, our rules.
- As a superhero/sci-fi geek, I enjoy things from both Marvel and DC, so my Superhero City will incorporate characters, references and allusions to both companies. Think of it as an alternate universe where both DC and Marvel characters coexist but legal and copyright restrictions don’t. Now that we’ve established that…
Welcome to Superhero City, an active and thriving metropolis in the West Zone region. It’s big. It’s beautiful. It’s pristine. It’s technologically advanced….
At the center of city in the town square is a giant statue honoring 3 of Superhero City’s most honored and decorated citizens.
It is surrounded by the 3 Pillars of Epic Majestic Greatness.
All surrounded by beautiful dancing fountains.
Who came up with this amazing tribute? It sure as heck wasn’t the city’s mayor, former Luchador El Emenopeio.
Where do all of the city’s enhanced, irradiated, mutated and just plain incredible citizens come from?
Some arrived here from outer space…
…Others emigrated here from our sister city, Magix….
A magical floating city in its’ own right, housed atop a large, puffy pink cloud (really!), which hangs and hovers above Superhero City, connected to its’ beach and bay side by the Ever Rainbow, which is always visible even at night and never goes away (hence the name). SHC denizens can only visit Magix when invited by a citizen of Magix, who are the only ones who can make the Rainbow solid, and even then they need to wear a visitors’ badge.
Magix is part of Superhero City the same way that Alaska and Hawaii are part of the United States. Few non-enchanted individuals have actually seen Magix from the inside, but it is said to be very picturesque and very, very sparkly. Its’ populace is rather private, but they’re OK with being considered part of Superhero City provided the city residents keep themselves pretty much to themselves.
Magix is home to fairies, wizards, witches, elves, dwarfs, pirates, jesters, royals and monsters. If you want to get yourself a wand or a unicorn or a Pegasus or a Firebird off the black market, this is where you’d want to go.
Still more come from the Mad Science capital of the US, Ultronic Institute.
For decades, this company has done a ton of noodling with science and nature and experimenting on living beings, creating numerous cyborgs, human/alien crossbreeds, evolved dinosaurs, beings of living flame, genetically altered clones and atomic supermen, populating the city with many metahumans.
These days, however, after receiving their 1000th federal injunction (happy anniversary!), Ultronic Institute has since cleaned up their act, and now mainly manufactures a popular brand of soft drink called Proto-Cola.
Now, you may be wondering: with so many superhumans residing among them, what have the city’s non-super powered citizens done to cope?
Yes, believe it or not, an entire sub-culture of Supers living among normal humans has eliminated the need for secret identities and the rest of the populace has simply learned to coexist. In Superhero City, it doesn’t matter if you can fire beams from your eyes, or lift a tank over your head or fly like a comet across the sky…
It does’t matter if you’re metallic or mystical or interplanetary; in this town, you’re free to be whoever (or whatever) you choose.
No powers? No problem!
“Your brain is so BIG!”
To your left, in the upper skyline, you’ll see Makuhero Tower.
…Which is home to gazillionaire scientist Prof. Xena Makuhero and her gifted children Icy, Mondo, Lazer, Angel and Psimon, collectively known as The X-Perts, a family of wealthy, famous, super-powered do-gooders and all around nice people.
To your right, you’ll spot the Z-Dome.
Folks here instantly recognize this logo as the symbol for Superhero City’s animal sanctuary/wildlife preserve, conveniently located in Banzai Gardens Park, known as Zooropa.
Zooropa is a haven for the Mutanimals, a sub-species of intelligent talking animals who were originally genetically altered by Ultronic Institute back in the 1960’s (everybody was experimenting with stuff back then) and have since been crossbreeding and growing slowly in numbers as a recognizable portion of the populace.
While there are still a few curmudgeons who aren’t OK with the idea of Mutaninals living among them…
..Many more have come to accept them just as any other breed of citizen.
Life would be positively copacetic in Superhero City if it weren’t for one thing:
These rogues, thugs, punks, freaks, monsters, antagonists and gangsters have all been deported to neighboring Villainville, a bleak, dark, smoking, polluted, toxic slum of dirt and filth–ewww! Villainville is blocked away from Superhero City by a huge wall erected by the Mayor (one of the few genuinely useful things he’s ever signed into action), but once in a while one of these creeps gets ballsy and tries to leap over the wall to go into the city to cause mayhem, but of course they’re usually quickly disposed of and either tossed back over the wall or into the clink, whichever’s more convenient.