Earth-30 (Universe) (DC Comics)

Earth-30 is one of fifty-one divergent realities that branched from the core New Earth reality during the recreation of the Multiverse shortly following the events of Infinite Crisis.

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Superman: Red Son  #1 (June, 2003)
Created by: Mark Millar,  Dave Johnson

In story information

Official Name: Earth-30
Aliases: Red Son
Status: Existing



Earth-30 is depicted mostly in the 1950s, an era when the race for dominance between the USA and USSR had begun. Up till 1950, Earth-30 is nearly identical to the Golden Age Earth-2 or  New Earth; however the turning point occurs in 1953 when the  Soviet Union reveals its secret weapon that virtually ends the nuclear arms race:  Superman. On Earth-30, the infant Kal-El’s spaceship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm instead of  Kansas as depicted in nearly all Superman mythos. Earth-30’s rotation placed  Ukraine in the ship's path instead of Kansas.
With the revelation of the most powerful being on  Earth on the side of the USSR,  Josef Stalin becomes a revered figure in all political circles and  Russia is being viewed by the world as the only superpower. This causes a major shift during the Cold War and turns the ongoing nuclear arms race into a super-being arms race. It leads to panic in the United States and in attempts to get ahead of Russia in the super-beings arms race, the  CIA employs the services of  S.T.A.R. Labs scientist and super-genius  Lex Luthor, who stops at nothing to devise schemes to create the perfect deterrent for Superman. Meanwhile, Josef Stalin is killed by cyanide poisoning ordered by his illegitimate son and Chief of NKVD Pyotr Roslov due to his jealousy and disgruntlement for Stalin’s support of Superman.
America attempts to utilize Luthor’s  Bizarro clone of Superman to challenge him in a duel. However it causes an accidental nuclear missile launch in Great Britain, which is thwarted after the self-sacrifice of Bizarro Superman. This event, coupled with Superman’s visible heroism and the near nuclear holocaust that led to damage in London with high civilian casualties cause a breach in Anglo-American relations. This has caused major disruptions in the diplomatic ties of America with the rest of the world, which now supports the Soviet Union under the command of Superman.

1970s & the Global Soviet Union:

By 1978, events in Earth-30 have diverged greatly. Under Superman’s command, the (Global) Soviet Union has grown without resorting to war, and has virtually eliminated poverty, disease and the like. There are no references to Soviet interventions in  East Germany (1953),  Hungary (1956), or Czechoslovakia (1968), implying that Soviet prosperity has spread to its satellites, and mitigated the existence of dissident movements in those societies. The cost of this progress is an increased infringement on individual liberties, with Superman fast becoming a Big Brother-like figure. A brain surgery technique that turns dissidents into obedient drones, or "Superman Robots", is in use.
Meanwhile in America,  John F. Kennedy is president of the United States, having succeeded the tragically slain  Richard Nixon, who won the 1960 election but was assassinated in  Dallas,  Texas, during 1963. Luthor has devised and executed several plans to thwart Superman, none of which have worked. Only the United States and  Chile remain independent from the Soviets, and both are on the brink of political collapse, while President Kennedy is forced to grant independence to  Georgia (an ironic reference to the real-world Soviet State of the same name), and he acknowledges that there have been similar secessionist pressures in  Detroit and Texas, riots in  California, and even a "communist sympathizer" terrorist attack on the  White House.

2000s and The Final Battle

By the year 2001, Earth-30 is under the domination of the Global Soviet Union, encompassing all countries except for the divided remnants of the United States of America. The civil war of 1986 caused the secession of sixteen states from the union. Within the Soviet sphere of influence there is no crime, no poverty, no unemployment, but ever present state authority. The "Superman Robot" operation is a common punishment for dissent. Superman is committed to "winning the argument" with the U.S., and repeatedly refuses  Brainiac's suggestions of an invasion. His sole failure remains Stalingrad, now contained within a protective glass "bottle" (similar to Kandor in the mainstream continuity) which is ravaged by a green microscopic organism bearing resemblance to a sheep louse.
Meanwhile, Luthor wins the American presidency, with  Jimmy Olsen as his running-mate. Using his scientific expertise, massive economic capital and dictatorial powers, he returns prosperity to his country, overcoming the secession that had sundered the United States fifteen years beforehand. This is only a part of a more general plan to provoke Superman into invading America so that he can be destroyed. Luthor shows Olsen two of his greatest discoveries. One is the  Phantom Zone, a place that super-hearing cannot reach. The second is the birth of the  Green Lantern Corps, the result of the eighteen years required to decipher the 24-word code in order to activate the ring (the Green Lantern Oath). Also, First Lady  Lois Luthor visits  Themyscira to forge an alliance with the Amazon empire, now ruled by a much older, now embittered and vengeful  Wonder Woman. 
After Luthor’s penultimate attempt to confront Superman, Brainiac finally convinces Superman of taking over America. Superman attacks the East Coast after defeating the onslaught of the Green Lantern Marine Corps, the Amazon forces, and a collection of Luthor’s "super-menaces" (including  Atomic Skull,  Parasite and  Doomsday). Brainiac's spaceship cuts the U.S. Pacific fleet to pieces, and the two superbeings meet at the White House, where Lois Luthor waits with the last weapon, a small note written by Lex that manages to break the Comrade of Steel's resolve. Realizing he has meddled in affairs that he had no place in, Superman orders Brainiac to end the occupation. However Brainiac shows his true colors by attacking Superman with green radiation (similar to  green kryptonite). Brainiac is defeated after being shut-down by Luthor, who apparently evaded surgery during the invasion, allowing Superman to destroy it. This triggers a fail-deadly self-destruct in Brainiac's ship threaten. Superman rockets it into outer space, where it explodes. Superman is believed to have been killed in the explosion.

Collapse of the Soviet Union

With Superman’s apparent death, the Soviet Union falls into chaos, but is soon brought back under control thanks to the Batmen (resistance members who began wearing the costume after Batman's death). Lex Luthor integrates many of Superman's and Braniac's ideas into the new philosophy of "Luthorism" and forms a “Global United States”. Earth-30 enters an unprecedented age of peace and stability. A benevolent world government is formed and maintained with Luthor presides over a string of scientific achievements, including the curing of all known disease, and colonization of the solar system. 
Lex Luthor lives for over two thousand years. At his funeral, it is revealed that Superman survived and is apparently immortal, although this is unknown to Lois, who has outlived her husband. Superman fades into the crowd dressed identically to the Clark Kent of mainstream continuity, planning to live among the humans rather than ruling over them.

Destruction of Earth-30

Billions of years in the future, it is revealed that Earth is being torn apart by tidal stresses from the sun, which has become a red giant. Luthor's then & last descendant, Jor-L (whose intellect exceeded that of even his beloved ancestor) and his wife Lara send their infant son, Kal-L, rocketing back into the past. Kal-L’s timeship lands in a Ukrainian collective in 1938, effectively causing a predestination paradox.

Points of Interest



  • Ukraine