Source of Character: Various comics from Gotlib
Helper(s): SAGA writeup from http://www.multimania.com/dagon/dupont.htm
Reasons: Just some old notes out of national obligation.
“Ne désespérez pas ! Je suis là !” (“Do not despair ! I’m here !”)
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|Dex: 05||Str: 04||Bod: 05||Motivation: Uphold France|
|Int: 07||Wil: 06||Min: 05||Occupation: Patriot|
|Inf: 07||Aur: 05||Spi: 05||Wealth: 006|
|Init: 021||HP: 050|
Powers: Flight: 05, Skin armor: 06
Skills: Artist (actor): 05, Martial artist: 06, Scientist: 05
Advantages: Connaisseur, Iron nerves, Local hero (France)
Connections: French government (High)
Drawbacks: Secret ID, CIA toward defending Freedom, Justice and the French Way of Life.
Marital Status: Presumed single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: France
Height: About 5’10” Weight: About 210lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown
Powers and Abilities
Superdupont is a classic Silver Age superhero : charismatic, intelligent, tough, versed in sciences, with only a few basic powers (invulnerability and flight). Like any international French hero worth his salt, he has Connoisseur and knows Savate.
Although Superdupont’s origin was revealed in one of the TPB, I can’t remember it clearly (something involving a French war hero from WWI). In the present (or rather the past, as the stories were published in the 70s), Superdupont is France’s most important and most beloved superhero, every bit the Superman of his country.
Superdupont’s costume is entirely made of many traditional French dress items from the early XXth century, including the traditional basque-style beret, interior slippers (“charentaises”), circus strongman bracers, a docker’s sleeveless shirt (“débardeur”) and so on.
Superdupont is a comical character, but the effects are subtle. He himself is a courageous, clear eyed, square jawed action and adventure hero, prone to heroic soliloquies and defending “la veuve et l‘orphelin” (“orphans and widows”, i.e. the helpless). He’s has much of the charm and noblesse of a XIXth century hero - think Castle Falkenstein. The only part that does make him a straight hero is his ridiculous, highly sentimental patriotism - every bit of the French tradition, way of life and even minor achievements is sacred to him, including stupid things like camembert (a traditional cheese from Western France), monuments like the Louvre, the knowledge revealed by French scientist like Louis Pasteur, etc.
Superdupont, in his never ending fight for Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité (“Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood” - the three key words of the Republic) is a man from the people : he’ll help with very minor problems, such as parents having problems with a rebellious son - although this will invariably escalate in the discovery of a major plot against France. He’ll never accept glory for himself, instead always thinking about the greatness of his country.
Asides from the fun made of adventure comics clichés and Superdupont’s comical patriotism, much of the zaniness of Superdupont strips comes from his recurrent opponent - a parody of a SPECTRE-like conspiracy called the Anti-France. Its black clad agents, speaking a strange mishmash of foreign (i.e., non-French) languages, are forever thwarted in their attempts on French national symbols at every turn by the ever-vigilant Superdupont.
DC Universe History
Superdupont has had encounters with Superman, and once gallantly rescued Wonder Woman (I also remember an encounter with Batman), so he’s kinda in the DC Universe. Of course, it would take a strange game for Superdupont to make an appearance. However, the Superdupont comic was well-known and appreciated in France, so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise in a French metahuman with a great sense of humor decided to claim the “Superdupont” name, costume and style - which would make him very popular, as a cross between a superhero and a comedian. The humorous name and costume of the fictional Superdupont might even get used by a powerful and competent man as a deception.