Earth-Français is an interesting world for several reasons. The fact that
it contains counterparts of the characters from the Hergé Tintin stories
serves as its most prominent feature, but also fascinating is that this
alternate Earth only appeared canonically in a post-Crisis story: 
Teen Titans Spotlight #11 (June 1987), written by Jean-Marc Lofficier.

253 C.E.  ('CCLIII A.D.')

The Superman of Earth-1 (or else some counterpart such as Yordi or Marc Costa, 
the Modern Hercules) accompanied by Jimmy Olsen travels back in time (or across 
dimensions) where a super-Gaul keeps a province free from the Romans, and 
encounters characters called Columnix, Flipmybix, Mikimus, Picturix, Rockix, 
Bulwinkelmus, Prolifix, and Myopix.  The story leaves off with Superman saying 
"Rome fell a century ago. The former Roman empire is now run by Gauls, out of 
Lutetia [now Paris].  You have no reason to fight! You're no longer enemies! 
Now you're one and the same people!".

This took place in Action Comics #579, by J. M. Lofficier and Keith Giffen,
which referenced the French comic strip Asterix. Asterix is set in 50 BCE, 
telling the story of Gauls who use druidic magic that confers superhuman 
strength to keep one patch of Gaul from being claimed by the Romans. Gaul, of 
course, was both the name of the place now called France before the Roman 
conquest and the name of the Celts who lived in that area, but who were 
eventually defeated by the Romans. (France, incidentally, comes from the phrase 
"Frank Reich", referring to the German tribe that conquered the area after the 
Roman Empire faded away.)  Asterix is the clever, but short, leader of the 
Gauls, with his large, but foolish, Obelix. 

On a later occasion, it is likely that the Gauls in the story encountered
the ancestors of a pair of detectives Dupond & Dupont (in English: Thomson 
& Thompson) whose paths would repeatedly intercept Tintin in the 20th century, 
as related in Asterix in Belgium. 

As related in Asterix and the Falling Sky, the Gallic village gets the visit of 
aliens who, apparently, come not only from outer space but also from a far 
future, as they use for their defense an army of "superclones", i. e. Superman 
clones (Vincent Mollet informs me that, except that they wear a star on their 
chest and not an S, they definitely look like Superman clones ... ).


The events of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers, as related in DC Special #22.  


The events of Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein.  The monster takes the name 
Gouroull and traverses Europe from the late 1800's to the 1920's.

In Revolutionary France, returning soldier Bruce Wayne must choose between 
the brutal Revolution supported by his father and his own conscience.  But 
when Bruce's wife's parents face a brutal death by guillotine, his decision 
launches the adventure of a lifetime.  (Batman: Reign of Terror)

In the dark, dark days of the French Revolution, the citizens of Paris look
desperately for a champion to save them from the tyranny of King Louis XVI
and his Bourbon Battalion.  Will Lord William DeMagnus and his astounding 
Metal Men succeed where Napoleon Bonaparte failed?   (Elseworlds 80-Page Giant)

Sherlock Holmes becomes a consulting detective based out of London.


Batman (doubtless a descendent of the 18th century Batman of Revolutionary
France) investigates a series of crimes at the Opera House in Paris,
which leads him to the horribly disfigured Harvey Dent.  [Batman: Masque]

Cornélius Kramm, a brilliant surgeon and mad scientist, rules an international 
crime empire called the "Red Hand."  He is eventually defeated by a vast 
alliance of heroes after a world-spanning battle, chief among them Prosper 
Bondonnat, also a brilliant scientist and "easygoing plant-lover," as detailed 
in the novel Le Mystérieux Dr. Cornélius.  

[note from Mikel Midnight:  the French novel featuring this character is 
included because he also appeared in 1987 in issues of THE BLUE BEETLE.  
I speculate Dr. Cornélius may have reappeared earlier on Earth-Français to 
bedevil the Steel Phantom.]

Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie first cross paths with Dr. Fu Manchu, 
as reported in The Master of the World.  

[note from Mikel Midnight:  the French comics featuring this character 
are included because he also appeared in the 40's in a strip in DETECTIVE 


On an alternate possible Earth, Flash Gordon has adventures on the 
planet Mongo, as reported in issues of Bravo.


The Steel Phantom has first public case. These 'adventures' were 
doctored French reprints of the Superman and Blue Beetle comic books,
published by Sage, that melded the two characters into one. (The Blue
Beetle's costume at this time resembled the Phantom's costume, and
Superman has been referred to as the Man of Steel, hence "The Steel

[note from Jean-Marc Lofficier:  I do know for a fact that in 1941, 
HURRAH published a recolored (red) version of the Golden Age Blue Beetle 
under the name "Fantome d'Acier" (Steel Phantom) because that way, he 
looked more similar to the Phantom (whose suit was colored red in France 
too) which was a more popular character.  I also know for a fact that in 
1939, AVENTURES started publishing Superman, retitled Yordi, until 1941
in issues #10-38 (he also appeared in LES DESSINS ANIM-YORDI from 1939-1940).  
In Belgium, it appeared in SPIROU, also in 1939, as Marc Costa, Hercule 
Moderne.  I don't know if HURRAH published any Superman strips under the 
Steel Phantom name.]


On Earth-S, Captain Marvel Junior battles Dr. Satanis, as reported in
issues of Bravo.


China invades Tibet. (Date based on historical accounts.)


Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock travel to meet Professor Calculus in
the Sprodj Atomic Research Center in Syldavia. The Professor is planning a
revolutionary new space rocket.

Under the direction of Professor Calculus, they make it to the moon.
(Destination Moon [Objectif Lune] and Explorers on the Moon [On A Marche
Sur La Lune] by Hergé, referred to in TTS #11. Note that TTS #11 states
that the country that hosted Tintin's trip to the moon was western
European-presumably Spain or Portugal-yet, in the original stories, Hergé
clearly had Yugoslavia in mind, since the countries had signs in the
Cyrillic alphabet, an alphabet only used in Eastern European countries.)

[note from Jean-Marc Lofficier:  Interesting! A cultural glitch! In the 
50s and 60s, we Europeans would think of "western" in the political, not 
geographical sense.  So Austria would be a "western" country, and 
Czechoslovakia an Eastern one.  So to me Syldavia *was* a western country, 
*the* western country meant to in TTS #11.]


Jacques Bertrand, reporter of the daily London Planet, fights crime as 
The Cat. His main foe is the mysterious crime syndicate boss "Number 1"
(this counterpart to Ted Grant, Wildcat, had 26 episodes serialized in 
the magazine Heroic Albums).

[note from Mikel Midnight:  thanks to Al Schroeder for pointing me to
this link on Jean-Marc Lofficier's page.]


Warsaw Pact Bardurians kidnap Professor Calculus. Tintin, Snowy, and
Captain Haddock try to recover him and his invention, now deep in the
forest of Bakhine. (Calculus Affair [L'Affaire Tournesol] by Hergé,
referred to in TTS #11. Note: Yugoslavia, although a Communist country,
was not a member of the Warsaw Pact, practicing a peculiar, relatively
humane form of Communism that caused the Soviet dominated Communist
satellites to reject Tito, Yugoslavia's dictator. Hence, the reason the
Bardurians kidnapped Professor Calculus, since the Tito analog would have
shared the information with them.)

[note from Jean-Marc Lofficier:  The analogy doesn't quite work that way, 
even in Hergé's universe.  Syldavia is like Greece or Macedonia (non-
communist) while Borduria is meant to be Ceaucescu's Rumania or Bulgaria.]

At some point after this, the Western capitalist countries threatened to
utilize satellite lasers against the People's Republic of China should
they not pull out of Tibet.

[note from Jean-Marc Lofficier:  I'm making the point here that in Tintin 
in Tibet, unlike in our universe, Tibet is not under Red China's control.]


Super Boy has adventures.


Bound to an Astronomical Congress in Australia, Tintin, Captain Haddock,
and Professor Calculus travel in the jet of millionaire Laszlo Carreidas.
The plane was hijacked, the passengers forced onto a pacific island by
Tintin's enemy Rastapopoulos. Rastapopoulos was a crooked "millionaire
film tycoon, king of Cosmos Pictures". Using a truth drug on Carreidas,
Rastapopoulos attempts to acquire the Swiss bank account access code of
the millionaire. At the end of the adventure, Rastapopoulos gets abducted
by an UFO. (Flight 714 [Vol 714 Pour Sydney], referred to in Clown
Prince, information on Rastapopolous from Cigars of the Pharaoh [Tintin
en Orient/Les Cigares du Pharaon].)

Also that year, Americans land on Mars. (TTS #11)

1970's to 1980's

The consequences of such relatively highly advanced space travel as
Tintin's trip to the moon and the trip to Mars in a world where the Cold
War was still strong proved disastrous. It served to exacerbate tensions
between the east and west. Nuclear war crept up on the world ...

In the South American nation of San Theodoros, General Tapioca enacts a 
successful coup against the ruling General Alcazar.  Alacazar goes under-
ground with a band of partisans who call themselves the Picaros, and who
receive the backing of the International Banana Company.  Tintin, Captain 
Haddock, and Professor Calculus travel to San Theodoros and assist Alcazar
in deposing General Tapioca (Tintin and the Picaros).

Tintin travels to Gotham City and, after an initial confrontation with 
Batman (doubtless a descendent of the 18th century Batman of Revolutionary
France) and Batgirl, teams up with the Dark Knight to rescue Snowy from 
kidnappers, as reported in Tintin vs. Batman.

At some point, Roberto Rastopoulos returns to Earth. 

[note from Jean-Marc Lofficier:  Actually at the end of FLIGHT 714 that 
return is sort of mentioned -- the other villain, Dr. Krollspell, is 
returned so presumably was Rastapopoulos.]

[speculation]  Roberto Rastopoulos allies himself with the Joker to kidnap 
leading rocket scientists, forcing them to build long-distance rockets, fired 
at ships which pass by the homebase of the conspirators, the Isle of Black 
Pearls. The rockets are filled with a non-lethal version of the laughing gas 
used by the Joker, and, upon hitting their targets, release the gas, 
incapacitating the ship's crew and leaving them vulnerable for plundering. 
Tintin challenges the criminals after Professor Calculus is kidnapped, while 
the attack on Wayne Shipping boats brings in the Batman of this world. 
(The dating of this story is a bit conjectural, but based on the fact that
the story refers to Rastopoulos' abduction by a UFO earlier, explaining
how he returned to Earth, as well as knowledge about subsequent events on
Earth-Français. It seems fitting to place it here. Also, the style of the
way the Batman is handled suggests the Bronze Age version.  Clown Prince 
purportedly came about due to Steven Spielberg produced animated
adaptations of the Tintin stories for Canadian TV in the early 1990's,
which I remember seeing on cable some time ago. Dreamworks Studo
permitted a crossover to be made as a part of this series where the
Batman characters appeared. Although the Hergé foundation objected, a
tie-in comic book was released.)

[note from Jean-Marc Lofficier:  I am reasonably certain that book does 
not actually exist.  This is all a lie, basically.  A farce designed by 
some clever Canadian.]

After the events of his alliance with the Joker, Rastopoulos, under the
codename Minos (he went by several other aliases during his criminal
career), kidnapped Professor Calculus, and allying himself with a
group of generals and corporate bigwigs, forces him to build a space ark.
Rastopoulos and his confederates intended to use it to flee Earth,
fearing nuclear war.

Nuclear War did indeed come after a flare-up in a conflict between the
Western democracies and the Communist nations in a "CIA-sponsored banana 
conglomerate" in San Theodoros. Horrific mutations resulted, and the 
conflict ignited the nuclear stockpiles, turning the world into a slow-
burning powderkeg.

Tintin, now called Tin, forms a group of survivors called the Second
Chance, who intended to reacquire the kidnapped Professor, as well as
using Minos' rocket to find a new world for humanity. Minos and his
followers are secure, having survived in a specially constructed
fortress. (TTS #11)


Dr. Mist, Belphegor and Andre Chavard send an unwitting Brotherhood of 
Evil from Earth-1. Joining forces with Tin, they storm Minos' fortress, 
with Monsieur Mallah shooting Minos.


Tintin is of course the famous Belgian comic strip about a boy reporter
created by the cartoonist Hergé. Tintin first appeared in 1929, with 23 
Tintin graphic novels having been translated into 30 languages. Tintin is 
read by many young people in France and Belgium.

More info on Tintin can be found in Jeff Rovin's Adventure Heroes.

More info on any French comics character who ever existed can be found at 
JM Lofficier's Cool French Comics site.

Article by John McDonagh