Superman

ORIGINS

Published by DC Comics in Action Comics #1 (June 1938), Superman is a superhero and alien named Kal-El from the destroyed planet Krypton. He was sent to Earth and raised as Clark Kent by human foster parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent. Kal-el’s powers were dormant until his teenage years. His Kryptonian physiology absorbs immense energy from Earth’s yellow sun, enabling him to fly at incredible speeds and giving him with his super powers and abilities.

As an adult and growing up as Clark Kent, he devoted his life to helping others with the abilities he developed from Earth’s sun. Moving to Metropolis, he became Superman, while still maintaining his secret identity as Clark Kent, working at the Daily Planet as a Reporter/Journalist.

Though Superman’s origins have been altered a few times because of temporal events that change history, the rest of his life seems largely consistent. Superman’s biography details within the continuity from the “Pre-Crisis” (1938-1985); following the reboot that took place in Crisis on Infinite Earths or “Post-Crisis” (1986-2011); then another reboot into the New 52 (2011-2016), after the Flashpoint crossover timeline.

Although the continuity of The New 52 continued, its branding ended in May 2015 after the completion of the “Convergence” storyline. In February 2016, DC announced their Rebirth initiative with the release of an 80-page one-shot on May 25, 2016, and continuing through late 2016 to the present.

CONTENTS

Biography

Superman is born on an alien world to a technologically advanced species that resembles humans (Action Comics #1, 1938). Superman's famous scientist father, Jor-El...

“Big Blue Boy Scout” No More!

However, in the revamped and launched "New 52" version in 2011 of Clark Kent has also lost both his earthly parents before coming to...

Fortress of Solitude

Located somewhere in the Arctic, Superman maintains a secret hideout called the "Fortress of Solitude", acts as a place of solace for him in times of...

What Makes Superman Super: Powers and Abilities

Since the 1938 comic release, the catalog of Superman's abilities and his strength has varied considerably over the vast body of Superman fiction. SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH Superman...

Rust in the Man of Steel: Weaknesses

First confirmed on Radio, “The Adventures of Superman (June 1943) and in comics, Superman #61 (November 1949) Superman’s weakness is the green kryptonite. Exposure to its radiation...

Superman’s Allies

LOIS LANE First introduced in Action Comics #1 (1938), Lois Lane is the most famous supporting character of Superman and ultimate one true love. A fellow...

Superman’s Rogue Gallery

The villains Superman faced in the earliest stories were ordinary humans, such as gangsters, corrupt politicians, and violent husbands; but they soon grew more...

The (Many) Deaths and Return of Superman

The Death and Return of Superman story arc, after a deadly battle with Doomsday, Superman died in Superman #75 (Jan. 1993). He was later revived by the Eradicator using Kryptonian...

Infinite Versions of Superman

The details Superman's story and supporting cast vary across his large body of fiction released since 1938, but most versions conform to the basic...

Live Action Versions

Ray Middleton, World's Fair, 1939Kirk Alyn, Superman serials, 1948-1950George Reeves, Adventures of Superman, 1952-1958Bob Holiday, It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman, 1966David...

Animated Version

BUD COLLYER, Superman, Fleischer Cartoons, 1941-1943 BUD COLLYER, The New Adventures of Superman, 1966-1970 Danny Dark, Super Friends, 1973-1985 Beau Weaver, Superman (Ruby-Spears) 1998 Tim Daly, Superman: The Animated...

Superman through the years

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Superman FAQs

Ray Middleton, World's Fair, 1939 Kirk Alyn, Superman serials, 1948-1950 George Reeves, Adventures of Superman, 1952-1958 Bob Holiday, It's a Bird, It's a...