Superman’s Allies

Superman’s Allies


First introduced in Action Comics #1 (1938), Lois Lane is the most famous supporting character of Superman and ultimate one true love. A fellow journalist at the Daily Planet, Jerry Siegel conceived her who considers Clark Kent to be a wimp, but she is infatuated with the bold and mighty Superman and not knowing that Kent and Superman are the same person.

As unbelievable as Clark’s disguise is (a pair of clear glasses and a mild, coward attitude with trouble and confrontation), Lois did not discover that Clark is Superman though she suspects it and tries to prove it- Superman always tricking Lois in the end (Superman #17, July–August 1942). This was common plot in comic book stories prior to the 1970s and the love triangle was too important to the book’s appeal.

But Clark Kent admits to Lois that he is Superman, and they marry in Action Comics #484 (June 1978), this was the first story in which Superman and Lois marry that wasn’t an”imaginary tale.” Many Superman stories since then have depicted Superman and Lois as a married couple, but about as many depict them in the classic love triangle.

In the pre-“New 52”; continuity, Clark had married Lois Lane. But when the New 52 was launched in 2011, the new Clark Kent is a bachelor again, and their story debuted with Lois dating another man and working as a rival journalist. In June 2015, it was revealed that Superman’s secret identity had been exposed by Lois Lane and only did it to try to save Superman’s life.

In the Rebirth reboot after the completion of the “Convergence” storyline, and
ongoing Superman comics, Lois Lane is Superman’s wife, mother of his son, Jonathan, and is fairly capable of defending herself (Convergence Superman #2 (July 2015). She’s also Superwoman in varying storylines.


He also meets Krypto (Adventure Comics #210, March 1955) as Superboy when a test rocket approaches their house.


Known as “Superman’s pal”, Jimmy Olsen was conceived to give young male readers a relatable character through which they could fantasize being friends with Superman. He was first introduced in Action Comics #6 (November 1938) with an anonymous cameo. Later on as Jimmy Olsen in Radio: The Adventures of Superman radio serial (April 15, 1940) and in the comics: Superman #13 (November December 1941). Jimmy is friends with both Superman and Clark Kent and a photographer at the Daily Planet. In most stories he doesn’t know that Clark is Superman.


Clark Kent’s employer, formerly George Taylor of The Daily Star was changed to Perry White of the Daily Planet in the second episode of the radio serial, The Adventures of Superman “Clark Kent, Reporter” and in the comics, Superman #7 (November 1940). Perry White had an uneasy friendship with Lex Luthor, one of Superman’s formidable enemies.


Both seen as strange outsiders when they first debuted to the public, Superman and Wonder Woman, were both and were initially looked upon with grieve mistrust and later sincere honor. Superman and Diana got along better than most other people during their tenure in the Justice League and eventually a romantic relationship in Justice League #12 (The New 52, 2012). DC launched not long after their relationship started, a Superman/Wonder Woman title that explored the pair’s relationship and showing them discovering both their similarities and differences, going on dates and visiting their hometowns.


Bruce Wayne, considered as the peak of human achievement and despite being completely opposite with Superman, Batman is the only true threat to the Man of Steel. For Batman, the Man of Tomorrow was the only member of the Justice League that he trusted regardless of all of their differences and each had suspicions on each other. They were very much alike, and both the best of friends.


Over the years, the Superboy mantle has graced several DC characters. Currently, Jon, Superman’s son, bears the name and an integral part to the ongoing Superman run, which has garnered critical acclaim and widespread fan appreciation.


Legion of Super-Heroes is the first team that Superman had participated in as Superboy. Initially came to Superman from the future, The Legion would later make periodic appearances and teaming up with him.


Known as the Trinity, it is the teaming of Earth’s Greatest Heroes: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.


Justice League of America (The Brave & The Bold #28, March 1960) became one of the strongest and long lasting allies of Superman when he became a part of it and formed as a Team of the Earth’s Greatest Heroes. Though their roster is always changing and members join, leave and return, most of the founding members together with Superman are; Batman The Dark Knight; Wonder Woman Princess from Themyscira with powers gifted by the gods themselves; Aquaman King of the Seven Seas; Flash the fastest man alive; Martian Manhunter the shape shifting Martian and Green Lantern wielder of the emerald power ring, protector of space sector 2814. They built a base on the moon known as the Watchtower and as the external threats facing the world and its citizens grow more extreme, the Justice League swore to fight off all threats from space or from parallel worlds.