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A DC Comics character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and widely considered the first superhero and cultural icon.

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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Aug 22, 2011
Often sited as being the most important and most iconic superhero in comics, mainly because he is considered to be the first, Superman is nonetheless one of the most classic cultural icons and he definitely deserves respect. However, as time has gone by, and it's been well over 73 years since he debuted in Action Comics, Issue #1, and during that time Superman has evolved a great deal. It's often forgotten that Superman could not fly in those early issues and that he was not the über-powerful figure that he became over the decades. Personally, I think in some ways, Superman's many powers and strengths are what makes him a bit weak as a character since he is virtually invulnerable physically and his potency allows him to deal with problems in a very simple manner, thus reducing the potential for dramatic conflict and characterization.

Another aspect of the character that often is forgotten is the fact that while Superman is often treated as being almost Christ-like, he was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two Jews who drew their inspiration from the mythological heroes of pagan religions (Hercules, Adonis, Thor, etc.) and that Superman's origin story bears more than a little resemblance to the Biblical story of Moses. Like Moses, Superman was sent from his native home as an infant and upon his arrival in a strange new land, grew up as a literal and figurative alien before becoming a powerful leader and hero for the oppressed. Just as Moses was sent down a river in a raft, baby Kal-El was sent in a spacecraft from a dying planet. Whether people choose to acknowledge the Jewish parable, it's there and it didn't go unnoticed during those early years before and during WWII.
That's something Superman has lacked in recent years. While initially he was seen as an immigrant come to America, who then becomes a social crusader fighting for the common man and against corruption, he later grew into an emblem of authority and became a mainstream enforcer of the status quo. I suppose I miss the former version since he was more human and more of an outsider.

Still, the character of Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman is timeless and it's fascinating to see the different interpretations of him in comics, animation, television, and films. And along with Batman and Wonder Woman, Superman forms a sort of superhero trinity within the world of DC Comics.
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review by . June 22, 2011
Superman! The original Superhero, so ubiquitous that people forget his origins. I don't mean his origin story, I mean his creation and first appearance in the first ever volume of Action Comics. Also, the fact that the reason the phrase "able to leap tall buildings in a single bound" was included in his list of special powers is that he originally wasn't able to fly. He could leap very high, but not actually fly.     Superman is such an icon that the first Action Comics is now …
Quick Tip by . December 05, 2011
I was never a fan of Superman. This guy is too strong, seriously the only thing that can hurt him is kyptonite. I guess thats why i like Doomsdayso much. He is the only one who is a real threat to superman.
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Superman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero widely considered to be an American cultural icon. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster in 1932 while both were living in Cleveland, Ohio, and sold to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1938, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 30, 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games. With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book. The character's appearance is distinctive and iconic: a blue, red and yellow costume, complete with cape, with a stylized "S" shield on his chest. This shield is now typically used across media to symbolize the character.

The original story of Superman relates that he was born Kal-El on the planet Krypton, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton's destruction. Discovered and adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent and imbued with a strong moral compass. Very early he started to display superhuman abilities, which upon reaching maturity he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity.

While referred to less than flatteringly as "the big blue Boy Scout" by some of his fellow superheroes, Superman is hailed as "The Man of Steel", "The Man of ...
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