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Superman

Superman
Real name
Clark Kent/Kal-El/Kal-L
Current alias
Superman
Aliases
The Man of Steel; the Man of Tomorrow; the Big Blue Boy Scout; Superboy
Identity
Alignment
Relatives
Jor-El (father); Lara (mother, deceased); Lois Lane (wife); Jon Kent (son); Jonathan Kent (adoptive father); Martha Kent (adoptive mother); Kara Zor-El (Supergirl, cousin); Sam Lane (father-in-law); Lucy Lane (sister-in-law); Kara Zor-L (Power Girl, cousin from a parallel universe); Kru-El (ancestor); Conner Kent (clone)
Base of operations
Metropolis

Characteristics
Gender
Eyes
Hair
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Journalist
Education
Smallville High School; Metropolis University
Origin
Origin
Sent to Earth in a rocket
Place of birth
Krypton
First appearance

1938

History[]

Rocketed to Earth as a baby from the doomed planet Krypton, young Kal-El was adopted by a kindly farming couple, the Kents, and raised as their natural son. Discovering that Earth's yellow sun gave him fantastic powers, he began living a double life as newspaper reporter Clark Kent and as Superman, champion of truth, justice, and the American way.

Superman is, of course, the most famous and popular comic book superhero in the world and has been internationally successful since his creation by writer Jerry Siegel (who also wrote extensively for British character The Spider) and artist Joe Shuster in Action Comics #1 in 1938. Though the Man of Steel is primarily an American icon, numerous reprint titles either starring or otherwise featuring Superman (often alongside fellow superhero Batman) have been published in Britain since Triumph in 1939 by various publishers, notably including London Editions Magazines and Titan Magazines. Listed below are some of them (please follow blue links to individual titles' pages). There have also been Superboy Annuals featuring Supes's adventures as a kid, and anthologies featuring his adventures alongside other DC Comics characters.

See also:





Superman titles

Superman-related


Powers and abilities[]

Powers

Superhuman strength, speed and durability; flight; telescopic and x-ray vision; super-hearing; heat vision; freeze breath.

Abilities

Writing newspaper articles (a sizeable number of which consist of him essentially interviewing himself); leadership skills; inspiring others to be the best version of themselves (NB doesn't work on Luthors).

Strength level

Superhuman.

Weaknesses

Can be incapacitated by kryptonite of various hues; is vulnerable to magic; x-ray vision can't see through lead.

Paraphernalia[]

Equipment

Snazzy costume with cape, boots and trunks; belt pouch; massive Fortress of Solitude full of useful pieces of alien technology.

Transportation

He can fly.

Weapons

Doesn't need any.

Notes[]

Superman's personal continuity has been altered several times; in one version, he first became a superhero while still in school, calling himself Superboy. In most others, though, he first donned the cape upon moving to Metropolis as an adult.

Trivia[]

Clark Kent's birthday is supposedly the 29th of February, explaining why he ages so slowly; he only ages one year for every four (no, it doesn't make sense).

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