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COMIC REEL: "Apocalypse's" Shipp on Berry's Storm; Johns Brings "Rebirth" to "Late Night"

10 minutes ago
By Anthony Couto

The new Storm actress says Halle Berry never got back to her with advice, Geoff Johns makes a splash on "Seth Meyers" and more.

That Time Superman and Batman Saved the Day Through...Tentacle Sex?!

18 hours ago
By Brian Cronin

In their latest look at awesomely strange comic book stories, CSBG examines when Superman and Batman saved the day through... tentacle sex?!

Articles

Whedon Says He'd Consider Directing a "Jessica Jones"-ey, Female-Led Marvel Movie

19 hours ago
By Anthony Couto

Things Get Heated in Unused "Batman v Superman" Posters

2 days ago
By Ben Kaye

DC Comics' August Highlights: Rebirth Rolls on With "Harley Quinn," "All-Star Batman" and More

3 days ago
By Jeffrey Renaud

For These Cute Rice Ball Superheroes, the Greatest Foe is Lunchtime

Fri, May 20th
By Kevin Melrose

CBS Would've Considered Renewing "Supergirl" if the CW Hadn't Picked it Up

Wed, May 18th
By Anthony Couto

"Supergirl's" Move to The CW: The Four Biggest Questions

Mon, May 16th
By Albert Ching

EXCL. PREVIEW: Lobo Crashes Landis & Jock's "Superman: American Alien" Finale

Mon, May 16th
By CBR News Team

EXCLUSIVE: DC's "New Super-Man" Introduces New Bat-Man, New Wonder-Woman

Fri, May 13th
By Stephen Gerding

Batman and Superman Are Meerkats in This Weird Neal Adams Comic

Fri, May 13th
By Kevin Melrose

"Supergirl" Heads to The CW for Season 2

Thu, May 12th
By Meagan Damore

Superman Prequel "Krypton" Ordered to Pilot

Mon, May 9th
By Kevin Melrose

Valentino Debuts Batman, Superman and Spider-Man Sneakers

Mon, May 9th
By Kevin Melrose

EXCL. PREVIEW: Superman Succumbs to the Pain in "Action Comics" #52

Mon, May 9th
By CBR News Team

DC Unveils "Rebirth" Designs For Green Arrow, Supergirl and Superboy

Sat, May 7th
By Kevin Melrose

Report: "Supergirl" Moving Production to Vancouver to Cut Costs

Thu, May 5th
By Anthony Couto

Supergirl Is Hero of the Month in Latest "DC Super Hero Girls" Short

Thu, May 5th
By Anthony Couto

DC Unveils "Rebirth" Variant Covers for "Batman," "Superman," "Green Lanterns" & "Green Arrow"

Wed, May 4th
By Anthony Couto

WATCH: Christopher Reeve's Makeup & Wardrobe Test for "Superman"

Tue, May 3rd
By Anthony Couto

Biography

Superman

Although not the first super-hero the world had ever seen, Superman has the enviable position as the most iconic of all of them and is arguably the first character people think of when they use the term "super-hero." Unlike other costumed heroes (with the exception of Batman), Superman has constantly grown and evolved in comics while simultaneously remaining in the general public's eye through radio serials, Broadway musicals, television series, animated shows, movies and more. In many ways, the Man of Tomorrow has been the measuring stick by which all other super-heroes are judged while also becoming as inextricable a part of American life as apple pie.

The character of Superman debuted in the first issue of the comics anthology title "Action Comics" in 1938. Although creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had been working on the character for over six years, "Action Comics" #1 saw the character's debut, fully formed and in full color for the first time. Due to the character's popularity, Superman became the primary star of the anthology, soon doubling up his appearances with the launch of the self-titled series the following year. In these days prior to the start of World War II, appetite for the character amongst American youths proved voracious and only swelled when the war effort commenced.

Dubbed "The Man of Steel," Superman is gifted with extraordinary abilities that have become archetypes in the world of super-hero fiction. Due to his alien physiology, Superman has the powers of flight, super-strength, invulnerability, super-speed and enhanced and expanded senses. Although his alien ancestry gives him his powers, the remnants of that same home world prove to be his ultimate weakness - kryptonite. While alien in origin, Superman was discovered as a baby and raised as Clark Kent by a set of adoptive parents - Jonathan and Martha Kent - from the Middle-American town of Smallville. The Kents raised him with classic beliefs of which some say is from a bygone era of what Tom Brokaw calls "the Greatest Generation". His powers were a gift from his parents, but it was his adoptive parents that informed Superman's moral compass, which has led to the media calling him "The Big Blue Boy Scout" at times.

Upon reaching adulthood, Superman (in the guise of Clark Kent) ventured into the big city - the biggest city in Superman continuity - Metropolis. As Clark Kent, the occupation of a newspaper journalist provides Superman with a unique vantage point into the city and the world beyond. While working for the paper "The Daily Planet," Clark met fellow reporter Lois Lane, who became Superman's chief romantic interest, and later wife, in virtually all Superman stories, in comics and beyond. Superman's primary nemesis in his adventures has proven to be the unpowered, evil scientist/businessman Lex Luthor.

Today, Superman remains the most iconic of comic book figures to the world at large. In addition to his self-titled comic book, Superman has a starring role in several others as well as numerous series featuring related characters including Superboy and Supergirl. Although sales of Superman comics have been outpaced by other titles, to the wider mainstream public, he remains synonymous with both comic books and the superhero genre. After the mild success of the 2006 film "Superman Returns," DC and parent company Warner Bros. have enlisted director Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Returns," "Inception") to launch a new film franchise, tentatively scheduled for 2012.

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