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DC Comics' "Rebirth" Character Designs for Batman, Wonder Woman and More

15 hours ago
By CBR News Team

CBR has a look at DC's "Rebirth" character designs by Jim Lee, Tony Daniel, Pat Gleason, Brad Walker, Jonboy Meyers & Jorge Jimenez.

"LEGO Dimensions" Supergirl Minifig Surfaces Online

22 hours ago
By Kevin Melrose

Leaked images seem to confirm the DC Comics superheroine will be a playable character in the popular toy-to-life game.

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Could These DC Comics Characters Make the Trip to "Krypton"?

Sun, April 24th
By Marc Buxton

Who (or What) is "Supergirl's" Season-Ending Mystery?

Fri, April 22nd
By Tom Bondurant

MOVIE LEGENDS REVEALED: Was Supergirl Nearly Superman's Love Interest in "Superman III"?

Wed, April 20th
By Brian Cronin

PREVIEW: Superman Fever Strikes Landis & Case's "Superman: American Alien" #6

Mon, April 18th
By CBR News Team

Gene Luen Yang Reveals "New Super-Man's" Name

Mon, April 18th
By Meagan Damore

WATCH: "Supergirl" Season Finale Clips Pit Sister Against Sister

Fri, April 15th
By Stephen Gerding

PREVIEW: Superman Tells Supergirl He's Dying in "Action Comics" #51

Thu, April 14th
By CBR News Team

DC Heroes Get Dissected in XXRay Collectible Figure Line

Thu, April 14th
By Kevin Melrose

Tomasi Paves the Way to "The Final Days of Superman" & "Superman: Rebirth"

Thu, April 14th
By Meagan Damore

That Time Batman and Superman Tortured…Batman and Superman?

Wed, April 13th
By Brian Cronin

Classic "Superman" Character Pops Up on "Supergirl"

Mon, April 11th
By Allison Shoemaker

WATCH: "Supergirl" Finale Trailer Shows Kara's Last Chance to Save the Earth

Mon, April 11th
By Lauren Gallaway

WATCH: Supergirl and Cat Grant Appeal to Superman for Help Against Myriad

Mon, April 11th
By Lauren Gallaway

Superman's "Rebirth" Costume Concept Art Revealed

Mon, April 11th
By Stephen Gerding

"Batman and Superman Fighting, Because Mind Control" & More Comic Book Cliches

Sat, April 9th
By Brian Cronin

REVIEW: Tomasi & Janin's "Superman" #51 Balances Heartfelt Drama with Adventure

Thu, April 7th
By Greg McElhatton

Is [Spoiler]'s Life In Danger in "Superman" #51?

Wed, April 6th
By Meagan Damore

Zack Snyder Addresses the Possibility of a New Standalone "Superman" Film

Tue, April 5th
By Meagan Damore

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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