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Superman Action Figure Takes Flight in Terrific Drone Video

3 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Step 1: tape a Superman toy to a drone. Step 2: gain Internet fame when you release the footage online.

Man of Steal? Police On The Trail Of Superman After Watch Heist

Wed, August 26th
By Kevin Melrose

Police in England say a 25-year-old named Superman moved faster than a speeding bullet to swipe a diamond-encrusted gold watch worth $33,000.

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Who's a Good Dog? CBR's Favorite Comic Book Canines!

Wed, August 26th
By Kevin Mahadeo

SPOILERS: Lois Lane's "Truth" Comes Out in Yang & Romita Jr's "Superman" #43

Wed, August 26th
By Meagan Damore

Official "Supergirl" Pilot Synopsis Lands Online

Wed, August 26th
By Stephen Gerding

Gwenda Bond to Continue Lois Lane's Adventures in New "Double Down" YA Novel

Mon, August 24th
By Meagan Damore

"Batman v Superman's" Henry Cavill Weighs in on Superman's Love Life

Mon, August 24th
By Meagan Damore

TOYING AROUND: Many Minimates, Arty Avengers & More!

Sat, August 22nd
By TJ Dietsch

Real-life Superboy: 4-Year-Old Kal-El Helps Save Family from Crash

Fri, August 21st
By Kevin Melrose

Why is Superman Tormenting Jimmy Olsen After Adopting Him?

Tue, August 18th
By Brian Cronin

Calista Flockhart Talks Bringing Cat Grant to Life for "Supergirl"

Mon, August 17th
By Scott Huver

Did Venom Just Beat the Crap Out of Superman?

Sun, August 16th
By Brian Cronin

Why Didn't We Know About These DC Comics Super Hero Cafes?

Fri, August 14th
By Kevin Melrose

"LEGO Batman vs. Superman 2" Kicks the Dark Knight When He's Down

Tue, August 11th
By Kevin Melrose

PREVIEW: Superman Doesn't Trust the New Batman in "Batman/Superman" #23

Mon, August 10th
By CBR News Team

CBR TV: Gene Yang Discusses "Superman," Diversity in Comics and More

Thu, August 6th
By Joseph Phillip Illidge

INTERVIEW: John Romita Jr. Says He Was Intimidated by Drawing "Superman"

Wed, August 5th
By Jeffrey Renaud

New Zealand Tire Shop's Superhero Mascot No Match for DC Entertainment

Tue, August 4th
By Kevin Melrose

Comics A.M. - Cartoonist Ted Rall Calls Out LA Times Over Firing

Thu, July 30th
By Brigid Alverson

Gene Yang Talks "Superman" #42's Major Developments

Wed, July 29th
By Albert Ching

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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