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Tomasi Gets Personal with "Superman/Wonder Woman," Talks Wonderstar Mystery

Yesterday
By Jeffrey Renaud

Writer Peter Tomasi dishes on the relationship between Clark and Diana in "Superman/Wonder Woman" and reveals who Wonderstar is not!

Pak Takes "Action Comics" to "Horrorville," Discusses Superman's 'Joker'

3 days ago
By Steve Sunu

Greg Pak talks about placing Smallville and Superman in the middle of a horrific situation, and why the Man of Steel needs his own 'Joker.'

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Adams Talks Lois Lane's "Key" Role In "Batman V Superman"

3 days ago
By Brett White

Goyer & SyFy Developing "Krypton" Superman Origin Series

Mon, December 8th
By Steve Sunu

The Most Evil Corporations in Comic Books

Sat, November 29th
By Alex Dueben

The Mystery of DC Comics' John F. Kennedy "Superman" Tribute Comic

Sat, November 22nd
By Brian Cronin

Comic Book Legends Revealed: "Batman: Year One," Iron Man's MySpace Debt

Fri, November 21st
By Brian Cronin

EXCLUSIVE: Van Sciver's "Superman" #37, Chiang's "Multiversity: Thunderworld" Covers

Tue, November 18th
By Steve Sunu

Jim Lee Joins "Multiversity," Harley Quinn Variants Invade DC's February 2015 Solicitations

Mon, November 17th
By CBR News Team

EXCL. PREVIEW: Tomasi & Mahnke Take Over "Superman/Wonder Woman" #13

Mon, November 17th
By CBR News Team

Miller & Staggs Bring "Smallville" to a Close with Season 11 Finale

Fri, November 14th
By Jeffrey Renaud

Who's Winning Marvel & DC's Licensing War?

Thu, November 13th
By Steve Sunu

Movie Legends Revealed: Did CGI Shrink Man of Steel’s Package in "Superman Returns"?

Wed, November 12th
By Brian Cronin

Snyder Brings "Superman Unchained" to an Explosive Conclusion

Wed, November 5th
By Josie Campbell

Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Mince Words About Post-Credits Scenes

Tue, November 4th
By Brett White

Johnson, Perkins Send "Supergirl" to Intergalactic Hogwarts

Mon, November 3rd
By Jeffrey Renaud

EXCLUSIVE: Sorrentino's "Gotham By Midnight" #1, Romita Jr.'s "Superman" #36 Variants

Tue, October 28th
By Steve Sunu

EXCLUSIVE: Finch's Color "Wonder Woman" #36 Pages; Lupacchino's "Supergirl" #36 Interiors

Mon, October 27th
By Albert Ching

"Why Doesn't Superman Crush People He Catches?" & More Weird Fan Letters

Sun, October 26th
By Brian Cronin

Read the $3.2 Million Copy of "Action Comics" #1 Online

Fri, October 24th
By Kevin Melrose

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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