Superman

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After 23 Surgeries to Look Like Superman, "Man of Plastic" Meets His Kryptonite

Yesterday
By Kevin Melrose

Herbert Chavez is so desperate to look like his idol Superman he even injected himself with MesoLipo, a filler plastic surgeons refer to as poison.

Wolfinger's Stunning Christopher Reeve Superman Portrait Debuts in the CBR Speakeasy

2 days ago
By Mark Waid

Mark Waid explains exactly why Terry Wolfinger's new portrait is the perfect companion to the his first Speakeasy piece, featuring Adam West's Batman.

Articles

Mondo's Comic-Con Lineup Includes TMNT Figure, "Ant-Man" Poster

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Mattel Brings "Batman V Superman" Toys To Comic-Con

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Fan Recreates Classic Comic Book Covers in LEGO

3 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Funko Unveils First "Batman v Superman" Toys

Mon, June 29th
By Kevin Melrose

"'Supergirl Will Never Be Forgotten!'...Until She's Written Out of Continuity!" & More Hindsight Hilarity

Sat, June 27th
By Brian Cronin

Comic Book Legends Revealed: How Close Did We Come to "Superman V?"

Fri, June 26th
By Brian Cronin

New "Supergirl" Trailer Reveals Kara's Journey to Earth, Explains Superman Age Difference

Fri, June 26th
By Stephen Gerding

That Time Jimmy Olsen Forced Superman to Cry So He Could Steal Some Super-Tears

Fri, June 26th
By Brian Cronin

Batgirl Meets the New Batman, the Robins Make Their Move & More in "DC You" Week 4

Thu, June 25th
By CBR News Team

Yang & Romita, Jr. Expose Lois Lane in New "Superman" Arc "Before Truth"

Wed, June 24th
By Jeffrey Renaud

LEGO Unveils SDCC-Exclusive Superman Set

Mon, June 22nd
By Kevin Melrose

Aaron Ashmore Promises "Guardians of the Galaxy"-Style Fun in Syfy's "Killjoys"

Fri, June 19th
By Bryan Cairns

Daily Planet Article Outing Superman As Clark Kent Arrives Online

Thu, June 18th
By Brett White

Batman's "True Fate" Teased for September, Harley and Ivy Meet "Scooby-Doo"

Mon, June 15th
By Albert Ching

Comics A.M. - Rare Superman Comic Stolen From Canadian Store

Mon, June 15th
By Brigid Alverson

Dean Cain Discusses Returning to the Superman Mythos as "Supergirl's" Dad

Fri, June 12th
By Bryan Cairns

Mark Ruffalo and Jon Stewart Argue Hulk vs. Superman

Fri, June 12th
By Kevin Melrose

LOOK: The Many Superman Faces of Curt Swan

Fri, June 12th
By Brian Cronin

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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