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Here Are Your Favorite NFL Players as Your Favorite Superheroes

2 days ago
By Ben Kaye

Professional athletes are like real world superheroes, but what if your favorite NFL stars actually donned the personas of comic book heroes?

Makeup Artist Transforms People Into Living Comic Book Heroes

Thu, February 26th
By Kevin Melrose

Self-trained makeup artist Lianne Moseley is transforming people into superheroes who look as if they’ve stepped right off the comic book page.

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Superman's Boner Problem

Wed, February 25th
By Brian Cronin

Batman and Iron Man Square Off Over "Dawn of Justice" Disagreement

Wed, February 25th
By Kevin Melrose

CBS' "Supergirl" Seeks Its Superman

Tue, February 24th
By Meagan Damore

The Mission - 2/23

Mon, February 23rd
By Joseph Phillip Illidge

Fabian Nicieza Revives A "Titans" Family & Unleashes "Superboy" for "Convergence"

Wed, February 18th
By Kiel Phegley

PREVIEW: Greg Pak Gives Superman His Own Joker in "Batman/Superman" #19

Mon, February 16th
By CBR News Team

EXCL. PREVIEW: Batman & Superman Visit "Wonder Woman" #39

Mon, February 16th
By CBR News Team

All-Star Throwback: Revisiting NBA's Slam Dunk Rivalry

Fri, February 13th
By Kiel Phegley

Movie Legends Revealed: Did Spielberg Want to Direct "Superman" as a Musical?

Wed, February 11th
By Brian Cronin

Plan for Superman Statue Finally Takes Flight in Cleveland

Tue, February 10th
By Kevin Melrose

CBR TV: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente Teach Their Comics Making Secrets

Sun, February 8th
By Steve Sunu

6 Post-"Convergence" DC Comics Titles We Can't Wait to Read

Sat, February 7th
By Brett White

DC Comics Aims to Diversify Lineup Post-"Convergence," Plans 24 New Series

Fri, February 6th
By Albert Ching

That Time Superman Overheard the Entire DC Universe

Thu, February 5th
By Brian Cronin

REVIEW: Johns, Romita Jr. and Janson's "Superman" #38

Wed, February 4th
By Greg McElhatton

Remember When Superman Could Shoot a Mini-Superman Out of his Hands?

Wed, February 4th
By CBR News Team

Straczynski Delivers Strong Message in "Superman: Earth One," Vol. 3

Wed, February 4th
By Jeffrey Renaud

DC Comics Charts "Superman’s First New Power in Decades"

Tue, February 3rd
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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