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Superman is a fictional superhero character created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. Superman is the best selling comic book superhero of all time. He was not the first superhero to be created but became the conventional superhero archetype. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 published on April 18, 1938. He is a character in comic books published by DC Comics and is also very popular in mass media and pop culture.
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Key Facts & Information
- A baby named Kal-El was born on the fictional planet Krypton.
- Even as a newborn, Kal-El was sent by his parents to Earth via a tiny spaceship before Krypton was violently destroyed.
- The spaceship Kal-El was in landed in the fictional countryside town of Smallville.
- Farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent found him and adopted him. He was then renamed Clark Kent by his new human parents.
- Clark later developed and discovered his superhuman qualities such as incredible strength and impenetrable skin.
- He decided to use his superhuman powers to fight crime as advised by his foster parents who were good-hearted folk.
- He hid his identity by wearing a costume and going by the name of Superman.
- Clark Kent later worked as a journalist for the Daily Planet, a fictional newspaper in the fictional city of Metropolis (taken from the 1927 film of the same name).
- Superman’s love interest is Lois Lane, who is also a journalist.
- Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White and photographer Jimmy Olsen are also supporting characters.
- His archenemy is supervillain Lex Luthor, a dangerous and intellectually gifted inventor.
- Superman is friends with Batman, Wonder Woman, and other superheroes in the DC Universe.
INFLUENCES FOR ITS CREATION
- Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster are both readers of pulp science fiction, adventure magazines, and stories featuring supernatural characters.
- One particular influence was John Carter of Mars, a human who is transported to Mars and becomes stronger than Earthlings.
- Superman’s posture and easygoing attitude take inspiration from the characters of Douglas Fairbanks in adventure films.
- Joe Shuster was also a fan of fit figures and sketched Superman’s figure accordingly.
- It is also important to note that in the 1920s and 30s, the word “superman” was commonly used to describe men of superb ability.
CHARACTERIZATION AND APPEARANCE
- Clark Kent has a carefree attitude and harmless facade but also has the identity of a firm, compelling figure when he turns into Superman.
- Superman has a strong sense of justice which motivates him to fight criminals and protect the citizens of Metropolis.
- Superman wears a tight-fitting suit and shorts, like the usual outfits of wrestlers and boxers.
- Superman wears a red cape and boots to complement his blue suit.
- There is an “S”-shaped emblem on his chest which may have been inspired by athletic uniforms.
- Superman’s powers come from his cells which store electromagnetic radiation from the sun’s rays and convert the radiation into energy.
- Superman’s notable superpowers include superhuman strength, x-ray vision, the ability to fly, super speed, enhanced hearing, heat vision, impervious skin, cool breath, and immunity to damage.
- Superman is very strong physically but is not totally indestructible.
- Superman’s weakness is kryptonite, radioactive fragments of the planet Krypton.
- Kryptonite was created by fusion during the explosion that destroyed the planet Krypton.
IN COMIC BOOKS
- Superman is the best-selling comic book character in history, having sold millions of copies.
- DC Comics has been regularly publishing Superman comics since 1938.
- Action Comics, which was published in April 1938 and became dedicated to Superman, is the first and oldest of those periodical comic books.
- The periodical “Superman” followed in June 1939.
- The DC Universe, which Superman is part of, is a universe of fictional superhero characters owned by DC Comics.
- The DC universe allows Superman to appear in stories of Batman, Wonder Woman, and other DC characters.
- Superman #75 is the best-selling issue of a comic book of all time.
- Superman’s character also gained popularity in films and television shows.
FILM, TELEVISION, AND GAMES
- From 1941 to 1943, at the peak of its readership, Superman was made into a 17-part series of animated short films by Paramount Pictures.
- The first live-action adaptation of Superman was a film starring Kirk Alyn and shown in 1948.
- The first feature film was “Superman and the Mole Men” starring George Reeves, released in 1951.
- The first big-budget film was “Superman” starring Christopher Reeve, released in 1978. This was a huge box office hit.
- Superman’s stories were also made into television series, such as “Adventures of Superman” (1952 to 1958), “Superboy“ (1988 to 1992), “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993 to 1997), and Smallville (2001 to 2011).
- The first Superman-based electronic game was “Superman” which was released in 1979 for the Atari 2600.
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Superman Facts
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- How to Be a Hero
- My Own Superhero
- My Superman Comics
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