Who is Superman
Superman is a fictional superhero. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, and first appeared in Action Comics #1, a comic book published on April 18, 1938. The character regularly appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and has been adapted to a number of radio serials, movies, and television shows.
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Superman was born on the planet Krypton and was given the name Kal-El at birth. As a baby, his parents sent him to Earth in a small spaceship moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm. His ship landed in the American countryside, near the fictional town of Smallville. He was found and adopted by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, who named him Clark Kent. Clark developed various superhuman abilities, such as incredible strength and impervious skin. His foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, and he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. To protect his privacy, he changes into a colorful costume and uses the alias “Superman” when fighting crime. Clark Kent resides in the fictional American city of Metropolis, where he works as a journalist for the Daily Planet. Superman’s supporting characters include his love interest and fellow journalist Lois Lane, Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen and editor-in-chief Perry White. He has many foes such as his archenemy, the genius inventor Lex Luthor. He is a friend of many other superheroes in the DC Universe, such as Batman and Wonder Woman.
1.Superman II (1980)
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.
2. Superman III (1983)
Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero.
4.Man of Steel (2013)
Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.
5.Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.
6.Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor’s latest creation, Nuclear Man.
7.Superman Returns (2006)
Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.
Although Superman was not the first superhero character, he popularized the superhero genre and defined its conventions; superheroes are usually judged by how closely they resemble the standard established by Superman. He remains the best selling superhero in comic books of all time and endured as one of the most lucrative franchises even outside of comic books.
Rocketed to Earth as an infant from the doomed planet Krypton, Kal-El was adopted by the loving Kent family and raised in America’s heartland as Clark Kent. Using his immense solar-fueled powers, he became Superman to defend mankind against all manner of threats while championing truth, justice and the American way!
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Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive… The Man of Steel fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.
Superman costume: From his blue uniform to his flowing red cape to the “S” shield on his chest, Superman is one of the most immediately recognizable and beloved DC Super Heroes of all time. The Man of Steel is the ultimate symbol of truth, justice, and hope. He is the world’s first Super Hero and a guiding light to all.
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The tip of the spear in a revolution that would change the landscape of pop culture, Superman has spent the last eighty years redefining what it means to stand for truth, justice and the American way. The last survivor of the doomed planet Krypton, raised in the quiet heartland of Smallville, Kansas, Superman is as much a legend as he is a man: the gold standard of heroism, compassion and responsibility.
Though his powers make him god-like next to his human compatriots, Superman’s story is not one of greed or conquest. Instead, he strives to represent the inherent goodness of the human spirit, and the capacity of every living thing to do right by their neighbors.
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Why do people like Superman?
Superman is one of my favorite characters in fiction of all time. When I was younger, I watched the Superman: The Animated Series and I saw all the powers he had and what he did them. I thought he was the coolest. As I got older, I started to notice somethings about the character I can relate to. I also admire how the dude has so much power but instead of making himself the ruler of Earth, he protects us. I think that’s awesome.
I don’t know if it would help anyone “get it”, but here’s what I like about Big Blue:
- I enjoy the fact that he’s SO super-powered. I use comics to get away from my personal reality and if I were to imagine myself as a hero I wouldn’t want to be some guy with gadgets, or some relatively low-level super power (where there’s still a good chance they could be hurt if they’re not on the top of their game) — I’d want to be (relatively) worry free. (For the most part) Superman can lift anything, zip to anywhere in time, survive any assault. It’s more of an escape for me. I don’t really give much though to it’s relation plot/fights. Even if Supes is only struggling versus a villain because of PIS, I just go with it (for the most part) — the whole “he’s used to holding back so much so he doesn’t hurt/kill people, so sometimes he can’t access all his might” excuse works nicely too.
- About his character – I like that despite being a demi-god, in his own mind he’s such a regular guy. To quote Batman from Superman/Batman
- It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all. Then… he shoots fire from the skies and it is difficult not to think of him as a god. And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him.
- It’s true, Clark is the most human of everyone. He may not have the obvious tragedy of Batman, but he is not without his worries about those he loves. He is an inspiration. As a hero, he “saves people” (in simple terms) because he has the ability to & believes it’s “the right thing to do”. Not because he was victim to tragedy himself – not that that’s bad, we can only expect people to take drastic actions under such circumstances, but because Superman goes BEYOND that expectation, that’s what’s inspirational. He could make tons of money with his abilities, yet he chooses a low-paying career that lets him give a voice to the un-heard while he’s not in costume. Superman is what we’re not- likely what we can never be (the level of selflessness, etc), but sometimes it’s nice to have that ideal to inspire us & give us hope (for ourselves & our society). (Also, as someone who escapes to a fantasy world to enjoy himself, Clark’s seemingly perfect personal life (friends (both super & non), family, romantic interest, etc) is also an inspiration/ideal).
Someone posted this somewhere. I have my own reasons but this merits posting:
First: Superman and his cast and his world represent an incredibly unique pastiche of golden age sci-fi and American fantasy elements. Flying men in beautiful capes and colors! Rockets carrying babies from doomed planets landing in small town farms! The dynamic buzz of the big city! Deadly poisonous, glowing green rocks! Vindictive Fifth-Dimensional Imps! Creepy, backwards-talking zombie versions of virtuous heroes! It’s a shame that modern takes on the character tend to bog this world down in common sci-fi tropes and aesthetics; it really is a strange, cartoon fantasy land that he inhabits.
Second: Superman is fucking rich as a vehicle for telling stories about the nobility of humanity. Here is a man with extraordinary powers. He could, in the span of a day or so, easily take the world by storm and bend it to his will. But he chooses not to. Instead, he decides to help people at every chance he can get. Not because he wants to live up to some kind of archetype or because he intends to profit off of it or because he’s seeking validation or vengeance, but because he believes that it’s the right thing to do.
Third: In All Star Superman, a book that effortlessly succeeds in creating the surreal beauty of Superman’s universe, Morrison includes a panel of Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola delivering a verse from his “Oration on the Dignity of Humanity.” Said oration is a core text in humanist philosophy and said panel can be seen attached to the left of this post. I think Morrison succeeds in his literary allusion magnificently. Superman is an ideal. He’s humanity at its best. Should we wish to be as strong and as fast and as smart and as kind and as super as Superman, we only need to imitate Superman’s methodology. Okay, we probably won’t be flying around or shooting lasers out of our eyes anytime soon, but by doing simple acts of kindness, by living through good deeds, by thinking selflessly, we can be Superman. And that’s fucking beautiful.”
Superman is as much an ideal as he is a character. He represents everything good about humanity even though he’s not human himself. He’s the kind of guy who would help everyone if he could. Superman is also a tragic character in many ways, being alone on Earth, knowing his entire species is all but extinct, having to deal with the fact that he CAN’T help everyone and sometimes people die even if he’s around to help. These are powerful issues and ones that make Superman even more endearing to me and many others.
He is the FIRST superhero and he truly represents everything that being a superhero entails. He is what other heroes strive to be.
Now some people say:
“Oh, he’s got way to many powers and that makes him boring!”
That is just wrong. How many powers Superman has doesn’t make him Superman. He could still have the powers he originally had in 1938, bullet proof skin vulnerable to explosions, able to leap miles into the air, super speed and strength, and he would still be the same character. Superman has many powers yes, but at his core it’s not about the powers because it’s about what he DOES with them.
Superman is the one superhero you would always want. When he’s on the scene you know you’re going to be safe, whereas with other heroes there may be doubt(Sometimes well founded doubt).
Superman may be the first superhero, but he was also MY first superhero. Superman the Movie was the first movie I ever saw and it set the standard for how I judge superheroes. Sure I like some heroes that are about as far from Superman as you could get, but no matter how blurred the connection or distant it is, the fact remains that Superman really is the father of the modern superhero.
Superman is probably not the best character ever created. He is notoriously difficult to write, for one thing. In fact, unless you’re writing a story about his origin or twilight, odds are it will be forgettable.
That said, Superman is the best superhero ever created. Superman is the ideal hero, the selfless individual that uses his powers solely for good. He never loses his sense of humility and the joy he has at living on Earth. Superman cherishes humanity, despite being so far above us. He is an example of everything the individual and humanity as a whole should try to be. He may not be terribly relateable on the surface, but we can all relate to the sense of isolation, of not fitting in, that is such a core part of Superman’s character. Clark Kent should be an angry, bitter, hateful man. He should use his powers for selfish reasons, to conquer and own. But he doesn’t. He’s just a good person. A good man. The best hero.
Posted by Saren:
I think Clark is a pretty cool gai. Eh fights injustice and doesn’t afraid of anything.
But seriously: I know you’re probably not fond of the “read more comics” response, but it’s probably the most apt reply to the “Superman is overpowered” standpoint. There’s an Annual that came out during the New Krypton event where Luthor actually details all the different ways villains can kill Superman. He’s really no more overpowered than other characters in his tier. He has villains who use his weaknesses against him, and he has villains who are just powerful enough to kill him with their bare hands without needing kryptonite or magic or red solar radiation. He can lose fights, and he has lost fights, and sometimes quite badly at that. If Superman lacks a proper threat, the writers will simply make one. He has a fairly static powerset that doesn’t fluctuate all that much, with a few exceptions here and there. Turning time backwards is just silly stuff from the Reeve movies. He can’t do things like that in the comics.
As for why people like the character, you should go back to the essence of something Grant Morrison once said about Superman: “Somewhere, in our darkest night, we made up the story of a man who will never let us down.” That’s what Superman is. He’s inconceivably powerful, and he uses that power to fight for humanity. Why? Simply because he can. Other heroes have their own private motivations for doing what they do. Batman has his anger, Spider-Man has his guilt, and so on. Superman fights for truth and justice because he can, and thus believes he should. He was the personification of great power, great responsibility long before Uncle Ben appeared on the scene. He’ll fight to protect you even if he doesn’t know you, even if he doesn’t like you, even if it’ll get him killed. People will always let you down, no matter who they are and what they mean to you. Superman never will. He’s everyone’s big brother from another planet.
Is he realistic? No! Not even remotely! And I’m not even talking about the fact that he flies and shoots fire out his eyes. People that pure simply don’t exist in the real world. Even characters in Superman’s world can scarcely believe someone like that exists. Manchester Black once tried his best to break Superman because he refused to believe that someone like Clark could exist in a world so corrupt and miserable. The fact that his resolve to do good never wavers gives people hope. Someone with the ideals of a Clark Kent might not exist, but we’d all like to believe that he could exist. That to me is Superman’s biggest draw.