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Real name: Kal-El (birth name)
Clark Joseph Kent (legal name)
AKA: The Man of Steel
Clark Kent
Species: Kryptonian
Home Planet: Krypton (birth planet)
Earth (adopted planet)
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: Black
Eyes: Blue
Relatives: Jor-El (father)
Lara (mother)
Supergirl (cousin)
Zor-El (uncle)
Alura (aunt)
Kru-El (second cousin)
Jonathan Kent (foster father)
Martha Kent (foster mother)
Base: Hall of Justice
Fortress of Solitude
344 Clinton Street
Affiliations: SuperFriends
Legion of Super-Heroes
Voiced by: Season 1-6: Danny Dark [1]

Superman is an alien from the planet Krypton. His Kryptonian birth name is Kal-El. His adopted name is Clark Kent. He was considered the premiere hero on Earth and a member of the SuperFriends.


Character Biography

As a Baby

On Krypton

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Kal-El was born to Jor-El and Lara on the planet Krypton. Eventually, Jor-El, who happened to be one of Krypton's leading scientists, discovered that Krypton was doomed, and that it would soon explode. When he assembled a council meeting, to tell them that an evacuation plan must be made right away, the council members laughed at him, telling him he was crazy.

Jor-El went ahead with a plan anyway, but only had time to build a small ship big enough to transport only two people. He and Laura placed their infant son, Kal-El into the ship, and at the last minute it was decided that Kal would go alone. So they sent him rocketing towards Earth with hopes that he would survive and be made strong by its yellow sun.



On Earth

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The rocket-ship[2] eventually landed on Earth, in the town of Smallville, where it was found by Jonathan and Martha Kent.

They decided to take the child to an orphanage. But things go crazy. A few couples come in but decide they do not want to adopt him, because his superpowers cause too much disaster! At one point he flies off to the zoo and brings back a full grown lion. This freaks one couple out, and they decide there's no way they're going to adopt such a trouble making child.[3]

They Kents eventually adopt the boy, and named him Clark Kent, who now, under the Earth's yellow sun, possessed powers far beyond those of mortal men.[4]



As a Boy

Martha Kent has a difficult time keeping Clark from using his super powers at the grocery store.[5]

When Pa and Ma Kent leave Clark with a babysitter. The young lady soon finds out that she has her hands full when dealing with a super powered child who wants to stay up late to watch television.[6]

Clark goes to school for the first time and meets his future childhood sweetheart, Lana Lang. Clark gets in trouble when another student blames him for letting the class guinea pig out of the cage.[7]

Clark goes on a camping trip with his boy scout troops. They all gather around the campfire and tell ghost stories, and then hear noises in the forest, but when they go to investigate, they discover that it's only forest animals.[8]

The Kents take young Clark to the circus, and he inadvertently becomes part of it![9]

Clark is unhappy with his life at the Kent Farm, so he decides to run away from home, but when he sees how much more problems he faces on his own, he decides to go back.[10]

It's Clark's birthday, and many kids come to celebrate, including Lana Lang. Clark secretly uses his super powers to have an X-ray vision peak at his birthday presents.[11]

Clark takes his Driver's test, passes and receives his license.[12]

Clark goes on his first date with Lana Lang to a concert.[13]

Clark decides to play football but Pa asks him to reconsider joining the team, because with his super powers it's not really fair. Clark gets a pair of glasses for the first time.[14]

As Superboy

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While still in his late teens, he adopted the identity of Superboy,[15] who used his powers and abilities to protect the citizens of Smallville from evil, and the rest of the world.

Clark Kent graduates from High School.[16]

Clark befriends a boy named Lex Luthor. One afternoon Luthor is working on cure for Superboy against the deadly influence of Kryptonite in his home laboratory, he accidentally causes a minor explosion. Superboy arrives and sees smoke coming out of the window, he mistakes it for a fire and using his superbreath, he blows at the smoke, but in doing so, he accidentally blows the fumes directly on Lex causing him to become bald. This leaves Luthor furious at Superboy, believing he was jealous of his intelligence, so he vows to have his revenge on Superboy.[17][18]

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Years later, he leaves Smallville and moves to Metropolis in an apartment on Clinton Street. It is there in Metropolis that he becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet.

His partner at the Planet is Lois Lane.

At this point, Clark's Superboy days are a thing of the past, and his superhero name is changed to Superman![19]

Eventually, Superman becomes a member (most likely founding member) of the Justice League of America.

At some point during the early '70s, Galaxy Communications purchases the Daily Planet. Clark Kent becomes an anchorman at GBS. But he apparently still works for the Daily Planet as well, or at least he returns to work for them in the late '70s.

Personality
Superman's personality is that of a "Boy scout". Which comes as no surprise considering he was a boy scout as a kid.

As Superman, he appears brave and often admirable, while as Clark Kent, appears somewhat cowardly, and even clumsy.[20]

He apparently has a strong fondness of disco music. One of his favorites was disco versions of Mozart songs, called "Disco Mozart," which he purchased on cassette tape.[21]

He also loves baseball. One of his favorite baseball players is the Metropolis Metros' Slam Thomas.

Hidden Lair

Superman’s secret hideout, the Fortress of Solitude, is hidden in the arctic.

Powers and Abilities

Super powers

Abilities

  • Advanced Hand-to-Hand Combat: Superman has been trained in various forms of combat, allowing him to take on supervillains his own strength. Even General Zod, who is trained in military combat, has yet to defeat the Man of Steel in a hand-to-hand battle.
  • Boxing: One type of hand-to-hand combat Superman is skilled in is the martial art of boxing.
  • Martial arts: In addition to boxing, Superman is also skilled in at least two forms of Kryptonian martial arts.
  • Genius-Level Intellect: Superman is incredibly smart. He built much of the equipment in his Fortress of Solitude which is far more advanced than most technology on Earth.
  • Indomitable Will: Superman has amazing Power of Will. He is free of evil and temptation.
  • Investigation: Superman uses this skill when tracking down supervillains, and getting stories for the Daily Planet.
  • Journalism: Clark's investigation skills make him a worthy journalist. He is also a good typist and writer.
  • Leadership: Superman has constantly proven himself as a leader, particularly when leading the Justice League.
  • Limiters: Over the course of his life and acquisition of power under a yellow sun, Superman has learned how to place mental inhibitors on his own power. These "limiters" as he calls them, are used to keep his power in check so that he doesn't accidentally "flex and cause the tectonic plates to shift." Though it is known that he has placed several of these limiters within his own mind, it is unknown how many and just how powerful he would be if he decided to release them all. To him, they are the barriers that allow him to be human enough to live a normal life, and he only ever releases one of them when fighting a particularly powerful opponent or performing a predominately difficult task. When he punches a normal human, his punch is considerably pulled, otherwise they could be knocked clear to another planet, and die instantly.
  • Ventriloquism: He also studied ventriloquism when he was in High School.

Weaknesses

  • Although Superman is invulnerable to nearly everything, under the yellow Sun, Kryptonite is the one substance that can destroy him.
  • Many forms of magic can also hurt Superman, since those forms of magic are as powerful or more powerful than he is.[22]
  • Also, if Superman was to travel to an alien world with a red Sun, he would lose his powers, and therefore be as vulnerable as any other human. Red solar radiation can be synthesized as well.


Transportation


Superman's popular catchphrases

  • "Great Krypton!"
  • "Great Scott!"
  • "Great Suns!"
  • "Up, up and away!"

SuperFriends Team Members


Members of the Justice League of America
SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquamanHawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan
Expanded Team:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoAtomGreen ArrowPlastic ManRima
Comic Book Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed Tornado
Junior SuperFriends:
RobinCyborgFirestorm
ZanJayna
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris
Mascots:
GleekWonder Dog
Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelMary MarvelSupergirlGreen Fury


Appearances

The New Adventures of Superman (1966–1967)

  1. The Force Phantom
  2. Mermen Of Emor
  3. The Prehistoric Pterodactyls
  4. Merlin's Magic Marbles
  5. The Threat of the Thrutans
  6. The Wicked Warlock
  7. The Chimp Who Made It Big
  8. The Deadly Icebergs
  9. Robot of Riga
  10. The Invisible Raiders
  11. Neolithic Nightmare
  12. The Return of Brainiac
  13. The Magnetic Monster
  14. The Toys of Doom
  15. The Iron Eater
  16. The Ape Army of the Amazon
  17. The Fire Phantom
  18. The Deadly Dish
  19. Insect Raiders
  20. Return of Warlock
  21. The Abominable Ice Man
  22. The Men from A.P.E
  23. The Tree Man of Arbora
  24. The Image Maker
  25. Superman's Double Trouble
  26. The Deadly Super Doll
  27. Lava Men
  28. Luthor Strikes Again
  29. Mission to Planet Peril
  30. The Pernicious Parasite
  31. The Two Faces of Superman
  32. The Imp-Practical Joker
  33. Superman Meets Brainiac
  34. Seeds of Disaster
  35. The Malevolent Mummy
  36. The Bird Men From Lost Valley


The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967–1968)

  1. A.P.E. Strikes Again
  2. The Lethal Lightning Bug
  3. The Prankster
  4. The Saboteurs
  5. The Wisp of Wickedness
  6. Superman Meets His Match
  7. Night of the Octopod
  8. Brainiac's Bubble
  9. War of the Bee Battalon
  10. The Toyman's Super Toy
  11. The Cage of Glass
  12. The Atomic Superman
  13. Luther's Loco Looking Glass
  14. The Warlock's Revenge
  15. The Halyah of Himalayas
  16. Luthor's Fatal Fireworks


The Batman/Superman Hour (1968–1969)

  1. Luthor's Lethal Laser (Part 1)
  2. Luthor's Lethal Laser (Part 2)
  3. Can Luthor Change His Spots (Part 1)
  4. Can Luthor Change His Spots (Part 2)
  5. The Team of Terror (Part 1)
  6. The Team of Terror (Part 2)
  7. Rain of Iron (Part 1)
  8. Rain of Iron (Part 2)
  9. The Mysterious Mr. Mist (Part 1)
  10. The Mysterious Mr. Mist (Part2)
  11. Luminians on the Loose (Part 1)
  12. Luminians on the Loose (Part 2)
  13. The Ghost of Kilbane Castle (Part 1)
  14. The Ghost of Kilbane Castle (Part 2)
  15. The Japanese Sandman (Part 1)
  16. The Japanese Sandman (Part 2)


Super Friends TV Series (1973-1985)


Comic book (1976-1981)

Coming soon!


Video games

Superman: The Game (released in 1985)


Superman (1988)


Notes

  • Superman first appeared in publications by DC Comics in Action Comics, vol. 1 #1[23] in June 30, 1938.
  • Superman is created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster
  • Clark Kent, Superman's secret identity, was based partly on Harold Lloyd and named after Clark Gable and Kent Taylor.[24][25]

External Links


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Appearances in Other Media

Superman DCAU Superman Superman, birth name Kal-El and adopted name Clark Kent, is often considered the first among equals of the founding members of the Justice League.
- Go to DCAU for more on the Superman
CK Smallville Clark Kent Clark Kent is the Last Son of Krypton. Born as Kal-El on the planet Krypton to Jor-El and Lara-El, he was sent to Earth after his planet was about to be destroyed. Kal-El's ship crash landed in Miller's Field, Smallville, Kansas where he was found and illegally adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent where they named him Clark after Martha's maiden name.

This version of Clark Kent is based on the Smallville TV series (2001-2011) as seen on the CW.
- Go to the Smallville Wiki for more on Clark Kent


References

  1. On Superman (TV series) (1988) he was voiced by Beau Weaver.
  2. Young Kal-El’s ship was called a ‘rocket-ship’ by his father Jor-El, in the Season 1 episode, The Planet-Splitter.
  3. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Adoption and the SuperFriends episode from Season 1: The Planet-Splitter
  4. Continuity from Hanna-Barbera's SuperFriends Season 3: Secret Origins of the SuperFriends and The Krypton Syndrome
  5. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Supermarket.
  6. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: At the Babysitter's.
  7. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The First Day of School.
  8. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: Overnight with the Scouts.
  9. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Circus.
  10. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: Little Runaway.
  11. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Birthday Party.
  12. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Driver's Licence.
  13. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: First Date.
  14. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: To Play or Not to Play.
  15. Hanna-Barbera's SuperFriends Superboy was voiced by Jerry Dexter, and in the Filmation series, he was voiced by Bob Hastings.
  16. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: Graduation. (note that in this episode, even though he was had got his glasses before, he isn't seen with them in this episode, which seems to be a bit of a contradiction.
  17. Continuity from Hanna-Barbera's SuperFriends Season 3: History of Doom
  18. Further adventures of Superboy can be seen in The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and The New Adventures of Superman.
  19. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: It's Superman.
  20. As seen in the Superman animated series.
  21. As seen in the Superman animated series.
  22. Not all magic could harm Superman. It just depends on how powerful the magic is. For example, the Warlock's magic ruby had no effect on Superman, because it was not powerful enough. A common misconception is that magic is a weakness in the same sense as Kryptonite is. But that is not the case. It has to do with how powerful magic is. Magic is in general very powerful, and just like Darkseid can hurt Superman with his omega beams, so too can magic.
  23. Go to DC Database for more on Action Comics, vol. 1 #1
  24. Roger Stern. Superman: Sunday Classics: 1939 - 1943 DC Comics / Kitchen Sink Press, Inc. / Sterling Publishing; 2006; Page xii
  25. Gross, John (December 15, 1987). "Books of the Times". New York Times.
  26. As seen in the Earth-2A universe.
  27. Bud Collyer voiced the Earth-2A version of Superman in the Superman (1940s cartoons).
  28. Bud Collyer voiced the Earth-2A version of Clark Kent in the Superman (1940s cartoons).
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