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|Real name:|| Kal-El (birth name)|
Clark Joseph Kent (legal name)
|AKA:|| The Man of Steel|
|Home Planet:|| Krypton (birth planet)|
Earth (adopted planet)
|Relatives:|| Jor-El (father) |
Kru-El (second cousin)
Jonathan Kent (foster father)
Martha Kent (foster mother)
|Base:|| Hall of Justice |
Fortress of Solitude
344 Clinton Street
Legion of Super-Heroes
|Voiced by:|| Danny Dark|
As a Baby
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.
- See also: Baby Kal-El Lands on Earth
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.
As a Boy
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.
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.
The Kents take young Clark to the circus, and he inadvertently becomes part of it!
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.
It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's...
His partner at the Planet is Lois Lane.
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.
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.
Powers and Abilities
- Kryptonian Physiology: Superman may look human, but he's not. He is actually Kryptonian, and his physiology differs significantly from any Earth man, allowing him to have incredible powers.
- Solar Radiation Absorption: Superman's cells absorb solar radiation from Earth's yellow sun, allowing him to have all kinds of super-abilities.
- Vast Super Strength: Superman has enough strength to push planets out of orbit.
- Invulnerability: Superman is invulnerable compared to most people. Bullets have no effect on him. He can also withstand most other forms of attack, such as laser blasts or nuclear missiles. Even if such force can stun him, it wouldn't be enough to make him bleed, let alone die.
- Flight: He can fly through the atmosphere and beyond. He has even flown several light-years away.
- Super Speed: Superman's super speed is not as great as the Flash's super speed, but it's still fast enough that he can break through the time barrier and therefore travel through time. His super speed also speeds up his healing. So in the rare event the he becomes wounded, he can recover at super speed.
- Heightened senses: Superman has enhanced senses such as smelling, hearing, and sight. He can even see the electromagnetic spectrum.
- X-Ray vision: Superman can see through virtually any object accept for lead.
- Heat-vision: Heat blasts that he can project from his eyes, which can melt or vaporize virtually anything.
- Telescopic vision: Superman has the ability to see great distances.
- Microscopic vision: Superman has the ability to see objects at the microscopic level.
- Infrared vision: Superman can also see the infrared spectrum.
- Super Breath: Superman lungs are incredibly powerful, and he can expel air from his body at a superhuman rate, thus creating an incredibly powerful wind when he blows. With focus, he can also lower the temperature of his breath, which can freeze objects he blows at.
- Self-Sustenance: Superman can sustain himself in the vacuum of outer space for a long time.
- 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. Superman's use of ventriloquism is at a superhuman level. He can throw his voice, even in the vacuum of space, so that he can be heard in space, which would otherwise normally be silent. This indicates that when he talks, he is able to release and manipulate the air molecules inside his body, to the extent that sound is present once the air molecules reach the person he intends to communicate with.
- 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.
- 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.
Superman's popular catchphrases
- "Great Krypton!"
- "Great Scott!"
- "Great Suns!"
- "Up, up and away!"
SuperFriends Team Members
The New Adventures of Superman (1966–1967)
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967–1968)
The Batman/Superman Hour (1968–1969)
Super Friends TV Series (1973-1985)
Comic book (1976-1981)
Superman: The Game (released in 1985)
- Superman first appeared in publications by DC Comics in Action Comics, vol. 1 #1 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.
- The Superman disambiguation page at the DC Database.
- Superman at Wikipedia
- Superman at the DC Comics Website
- The Superman Homepage
- The Superman Database
- The Supermaniac: The Encyclopedia of Supermaniac Biography
- The Superman Wiki
- The Superman Rebirth Wiki
- Alan Kistler's Superman Files
- Superman Through the Ages at Superman.nu:
Appearances in Other Media