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.The DC Universe (DCU) is the shared universe where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place.^ Co-published with DC Comics.

^ As part of its "DCU in 2010" campaign, DC has announced that Marc Guggenheim will take over "Action Comics" from Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann just in time for next summer's "War of the Supermen" mega event.
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^ Due to DC Comics complex Multiverse , several other Superboys have appeared, most notable of which is the ruthless psychopath Superboy-Prime .
  • Stallville: Why Clark Kent Will Never Be Superboy 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.scifidimensions.com [Source type: Original source]

.The fictional characters Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are well-known superheroes from this universe.^ Superman is a fictional character and superhero, also known as Clark Kent and Kal-El .
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^ Superman and Batman are the world's best known superheroes.
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^ Superman, Batman and other superheroes.
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.Note that in context, "DC Universe" is usually used to refer to the main DC continuity.^ NOTE: For the previous parts of this series refer to the following episodes: #66: Superman In The Pocket Universe!

^ God exists in the DC universe continuity (Spectre provides inarguable precedence - other stories may be debatable).
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^ In All-Star Superman , which takes place outside of DC Universe continuity, black kryptonite makes Superman evil.
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.Occasionally, "DC Universe" will be used to indicate the entire "DC Multiverse", the collection of all continuities within DC Comics publications.^ DC had established a multiverse within the fictional universe its characters shared.
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^ NOTE: Publication order based on issue release dates found at Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics , the Grand Comics Database and other online sources.
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^ Due to DC Comics complex Multiverse , several other Superboys have appeared, most notable of which is the ruthless psychopath Superboy-Prime .
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Contents

History

Golden Age

.The concept of a shared universe was originally pioneered by DC Comics (originally known as National Periodical Publications) and in particular by writer Gardner Fox.^ Text Size: Saturday afternoon at New York Comic Con brought a DC Universe (not to be confused with last night’s DC Nation ) panel.
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^ Krypton no longer exists in the DC Comics universe, as it exploded as a result of highly unstable geological conditions.
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^ Before Crisis on Infinite Earths Before the Superman mythos was redefined by writer John Byrne, the pre-Crisis DC Universe was home to a variety of elements called Kryptonite.
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.The fact that DC Comics characters coexisted in the same world was first established in All Star Comics #3 (1940) where several superheroes (who starred in separate stories in the series up to that point) met each other, and soon founded the superhero team, the Justice Society of America.^ His character was soon given to other pencils.
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^ Quotes from other characters in superman comics .
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^ From 1978 to 1986, Superman met one after one all other DC heroes in his team up DC Comics presents .
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[citation needed] .However, the majority of National/DC's publications continued to be written with little regard of maintaining continuity with each other for the first few decades.^ DC Comics continued their planned series of news announcements, revealing the 2010 Superman event, culminating the last few years of stories .
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^ For the first time ever Scorpion, Sub-Zero and the Mortal Kombat warriors battle with Batman, Superman and other popular DC Universe Super Heroes.
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^ In current comics continuity, they are married; however, the character has several other relationships throughout his years in comics.
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Silver Age

.Over the course of its publishing history, DC has introduced different versions of its characters, sometimes presenting them as if the earlier version had never existed.^ In actuality, Superman and Spiderman would never meet because they belong to two different comic book universes (DC and Marvel).
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^ After almost sixty years of publication, DC Comics had found its continuity very cluttered, with numerous versions of characters scattered across a vast multiverse, and small changes over the course of time had made keeping track of a character's actual history a nightmare for editors.
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^ On December 14, 1972, DC published SHAZAM 1, February 1973, Their first comic book featuring the old Fawcett Comics character Captain Marvel.

.For example, they introduced new versions of the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman in the late 1950s, with similar powers but different names and personal histories.^ They get some remarkable guests like Flash, Green Arow, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter or Cyborg..
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^ Batman, the first Marvel comics, Sub-Mariner and Human Torch, followed in 1940 by Atom, Flash, Green Lantern, Captain America.In the same time than an industry, a new kind was born, super-heroes.
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^ This classic analog watch features a comic-style image featuring eight of your favorite DC super heroes: Hawkman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Batman, Robin, Aquaman and Green Arrow.
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.Similarly, they had characters such as Batman whose early adventures set in the 1940s could not easily be reconciled with stories featuring a still-youthful man in the 1970s.^ If they have 4th World characters, they are 4th world stories.
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^ They could also have been influenced by the story of Moses.
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^ The stories of this era featured a much more genial Superman than the tough-talking hard knocker of the 1930s and early 1940s.
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.To explain this, they introduced the idea of the multiverse in Flash #123 (1961) where the Silver Age Flash met his Golden Age counterpart.^ They met a few times in the weeks following the decision, explaining the situation to Jason and coming to the agreement that they would sell the house.
  • Searching for Clark Kent Chapter 1, a Superman fanfic - FanFiction.Net 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.fanfiction.net [Source type: Original source]

^ In the Golden and Silver Age Superman stories, the people of Krypton wear headbands resembling those worn thousands of years ago by the Hebrews.
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^ Fiddler First confrontation: Unknown In the Golden Age, Superman was a reserve member of the jSA when they battled the Fiddler and the injustice society.
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.In addition to allowing the conflicting stories to "co-exist," it allowed the differing versions of characters to meet, and even team up to combat cross-universe threats.^ Superheroes interact -- and even team up -- with them as a part of their day-to-day actions.
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^ A film so shite that even Viz, the comic that thought up the characters is planning to kill them off in protest at how shockingly bad the film is.
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^ The television show also had many more seasons in Japan than in the U.S.A., leading to additional characters and stories that North American fans knew nothing about.

.The writers gave designations such as "Earth-One", "Earth-Two", and so forth, to certain universes, designations which at times were also used by the characters themselves.^ In great ones such as Grant Morrison, Elliott Maggin, and Alan Moore, it's a wonderful character.
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^ Superman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero widely considered to be one of the most famous and popular such characters and an American cultural icon.
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^ Many is the time a writer has used a lesser-known character as a mouthpiece for his own opinions...
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Earth-One was the primary world of this publication era.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

.Over the years, as the number of titles published increased and the volume of past stories accumulated, it became increasingly difficult to maintain internal consistency.^ Writers found it increasingly difficult to write Superman stories in which the character was believably challenged, so DC Comics made a series of attempts to rein the character in.
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^ When DC comics re-launched its comic line in 1987, Superman (1987 series) became the key Superman title, with Superman stories also appearing in Action Comics, Superman: The Man of Steel, Superman: and The Man of Tomorrow.
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^ While the stories in each volume are reprinted chronologically by cover date, because the Showcase Presents line is published on a per-feature basis, reading each volume individually makes it difficult to see the overall growth of the mythology.
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.In order to continue publishing stories of its most popular characters, maintaining the status quo became necessary.^ That is, “not challenging the moral status quo” is a characteristic that he learned in his humble beginnings in Smallville, Kansas, the most humble place in the world (I assume).
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^ Superman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero widely considered to be one of the most famous and popular such characters and an American cultural icon.
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^ Superman's appeal to licensees rests upon the character's continuing popularity, cross market appeal and the status of the "S" shield, the stylized magenta and gold "S" emblem Superman wears on his chest, as a fashion symbol.
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.August 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] Although retcons were used as a way to explain apparent inconsistencies in stories written, editors at DC came to consider the varied continuity of multiple Earths too difficult to keep track of, and feared that it was an obstacle to accessibility for new readers.^ In 1935, their Superman story was again rejected, but DC Comics printed another of their creations, Dr. Occult, who made his first appearance in New Fun #6, October 1935.

^ Written on August 20th, 2009 by Rob Keyes 33 Comments .
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^ From DC Comics: Where else could the world's greatest alternative cartoonists run rampant through the DC Universe in an all-new anthology of utterly unhinged stories and art?

.To address this, they published the cross-universe miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985, which merged universes and characters, reducing the Multiverse to a single unnamed universe with a single history.^ CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS overthrew DC universe.
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^ Then in the mid-80's, DC Comics decided to revamp their titles and after a mini-series called Crisis on Infinite Earths , that attempted to tie up many of the loose plot lines over the years, the characters were reintroduced.
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^ This Earths-shattering event takes place in the cracks in the Multiverse between pages 143 and 160 of Infinite Crisis, as Superman battles Superman.
  • Superman - Chronological List of Superman Trade Paperbacks and Hardcover Graphic Novels in Reading-Order 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.supermantrades.com [Source type: General]

.August 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] However, this arrangement removed the mechanism DC had been using to deal with the passage of time in the real world without having the characters age in the comics.^ Is that the deal Warners has with DC comics?
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^ Comics articles needing issue citations .
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^ So I'm used to not having any real strength powers.
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.August 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] Crisis also had failed to establish a coherent future history for the DC Universe, with conflicting versions of the future.^ This caused the revisions in the history of the DC Universe.
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^ Later DC would release “Infinite Crisis: Secret Files And Origins 2006,” where it revealed the reason the DC Universe had so many continuity errors.
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^ History of the DC Universe, originally planned as issues 11-12 of Crisis on Infinite Earths, lays the groundwork for Post-Crisis DC continuity.
  • Superman - Chronological List of Superman Trade Paperbacks and Hardcover Graphic Novels in Reading-Order 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.supermantrades.com [Source type: General]

.August 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] The Zero Hour limited series (1994) gave them an opportunity to revise timelines and rewrite the DC Universe history.^ This caused the revisions in the history of the DC Universe.
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^ The DC Universe is shaken to its core, with one hero—Superman—pushed to his limit as Earth becomes embroiled in a galactic war against a seemingly unstoppable enemy.

^ History of the DC Universe, originally planned as issues 11-12 of Crisis on Infinite Earths, lays the groundwork for Post-Crisis DC continuity.
  • Superman - Chronological List of Superman Trade Paperbacks and Hardcover Graphic Novels in Reading-Order 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.supermantrades.com [Source type: General]

.As a result, almost once per decade since the 1980s, the DC Universe experiences a major crisis that allows any number of changes from new versions of characters to appear as a whole reboot of the universe, restarting nominally all the characters into a new and modernized version of their lives.^ (This number increases as new Smurf characters appear.

^ As the years progressed, Superman became more and more of a fixture in comics, and the writers sought new territory for the character, including having him team with other superheroes in the DC Universe as a member of the Justice League of America .
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^ "Superman: The Last Son of Krypton" is an ongoing monthly serial adventure based on the modern incarnation of the character in DC Comics.
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.Meanwhile, DC has published occasional stories called Elseworlds, which often presented alternate versions of its characters.^ This led to the rewriting of the back story of the characters DC published, Superman included.
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^ The Squadron Supreme was created to do unofficial JLA/Avengers crossovers; the "new" characters were thinly veiled versions of their DC JLA counterparts.

^ Alternative versions Main article: Alternate versions of Superman Both the multiverse established by the publishers in the 1960s and the Elseworlds line of comics established in 1989 have allowed writers to introduce variations on Superman.
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.For example, one told the story of Bruce Wayne as a Green Lantern.^ With the help of Green Lantern , Superman investigates Replikon and finds one of his children murdered and another missing.
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^ Voice-actor Kevin Conroy, for example, used two distinct voices to portray Bruce Wayne and Batman, transforming one character into two.

^ I read fiction for one purpose only: to be told a story.
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.In another tale, "Speeding Bullets," the rocket ship that brought the infant Superman to Earth was discovered by the Wayne family of Gotham City rather than the Kents.^ He is much faster than a speeding bullet.
  • Clark Kent's powers and abilities - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The original story of Superman relates that he was born Kal-El on the planet Krypton, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton's destruction.
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^ Superman possesses extraordinary powers which render him, in the lead-in to the 1950s television series, "faster than a speeding bullet , more powerful than a locomotive , and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound".

.In 1998, The Kingdom reintroduced a variant of the old Multiverse concept called Hypertime which essentially allows for alternate versions of characters and worlds again.^ In the United Kingdom Monty Python created the character Bicycle Repairman, who fixes bicycles on a world full of Supermen, for a sketch in series of their BBC show.
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^ Each version had major differences in plot, gameplay, graphics and characters, but the basic concept was the same in each: a one-on-one fighting game similar to the Street Fighter series.

^ The World's Mightiest Mortal, as Captain Marvel was called, quickly became Fawcett's flagship character, and became the best selling comic book superhero ever, by most accounts.

.The entire process was parodied in Alan Moore's meta-comic, Supreme: Story of the Year.^ In later years the comics would handle the character and back story of Hordak differently from the cartoon.

^ Over the years TMNT comics have spanned four separate volumes and several side stories, culminating in TMNT: Volume 4, which began publication in 2001 and continues as of 2005.

^ (Superman 423, Action Comics 583; w Alan Moore; a George Pérez, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger).

Infinite Crisis

.The Infinite Crisis event (2005–2006) remade the DC Universe yet again, with the changes made currently being determined.^ CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS overthrew DC universe.
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^ I know Jon Peters is involved, and I know he’s determined that any DC superhero film made has to be incredibly shitty and stupid, but DON’T LISTEN TO HIM!!
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^ This Earths-shattering event takes place in the cracks in the Multiverse between pages 143 and 160 of Infinite Crisis, as Superman battles Superman.
  • Superman - Chronological List of Superman Trade Paperbacks and Hardcover Graphic Novels in Reading-Order 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.supermantrades.com [Source type: General]

.The limited series 52 (2006–2007) established that a new multiverse now exists, with Earth-0 as the primary earth.^ Most of the characters and settings established in Adventures never re-appeared in this new series.

^ Posted by TheNextChampion on 08/17/09 at 12:23 AM @MisterJ: I don't look at WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON as a limited series in the traditional sense.
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^ In 2003 Superman/Batman launched, as well as the Superman: Birthright limited series, with All Star Superman launched in 2005 and Superman Confidential in 2006 (this title was cancelled in 2008).
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The DC Universe is home to many famous characters, some of whom are pictured here.
^ Later DC would release “Infinite Crisis: Secret Files And Origins 2006,” where it revealed the reason the DC Universe had so many continuity errors.
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^ Mars has been terraformed to a great degree (it is now the home of many wealthy socialites), and is home to Mars University.

^ I've added some original characters to the mix and also have plans to bring in many more familiar faces from the Superman mythos.
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Art by each character's original artist.
.The basic concept of the DC Universe is that it is just like the real world, but with superheroes and supervillains existing in it.^ He knows that God exists in the DC Universe.
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^ Plus it has been stated by Jerry Siegel in the 2007 San Diego Comic-con that "Smallville" is really a ultimate revamp, just like what Marvel did with anything in the Ultimate universe.
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^ "I've drawn just about every big DC character, either through commissions or at conventions, at one point or other, but it really does feel like new territory for me," he explained.
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.However, there are other corollary differences resulting from the justifications implied by that main conceit.^ Recurring characters Main article: Recurring South Park characters There are many other frequently recurring characters, besides the boys and their families.

^ However, many other results have been reached: on rare occasions, Tom triumphs.

^ At other times, however, he was implied, mostly through imagery and circumstance, to be Christian (e.g.
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.Many fictional countries, such as Qurac, Vlatava, and Zandia, exist in it.^ They came from many different countries, such as Spain, Scotland and Australia, and inevitably represented the culture they were from.

.Though stories are often set in the United States of America, they are as often as not set in fictional cities, such as Gotham City or Metropolis.^ The Simpsons is set in the fictional United States town of Springfield.

^ His wife and his cousin were trimming the stately tree in the living room…and they were all sharing stories about his father and sharing bittersweet laughs and lingering memories.

^ He agrees and they form a team of four and fight the good fight in Gotham City.

.These cities are effectively archetypes of cities, with Gotham City embodying the negative aspects of life in a large city, and Metropolis reflecting more of the positive aspects.^ He thus positions himself in front of a large, life-size statue of an angel, an ornate grave marker.
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.Sentient alien species (such as Kryptonians and Thanagarians) and even functioning interstellar societies are generally known to exist, and the arrival of alien spacecraft is not uncommon.^ Hypnosis / mind control Other Kryptonians /aliens Clark can be wounded and even killed by other kryptonians and aliens.
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In comic he was raised generally Protestant, and specifically Methodist, but he does also have an affinity toward the Kryptonian beliefs as well, and has even talked to a Catholic priest in the past.
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^ General El insists that the Kryptonians bear no hostility towards the Thanagarian people.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.Technologies which are only theoretical in the real world or are outright impossible according to modern science, such as faster-than-light travel and artificial intelligence, are functional and reproducible, though they are often portrayed as highly experimental and difficult to achieve.^ He is currently faster than the speed of light.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Speed = invisibility (rather forgotten than realy lost) _Super ventriloquism _Broadcasting reception telepathic messages _Total memory _Super intelligence (+ kryptonian science=gadgets) _Hypertranslations (parallel universes) _Time travels _Physiogonomic changes (Earth II. Earth I only make up) _Hypnotism .
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^ The device created the Fortress which contains much of Krypton's technology, including artificially intelligent robots.

Demonstrable magic exists and can be learned. .The general history of the fictional world is similar to the real one (for instance, there was a Roman Empire, and World War II and 9/11 both occurred), but many fantastic additions exist, such as the known existence of Atlantis.^ There are many; pick one.
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^ The heyday of Reclamation construction of water facilities occurred during the Depression and the 35 years after World War II. From 1941–47, Civilian Public Service labor was used to carry on projects otherwise interrupted by the war effort.
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^ As inspirational a tribute to patriotism as it was in 1942 on the eve of World War II, the famous cover of Superman # 14 still holds the power to stir the hearts of Americans.

.In recent years, stories have increasingly described events which bring the DC Universe farther away from reality, such as World War III occurring, Lex Luthor being elected as President of the United States in 2000, and entire cities and countries being destroyed.^ I'm pretty sure Star Wars and other "intellectually devoid, crowd pleasing" superhero movies would be quite welcome outside of the United States.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

^ The heyday of Reclamation construction of water facilities occurred during the Depression and the 35 years after World War II. From 1941–47, Civilian Public Service labor was used to carry on projects otherwise interrupted by the war effort.
  • rolandseeds.com 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC rolandseeds.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Superman - Volume 5: President Lex by Jeph Loeb, Greg Rucka, et al * In the 2000 election, the DC United States of America elected Lex Luthor as President, "a murderous, scheming multimillionaire who'd sell out the helpless for his own glory."
  • Superman - Chronological List of Superman Trade Paperbacks and Hardcover Graphic Novels in Reading-Order 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.supermantrades.com [Source type: General]

.There are other minor variations, such as the Earth being slightly larger than ours (to accommodate the extra countries), and the planet Saturn having 18 moons rather than 19 because Superman destroyed one.^ Superman knows there's more to it than that.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Cuts to the last being on earth; Superman.
  • Mark Millar's Superman Pitch Revealed as Godfather-Like Epic « FirstShowing.net 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.firstshowing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To me Superman is our superhero, there are many like him but that one is ours.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Superheroes

.The majority of the superhumans on Earth owe their powers to the "metagene": A genetic feature of unknown origin, which causes some people to develop superpowers when exposed to dangerous substances and forces.^ Imperiex First confrontation: Unknown The ultimate conquering force featured in the "Our Worlds at War."
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

^ Every kind of markup under the sun has provisions for links, and if some braindead user can't be bothered to link properly then he'll have to deal with the majority of people not following his link.
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^ Major Disaster First confrontation: Unknown Superman overcame Major Disaster when the major tried to transfer some surplus power into him.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

.Others owe their powers to magic, genetic manipulation (or mutation) or bionics (see below).^ It's kinda like Defender and many others in the CU [Champions Universe] refusing to believe in magic but instead trying to define it as mental powers or what not...
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.A large power gap resides between most superheroes and civilians, making superheroes almost god-like.^ Superman is able to make the most of his powers and stop a rampaging Metallo with a little help from Ceritak , who recently arrived in Metropolis from Kandor.
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Superman is able to make the most of his powers and stop a rampaging Metallo with a little help from Ceritak , who is recently arrived in Metropolis from Kandor.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - Superman Wiki 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC supermanrebirth.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Fueled by singles like "A Milli" and "Lollipop," the album sold an additional million copies during the following month, making it one of the most popular albums of 2008.
  • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

.Still others owe their powers to not being human at all (see races, below).^ All his other powers are hobbled.
  • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As Superman's powers increased, the implication that all Kryptonians had possessed the same abilities became problematic for writers, making it doubtful that a race of such beings could have been wiped out by something as trifling as an exploding planet.
  • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

^ It was not at all uncommon to see characters from one show very briefly on the other, however no characters from either made any full blown guest appearances.

.There are also many superheroes and supervillains who possess no superhuman powers at all (for example Batman and Green Arrow) but make do with specialized equipment or training in special skills, such as martial arts.^ As Superman's powers increased, the implication that all Kryptonians had possessed the same abilities became problematic for writers, making it doubtful that a race of such beings could have been wiped out by something as trifling as an exploding planet.
  • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

^ A strong skilled martial artist like Roshi could strike weak spots and tie him into knots - unless you claim Clark can power out of such.
  • Smallville Clark Kent vs Demon King Piccolo [Archive] - Comic Book Resources Forums 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC forums.comicbookresources.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Batman is the mastermind behind the Justice League , offering brains and tactical skills to guide the raw power of the other members of the team.
  • BATMAN - meaning of word 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC wordsonline.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The humans first began using costumed identities to fight or commit crime during the 1930s.^ When Clark returned home to Smallville, he began openly using his emerging talents and powers in the costumed super-hero identity of Superman.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - Superman Wiki 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC supermanrebirth.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Since the return of his powers and a near death experience in mid 2008, Clark has started using his powers to anonymously fight crime in Metropolis .
  • Clark Kent (Tom Welling) - Green Arrow 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC greenarrow.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He is a jester in his home planet and uses practical jokes to commit crimes and torment Superman.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

.The first superheroes included characters like the Crimson Avenger and The Sandman.^ The comic book character Batman (originally referred to as The Batman , and occasionally as The Bat-Man ), is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in '' Detective Comics '' #27 in May 1939 .
  • BATMAN - meaning of word 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC wordsonline.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Created and Modified DC Characters and Objects A character, Gray Ghost, played by Adam West, who was Batman in the 1960's TV Series, resembles the DC Comics characters of the 1940s like Sandman and the Crimson Avenger.

^ Superman was the first character of the superhero genre, as well as the first superhero to maintain the concept of a secret identity.
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.In November 1940, the first superhero team, The Justice Society of America, was formed.^ As the years progressed, Superman became more and more of a fixture in comics, and the writers sought new territory for the character, including having him team with other superheroes in the DC Universe as a member of the Justice League of America .
  • Superman@Everything2.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC everything2.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There’s only so long that “Young Superman” can stay young, and there’s only so far fans are willing to go in believing that the Justice League just happened to all get together as teenagers before forming a superhero team in their twenties or thirties… .
  • Is it time for Clark Kent to Don his Cape on ‘Smallville?’ « Napping at Red Lights 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC redlightnaps.wordpress.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The second Superman was introduced to explain to the reader Superman's membership of both the 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America and the 1960s superhero team the Justice League of America.
  • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

.During World War II, all of America's heroes were banded together as the All-Star Squadron to protect the United States from the Axis powers.^ The heyday of Reclamation construction of water facilities occurred during the Depression and the 35 years after World War II. From 1941–47, Civilian Public Service labor was used to carry on projects otherwise interrupted by the war effort.
  • rolandseeds.com 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC rolandseeds.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As inspirational a tribute to patriotism as it was in 1942 on the eve of World War II, the famous cover of Superman # 14 still holds the power to stir the hearts of Americans.

^ Better yet, I imagine them meeting long before the famous son came along, perhaps during World War II when Valentine was an Army Air Forces mechanic and Morrison was a young naval ensign.

However, due to a magical spell cast by Adolf Hitler (using the Spear of Destiny and the Holy Grail) the most powerful heroes were unable to enter Axis-held territories, leaving the war to be fought mainly by normal humans such as Sgt. Rock. After the war, under pressure from the paranoid Committee on Un-American Activities the JSA disbanded. .While many types of heroes were active afterwards (mainly non-costumed, such as the Challengers of the Unknown or Detective Chimp), it wasn't until Superman's public debut that a new generation of costumed heroes became active.^ We simply hated this new Superman costume.
  • SUPERMAN RETURNS: News, CLARK KENT Pics! 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.dtheatre.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ New Superman Costume reply .
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^ Superman is the archetypal costumed super-hero.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.Soon after, the Justice League was formed, and they've remained Earth's preeminent superhero team; most DC heroes (such as the Teen Titans) have either belonged to the League at some point, or have connections to it.^ Official Description: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is an original story from award-winning animation/comics writer Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League) rooted in DC Comics popular canon of Crisis stories depicting parallel worlds with uniquely similar heroes and villains.
  • Superman Super Site.com | Superman News & Information 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC supermansupersite.com [Source type: General]

^ Superman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero widely considered to be one of the most famous and popular such characters and an American cultural icon.
  • Superman - Action Figures, Toys, Bobble Heads, Collectibles at Entertainment Earth 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.entertainmentearth.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In most comics and cartoons, unlike Smallville, the idea of a superhero team (such as the Justice League of America ) was originally Superman's, sometimes along with Batman and Wonder Woman, thus forming the super-hero Trinity.
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.As a general rule, being a superhero does not require powers anywhere near omnipotence.^ With the world's anti-Kryptonian sentiment escalating to a near-frenzy, not even being General Lane's daughter will keep her safe!
  • Superman Comics, Superman Graphic Novels, Superman Collectibles at TFAW 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.tfaw.com [Source type: General]

^ He does use more force when battling more powerful metahumans or extraterrestrial beings.
  • Clark Kent (Tom Welling) - Green Arrow 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC greenarrow.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Colorful, powerful and generally over-the-top - superheroes are a surprising manifestation of the venerable Jewish tradition of repairing the world.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.Furthermore, even major heroes and cosmic entities have distinct vulnerabilities such as: Superman's weaknesses to magic, kryptonite, and red sun light; Green Lantern's initial problems with wood or the color yellow (which have since been largely overcome); or Batman's lack of superhuman powers, which he supplements with keen intellect, constant training, and specialized technology.^ I’m not even a major Superman nut.
  • AICN EXCLUSIVE! Moriarty's Review Of JJ ABRAMS SUPERMAN Script!! -- Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He gave Lex a piece of red kryptonite, which removed Superman's powers.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - Superman Wiki 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC supermanrebirth.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ WEAKNESSES _ Magic _Neighbourhood of a red star.
  • The history of Superman. 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC g.courtial.free.fr [Source type: General]

.Superheroes are generally accepted or even praised—Superman and The Flash actually having museums dedicated to them—by the general public, though some individuals have decided that "the metahumans" must be dealt with less passively.^ It's not some fucking magic formula that you can apply to Superman, the Flash, Wonder Woman, and fucking Plastic Man.

^ Someone steps forward at a critical moment with information about Luthor, just as public opinion turns even further against Superman.
  • Pendant Productions - Superman: The Last Son of Krypton MP3 and Podcast 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.pendantaudio.com [Source type: General]

^ Idol ) In some versions of the comics, Superman has mastered the ability to telescope his vision to interstellar distance, and zoom his microscopic vision down to even sub-atomic particles.
  • Clark Kent's powers and abilities - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.Thus, an organization called "The Dome" was formed to help superheroes who needed to fight crime across international borders; the superhero group called the Global Guardians were their main agents.^ The Powerpuff Girls is an animated series starring three little girls with superpowers who have dedicated their lives to fight crime and the forces of evil.

^ An Amazon woman, who calls herself "Diana", passes her "audition" by fighting several shadowy figures.
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Adam West provided the voice for a washed-up superhero serial actor who finds himself needed once more.

.However the Dome eventually lost out, as its United Nations backing went to the more famous Justice League.^ However, Clark's influence made Bart decide to give it back; he saved Clark and left Smallville, promising to try to live a more moral life.
  • Clark Kent (Tom Welling) - Green Arrow 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC greenarrow.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The subs battle it out with some of the Justice League of Earth members and while they are, Superman and the Legion enter their headquarters and they enter the room where the rest of the Legion are held captive.
  • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The ABA commissioner announces plans for the ABA-NBA merger with the National Basketball Association, but only four teams will move to the more established league.
  • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

The American government has had a more wary approach, however. .Back during World War II they started "Project M" to create experimental soldiers to fight in the war, such as the Creature Commandos.^ The heyday of Reclamation construction of water facilities occurred during the Depression and the 35 years after World War II. From 1941–47, Civilian Public Service labor was used to carry on projects otherwise interrupted by the war effort.
  • rolandseeds.com 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC rolandseeds.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As inspirational a tribute to patriotism as it was in 1942 on the eve of World War II, the famous cover of Superman # 14 still holds the power to stir the hearts of Americans.

^ Better yet, I imagine them meeting long before the famous son came along, perhaps during World War II when Valentine was an Army Air Forces mechanic and Morrison was a young naval ensign.

Most of these experiments remain a secret to the public. .Currently, the government deals with metahumans and similar beings through its Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO).^ Much of the Milky Way galaxy now operates under the Earth government's sphere of influence, similar to America's influence on world politics today.

.Covertly, they use an organization of costumed (but non-superhuman) agents known as "Checkmate". The government also formed Task Force X (known as the "Suicide Squad") for "black ops". Most members have been captured supervillains (and thus expendable), and were strongly "encouraged" to join (often with offerings of clemency if they survive their extremely dangerous missions).^ He was also a short-lived member of the Suicide Squad.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

^ However, we encourage you to check this Privacy Policy and Terms of Use Agreement often for updates.
  • Videos tagged with clark-kent | SPIKE 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ TV shows (when they're extremely successful) might have ~150 episodes, and quite often waaaay less.
  • User talk:UDScott/2005 - Wikiquote 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

Outcast personalities are often relegated to the world of DCU supervillainry. They are then usually well versed in heists, kidnappings and robberies. .Villains with meek powers contrive schemes of extraordinary complexity, yet—because of their simple talents—they only call the attention of powerless superheroes like Batman, or lesser superheroes like Booster Gold.^ It featured the turtles as superheroes, who gained costumes and super powers with the use of "Muta-Stones," while Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady gained super-villain powers with the use of a "Dark Muta-Stone."

^ And as for people in countries where English is NOT the main language spelling it “humor”, it’s only because they’ve probably been taught by a book, CD or classes which ALL HAVE THE AMERICAN SPELLING. .
  • Clark Kent - Totally Looks Like... Famous People and Celeb Look-A-Likes 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC totallylookslike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I'm glad that they leave it out, in general, because there's evidence that they'd only screw it up if they tried.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

When caught, any prison sufficient enough to contain these villains is suitable. .More powerful villains strive to contest for greater goals like world domination and/or universal acclaim (from the public and their villainous peers).^ While the Flintstones lived in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons lived in a universe of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions.

^ Nevertheless, the temptation to use Nazi-like measures to further his own beliefs and goals, is real for Superman, as it would be for anybody who possessed his powers and abilities.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It looks more like a Vandel Savage whose got himself some kryptonian powers ,along with some kryptonite by the looks of it, and has decided to rub out Clark.

.Usually more powerful enemies are imprisoned in maximum level facilities—such as Belle Reve Penitentiary (which also was secretly Task Force X's headquarters) and even alternate dimensions or outer space—because they cannot simply be killed by a bullet, electricity, or poison.^ Superman's power levels have again increased since then, with Superman currently possessing enough strength to hurl mountains, withstand nuclear blasts with ease, fly into the sun unharmed, and survive in the vacuum of outer space without oxygen.
  • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

^ Their objective: a relic even more precious–and powerful–than the mythic Ark, capable of unlocking secrets beyond human comprehension.
  • Superman : SFFaudio 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.sffaudio.com [Source type: General]

^ Power in itself may be dreaded as a temptation by the aspirant to perfection, because power can abase as well as elevate; nothing is more liable to misuse.
  • Surpassing Man 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC samvak.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

.Supervillains sometimes also form their own groups, but these tend to be short-lived because most villains simply do not trust each other.^ Most people don't realize that these characters have fleshed out backstories that include religion because it's never mentioned.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A lot of shows don't do religion because you get these religious groups that get all pissy about what's in it and how it's not right.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But when you think about it, most of these characters are already living up to the ideals of the Christian religion.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.Most such teams are formed by a charismatic and/or fearsome criminal mastermind for specific purposes; an example is the Secret Society of Super Villains of which there have been several versions.^ (November 1977): "Nobody Beats a Superman" Secret Society of Super-Villains Special (1977): "Death Times Five" Justice League of America #147 (October 1977): "Crisis in the 30th Century!"
  • The Unofficial Superman Chronology 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.dcuguide.com [Source type: General]

^ Superman was part of the JLA when the team faced the Rag Doll and the rest of the Society of Super Villains.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

^ There simply were no other human forms around and the technology to spawn such new races was absent.
  • Surpassing Man 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC samvak.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

.Most villain teams are usually small, having been formed of individuals who know each other personally, such as the Central City Rogues, or have some other reason to work together (mercenary groups like the H.I.V.E., fanatical cults such as Kobra, etc.^ Personally I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like watermelon.
  • Clark Kent - Totally Looks Like... Famous People and Celeb Look-A-Likes 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC totallylookslike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In this case there is probably no harm done, but to generalize about any group of people, whether by race, religion, gender, fruit preference, etc, is usually not a good idea because it will likely not be well received.
  • Clark Kent - Totally Looks Like... Famous People and Celeb Look-A-Likes 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC totallylookslike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Mephiles the Dark: A blob-like demon who took up the form of Shadow by assuming the form of his shadow.

)

Advanced technology

.Technology more advanced than currently exists in real life is available - but it is usually very expensive, and usually only rich or powerful individuals and organizations (or the scientific geniuses who create them) have access to them.^ Their objective: a relic even more precious–and powerful–than the mythic Ark, capable of unlocking secrets beyond human comprehension.
  • Superman : SFFaudio 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.sffaudio.com [Source type: General]

^ Thanks to Kryptonian technology, humanity has more than compensated for the "dark ages" of its recent past.

^ Krypton is anihilated much more by its new creation than by its new destruction.
  • The history of Superman. 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC g.courtial.free.fr [Source type: General]

.S.T.A.R. Labs is an independent research outfit that often develops these devices, while Lexcorp is the main company selling them.^ My Company My Research Lab My Twine My University .

.It must also be noted that the government also runs the secret Project Cadmus (located in the mountains near Metropolis) to develop clones and genetic manipulation without the public's knowledge.^ It must also be pointed out that while Doc Savage has a "Fortress of Solitude," a place where he can work in private located in the deepest regions of the Arctic, references are made fairly early to a mountain hideaway where Superman can similarly work without distraction.

^ In a world where the Justice Leage is run by the corrupt government, Jon must corrupt versions of his father's former allies.
  • Superman - Chronological List of Superman Trade Paperbacks and Hardcover Graphic Novels in Reading-Order 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.supermantrades.com [Source type: General]

^ Personally I think that Jimmy will be recovered or rescued by Project Cadmus and be treated for his injuries, or cloned.

Technology can also come from outer space or different timelines. .Apokolips weaponry is often sold in Metropolis to the criminal organization known as Intergang.^ Toyman First confrontation: Unknown A criminal in Metropolis that often involves abducting children.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

^ Matrix/Clark was found by Jimmy Olsen, who believed that Clark's confusion came at the hands of Intergang in revenge for his expose on the criminal organization.

.Robots and similar creations, including cyborgs, can have superior intelligence when they are created as sentient beings.^ Inspiring a market The character's initial success led to similar characters being created.
  • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

^ A specific issue on Earth is the large population of super-intelligent/super-incompetent robots (such as homeless robots and orphan children robots, like Tinny Tim); they are generally lazy and surly, and often unwilling to assist their human creators.

^ They also have many super-powers similar to those possessed by Superman, including super-strength, the ability to fly, super-speed, and the ability to project a variety of energy blasts.

.The Manhunters, the Metal Men, Red Tornado, Robotman, Hourman, and Metallo are but a few examples.^ For example, the original television series adaptation of X-Men which premiered a few months after Batman featured animation and writing that was typical of the artist standards in superhero animated series.

^ Join Superman and some of DC's greatest heroes - Green Lantern, the Metal Men, Martian Manhunter, Red Tornado, Hourman, and more!

^ Superman is joined by the Metal Men in fighting Metallo before starting a desperate struggle with Brainiac 13.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
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  • Superman (Clark Kent) - Superman Wiki 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC supermanrebirth.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

These 'beings' are most often created by individuals who possess vast intellects, like scientists Professor T.O. Morrow (maker of the Red Tornado), Dr. Will Magnus (who constructed the Metal Men) and Professor Ivo (who fabricated Amazo and other advanced androids using a form of Nano-technology developed by Lexcorp). .Brainiac also emulates this technology as well as technology from other worlds.^ With Chloe's help, Clark learned that there were more " Zoners " in other parts of the world and that Raya escaped the Phantom Zone as well.
  • Clark Kent (Tom Welling) - Green Arrow 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC greenarrow.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.Similarly, some characters use technology to enhance their armor or modify cybernetic functions, for example Steel, Cyborg and the Cyborg Superman.^ Superman : (John Williams) Few fictional characters have been as prolific in mainstream entertainment as the Man of Steel.
  • Filmtracks: Superman (John Williams) 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.filmtracks.com [Source type: General]

^ The half-case of 6 action figures includes the following characters: 1x Armored Lex Luthor, 1x Future Superman, 2x Hawkman, 1x Nightwing, and 1x Steel/Natasha Irons (Subject to change).

^ Unimaginable First confrontation: Unknown Superman, the Man of Steel, is one of DC Comic's flagship characters.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

Hidden races

.There are a few intelligent races living on Earth that the public at large did not know about until recent times.^ There was even a time before Spiderman and the Fantastic Four when the daily challenges of life did not determine how lead characters comported themselves in public and we knew little of our their private lives.
  • Superman | Rack Raids 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.rackraids.com [Source type: General]

^ This Superboy is no longer in publication, as it is now deemed that Clark Kent did not become a superhero until adulthood.

^ It was about saying three small words, knowing that in the past there had been too many lies and too little truth between them.
  • Lois & Clark Fanfic By Title: Ti 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.lcfanfic.com [Source type: Original source]

.Among these are the last survivors of Atlantis, who changed themselves into water-breathing forms, including the human-like Poseidonians and the mermaid-like Tritonians.^ Mephiles the Dark: A blob-like demon who took up the form of Shadow by assuming the form of his shadow.

^ Metahumans, even those who go to school with him, can not recognise him once he changes into the costume.
  • Clark Kenting - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Her spirit was formed into a Water Elemental called Naiad which was fueled by her anger when she died.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

.Other species, such as Warworlders, were brief test subjects of Project Cadmus who fled to the Underworld below Metropolis.^ The survivability of a new species created by nature is tested by subjecting the naturally-fostered new species to nature itself (=to environmental stimuli) as the only and ultimate arbiter.
  • Surpassing Man 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC samvak.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

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^ Luthor, blaming Project Cadmus for his deteriorating condition, orchestrates an all out war between the Project and the Underworlders (who are also dying from a mysterious plague).
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - Superman Wiki 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC supermanrebirth.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.There is also a tribe of highly intelligent, telepathic gorillas living in an invisible city hidden in Africa; this is the home of Gorilla Grodd.^ Gorilla Grodd First confrontation: Unknown Gorilla Grodd is a super-intelligent telepathic gorilla.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

^ Superman finds Lois and the others living in a city there--but the city is under siege by Equus and his new master, an all new General Zod.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ And then for a third time he would leave his Arctic home to live in a bustling urban city (Metropolis) going about his heavenly Father's (Jor-El's) work.
  • Journal of Religion and Film: Superman as Christ-Figure: The American PopCulture Movie Messiah by Anton Karl Kozlovic 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.unomaha.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Aliens

.There are many intelligent extraterrestrial races as well.^ As a joke, I just want to mention that he comes from a highly intelligent race as well.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He may very well be the most popular action hero comic character, and there are many Superman...
  • Tag: Superman - Explore content tagged Superman on eHow.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.ehow.com [Source type: General]

.Curiously, a large number of them are humanoid, even human-like, in form (such as Kryptonians, who outwardly appear identical to Earth-born humans); some can even interbreed with Terrans.^ A Transformer is an intelligent robot (usually a large humanoid, though there are many exceptions such as animal forms) that is able to "transform", reconfiguring itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, airplane or animal.

^ Mephiles the Dark: A blob-like demon who took up the form of Shadow by assuming the form of his shadow.

^ There simply were no other human forms around and the technology to spawn such new races was absent.
  • Surpassing Man 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC samvak.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

.Some of these races have natural superpowers, but they're usually the same for all individuals of the same race, unlike Earth's metahumans.^ It’s like they’re the same guy!
  • Clark Kent - Totally Looks Like... Famous People and Celeb Look-A-Likes 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC totallylookslike.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They're all around us.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One kid has brothers named Andrew and Andre, I held my peace on that, but that bothers me because they're the same name, just in different languages.
  • Clark Kent baby names: nickname as alter ego | The Baby Name Wizard 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.babynamewizard.com [Source type: General]

.This was explained by the fact that in Earth's distant past Martians experimented on humanity, severely culling the metahuman potential; this means that a species that was meant to have a wide range of powers, like Tamaranians or Kryptonians, ended up "just...human". However, there are also plenty of nonhumanoid races as well.^ Superman is just a means to an end.
  • BACK ISSUE 20: THE CLARK KENT ROUNDTABLE [Archive] - NEWSARAMA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC forum.newsarama.com [Source type: Original source]

^ However, as to whether this is a Kryptonian power is yet to be clear, although it is likely.
  • Clark Kent's powers and abilities - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ However, there were several that appeared regularly.

.The DC Universe has had many natural and cosmic disasters happen to their alien civilizations.^ In order to deal with this obvious incongruity, a story arc was created in order to explain the presense of Superboy in many previous stories, and also eliminate the character from the DC Universe.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Later DC would release “Infinite Crisis: Secret Files And Origins 2006,” where it revealed the reason the DC Universe had so many continuity errors.
  • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ DC Universe Justice League Unlimited Exclusive Legion of Super Heroes Action Figure Cosmic Boy Price: $14.99 .
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.The Martians were destroyed by war, the Kryptonians by a dying planet, and the Czarnians by plague.^ Well, they [Kryptonians] were highly advanced and their planet was destroyed in one cataclysmic explosion, so I'm guessing they were secularists.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Kryptonians proceeded to destroy the atmosphere of the Pocket Earth, killing everyone on the planet, save for a handful that Lex protected in Smallville.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ Luthor, blaming Project Cadmus for his deteriorating condition, orchestrates an all out war between the Project and the Underworlders (who are also dying from a mysterious plague).
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
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Even the Almeracian Empire was victim to impending destruction by Imperiex.
.Order is kept around the galaxy by the Guardians of the Universe and their agents, the Green Lantern Corps.^ According to Jewish educator and comics fan and writer Alan Oirich, artist Gil Kane based his design of the large-headed, balding Guardians of the Universe in DC's Green Lantern on David Ben-Gurion.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Orders are to bring them in, but the Red Shard has been ordered to escort the Green Lanterns on their tour.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ Consider that when Gil Kane created the Silver Age Green Lantern [Hal Jordan], he modelled the Guardians of the Universe after the very first Prime Minister of Israel.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Rival peacekeeping organizations include the Darkstars (created by the Guardians' rivals, the Controllers) and the interplanetary mercenary organization L.E.G.I.O.N.. .Criminal organizations include the Manhunters, the Spider Guild and the Dark Circle.^ Nicknames for Batman include the Dark Knight , the Caped Crusader , the Masked Manhunter , and the '''World's Greatest Detective'''.
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.Most aliens are from different planets, who have a source of origin near the Solar System and in the Milky Way Galaxy, although, unlike the Marvel Universe, alien colonies are common within the solar system.^ Learn the most up-to-date moves from their originators Source: store.clicktodance.com posted by Sri Yantra at 12:36 AM 0 comments   .

^ For most of the series she believed she was an orphaned alien, and desired to learn of her origins.

^ Clark Kent is a super-powered alien from the planet Krypton , who lives in Smallville and works in Metropolis as a reporter at the Daily Planet .
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.The Dominators are an imperialistic race of terrorist aliens who control most of the unknown cosmos in order to extract genetic resources from planets.^ Darkseid First confrontation: Unknown Darkseid is the dreaded evil Lord of [the planet] Apokolips, who seeks to rule the cosmos.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

^ Black Zero First confrontation: Unknown Black Zero was an alien saboteur who expedited Krypton's explosion while working for the Interstellar Pirate Empire.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

^ Krang, one of the series' most memorable villains, was inspired by the design of the Utrom, a benevolent alien race from the Mirage comics.

The caste is also collectively known as the Dominion. .Other aliens in the outlying galaxies control armadas like the Khunds, Gordanians, Thanagarians, Spider Guild and, most recently, The Reach.^ I don't think he does because most religions don't believe in other life such as aliens.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I don't think he does because most religions don't believe in other life such as aliens...
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The dude can breath in outerspace for christ sake, he is one of the most powerful in this galaxy, why wouldnt he want to seek out people just like him.
  • Mark Millar's Superman Pitch Revealed as Godfather-Like Epic « FirstShowing.net 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.firstshowing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Even though the majority of the DC Universe is policed by the Green Lantern Corps, and later the United Planets, most rogue races strive to conquer the known universe.^ At the same time, forces from the future must prevent Mon-El from meeting Sodam Yat - the Green Lantern from Daxam known as Ion - for the sake of tomorrow.
  • I Miss Superman! 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.ifanboy.com [Source type: General]

^ According to Jewish educator and comics fan and writer Alan Oirich, artist Gil Kane based his design of the large-headed, balding Guardians of the Universe in DC's Green Lantern on David Ben-Gurion.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ However, the great majority of people have been tricked into believing in the efficacy of imprisonment, even though the historical record clearly demonstrates that prisons do not work.
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One oddity is the Vegan Star system. Due to an arrangement with the Psions, the Guardians did not intervene in that system, allowing a cruel empire called "The Citadel" to govern there, until it was overthrown by the Omega Men.

Supernatural creatures

.Magic and the supernatural are often depicted as being real in the DC Universe, though some skeptics such as Mister Terrific maintain that there are scientific explanations to all such events.^ Despite this, I was kept guessing as to what would happen next all the way through, and there were plenty of genuine surprises, clever analogies and explanations throughout.
  • Superman : SFFaudio 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.sffaudio.com [Source type: General]

^ See, there's a thing about religion and the DC (or Marvel) universe; Superman has gotten in fistfights with Angels.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ From DC Comics: Where else could the world's greatest alternative cartoonists run rampant through the DC Universe in an all-new anthology of utterly unhinged stories and art?

.The narration of the mystic and harsh dark reality is more common in DC's Vertigo Comics because its stories lurk outside of superhero fantasy; the Vertigo series have beings that relate better to civilian life although both universes are subject to fantastical realms, and unworldly dimensions.^ Millar really does want this to be recognized as the Godfather of superhero films, which will be a monumental task considering The Dark Knight is already the closest to earning that title.
  • Mark Millar's Superman Pitch Revealed as Godfather-Like Epic « FirstShowing.net 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.firstshowing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Superman, the S-shield and all related elements are TM and © of DC Comics, Joanne Siegel and Laura Siegel Larson.
  • The Big Red S: A Superman Site 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.greatkrypton.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Wayne Boring, initially employed in Shuster's studio, began working for DC in his own right in 1942 providing pages for both Superman and Action Comics.
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.Magic is too powerful in the physical world, where harnessing magic can distort and even destroy reality if not properly controlled (i.e.: if the Lord of Order succumbs to certain events so will the Lord of Chaos).^ It has the power to destroy the world, and will become invincible when it devours Chao.

^ Following Dumbledore's death, Voldemort has completed his ascension to power and gains control of the Ministry of Magic.
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^ She manages to stun and even injure him, and then proceeds to wrapping Lord up in her Lasso of Truth, demands to know how to free the Man of Steel from his control.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
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There are several types of supernatural creatures, such as:
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  • Gods: The first beings calling themselves 'gods' first appeared billions of years ago on another planet, but they destroyed themselves in a terrible war.^ "I want to start on Krypton, a thousand years ago, and end with Superman alone on Planet Earth, the last being left on the planet, as the yellow sun turns red and starts to supernova, and he loses his powers."
    • Superman Super Site.com | Superman News & Information 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC supermansupersite.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Originally, he had been conceived as being the last post-human from the end of time, rather than an alien from another planet.
    • Superman - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ However, the point from your second argument still stands - how can you have a book called Superman wherein Superman doesn't appear for a year???
    • I Miss Superman! 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.ifanboy.com [Source type: General]

    This unleashed the "Godwave," a wave of cosmic energy from The Source. .This gave birth to other gods across the universe, including Earth’s.^ During Birthright, they replaced the “birthing matrix” with Superman being born on Earth back to the spaceship that flies across the galaxy and towards Earth [he was born on Krypton] .
    • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ God exists in the DC universe continuity (Spectre provides inarguable precedence - other stories may be debatable).
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Flash then runs across the Earth continuing his pep talk and informing the other heroes of the situation.
    • Superman | Tag Archive | Comix 411 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC comics.gearlive.com [Source type: General]

    .From the planet’s remains were formed the worlds of Apokolips and New Genesis, inhabited by beings that call themselves "New Gods". It must be noted that this universe was created by an omnipotent being known as the "Presence", which is believed to be the creator-being described by many religions, including Christianity.^ Christians call this intelligence God.
    • Journal of Religion and Film: Superman as Christ-Figure: The American PopCulture Movie Messiah by Anton Karl Kozlovic 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.unomaha.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I even think Jerry Siegel, being Jewish, knew that if he made his character a Midwestern farmboy the religion he would most be identified with would be Christianity.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ World Of New Krypton has been great, but with that mini-series being the main Superman story, the regular Superman titles have become secondary.

    .Also, beings calling themselves ‘angels’, such as Zauriel (see below), have appeared, though they seem little different from the mythological gods.^ But being human is a universal and thus lends itself to other objects even though they do not possess the tropes of the particular.
    • Surpassing Man 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC samvak.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This was possibly carried over from the original edition of the manga, where they do call each other by their real names, although with some of the manga villains being able to recognize them anyway, this was at least excusable.
    • Clark Kenting - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The first question seems trivial: yes, they can differ drastically -- for example, very complex writing often conveys nothing to a noncomprehending reader.
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    .Certain speedsters believe in enlightenment in order to become part of the Speed Force (see below).^ Those who believed the theory claimed seeing Smurfs below plants in their houses, next to their beds, dressed as the devil, etc.

    ^ Becomes Adventures of Superman (see below); Superman Volume 2 launched for John Byrne.

    ^ Silver kryptonite in another form is a part of the Smallville TV series (see Smallville below), and was shown in the comics continuity in Superman/Batman #46.
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    .Depending on the characters, other diverse religious deities from ancient cultures are common.^ The story of Superman's origin parallels that of other cultural heroes and religious figures who were spirited away as infants from places where they were in danger.

    ^ Superman, the character, is Methodist because he was raised in rural Kansas, and that's one of the more common religious affiliations associated with that area...
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I went on this site a few nights ago and it had a list of various superheroes, villians and various other characters from comics and each of their religion and/or religious views.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Heroes such as Aztek and Black Condor, or villains like Black Adam, have found knowledge of their native roots in origin.
  • Heaven and Hell: Heaven and Hell do exist in the DC Universe but may not exist in the same continuum.^ He knows that God exists in the DC Universe.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Later DC would release “Infinite Crisis: Secret Files And Origins 2006,” where it revealed the reason the DC Universe had so many continuity errors.
    • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ All it really means is that 95% of the heroes stick to universal principles found in nearly all religions and in secular lines of thought, like "love your fellow man".
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    .In the DC/Vertigo universe Hell was ruled for ten billion years by the fallen angel Lucifer Morningstar.^ See, there's a thing about religion and the DC (or Marvel) universe; Superman has gotten in fistfights with Angels.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Within the world of the DC Universe, I really doubt Superman believes that all people of other religions are contaminated with an original sin that dooms them all to Hell.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I've noticed that the Marvel Comics universe tends more toward polytheism, whereas the DC universe is sort of Manichaean - there's God, a personal supreme force of Good who commands angels and to whom people pray under various names; and there's a Hell populated with demons and the souls of the damned, ruled by the fallen angel Lucifer.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    .At the end of the DC Comics Swamp Thing storyline "American Gothic", a force called the Great Evil Beast rose out of the darkness and merged with the Presence.^ Savage Dragon, the Great Green Hope, Chicago's greatest weapon against the forces of evil and the toughest cop on the Chicago Police Force.

    ^ One thing is for sure, DC is committing itself to this storyline for the long haul (WNK is what, a 13 issue series?
    • I Miss Superman! 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.ifanboy.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Zarathustra was the first to see in the struggle between good and evil the actual wheel in the working of things: the translation of morality into the realm of metaphysics, as force, cause, end-in-itself, is his work.
    • Surpassing Man 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC samvak.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

    .This triggered a civil war in Hell, ultimately forcing Lucifer to share power with a triumvirate that included the powerful Hell lords Beelzebub, Azazel and himself.^ Imperiex First confrontation: Unknown The ultimate conquering force featured in the "Our Worlds at War."
    • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Sabbac First confrontation: Unknown The Dark Opposite of Captain Marvel, SABBAC is powered by the dark lords Satan, Aym, Belial, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, and Crateis.
    • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Superman later joins forces with Blaze's brother, Lord Satanus , but she ultimately proves the victor in the war against her brother.
    • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
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    .This triumvirate was mostly a formality and Lucifer was still the de facto ruler of Hell, until recently abdicating the throne and handing the key to Hell to Dream of the Endless in The Sandman storyline Season of Mists.^ As Themysciran ambassador, Diana helped reintegrate the Amazons with the rest of the world, bringing delegations to Themyscira and Amazons to the U.S. Again, this reflects the fact that (until recently) the Amazon culture was still thriving.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Dream was not sure what to do with the key to Hell, and after having negotiated with many interested parties, he gave it to the angels Remiel and Duma, who ruled Hell on behalf of the Presence until the Lucifer spinoff series saw possession of the key shift hands once again.
  • Since lordship over Hell frequently changes, numerous demons have proclaimed themselves its rulers.^ While in Hell, Superman's soul was seized by the demon Neron , who inhabited his body in his own attempt to merge with the Spectre Force.
    • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ A third game in the new series is planned titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare is scheluded to be released in the future, along with a party game spinoff titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee.

    ^ Over the course of the series Groening has used many of the themes present in his long-running comic strip series, Life in Hell.

    .Generic depictions of Satan, angels, demons and God also appear frequently.^ But your point is well taken, as it appears that you are asking if any of us were in the DCU, and saw things from the DCU perspective on God, angels, aliens, mystics, etc...
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Versions vary from the Vertigo and DC Universe series with writers of the Vertigo/DC Universe depicting them in relation to religion and mythology while the writers in the DCU have a tendency to narrate fantasy.^ See, there's a thing about religion and the DC (or Marvel) universe; Superman has gotten in fistfights with Angels.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This is exactly what Clark Kent did in the DC Comics depiction of the character as well as on the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Although a sensitive issue, I think it's still an extremely interesting subject matter that I think deserves more focus in the DCU [DC Universe].
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    .In the Vertigo series Swamp Thing, Heaven and Hell seems to be restricted to earth, creating the possibility that every living planet have their own versions of afterlife.^ Stinkor, an anthropomorphic skunk with magical control over his own stench (he only appeared in the written comics and 2002 animated version, never the original series).

    ^ As I understand it, other-worldly beings were seen as part of an Earth-centric cosmology that put Heaven at the outermost sphere and Hell at the innermost.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Superman can see the aura that every living thing generates.
    • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
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    • Superman (Clark Kent) - Superman Wiki 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC supermanrebirth.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    .In the Vertigo series Sandman Lucifer quits as ruler of Hell and retires to Los Angeles, with the follow-up series Lucifer depicting his pursuit of obtaining his own creation independent from that of the Presence.
  • Death represents different characters in the DC Universe.^ Most media adaptations of the character (save for Lois & Clark , Ruby Spears' Superman and Superman: The Animated Series ) favor the death of Jonathan.
    • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Of course, they don't own the character now; DC does.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The character often appears as a guest star in other series and is usually a pivotal figure in DC crossover events.
    • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

    .One personification of death is the Black Flash, who can represent Death as an internal figure for the speedsters in the DC Universe.^ Outside comics published by DC, the notoriety of the Superman or "Übermensch" archetype makes the character a popular figure to be represented through an analogue in entirely unrelated continuities.
    • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Who's Who : the Definitive Directory of the DC Universe : Update '88 (New York : DC Comics, 1988).
    • Index to Comic Art Collection: "Kent" to "Kent (Wash.)" 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC comics.lib.msu.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There’s a reason no one has ever published Superman Black & White–color is too much of who the character is, both within his universe and to readers.

    .Another is Death (see below), who resides at the very end of time.^ Those who believed the theory claimed seeing Smurfs below plants in their houses, next to their beds, dressed as the devil, etc.

    ^ When the show ended, the new Sonic cartoon that replaced it (Sonic the Hedgehog, see below) took the characters in a far more serious direction.

    ^ Hourglass ) Season 3 : Jordan Cross , another person with precognitive abilities, with the ability to see people's eventual method of deaths, failed to see Clark die when he touched him.
    • Clark Kent's powers and abilities - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    The Black Racer appears as Death in the afterlife. .Death is also one of the The Endless.
  • The Lords of Order and Chaos: These two groups of magical beings have been fighting against each other since the beginning of time, and they often empower others (with "Order Magic" or "Chaos Magic") in exchange for their acting as their agents.^ (Did they even DO anything besides maybe getting kidnapped or acting as cheerleaders for RR? This was originally before my time, but I caught it on CN later.
    • Superman Fail « FAIL Blog: Epic Fail Pictures and Videos of Owned, Pwnd and Fail Moments 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC failblog.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Lunataks were released by the Mutants on Mumm-ra's orders, and enlisted in the fight against the Thundercats.

    ^ And Crash, in my opinion -- since Freddy asked for one from other editors -- you're wrong here.
    • BATMAN - meaning of word 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC wordsonline.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Many magical heroes and villains have been manipulated by them. .The Lords of Order and Chaos were killed by the Spectre during the Day Of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special.
  • Elementals: The Earth itself has a living spirit called "Maya" who, for millennia, has been creating champions, one for each of the mystical elements, to protect itself, using human beings as their hosts.^ What are the immutable and irreducible elements of "being human"?
    • Surpassing Man 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC samvak.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Kara, Superman's cousin, the one who died during Crisis in infinite Earths in the former continuity.
    • The history of Superman. 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC g.courtial.free.fr [Source type: General]

    ^ Thus, he might identify with the son of God coming to Earth as a human being more than another Kryptonian who didn't think of himself as a human being.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Swamp Thing, Firestorm, Naiad and Red Tornado were some of them.
  • Homo Magi: a subspecies of humanity with the natural ability to use magic, this race almost disappeared after too much crossbreeding with normal humans (it's from them that people in the DC universe inherited the ability to use magic.^ The DC universe is very much a creationist universe.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ See, there's a thing about religion and the DC (or Marvel) universe; Superman has gotten in fistfights with Angels.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ When your religious creed is regularly used to deny basic human rights to a group of people (regardless of whether you yourself believes this is right or wrong).
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ) .The last pure blooded ones decided to retire to a magical invisible city centuries ago, and are now known as "The Hidden Ones". Zatanna knows many of the race's secrets, and Traci Thirteen is currently investigating magical and occult phenomena for the Croatoan Society—both women had Homo Magi mothers.
  • The Endless: Physical manifestations of eternal and universal phenomena that effect the human condition (Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium), principally recounted in the Modern Age Sandman series.
  • Emotional Manifestations: Like the Endless, these beings were created from the emotional energy generated by sentient beings.^ Humans are now universal beings.
    • Surpassing Man 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC samvak.tripod.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ With the world's anti-Kryptonian sentiment escalating to a near-frenzy, not even being General Lane's daughter will keep her safe!
    • Superman Comics, Superman Graphic Novels, Superman Collectibles at TFAW 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.tfaw.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "Superman: The Last Son of Krypton" is an ongoing monthly serial adventure based on the modern incarnation of the character in DC Comics.
    • Pendant Productions - Superman: The Last Son of Krypton MP3 and Podcast 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.pendantaudio.com [Source type: General]

    .Each of the seven emotional manifestations of the DCU is represented by a different color (rage, red; greed, orange; fear, yellow; will, green; hope, blue; compassion, indigo; love, violet) and being.^ Conner turns yellow with fear and green with will.
    • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
    • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Superman, in pursuit, turns to many of the colors of the emotional spectrum, fear, will, rage, love, and hope.
    • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Depictions of kryptonite in the various films and TV series of Superman have largely been limited to green kryptonite, with occasional appearances of the red and blue varieties.
    • Kryptonite 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC plantspedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    The various power-ring based corps of the DCU, most notably the Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps utilize the energies of these beings.
  • Wizards and Sorcerers: Various sorcerers lurk in the DCU. Dr. Fate, Circe, the wizard Shazam, Mordru and Felix Faust are written as characters who use sorcery to create and destroy. .Dimensions, rituals and spiritual realms are sources for magic power as seen in Ras Al Ghul's Lazarus Pit, Doctor Occult's use of the astral plane and the transformations of Captain Marvel.
  • Demonic entities vary from the Demon Etrigan, to Blaze, Satanus and Neron.^ In Trinity, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman join forces in a historic alliance as they face billionaire eco-terrorist Ra's al Ghul.

    ^ As Superman goes out to take care of the missile in Bulgaria; Batman reveals something he didn't tell him: the location of Ra's Al Ghul.
    • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ While Superman's powers were based in science fiction, Captain Marvel's abilities were based on magic.

    .Demonic entities are abundant and come from Hell although some like Eclipso, the vengeance demon (also referred to as the Prince of Darkness), reside on the Moon.^ Mephiles the Dark: A blob-like demon who took up the form of Shadow by assuming the form of his shadow.

    ^ Some of the show's humor comes from passing references to historical events of the past thousand years.

    ^ Biting his lip, he failed to suppress the moan that seemed to come from some dark place inside him.

    .Demonic Entities from Wonder Woman comics are directly linked to Greek Mythology such as Hades, and Ares.^ Batman and Wonder Woman approach Superman's Fortress of Solitude DC Comics had also intended to remove the Superboy stories from Clark’s early life.
    • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ More heroic than Wonder Woman, who venerates the Greek gods?
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Wonder Woman took Diana White's place temporarily, and found Dan to be like most men in her comics , a pig who chained her to the stove .
    • Clark Kenting - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

    .In the Vertigo comics, characters like John Constantine oppose demons influenced by Christian mythology.^ I've seen it, and I'll reiterate that I believe that the number of confessional Christians in mainstream comics is equal to, or less than the number of openly homosexual characters.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Kane initially suggested an impish character like Puck (mythology) , while Finger suggested a more down-to-earth character, Robin (comics) .
    • BATMAN - meaning of word 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC wordsonline.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I'd like to see more Christian characters, especially non-Catholic ones.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    Most Demons are not however directly linked to Demonology.

Other dimensions

.The DC Universe is composed of a number of different dimensional planes, most notably parallel earths (see Multiverse), but the latter were eliminated when reality was altered by the Anti-Monitor (although stories featuring parallel earths have continued to crop up with various rationalizations in the following years).^ Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved Super Heroes.

^ Tell the story of krypton and its destruction and lead to him landing on earth…you can skip all the growing up stuff..except for maybe a moment when he is real young and discovers he is more then just an average boy, then have him leave home continue years later, when he is already a top writer for the planet and is already superman.
  • Mark Millar's Superman Pitch Revealed as Godfather-Like Epic « FirstShowing.net 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.firstshowing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Later DC would release “Infinite Crisis: Secret Files And Origins 2006,” where it revealed the reason the DC Universe had so many continuity errors.
  • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

.Other types of dimensions still exist, however, including the Antimatter Universe, the Pax dimension, the Fifth Dimension and The Bleed.^ However, Doomsday was still able to overpower Clark and cause him to bleed.
  • Clark Kent's powers and abilities - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.Prison dimensions, such as the Phantom Zone are meant to house super powered criminals who are too powerful for any conventional means of containment.^ Phantom Zone prisoners .
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Once he ran away to Metropolis and became a criminal who broke into teller machines to impress girls with expensive toys such as sports cars.
  • Kryptonite 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC plantspedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At age 19, Clark did not have his powers in the Phantom Zone and, upon returning to Earth, developed a head cold which manifested itself as super-strong sneezes.
  • Clark Kent's powers and abilities - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.Dimensions make up many universes, of which some are created and destroyed with help from supernatural forces and elements from which power is drawn.^ The essence beyond the batman/zorro creation is that their power is a "supernatural" illusion they create.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Superman defeats the evil gods with some help from Zeus , who demands Superman never bring up the name Rao (a Kryptonian god) in his presence.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - Superman Wiki 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC supermanrebirth.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He also used this power to burst some pipes in order to create a cover of steam so he could use his superpowers to overpower Macy and rescue Lois.
  • Clark Kent's powers and abilities - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.As well, certain dimensions function as cross-over opportunities for heroes from different comic book companies to interact, either from competing companies, or from companies absorbed by competitors.^ Heck, most comic book heroes have actually fought the legions of Hell.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ So apparently Adherents.com has categorized the religious affiliation of a good number of comic book heroes, obscure and otherwise...
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The above is a link to a list of the religions of many of our comic book heroes.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.The most notable example of the first kind of crossover has been between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, and the latter with Wildstorm Comics.^ Stan Lee and Jack Kirby almost single-handedly created most of Marvel Comics.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ DC Comics 7 appearances Young Justice 1998 DC Comics 7 appearances Legends 1986 DC Comics 6 appearances Super-Team 1992 Epix 6 appearances Harley Quinn 2000 DC Comics 6 appearances DC/Wildstorm: Dreamwar 2008 DC Comics 6 appearances .
  • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Unimaginable First confrontation: Unknown Superman, the Man of Steel, is one of DC Comic's flagship characters.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

.An example of the latter kind of crossover would be DC's acquisition of Fawcett Comics, Quality Comics, and Charlton Comics and the absorption into the DC continuity of the original Captain Marvel, Plastic Man and Captain Atom.^ In 1972 DC licensed Captain Marvel from Fawcett.

^ Captain Marvel was not created by DC, however.

^ From DC Comics: It¹s relentless action for the Man of Steel as he faces a horde of enemies from Darkseid to Weapons Master.

.In this way, heroes originally published by different companies are now part of the same fictional universe, and interactions between such characters are no longer considered intercompany crossovers.^ Their comments, received by email between July and October 2006, serve as reminders how each of them has added dimension to the fictional character.
  • BACK ISSUE 20: THE CLARK KENT ROUNDTABLE [Archive] - NEWSARAMA 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC forum.newsarama.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Fawcett highlighted the differences between the two characters.

^ This part of the show was mostly improvised by Mike Judge (who performed both characters simultaneously) and is considered the show's highlight.

Speed Force

.The Speed Force is an extradimensional energy source which provides the speedsters of the DC Universe with their powers.^ Darkseid, one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, is also a formidable nemesis in most post-Crisis comics.
  • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

^ God exists in the DC universe continuity (Spectre provides inarguable precedence - other stories may be debatable).
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They also have many super-powers similar to those possessed by Superman, including super-strength, the ability to fly, super-speed, and the ability to project a variety of energy blasts.

.Accessing the Speed Force makes it possible to run at incredible speeds, even faster than light, and even to jump in and out of the timestream, thereby travelling - albeit with a limited degree of control - through time.^ Superman can fly at speeds many times faster than light.
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - Superman Wiki 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC supermanrebirth.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Super Speed : Clark can run at speeds faster than the speed of sound.
  • Clark Kent (Tom Welling) - Green Arrow 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC greenarrow.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Super speed : Clark can run at speeds faster than the speed of sound.
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

The Speed Force also acts as a kind of Valhalla for deceased speedsters.

Time Stream

.It is possible to travel in time in this universe by several means, including moving faster than the speed of light.^ Superman can fly at speeds many times faster than light.
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - Superman Wiki 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC supermanrebirth.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He is currently faster than the speed of light.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Superman can currently fly at speeds many times faster than light.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.The Legion of Super-Heroes from 1,000 years into the future in particular have access to time-travel technology (although the threeboot Legion lacks time travel technology) while Rip Hunter is the present day authority of the technology.^ Legion of Super-Heroes members .
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Having seen Kandor still active 1000 years in the future in an issue of Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes published a few years back, these Kryptonians aren’t going anywhere, meaning there’s constant homeworld possibilities to plague Mr. Kent and company for a millennium to come… .
  • Superman | Rack Raids 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.rackraids.com [Source type: General]

^ Back from the days of Action Comics and Detective Comics came two of the greatest super heroes of all time!

.Originally, it was impossible to change the past, or to exist in two places at the same time (a time traveler appearing in a period on which he or she already existed would become an ineffectual, invisible phantom while there).^ That's the real beauty of Smallville (I think) is they took the Superman mythology, and by working a lot with his alien origin at the same time modernized it and made it more believable.
  • Kara Kent = Super! Clark Kent = Not So Much - The CW Lounge - Message Boards 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC lounge.cwtv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are two notable exceptions to the breakdown: a section for Superman’s first appearance and early issues as well as a section where Isabella talks about his pick for “the greatest comic book of all time” for an extended period.
  • Superman | The Flickcast 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC theflickcast.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Own a piece of kyrptonite that would make Superman's knees buckle and help guide traffic at the same time!

.However that was all changed after the Anti-Monitor tried to change history at the beginning of time during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.^ During the Crisis On Infinite Earths, every single DC hero was battling Anti-Monitor .
  • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ DC Comics 8 appearances Detective Comics 1937 DC Comics 8 appearances Crisis on Infinite Earths 1985 DC Comics 8 appearances Amazing World of DC Comics 1974 DC Comics 8 appearances Green Arrow Vol.
  • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Forced to change into their superheroic alter-egos when a crisis arose, they both tried changing at the same time in the darkened cabin at night, without the other finding out.
  • Clark Kenting - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: Original source]

Also, a number of alternate realities- known as Hypertime- now exist. .A group calling itself the Linear Men formed to prevent anyone from changing history.^ However, the Digimon adapted by obtaining a program called the X Antibody, which strengthened them, changed their form, and made them immune to the X-Antibody.

^ Does anyone else here think it plausible to call Joyce a form of hypertext, albeit incredibly dense with links?
  • Making Light: Motivation 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC nielsenhayden.com [Source type: General]

In addition, an enormously powerful being called the Time Trapper, an enemy of the Legion, has been known to manipulate the timestream, even creating "pocket universes."

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