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Superman
Superman.jpg
Promotional art for
Superman #204 (vol. 2, April 2004)
by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #1
(June 1938)
Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
In-story information
Alter ego Kal-El, adopted as
Clark Joseph Kent
Place of origin Krypton
Team affiliations The Daily Planet
Justice League
Legion of Super-Heroes
Team Superman
Partnerships Wonder Woman, Batman
Notable aliases Gangbuster, Jordan Elliot, Nightwing, Supernova, Superboy, The Red Blue Blur, Superman Prime, Commander El
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, senses, intelligence, regeneration, longevity, super breath, heat vision, x-ray vision and flight
.Superman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero appearing in publications by DC Comics, widely considered to be an American cultural icon.^ Superman is a staple of American pop culture.
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^ Superman has come to be seen as both an American cultural icon [249] [250] and the first comic book superhero.
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^ It lists comic book characters and their religions.
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[1][2][3][4] .Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster in 1932 while both were living in Cleveland, Ohio, and sold to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1938, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games.^ Jerry and Joe were both Jewish.
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^ Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster not as a hero, but as a villain.
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^ The character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster [often mis-spelled "Joe Schuster"], both of whom were Jewish.
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.With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.^ With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.
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^ His adventures and popularity have established the character as an inspiring force within the public eye, with the character serving as inspiration for musicians, comedians and writers alike.
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^ Superhero comics are now established as the dominant genre in American comic book publishing,[112] with many thousands of characters in the tradition having been created in the years since Superman's creation.
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[1] .The character's appearance is distinctive and iconic: a blue, red and yellow costume, complete with cape, with a stylized "S" shield on his chest.^ The character's appearance is distinctive and iconic: a blue, red and yellow costume, complete with cape, with a stylized "S" shield on his chest.
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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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^ Superman restores his original, red-and-yellow S-shield.
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[5][6][7] .This shield is now typically used across media to symbolize the character.^ This shield is now typically used across media to symbolize the character.
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^ The "S" shield by itself is often used in media to symbolize the Superman character.
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^ This relationship has been consummated by marriage on numerous occasions across various media, and this union is now firmly established within mainstream comics' continuity.
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[8]
.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.^ Kal-El was born on the doomed planet Krypton to Jor-El and Lara .
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^ 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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^ He was originally rocketed to Earth by his Kryptonian parents, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van , to avoid the planet's destruction.
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.Discovered and adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent and imbued with a strong moral compass.^ Clark Kent was raised as a Methodist.
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^ Discovered and adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent and imbued with a strong moral compass.
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^ He is a Catholic, raised on strong Catholic morals.
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.Very early he started to display superhuman abilities, which upon reaching maturity he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity.^ Very early he started to display superhuman abilities, which upon reaching maturity he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity.
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^ A shape-shifter, J'onnz had used his abilities to appear as though he was humans, and readers (as intended) assumed that this was an alternative reality Clark Kent.
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^ By spinning rapidly in place, she can "see" past events, though the use of her ability is extremely taxing upon her.

.While referred to less than flatteringly as "the big blue Boy Scout" by some of his fellow superheroes,[9] Superman is hailed as "The Man of Steel", "The Man of Tomorrow", and "The Last Son of Krypton" by the general public within the comics.^ While referred to less than flatteringly as "the big blue Boy Scout" by some of his fellow superheroes,[9] Superman is hailed as "The Man of Steel", "The Man of Tomorrow", and "The Last Son of Krypton" by the general public within the comics.
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^ This is the Superman that lives right alongside Santa Claus and Bugs Bunny and Luke Skywalker in the inner lives of American children from the last few generations, the simple force of good wrapped in red and blue.
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^ Even as Jonathan awakes and tells Lois and Martha Superman has returned, sightings of four different beings, all claiming to be Superman, emerge in Metropolis: " The Man of Tomorrow ," " The Last Son of Krypton ," " The Man of Steel ," and " The Metropolis Kid ."
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.As Clark Kent, Superman lives among humans as a "mild-mannered reporter" for the Metropolis newspaper Daily Planet (Daily Star in the earliest stories).^ Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race."
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^ Superman and his alter-ego, Clark Kent .
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^ Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race.
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.There he works alongside reporter Lois Lane, with whom he is romantically linked.^ There he works alongside reporter Lois Lane, with whom he is romantically linked.
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^ For example, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are married there.
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^ Clark Kent works as a reporter for the Daily Planet along side his partner and wife Lois Lane , using his position at the news to keep him aware of disasters as they happen.
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.This relationship has been consummated by marriage on numerous occasions across various media, and this union is now firmly established within mainstream comics' continuity.^ This relationship has been consummated by marriage on numerous occasions across various media, and this union is now firmly established within mainstream comics' continuity.
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^ With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.
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^ The comic's characters have also appeared in various other media formats, including a long-running television comedy series.

.DC Comics/Warner Bros.^ The copyright is again currently in dispute, with changes in copyright law allowing Siegel's wife and daughter to claim a share of the copyright, a move DC parent company Warner Bros.
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^ DC Comics/Warner Bros.
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^ Does Warner bros Not respect DC Comics?
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slowly expanded the character's supporting cast, powers, and trappings throughout the years. .Superman's backstory was altered to allow for adventures as Superboy, and other survivors of Krypton were created, including Supergirl and Krypto the Superdog.^ Superman's backstory was altered to allow for adventures as Superboy, and other survivors of Krypton were created, including Supergirl and Krypto the Superdog.
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^ Incarnations of Supergirl, Krypto the Superdog, and Superboy have also been major characters in the mythos, as well as the Justice League of America (of which Superman is usually a member).
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^ Superman agrees and meets the Lex Luthor of that universe, a benevolent scientist responsible for creating the Matrix Supergirl.
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In addition, Superman has been licensed and adapted into a variety of media, from radio to television and film, perhaps most notably portrayed by Christopher Reeve in both Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie in 1978, and the sequel Superman II in 1981, which garnered critical praise and became Warner Bros.'s most successful feature films of their time. .However, the next two sequels, Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, did not perform as well at the box office.^ (He did recall thinking of Samson, as well as Hercules, as strong-men heroes that he "rolled into one" as Superman.
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^ However, after television became popular in the 1950s, box office revenues decreased for theatrical films, and short subjects.

^ It is well guarded, however, and Superman has to contend with red solar lamps.
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.The motion picture Superman Returns was released in 2006, which although relatively unsuccessful within the United States, returned a performance at the international box office which exceeded expectations.^ The motion picture Superman Returns was released in 2006, with a performance at the international box office which exceeded expectations.
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^ Superman pursues Ral-Dar all the way to Markovia, where the United States President is meeting with the Markovia president.
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^ In 2006 Superman is stripped of his powers,[75] although these are restored within a fictional year.
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[10] .In the seven decades since Superman's debut, the character has been revamped and updated several times.^ In the seven decades since Superman's debut, the character has been revamped and updated several times.
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^ After several adventures in outer space, Superman is picked up by Warworld and confronts Mongul for the first time.
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^ A significant overhaul occurred in 1986, when John Byrne revamped and "retconned" the character, reducing Superman's powers and erasing several characters from the canon, in a move that attracted media attention.
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.A significant overhaul occurred in 1986, when John Byrne revamped and "retconned" the character, reducing Superman's powers and erasing several characters from the canon, in a move that attracted media attention.^ A significant overhaul occurred in 1986, when John Byrne revamped and "retconned" the character, reducing Superman's powers and erasing several characters from the canon, in a move that attracted media attention.
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^ This occurred in late 1940, when new editor Whitney Ellsworth instituted a code of conduct for his characters to follow, banning Superman from ever killing.
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^ The character of Superman was rebooted and streamlined as well, led by popular writer/artist John Byrne.
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.Press coverage was again garnered by DC Comics in the 1990s with The Death of Superman, a storyline which saw the character killed (and later restored to life).^ Press coverage was again garnered by DC Comics in the 1990s with The Death of Superman, a storyline which saw the character killed and later restored to life.
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^ This occurred in late 1940, when new editor Whitney Ellsworth instituted a code of conduct for his characters to follow, banning Superman from ever killing.
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^ 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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.Superman has fascinated scholars, with cultural theorists, commentators, and critics alike exploring the character's impact and role in the United States and the rest of the world.^ Superman has fascinated scholars, with cultural theorists, commentators, and critics alike exploring the character's impact and role in the United States and the rest of the world.
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^ 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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^ Superman pursues Ral-Dar all the way to Markovia, where the United States President is meeting with the Markovia president.
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.Umberto Eco discussed the mythic qualities of the character in the early 1960s, and Larry Niven has pondered the implications of a sexual relationship the character might enjoy with Lois Lane.^ Umberto Eco discussed the mythic qualities of the character in the early 1960s, and Larry Niven has pondered the implications of a sexual relationship the character might enjoy with Lois Lane.
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^ You might enjoy "Baudolino" by Umberto Eco.
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^ Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton Wikia Entertainment Create a new wiki Log in Create an account Superman Wiki Log in to edit History Share Article Discussion .
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[11] .The character's ownership has often been the subject of dispute, with Siegel and Shuster twice suing for the return of legal ownership.^ The character's ownership has often been the subject of dispute, with Siegel and Shuster twice suing for the return of legal ownership.
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^ However Keaton did not pursue the collaboration, and soon Siegel and Shuster were back working together on the character again.
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^ Siegel and Shuster renegotiated their deal, but bad blood lingered and in 1947 Siegel and Shuster sued for their 1938 contract to be made void and the re-establishment of their ownership of the intellectual property rights to Superman.
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The copyright is again currently in dispute, with changes in copyright law allowing Siegel's wife and daughter to claim a share of the copyright, a move DC parent company Warner Bros. disputes.

Contents

Publication history

Creation and conception

"The Reign of the Super-Man" in the fanzine Science Fiction, #3 (June 1933).
.Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first created a bald telepathic villain bent on dominating the entire world.^ Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster not as a hero, but as a villain.
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^ Consider: created by two Jewish boys, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
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^ (June 1933).Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first created a bald telepathic villain bent on dominating the entire world.
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He appeared in the short story "The Reign of the Super-Man" from Science Fiction #3, a science fiction fanzine that Siegel published in 1933.[12] Siegel re-wrote the character in 1933 as a hero, bearing little or no resemblance to his villainous namesake, modeling the hero on Douglas .Fairbanks Sr. and his bespectacled alter ego, Clark Kent, on Harold Lloyd.^ Superman and his alter-ego, Clark Kent .
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^ His alter ego is Clark Kent.
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^ But Superman was born Superman - his alter ego is Clark Kent.
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[13][14] .Siegel and Shuster then began a six-year quest to find a publisher.^ Siegel and Shuster then began a six-year quest to find a publisher.
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^ Initially Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster would provide the story and art for all the strips published.
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^ I believe that any person with a strong background in and understanding of Jewish tradition would find it hard to dispute the Jewish flavor of Superman as he was presented by Siegel and Shuster.
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.Titling it The Superman, Siegel and Shuster offered it to Consolidated Book Publishing, who had published a 48-page black-and-white comic book entitled Detective Dan: Secret Operative No.^ Titling it The Superman, Siegel and Shuster offered it to Consolidated Book Publishing, who had published a 48-page black-and-white comic book entitled Detective Dan: Secret Operative No.
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^ 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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^ With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.
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. .Although the duo received an encouraging letter, Consolidated never again published comic books.^ Although the duo received an encouraging letter, Consolidated never again published comic books.
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^ Never mix comic book geeks (myself included) and religion.
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^ The identification of a comic book character's religious affiliation is never based on the religious affiliation of the actors who portray the character.
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.Shuster took this to heart and burned all pages of the story, the cover surviving only because Siegel rescued it from the fire.^ Shuster took this to heart and burned all pages of the story, the cover surviving only because Siegel rescued it from the fire.
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^ However Siegel and Shuster ignored this, utilizing their own experience and ideas to create page layouts, with Siegel also identifying the image used for the cover of Action Comics #1 (June 1938), Superman's first appearance.
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^ Finnegan only has an audience at all because of its ability to make it worth the reader's while to make the effort.
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.Siegel and Shuster each compared this character to Slam Bradley, an adventurer the pair had created for Detective Comics #1 (May 1939).^ Siegel and Shuster each compared this character to Slam Bradley, an adventurer the pair had created for Detective Comics #1 (May 1939).
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^ With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.
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^ Having Jerry Siegel, who was Jewish, dressed as a minister may have struck some readers as peculiar, but the point was to honor the creator of the character on the long-awaited blessed occasion of his marriage to Lois Lane.
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[15]
.Siegel contacted other artists to collaborate on the strip, according to Gerard Jones feeling that "Superman was going nowhere with Joe".[16] Tony Strobl, Mel Graff and Russell Keaton were all contacted as potential collaborators by Siegel.^ Tony Strobl, Mel Graff and Russell Keaton were all contacted as potential collaborators by Siegel.
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^ Siegel contacted other artists to collaborate on the strip, according to Gerard Jones feeling that "Superman was going nowhere with Joe".
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^ If religion's going to be a part of Superman at all, DC's old dodge of making Superman Jewish and Clark Methodist isn't a bad compromise.
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[16] .Artwork produced by Keaton based on Siegel's treatment shows the concept evolving.^ Artwork produced by Keaton based on Siegel's treatment shows the concept evolving.
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.Superman is now sent back in time as a baby by the last man on Earth, where he is found and raised by Sam and Molly Kent.^ Therefore, the baby was sent alone to Earth , the last son of Krypton.
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^ Therefore, the baby was sent alone to Earth, the last son of Krypton.
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^ Superman is now sent back in time as a baby by the last man on Earth, where he is found and raised by Sam and Molly Kent.
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[17] .However Keaton did not pursue the collaboration, and soon Siegel and Shuster were back working together on the character.^ However Keaton did not pursue the collaboration, and soon Siegel and Shuster were back working together on the character again.
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^ DC soon took Siegel's and Shuster's names off the byline.
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^ However, this time a clause was inserted into the extension to allow a creator to reclaim their work, reflecting the arguments Siegel and Shuster had made in 1973.
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[16]
.The pair re-envisioned the character, who became more of a hero in the mythic tradition, inspired by such characters as Samson and Hercules,[18] who would right the wrongs of Siegel and Shuster's times, fighting for social justice and against tyranny.^ Siegel himself noted that the many mythic heroes which exist in the traditions of many cultures bore an influence on the character, including Hercules and Samson.
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^ The pair re-envisioned the character, who became more of a hero in the mythic tradition, inspired by such characters as Samson and Hercules,[18] who would right the wrongs of Siegel and Shuster's times, fighting for social justice and against tyranny.
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^ 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.
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.It was at this stage the costume was introduced, Siegel later recalling that they created a "kind of costume and let's give him a big S on his chest, and a cape, make him as colorful as we can and as distinctive as we can."^ It was at this stage the costume was introduced, Siegel later recalling that they created a "kind of costume and let's give him a big S on his chest, and a cape, make him as colorful as we can and as distinctive as we can."
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^ Later they created Orgazmo, a comedy about a Mormon starring in a pornographic movie, which found distribution thanks to the success of South Park later that same year.

^ Maybe they meant him to be a mix of Everyman (by putting him in America's heartland) and Uberman (by giving him super-powers).
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[5] .The design was based in part on the costumes worn by characters in outer space settings published in pulp magazines, as well as comic strips such as Flash Gordon,[19] and also partly suggested by the traditional circus strong-man outfit.^ The design was based in part on the costumes worn by characters in outer space settings published in pulp magazines, as well as comic strips such as Flash Gordon,[19] and also partly suggested by the traditional circus strong-man outfit.
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^ Some interpret Master Splinter as being based on Master Yoda and Shredder as being based on Darth Vader, due to analogous demeanor and appearance between the two sets of characters.

^ Yes, Siegel and Shuster were Jewish, and Superman was based on the stories of Moses and Samson as well as Flash Gordon and Hercules.
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[5][20] .However, the cape has been noted as being markedly different from the Victorian tradition.^ However, the cape has been noted as being markedly different from the Victorian tradition.
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.Gary Engle described it as without "precedent in popular culture" in Superman at Fifty: The Persistence of a Legend.^ Gary Engle described it as without "precedent in popular culture" in Superman at Fifty: The Persistence of a Legend.
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^ Gary Engle saw the "myth of Superman [asserting] with total confidence and a childlike innocence the value of the immigrant in American culture."
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^ Superman at Fifty: The Persistence of a Legend.
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[21] .The circus performer's shorts-over-tights outfit was soon established as the basis for many future superhero outfits.^ The pants-over-tights outfit was soon established as the basis for many future superhero outfits.
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.This third version of the character was given extraordinary abilities, although this time of a physical nature as opposed to the mental abilities of the villainous Superman.^ This third version of the character was given extraordinary abilities, although this time of a physical nature as opposed to the mental abilities of the villainous Superman.
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^ STAR Laboratories has not been able to complete define how Superman has been able to utilize his powerful senses, part of the mechanism is physical, part of it is believed to be psionic in nature.
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^ Although the writer, Joe Michael Stracznyski, is an avowed atheist, he has written the most human and religious characters that I have seen in a long time.
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[5]
.The locale and the hero's civilian names were inspired by the movies, Shuster said in 1983. "Jerry created all the names.^ Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster not as a hero, but as a villain.
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^ The locale and the hero's civilian names were inspired by the movies, Shuster said in 1983.
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^ "Jerry created all the names.
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.We were great movie fans, and were inspired a lot by the actors and actresses we saw.^ We were great movie fans, and were inspired a lot by the actors and actresses we saw.
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.As for Clark Kent, he combined the names of Clark Gable and Kent Taylor.^ His actual Kryptonian name is Kal-El , but on Earth he goes by his human name of Clark Kent .
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^ Clark Kent, only a Jew would pick a name like that for himself."
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^ Clark Kent is a fairly Jewish name.
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And Metropolis, the city in which Superman operated, came from the Fritz Lang movie [Metropolis, 1927], which we both loved".[22]
.Although they were by now selling material to comic book publishers, notably Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Publishing, the pair decided to feature this character in a comic strip format, rather than in the longer comic book story format that was establishing itself at this time.^ These are now the only new stories featuring the Futurama characters.

^ The comics are A5-size and now published 4 times a year.

^ Although they were by now selling material to comic book publishers, notably Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Publishing, the pair decided to feature this character in a comic strip format, rather than in the longer comic book story format that was establishing itself at this time.
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.They offered it to both Max Gaines, who passed, and to United Feature Syndicate, who expressed interest initially but finally rejected the strip in a letter dated February 18, 1937. However, in what historian Les Daniels describes as "an incredibly convoluted turn of events", Max Gaines ended up positioning the strip as the lead feature in Wheeler-Nicholson's new publication, Action Comics.^ They offered it to both Max Gaines, who passed, and to United Feature Syndicate, who expressed interest initially but finally rejected the strip in a letter dated February 18, 1937.
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^ However, in what historian Les Daniels describes as "an incredibly convoluted turn of events", Max Gaines ended up positioning the strip as the lead feature in Wheeler-Nicholson's new publication, Action Comics.
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^ When his work was picked up by United Feature Syndicate, they decided to go for the new comic strip he had been working on.

.Vin Sullivan, editor of the new book, wrote to the pair requesting that the comic strips be refashioned to suit the comic book format, requesting "eight panels a page". However Siegel and Shuster ignored this, utilizing their own experience and ideas to create page layouts, with Siegel also identifying the image used for the cover of Action Comics #1 (June 1938), Superman's first appearance.^ However Siegel and Shuster ignored this, utilizing their own experience and ideas to create page layouts, with Siegel also identifying the image used for the cover of Action Comics #1 (June 1938), Superman's first appearance.
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^ Cover art by Joe Shuster.Superman's first appearance was in Action Comics #1, in 1938.
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^ Publication See also: List of Superman comics Superman making his debut in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).
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[23] In February 2010, an original Action Comics #1 was sold at auction for $1,000,000.[24]
.Siegel may have been inspired to create the Superman character due to the death of his father.^ Siegel may have been inspired to create the Superman character due to the death of his father.
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^ Having Jerry Siegel, who was Jewish, dressed as a minister may have struck some readers as peculiar, but the point was to honor the creator of the character on the long-awaited blessed occasion of his marriage to Lois Lane.
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^ This may be an attempt to honor the fact that the writer and artist who created the character were Jewish.
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.Mitchell Siegel was an immigrant who owned a clothing store on New York's Lower East Side.^ Mitchell Siegel was an immigrant who owned a clothing store on New York's Lower East Side.
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^ He was invented in the 1930s by two immigrant kids in New York whose parents had emigrated from the old country.
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^ Two Jewish immigrant kids from New York, whose parents had fled to America to make new lives for themselves.
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.He died during a robbery attempt in 1932, a year before Superman was created.^ He died during a robbery attempt in 1932, a year before Superman was created.
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^ So I could completely understand if a (say) eight-year-old Jewish kid is reading Superman, finds that the creators are Jewish, and applies that to the hero himself.
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^ "The crime that created Superman: Did fatal robbery spawn Man of Steel?".
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.Although Siegel never mentioned the death of his father in interviews, both Gerard Jones and Brad Meltzer believe it must have affected him.^ Although Siegel never mentioned the death of his father in interviews, both Gerard Jones and Brad Meltzer believe it must have affected him.
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^ Instead, Harry must deal with the knowledge that he has been targeted by Sirius Black, an escaped murderer believed to have assisted in the deaths of Harry's parents.
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^ Siegel may have been inspired to create the Superman character due to the death of his father.
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."It had to have an effect," says Jones.^ "It had to have an effect," says Jones.
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."There's a connection there: the loss of a dad as a source for Superman."^ "There's a connection there: the loss of a dad as a source for Superman."
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^ This leaves Zod pleased and Superman concerned that there could be a loss of life on his watch.
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.Meltzer states: "Your father dies in a robbery, and you invent a bulletproof man who becomes the world's greatest hero.^ Meltzer states: "Your father dies in a robbery, and you invent a bulletproof man who becomes the world's greatest hero.
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^ "We're the ones who invented you."
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^ For those who don't "get it", you can read "The Gospel According to The World's Greatest Superhero."
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.I'm sorry, but there's a story there."^ I'm sorry, but there's a story there."
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[25]

Publication

.
Superman making his debut in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).
^ Publication See also: List of Superman comics Superman making his debut in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).
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^ The revised Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1, June 1938.
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^ 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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Cover art by Joe Shuster.
.Superman's first appearance was in Action Comics #1, in 1938. In 1939, a self-titled series was launched.^ Cover art by Joe Shuster.Superman's first appearance was in Action Comics #1, in 1938.
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^ The revised Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1, June 1938.
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^ In 1939, a self-titled series was launched.
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.The first issue mainly reprinted adventures published in Action Comics, but despite this the book achieved greater sales.^ The first issue mainly reprinted adventures published in Action Comics, but despite this the book achieved greater sales.
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^ In 1956 Daffy Duck assumes the mantle of "Cluck Trent" in the short "Stupor Duck", a role later reprised in various issues of the Looney Tunes comic book.
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^ With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.
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[26] .The year 1939 also saw the publication of New York World's Fair Comics, which by summer of 1942 became World's Finest Comics.^ New York World's Fair Comics, which by summer of 1942 became World's Finest Comics.
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^ World's Finest Comics, and the Superman title renamed Adventures of Superman.
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^ When paired, they are often referred to as the "World's Finest" in a nod to the name of the comic book series that features many team-up stories.
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.With issue #7 of All Star Comics, Superman made the first of a number of infrequent appearances, on this occasion appearing in cameo to establish his honorary membership in the Justice Society of America.^ Keep in mind that all of this is within days of Superman’s first appearance.
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^ With issue #7 of All Star Comics, Superman made the first of a number of infrequent appearances, on this occasion appearing in cameo to establish his honorary membership of the Justice Society of America.
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^ 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.
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[27]
.Initially Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster provided the story and art for all the strips published.^ Initially Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster would provide the story and art for all the strips published.
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^ 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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^ Andrae, Nemo (online version): "Superman Through the Ages: The Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster Interview, Part 8 of 10" (1983).
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.However, Shuster's eyesight began to deteriorate, and the increasing appearances of the character meant an increase in the workload.^ However, Shuster's eyesight began to deteriorate, and the increasing appearances of the character saw an increase in the workload.
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^ 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.

^ However Keaton did not pursue the collaboration, and soon Siegel and Shuster were back working together on the character again.
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.This led Shuster to establish a studio to assist in the production of the art,[26] although he insisted on drawing the face of every Superman the studio produced.^ This led Shuster to establish a studio to assist in the production of the art,[25] although he insisted on drawing the face of every Superman the studio produced.
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^ 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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^ Another strong influence was the acclaimed Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios.

.Outside the studio, Jack Burnley began supplying covers and stories in 1940,[28] and in 1941 artist Fred Ray began contributing a stream of Superman covers, some of which, such as that of Superman #14 (Feb.^ Outside the studio, Jack Burnley began supplying covers and stories in 1940,[27] and in 1941, artist Fred Ray began contributing a stream of Superman covers, some of which, such as that of Superman #14 (Feb.
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^ 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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^ The Newsweek article quotes scholars that compare Superman to Jesus, as well as scholars that identify Superman as Methodist, and some that say there are Jewish themes in the character's stories.
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1942), became iconic and much reproduced. .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.^ 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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^ Don Cameron and Alvin Schwartz joined the writing team, Schwartz teaming up with Wayne Boring to work on the Superman comic strip which had been launched by Siegel and Shuster in 1939.
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^ 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.
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[29] .Al Plastino was hired initially to copy Wayne Boring but was eventually allowed to create his own style and became one of the most prolific Superman artists during the Gold and Silver Ages of comics.^ Al Plastino was hired initially to copy Wayne Boring but was eventually allowed to create his own style and became one of the most prolific Superman artists during the Gold and Silver Ages of comics.
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^ 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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^ Most of the creators and artists who really founded the comics medium were and are Jewish.
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[30]
.The scripting duties also became shared.^ The scripting duties also became shared.
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.In late 1939 a new editorial team assumed control of the character's adventures.^ In late 1939 a new editorial team assumed control of the character's adventures.
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^ This occurred in late 1940, when new editor Whitney Ellsworth instituted a code of conduct for his characters to follow, banning Superman from ever killing.
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^ This new editorial team brought in Edmond Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman, and Alfred Bester, established writers of science fiction.
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.Whitney Ellsworth, Mort Weisinger and Jack Schiff were brought in following Vin Sullivan's departure.^ Whitney Ellsworth, Mort Weisinger and Jack Schiff were brought in following Vin Sullivan's departure.
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^ This occurred in late 1940, when new editor Whitney Ellsworth instituted a code of conduct for his characters to follow, banning Superman from ever killing.
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^ Batman was the first to follow, Bob Kane commenting to Vin Sullivan that given the "kind of money (Siegel and Shuster were earning) you'll have one on Monday".
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.This new editorial team brought in Edmond Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman, and Alfred Bester, established writers of science fiction.^ This new editorial team brought in Edmond Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman, and Alfred Bester, established writers of science fiction.
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^ In late 1939 a new editorial team assumed control of the character's adventures.
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[31]
.By 1943, Jerry Siegel was drafted into the army in a special celebration, and as a result his contributions diminished.^ By 1943, Jerry Siegel was drafted into the army in a special celebration, and his duties there saw high contributions drop.
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Don Cameron and Alvin Schwartz joined the writing team, Schwartz teaming up with Wayne Boring to work on the Superman comic strip, which had been launched by Siegel and Shuster in 1939.[29]
.In 1945, Superboy made his debut in More Fun Comics #101. The character moved to Adventure Comics in 1946, and his own title, Superboy, was launched in 1949. The 1950s saw the launching of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954) and Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane (1958).^ World's Finest Comics, and the Superman title renamed Adventures of Superman.
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^ The 1950s saw the launching of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954) and Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane (1958).
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^ Lois decides to accompany Superman on this adventure.
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.By 1974 these titles had merged into Superman Family, although the series was cancelled in 1982. DC Comics Presents was a series published from 1978 to 1986 featuring team-ups between Superman and a wide variety of other characters of the DC Universe.^ By 1974 these titles had merged into Superman Family, although the series was cancelled in 1982.
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^ The Archie Comics series was published between 1988 and 1995.

^ DC Comics Presents was a series published from 1978 to 1986 featuring team-ups between Superman and a wide variety of other characters of the DC Universe.
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.In 1986, a decision was taken to restructure the universe the Superman character inhabited with other DC characters in the mini-series Crisis on Infinite Earths, resulting in the publication of "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow", a two-part story written by Alan Moore, with art by Curt Swan, George Pérez and Kurt Schaffenberger.^ Alan Moore deals with that with the nearly Superman like character.
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^ This saw the publication of "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow", a two part story written by Alan Moore, with art by Curt Swan, George Pérez and Kurt Schaffenberger.
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^ As part of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover storyline, DC Comics revamped and streamlined the entire DC Universe.
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[32] .The story was published in Superman #423 and Action Comics #583 and presented what Les Daniels notes as "the sense of loss the fans might have experienced if this had really been the last Superman tale."^ The story was published in Superman #423 and Action Comics #583, and presented what Les Daniels notes as "the sense of loss the fans might have experienced if this had really been the last Superman tale."
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^ 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.
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^ 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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[33]
Superman's origin is reimagined in The Man of Steel #1 (July 1986), written and drawn by John Byrne.
.Superman was relaunched by writer & artist John Byrne, initially in the limited series The Man of Steel (1986).^ Superman's origin is reimagined in The Man of Steel #1 (July 1986), written and drawn by John Byrne.Superman was relaunched by writer & artist John Byrne, initially in the limited series The Man of Steel (1986).
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^ Superman: The Man of Steel #82 Superman, thrown into the past, helps save Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in the 1940s, before being flung back into 1998.
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^ The character of Superman was rebooted and streamlined as well, led by popular writer/artist John Byrne.
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.The year 1986 also saw the cancellation of World's Finest Comics, and the Superman title renamed Adventures of Superman.^ This cancellation saw Adventures of Superman revert to the Superman title.
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^ World's Finest Comics, and the Superman title renamed Adventures of Superman.
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^ Superman needing help was the backbone of World's Finest Comics, and he was prone to moral failures and oversights, as in Elliot Maggin's "Must There be a Superman?"
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.A second volume of Superman was launched in 1987, running until cancellation in 2006. After this cancellation, Adventures of Superman reverted to the Superman title.^ This cancellation saw Adventures of Superman revert to the Superman title.
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^ A second volume of Superman was launched in 1987, running until cancellation in 2006.
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^ In 2001, the Smallville television series launched, focussing on the adventures of Clark Kent as a teenager before he dons the mantle of Superman.
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.Superman: The Man of Steel was launched in 1991, running until 2003, while the quarterly book Superman: The Man of Tomorrow ran from 1995 to 1999. In 2003 Superman/Batman was 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).^ A second volume of Superman was launched in 1987, running until cancellation in 2006.
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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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^ Superman: The Man of Steel was launched in 1991, running until 2003, whilst the quarterly book Superman: The Man of Tomorrow ran from 1995 to 1999.
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.He also appeared in the TV animated series-based comic book tie-ins Superman Adventures (1996–2002), Justice League Adventures, Justice League Unlimited (canceled in 2008) and The Legion of Super-Heroes In The 31st Century (canceled in 2008).^ Superman is the archetypal costumed super-hero.
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^ The Adventures of Tintin is an animated television series based on the Tintin series of books by Herg辿.

^ Legion of Super-Heroes members .
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.Current ongoing publications that feature Superman on a regular basis are Superman, Action Comics, Superman/Batman and Justice League of America.^ Current ongoing publications that feature Superman on a regular basis are Superman, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, Superman/Batman, and Justice League of America.
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^ Justice League of America members .
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^ As for Superman: when anyone mentions him, I have to ask: WHICH SUPERMAN ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? Forget his close to 70 year history: THIS YEAR ALONE, the public will see the new movie, the ongoing SMALLVILLE TV series, TWO seperate animated versions (the just-ended JUSTICE LEAGUE series, and the upcoming LEGION OF SUPERHEROES fall series), and the comic book version- which just ended a storyline (INFINITE CRISIS) featuring multiple incarnations of the character!
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.The character often appears as a guest star in other series and is usually a pivotal figure in DC crossover events.^ The character often appears as a guest star in other series and is usually a pivotal figure in DC crossover events.
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^ 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.
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^ 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.

Influences

.An influence on early Superman stories is the context of the Great Depression.^ Influences An influence on early Superman stories is the context of the Great Depression.
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^ Though, I have to agree with Chadders that their Jewish upbringing, or whatever type of influence was had from their religious culture, definitely influenced some early aspects of Superman.
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^ He argues that Superman's early stories portray a threat: "the possibility that the exile would overwhelm the country."
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.The left-leaning perspective of creators Shuster and Siegel is reflected in early storylines.^ The left-leaning perspective of creators Shuster and Siegel is reflected in early storylines.
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^ And that's part of the problem I have with past creators going around saying what they think S&S [Siegel and Shuster] were doing, instead of just asking them to begin with while they were still alive.
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^ However, this time a clause was inserted into the extension to allow a creator to reclaim their work, reflecting the arguments Siegel and Shuster had made in 1973.
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.Superman took on the role of social activist, fighting crooked businessmen and politicians and demolishing run-down tenements.^ Superman took on the role of social activist, fighting crooked businessmen and politicians and demolishing run-down tenements.
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^ Superman's role in tracking down the killer is minor, though he does assist in bringing down Deadshot and some other thugs.
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[34] .This is seen by comics scholar Roger Sabin as a reflection of "the liberal idealism of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal", with Shuster and Siegel initially portraying Superman as champion to a variety of social causes.^ This is seen by comics scholar Roger Sabin as a reflection of "the liberal idealism of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal", with Shuster and Siegel initially portraying Superman as champion to a variety of social causes.
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^ Don Cameron and Alvin Schwartz joined the writing team, Schwartz teaming up with Wayne Boring to work on the Superman comic strip which had been launched by Siegel and Shuster in 1939.
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^ 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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[35] .In later Superman radio programs the character continued to take on such issues, tackling a version of the KKK in a 1946 broadcast.^ In later Superman radio programs the character continued to take on such issues, tackling a version of the KKK in a 1946 broadcast.
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^ 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.
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^ Originally conceived as an animated version of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the show was forced to create original characters due to copyright issues.

[36][37] .Siegel and Shuster's status as children of Jewish immigrants is also thought to have influenced their work.^ I think Siegel and Shuster were Jewish immigrants themselves, weren't they?
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^ Siegel and Shuster's status as children of Jewish immigrants is also thought to have influenced their work.
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^ All of these people were secular Jews and Siegal and Shuster disavowed or downplayed any influence of relgious Judaism on their works.
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.Timothy Aaron Pevey has argued that they crafted "an immigrant figure whose desire was to fit into American culture as an American", something which Pevey feels taps into an important aspect of American identity.^ Timothy Aaron Pevey has argued that they crafted "an immigrant figure whose desire was to fit into American culture as an American", something which Pevey feels taps into an important aspect of American identity.
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^ Timothy Aaron Pevey has argued other aspects of the story reinforce the acceptance of the American dream.
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^ Children of immigrant Jews, Siegel and Shuster were not unlike many in their generation in their desire to fit in to the general goyim population.
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[38]
.Siegel himself noted that the mythic heroes in the traditions of many cultures bore an influence on the character, including Hercules and Samson.^ Siegel himself noted that the many mythic heroes which exist in the traditions of many cultures bore an influence on the character, including Hercules and Samson.
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^ The pair re-envisioned the character, who became more of a hero in the mythic tradition, inspired by such characters as Samson and Hercules,[18] who would right the wrongs of Siegel and Shuster's times, fighting for social justice and against tyranny.
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^ (He did recall thinking of Samson, as well as Hercules, as strong-men heroes that he "rolled into one" as Superman.
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[5] .The character has also been seen by Scott Bukatman to be "a worthy successor to Lindberg ...^ The character has also been seen by Scott Bukatman to be "a worthy successor to Lindberg ...
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(and) also ... like .Babe Ruth", and is also representative of the United States dedication to "progress and the 'new'" through his "invulnerable body ...^ Babe Ruth", and is also representative of the United States dedication to "progress and the 'new'" through his "invulnerable body ...
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^ The Transformers toyline was developed by Hasbro after they met up with Takara representatives at the 1983 New York Toyfair and decided to combine and re-brand Takara's Diaclone and Micro Change toylines into the Transformers for release in the United States.

on which history cannot be inscribed."[39] .Further, given that Siegel and Shuster were noted fans of pulp science fiction,[12] it has been suggested that another influence may have been Hugo Danner.^ Further, given that Siegel and Shuster were noted fans of pulp science fiction,[12] it has been suggested that another influence may have been Hugo Danner.
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^ Les Daniels has speculated that "Siegel picked up the term from other science fiction writers who had casually employed it", further noting that "his concept is remembered by hundreds of millions who may barely know who Nietzsche is."
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^ He appeared in the short story "The Reign of the Super-Man" from Science Fiction #3, a science fiction fanzine that Siegel published in 1933.
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.Danner was the main character of the 1930 novel Gladiator by Philip Wylie, and is possessed of the same powers of the early Superman.^ Danner was the main character of the 1930 novel Gladiator by Philip Wylie, and is possessed of same powers of the early Superman.
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^ 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.
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^ In 1935, their Superman story was again rejected by newspaper syndicates wanting to avoid lawsuits, who recognized the character as being a slightly altered Hugo Danner, the lead character from Philip Wylie's 1930 novel Gladiator.
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[40]
.Comics creator and historian Jim Steranko has cited the pulp hero Doc Savage as another likely source of inspiration, noting similarities between Shuster's initial art and contemporary advertisements for Doc Savage: "Initially, Superman was a variation of pulp heavyweight Doc Savage".[41] Steranko argued that the pulps played a major part in shaping the initial concept: "Siegel's Superman concept embodied and amalgamated three separate and distinct themes: the visitor from another planet, the superhuman being and the dual identity.^ Other sources cited as inspirations include Doc Savage and The Shadow.
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^ Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster not as a hero, but as a villain.
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^ Shuster has remarked on the artists which played an important part in the development of his own style, whilst also noting a larger influence: "Alex Raymond and Burne Hogarth were my idols — also Milt Caniff, Hal Foster, and Roy Crane.
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.He composed the Superman charisma by exploiting all three elements, and all three contributed equally to the eventual success of the strip.^ DC is willing to go to attempt to disassociate Superman from religion ( For Tomorrow excluded), I'm sure that whatever Jewish elements may have been there have been blended so Superman is appealing to all religions.
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^ All of the Hanna and Barbera cartoons were produced in three-strip Technicolor; the 1960s entries were done in Metrocolor.

^ I love all people equal and it just stuff like this they are trying to figure out about Superman that makes me sick.
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His inspiration, of course, came from the science fiction pulps",[41] identifying another pulp likely to have influenced the pair as being "John W. Campbell's Aarn Munro stories about a descendant of earthmen raised on the planet Jupiter who, because of the planet's dense gravity, is a mental and physical superman on Earth."[41]
.Because Siegel and Shuster were both Jewish, some religious commentators and pop-culture scholars such as Rabbi Simcha Weinstein and British novelist Howard Jacobson suggest that Superman's creation was partly influenced by Moses,[42][43] and other Jewish elements.^ Superman was based partly on Moses.
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^ Siegel and Shuster are on record as saying that Superman is Jewish.
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^ I'm saying the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (both Jews) intended for Superman to be Jewish.
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.Superman's Kryptonian name, "Kal-El", resembles the Hebrew words קל-אל, which can be taken to mean "voice of God".[44][45].^ His name, Kal-El is very Jewish sounding.
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^ For the sake of what I'm sort of getting at here, though, thinking of Superman as Kal-El, Hebrew for "vessel of God", roughly, it might not be so difficult to imagine Superman as some impartially loving messianic being from a distant planet.
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^ Posted: May 1, 2006 12:50 AM re: "Kal-El" actually translates from Hebrew to 'all that is God.'"
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.The suffix "el", meaning "(of) God"[46] is also found in the name of angels (e.g.^ His "true name" is Kal-El, which in Hebrew basically translates as "Man-God."
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^ Superman's native Kryptonian name is Kal-El - and "el" is Hebrew for "of God" and comes at the end of many angels' names...
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^ His father's name is JOR-EL: another early Hebraic name for God was YAH (and sometimes the Y could be replaced by a J).
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.Gabriel, Ariel), who are flying humanoid agents of good with superhuman powers.^ Gabriel, Ariel), who are flying humanoid agents of good with superhuman powers.
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.Jewish legends of the Golem have been cited as worthy of comparison,[47] a Golem being a mythical being created to protect and serve the persecuted Jews of 16th century Prague and later revived in popular culture in reference to their suffering at the hands of the Nazis in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.^ Jewish legends of the Golem have been cited as worthy of comparison,[45] a Golem being a mythical being created to protect and serve the persecuted Jews of 16th century Prague and later revived in popular culture in reference to their suffering at the hands of the Nazis in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.
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^ Some say he [Superman] is Jewish, as he was created by two Jewish cartoonists and could be viewed as part of the golem myth - the legend created to protect persecuted Jews in 16th-century Prague.
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^ Some say he is Jewish, as he was created by two Jewish cartoonists and could be viewed as part of the golem myth - the legend created to protect persecuted Jews in 16th-century Prague.
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.Superman is often seen as being an analogy for Jesus, being a saviour of humanity.^ Superman is often seen as being an analogy for Jesus, being a saviour of humanity.
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^ Superman as a character is still seen as being as relevant now as he has been in the seventy years of his existence.
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^ I can see Rao in the context of Kryptonians who grew up on Krypton and identify as Kryptonians, but the Byrne Superman identifies with human beings first.
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[35][43][47][48]
.Whilst the term Superman was initially coined by Friedrich Nietzsche, it is unclear how influential Nietzsche and his ideals were to Siegel and Shuster.^ Whilst the term Superman was initially coined by Nietzsche, it is unclear how influential Nietzsche and his ideals were to Siegel and Shuster.
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^ Don Cameron and Alvin Schwartz joined the writing team, Schwartz teaming up with Wayne Boring to work on the Superman comic strip which had been launched by Siegel and Shuster in 1939.
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^ 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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[43] .Les Daniels has speculated that "Siegel picked up the term from other science fiction writers who had casually employed it", further noting that "his concept is remembered by hundreds of millions who may barely know who Nietzsche is."^ Les Daniels has speculated that "Siegel picked up the term from other science fiction writers who had casually employed it", further noting that "his concept is remembered by hundreds of millions who may barely know who Nietzsche is."
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^ This new editorial team brought in Edmond Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman, and Alfred Bester, established writers of science fiction.
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^ He appeared in the short story "The Reign of the Super-Man" from Science Fiction #3, a science fiction fanzine that Siegel published in 1933.
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[5] .Others argue that Siegel and Shuster "could not have been unaware of an idea that would dominate Hitler's National Socialism.^ Others argue that Siegel and Shuster "could not have been unaware of an idea that would dominate Hitler's National Socialism.
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^ If I were interested in political polemic or social ideas, I would not turn to fiction to feed those interests.
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^ Siegel and Shuster managed to subvert Nietzsche's and Hitler's concept of "Superman" so that, in short order, the word came primarily to mean something quite opposite.
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.The concept was certainly well discussed."^ The concept was certainly well discussed."
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[49] .Yet Jacobson and others point out that in many ways Superman and the Übermensch are polar opposites.^ Superman points out that this "isn't science."
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^ Yet Jacobson and others point out that in many ways Superman and the Übermensch are polar opposites.
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^ Point of the post: I never thought Superman was anything but raised Christian, and I think that's completely supportable, while other evidence seems weak to me.
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[42] .Nietzsche envisioned the Übermensch as a man who had transcended the limitations of society, religion, and conventional morality while still being fundamentally human.^ Nietzsche envisioned the Übermensch as a man who had transcended the limitations of society, religion, and conventional morality while still being fundamentally human.
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^ 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.
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^ Superman's new form was a blue and white energy being who could still fly (faster than ever) but who possessed far different abilities than traditionally associated with the Man of Steel.
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.Superman, although an alien gifted with incredible powers, chooses to honor human moral codes and social mores.^ Superman, although an alien gifted with incredible powers, chooses to honor human moral codes and social mores.
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^ A kryptonian w/ human qualities and powers = Superman .
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^ In 2006 Superman is stripped of his powers,[75] although these are restored within a fictional year.
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.Nietzsche envisioned the perfect man as being beyond moral codes; Siegel and Shuster envisioned the perfect man as holding himself to a higher standard of adherence to them.^ Nietzsche envisioned the perfect man as being beyond moral codes; Siegel and Shuster envisioned the perfect man as holding himself to a higher standard of adherence to them.
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^ Siegel and Shuster managed to subvert Nietzsche's and Hitler's concept of "Superman" so that, in short order, the word came primarily to mean something quite opposite.
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^ Whilst the term Superman was initially coined by Nietzsche, it is unclear how influential Nietzsche and his ideals were to Siegel and Shuster.
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[50]
.Siegel and Shuster have themselves discussed a number of influences that impacted upon the character.^ Siegel and Shuster have themselves discussed a number of influences that impacted upon the character.
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^ However Keaton did not pursue the collaboration, and soon Siegel and Shuster were back working together on the character again.
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^ Further, given that Siegel and Shuster were noted fans of pulp science fiction,[12] it has been suggested that another influence may have been Hugo Danner.
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.Both were avid readers, and their mutual love of science fiction helped to drive their friendship.^ Both were avid readers, and their mutual love of science fiction helped to drive their friendship.
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^ Superman's enemies would include both the supernatural and the science fictional.
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.Siegel cited John Carter stories as an influence: "Carter was able to leap great distances because the planet Mars was smaller that the planet Earth; and he had great strength.^ Siegel cited John Carter stories as an influence: "Carter was able to leap great distances because the planet Mars was smaller that the planet Earth; and he had great strength.
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^ Influences An influence on early Superman stories is the context of the Great Depression.
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^ Amy Wong (Lauren Tom) - an intern at Planet Express (supposedly kept around because she shares the professor's blood type) and heir to half of Mars.

.I visualized the planet Krypton as a huge planet, much larger than Earth".[22] The pair were also avid collectors of comic strips in their youth, cutting them from the newspaper, with Winsor McKay's Little Nemo firing their imagination with its sense of fantasy.^ The pair were also avid collectors of comic strips in their youth, cutting them from the newspaper, with Winsor McKay's Little Nemo firing their imagination with its sense of fantasy.
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^ I visualized the planet Krypton as a huge planet, much larger than Earth".
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^ And aside from these rare, overt (and often clumsy) efforts at politics, I find superhero comics to be much more conservative than you do.
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[51] .Shuster has remarked on the artists which played an important part in the development of his own style, whilst also noting a larger influence: "Alex Raymond and Burne Hogarth were my idols — also Milt Caniff, Hal Foster, and Roy Crane.^ Shuster has remarked on the artists which played an important part in the development of his own style, whilst also noting a larger influence: "Alex Raymond and Burne Hogarth were my idols — also Milt Caniff, Hal Foster, and Roy Crane.
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^ Music plays a very important part in the shorts, emphasising the action and lending appropriate emotion to the scenes.

^ Further, given that Siegel and Shuster were noted fans of pulp science fiction,[12] it has been suggested that another influence may have been Hugo Danner.
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But the movies were the greatest influence on our imagination: especially the films of Douglas Fairbanks Senior."[52] Fairbanks' role as Robin Hood was certainly an inspiration, as Shuster admitted to basing Superman's stance upon scenes from the movie.[53] .The movies also influenced the storytelling and page layouts,[54] whilst the city of Metropolis was named in honor of the Fritz Lang motion picture of the same title.^ The movies also influenced the storytelling and page layouts,[52] whilst the city of Metropolis was named in honor of the Fritz Lang motion picture of the same title.
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^ And Metropolis, the city in which Superman operated, came from the Fritz Lang movie [Metropolis, 1927], which we both loved".
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^ Young Artist Award in the category "Best Motion Picture - Animation" for the movie The Chipmunk Adventure.

[22]

Copyright issues

.As part of the deal which saw Superman published in Action Comics, Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to the company in return for $130 and a contract to supply the publisher with material.^ Copyright issues As part of the deal which saw Superman published in Action Comics, Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to the company in return for $130 and a contract to supply the publisher with material.
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^ Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to the company for $130 and 3 free nights at a popular New York brothel.
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^ Siegel and Shuster renegotiated their deal, but bad blood lingered and in 1947 Siegel and Shuster sued for their 1938 contract to be made void and the re-establishment of their ownership of the intellectual property rights to Superman.
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[55][56] .The Saturday Evening Post reported in 1940 that the pair was each being paid $75,000 a year, a fraction of National Comics Publications' millions in Superman profits.^ The Saturday Evening Post reported in 1940 that the pair was each being paid $75,000 a year, a fraction of National Comics Publications' millions in Superman profits.
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^ 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.

^ Current ongoing publications that feature Superman on a regular basis are Superman, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, Superman/Batman, and Justice League of America.
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[57] .Siegel and Shuster renegotiated their deal, but bad blood lingered and in 1947 Siegel and Shuster sued for their 1938 contract to be made void and the re-establishment of their ownership of the intellectual property rights to Superman.^ Siegel and Shuster renegotiated their deal, but bad blood lingered and in 1947 Siegel and Shuster sued for their 1938 contract to be made void and the re-establishment of their ownership of the intellectual property rights to Superman.
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^ Copyright issues As part of the deal which saw Superman published in Action Comics, Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to the company in return for $130 and a contract to supply the publisher with material.
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^ 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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.The pair also sued National in the same year over the rights to Superboy, which they claimed was a separate creation that National had published without authorization.^ The pair also sued National in the same year over the rights to Superboy, which they claimed was a separate creation that National had published without authorization.
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^ Later they created Orgazmo, a comedy about a Mormon starring in a pornographic movie, which found distribution thanks to the success of South Park later that same year.

^ Their separation was announced on January 7, 2005, and Aniston filed for a divorce on March 25 the same year.

.National immediately fired them and took their byline off the stories, prompting a legal battle that ended in 1948, when a New York court ruled that the 1938 contract should be upheld.^ National immediately fired them and took their byline off the stories, prompting a legal battle that ended in 1948, when a New York court ruled that the 1938 contract should be upheld.
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^ DC soon took Siegel's and Shuster's names off the byline.
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^ The pair again lost this battle, both in a district court ruling of October 18, 1973 and an appeal court ruling of December 5, 1974.
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.However, a ruling from Justice J. Addison Young awarded them the rights to Superboy.^ However, a ruling from Justice J. Addison Young awarded them the rights to Superboy.
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.A month after the Superboy judgment the two sides agreed on a settlement.^ A month after the Superboy judgment the two sides agreed on a settlement.
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.National paid Siegel and Shuster $94,000 for the rights to Superboy.^ National paid Siegel and Shuster $94,000 for the rights to Superboy.
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^ Others argue that Siegel and Shuster "could not have been unaware of an idea that would dominate Hitler's National Socialism.
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^ The pair also sued National in the same year over the rights to Superboy, which they claimed was a separate creation that National had published without authorization.
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.The pair also acknowledged in writing the company's ownership of Superman, attesting that they held rights for "all other forms of reproduction and presentation, whether now in existence or that may hereafter be created",[58] but DC refused to re-hire them.^ They're all around us.
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^ The pair also acknowledged in writing the company's ownership of Superman, attesting that they held rights for "all other forms of reproduction and presentation, whether now in existence or that may hereafter be created",[56] but DC refused to re-hire them.
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^ They do unto others and all that.
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[59]
Jerry Siegel, with wife Joanne and daughter Laura in 1976. Joanne and Laura Siegel filed a termination notice on Jerry Siegel's share of the copyright of Superman in 1999.
.In 1973 Siegel and Shuster again launched a suit claiming ownership of Superman, this time basing the claim on the Copyright Act of 1909 which saw copyright granted for 28 years but allowed for a renewal of an extra 28 years.^ Joanne and Laura Siegel filed a termination notice on Jerry Siegel's share of the copyright of Superman in 1999.In 1973 Siegel and Shuster again launched a suit claiming ownership of Superman, this time basing the claim on the Copyright Act of 1909 which saw copyright granted for 28 years but allowed for a renewal of an extra 28 years.
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^ Their argument was that they had granted DC the copyright for only 28 years.
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^ Don Cameron and Alvin Schwartz joined the writing team, Schwartz teaming up with Wayne Boring to work on the Superman comic strip which had been launched by Siegel and Shuster in 1939.
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.Their argument was that they had granted DC the copyright for only 28 years.^ Their argument was that they had granted DC the copyright for only 28 years.
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The pair again lost this battle, both in a district court ruling of October 18, 1973 and an appeal court ruling of December 5, 1974.[60]
.In 1975 after news reports of their pauper-like existences, Warner Communications gave Siegel and Shuster lifetime pensions of $20,000 per year and health care benefits.^ In 1975 after news reports of their pauper-like existences, Warner Communications gave Siegel and Shuster lifetime pensions of $20,000 per year and health care benefits.
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^ I've not completely read The History of Superman entirely, but I've always wondered if S&S [Siegel and Shuster] deliberately inserted these Christ-like parallels deliberately.
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^ A popular paperback romance might sell 100,000 copies in a year, at considerable expense of new typesetting, art, printing, sales, promotion, and distribution.
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Jay Emmett, then executive vice president of Warner Bros., was quoted in the New York Times as stating, "There is no legal obligation, but I sure feel there is a moral obligation on our part."[57] Heidi MacDonald, writing for Publisher's Weekly, noted that in addition to this pension "Warner agreed that Siegel and Shuster would henceforth be credited as creators of Superman on all comics, TV shows and films".[56]
.The year after this settlement, 1976, the copyright term was extended again, this time for another 19 years for a total of 75 years.^ The year after this settlement, 1976, saw the copyright term extended again, this time for another 19 years to a total of 75 years.
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^ This time the copyright term was extended to 95 years, with a further window for reclamation introduced.
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^ The new act came into power in 1978 and allowed a reclamation window in a period based on the previous copyright term of 56 years.
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.However, this time a clause was inserted into the extension to allow authors to reclaim their work, reflecting the arguments Siegel and Shuster had made in 1973. The new act came into power in 1978 and allowed a reclamation window in a period based on the previous copyright term of 56 years.^ However, this time a clause was inserted into the extension to allow a creator to reclaim their work, reflecting the arguments Siegel and Shuster had made in 1973.
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^ This time the copyright term was extended to 95 years, with a further window for reclamation introduced.
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^ The new act came into power in 1978 and allowed a reclamation window in a period based on the previous copyright term of 56 years.
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.This meant the copyright on Superman could be reclaimed between 1994 to 1999, based on the initial publication date of 1938. Jerry Siegel having died in January 1996, his wife and daughter filed a copyright termination notice in 1999. Although Joe Shuster died in July 1992, no termination was filed at this time by his estate.^ Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster not as a hero, but as a villain.
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^ Jerry Siegel, with wife Joanne and daughter Laura in 1976.
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^ I'm saying the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (both Jews) intended for Superman to be Jewish.
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[61]
.In 1998, the copyright was extended again with the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.^ The year after this settlement, 1976, saw the copyright term extended again, this time for another 19 years to a total of 75 years.
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^ This time the copyright term was extended to 95 years, with a further window for reclamation introduced.
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^ The new act came into power in 1978 and allowed a reclamation window in a period based on the previous copyright term of 56 years.
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.This time the copyright term was extended to 95 years with a further window for reclamation introduced.^ This time the copyright term was extended to 95 years, with a further window for reclamation introduced.
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^ The year after this settlement, 1976, saw the copyright term extended again, this time for another 19 years to a total of 75 years.
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^ The new act came into power in 1978 and allowed a reclamation window in a period based on the previous copyright term of 56 years.
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.In January 2004 Mark Peary, nephew and legal heir to Joe Shuster's estate, filed notice of his intent to reclaim Shuster's half of the copyright, the termination effective in 2013.[61] The status of Siegel's share of the copyright is now the subject of a legal battle.^ The status of Siegel's share of the copyright is now the subject of a legal battle.
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^ In January 2004 Mark Peary, nephew and legal heir to Joe Shuster's estate, filed notice of his intent to reclaim Shuster's half of the copyright, the termination effective in 2013.
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^ Joanne and Laura Siegel filed a termination notice on Jerry Siegel's share of the copyright of Superman in 1999.In 1973 Siegel and Shuster again launched a suit claiming ownership of Superman, this time basing the claim on the Copyright Act of 1909 which saw copyright granted for 28 years but allowed for a renewal of an extra 28 years.
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Warner Bros. and the .Siegels entered into discussions on how to resolve the issues raised by the termination notice, but these discussions were set aside by the Siegels and in October 2004 they filed suit alleging copyright infringement on the part of Warner Bros.^ Siegels entered into discussions on how to resolve the issues raised by the termination notice, but these discussions were set aside by the Siegels and in October 2004 they filed suit alleging copyright infringement on the part of Warner Bros.
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^ A similar termination of copyright notice filed in 2002 by Siegel's wife and daughter concerning the Superboy character was ruled in their favor on March 23, 2006.
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^ And that's part of the problem I have with past creators going around saying what they think S&S [Siegel and Shuster] were doing, instead of just asking them to begin with while they were still alive.
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Warner Bros. countersued, alleging that the termination notice contains defects, among other arguments.[62][63] .On March 26, 2008, Judge Larson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that Siegel's estate was entitled to claim a share in the United States copyright.^ On March 26, 2008, Judge Larson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that Siegel's estate was entitled to claim a share in the United States copyright.
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^ A similar termination of copyright notice filed in 2002 by Siegel's wife and daughter concerning the Superboy character was ruled in their favor on March 23, 2006.
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^ "Ruling Gives Heirs a Share of Superman Copyright" NY Times, March 29, 2008.
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.The ruling does not affect the International rights, which Time Warner holds on the character through DC. Issues regarding the amount of monies owed Siegel's estate and whether the claim the estate has extends to derivative works such as movie versions will be settled at trial, although any compensation would only be owed from works published since 1999. Time Warner offered no statement on the ruling but do have the right to challenge it.^ Time Warner offered no statement on the ruling, but do have the right to challenge it.
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^ The ruling does not affect the International rights, which Time Warner holds on the character through DC. Issues regarding the amount of monies owed Siegel's estate and whether the claim the estate has extends to derivative works such as movie versions will be settled at trial, although any compensation would only be owed from works published since 1999.
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^ And would religion really work as an issue?
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[64][65] The case is currently scheduled to be heard in a California federal court in May, 2008.[66]
.A similar termination-of-copyright notice filed in 2002 by Siegel's wife and daughter concerning the Superboy character was ruled on in their favor on March 23, 2006.[67] However, on July 27, 2007, the same court issued a ruling [68] reversing the March 23, 2006 ruling.^ Choose: Smaller type (our default) Larger type Even larger type, with serifs Dire legal notice Making Light copyright 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 by Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden.
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^ March 14, 2006 08:27 AM (GMT) ...I always figured Superman would rather follow a Kryptonian religion.
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^ This became more noticeable in the 1990s, along with his format change--in some ways the art seems to have deteriorated somewhat, especially where character expression was concerned.

.This ruling is currently subject to a legal challenge from Time Warner, with the case as yet unresolved.^ Time Warner offered no statement on the ruling, but do have the right to challenge it.
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^ This ruling is currently subject to a legal challenge from Time Warner, with the case as yet[update] unresolved.
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[64]
A July 9, 2009, verdict on the case denied a claim by Siegel's family that it was owed licensing fees. U.S. District Court judge Stephen G. Larson said Warner Bros. and .DC Comics have fulfilled their obligations to the Siegels under a profit-sharing agreement for the 2006 movie Superman Returns and the CW series Smallville.^ Jesse Hill, 5.3.2006 3:53am: [quoting the new "Superman" movie trailer] Your name is Kal-El.
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^ The series premiered in 1992, a few months after the successful release of the second Batman movie, Batman Returns.

^ 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.
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.However, the court also ruled that if Warner Bros.^ However, on July 27, 2007, the same court issued a ruling [66] reversing the March 23, 2006 ruling.
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^ Batman: The Animated Series premiered on the Fox Network and aired there for its first two seasons; however, it was then switched to Warner Bros.'

does not start a new .Superman film by 2011, the family will have the right to sue to recover damages.^ This post also confirms that Brandon Routh ("Superman" in the 2006 feature film) comes from a devout Methodist family.
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[69]

Comic book character

.Superman, given the serial nature of comic publishing and the length of the character's existence, has evolved as a character as his adventures have increased.^ As is often the case with a character or franchise of extraordinary longevity, Superman has been reconceived multiple times ("retconned" in comic book parlance).
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^ Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros.'

^ The comic's characters have also appeared in various other media formats, including a long-running television comedy series.

[70] .The details of Superman's origin, relationships and abilities changed significantly during the course of the character's publication, from what is considered the Golden Age of Comic Books through the Modern Age.^ "Comic Relief : Quidditch through the ages".
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^ The details of Superman's origin, relationships and abilities changed significantly during the course of the character's publication, from what is considered the Golden Age of Comic Books through the Modern Age.
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^ It lists comic book characters and their religions.
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.The powers and villains were developed through the 1940s, with Superman developing the ability to fly, and costumed villains introduced from 1941.[71] The character was shown as learning of the existence of Krypton in 1949. The concept itself had originally been established to the reader in 1939 in the Superman comic strip.^ The powers and villains were developed through the 1940s, with Superman developing the ability to fly, and costumed villains introduced from 1941.
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^ The character was shown as learning of the existence of Krypton in 1949.
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^ The concept itself had originally been established to the reader in 1939, in the Superman comic strip.
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[72]
The 1960s saw the introduction of a second Superman. .DC had established a multiverse within the fictional universe its characters shared.^ Some of these, like Itchy and Scratchy, super-violent versions of Tom and Jerryre fictional even within the Simpsons universeee Fictional characters within The Simpsons.

^ 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.
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^ To me, to have every hero in the Marvel/DC universe, even those with religious origins (such as Ragman) to not be affected, motivated, or even visibly belive in those beliefs, lessens the characters.
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.This allowed characters published in the 1940s to exist alongside updated counterparts published in the 1960s.^ This allowed characters published in the 1940s to exist alongside updated counterparts published in the 1960s.
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^ However, no textual support exists in any of the published comics, novels, films or TV series episodes to support the notion that the character of Superman is actually Jewish.
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.This was explained to the reader through the notion that the two groups of characters inhabited parallel Earths.^ This was explained to the reader through the notion that the two groups of characters inhabited parallel Earths.
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^ In their discussions, Council members focus their suspicions on two groups: the Labor Guild, and the people of Earth.
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^ In 1986, a decision was taken to restructure the universe the Superman character inhabited with other DC characters in the mini-series Crisis on Infinite Earths.
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.The second Superman was introduced to explain to the reader Superman's membership in both the 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America and the 1960s superhero team the Justice League of America.^ 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.
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^ The 1960s saw the introduction of a second Superman.
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^ Justice League of America members .
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.
Superman dies in Lois Lane's arms: Superman #75 (vol.
^ Superman dies in Lois Lane's arms: Superman #75 (vol.
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^ Superman also marries Lois Lane in 1996.
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^ The theory is partly based on the way Superman stands with his hands on his hips and seems to ignore Clark Kent's longing for Lois Lane.
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2, Jan. 1993). Art by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.
.The 1980s saw radical revisions of the character.^ Art by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.The 1980s saw radical revisions of the character.
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.DC decided to remove the multiverse in a bid to simplify its comics line.^ DC decided to remove the multiverse in a bid to simplify its comics line.
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.This led to the rewriting of the back story of the characters DC published, Superman included.^ This led to the rewriting of the back story of the characters DC published, Superman included.
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^ Superman realized that the three were characters from Conrad's book--they were the Hollow Men, dedicated to preserving the perfect 50's era exactly as it was, and in the story, they succeeded!
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^ The character of Superman was rebooted and streamlined as well, led by popular writer/artist John Byrne.
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.John Byrne rewrote Superman, removing many established conventions and characters from continuity, including Superboy and Supergirl.^ Byrne also re-established Superman's adoptive parents, The Kents, as characters.
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^ John Byrne rewrote Superman, removing many established conventions and characters from continuity, including Superboy and Supergirl.
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^ Superman's origin is reimagined in The Man of Steel #1 (July 1986), written and drawn by John Byrne.Superman was relaunched by writer & artist John Byrne, initially in the limited series The Man of Steel (1986).
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.Byrne also re-established Superman's adoptive parents, The Kents, as characters.^ Byrne also re-established Superman's adoptive parents, The Kents, as characters.
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^ The character of Superman was rebooted and streamlined as well, led by popular writer/artist John Byrne.
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^ 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.
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[74] .In the previous continuity, the characters had been written as having died early in Superman's life (about the time of Clark Kent's graduation from high school).^ After he graduated from high school, Clark divulged to Lana Lang his secret.
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^ Superman is Clark Kent with powers.
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^ The day is won, but with his dying breath, Zod is unrepentant, mocking Superman about how they share the same face.
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.The 1990s saw Superman killed by the villain Doomsday,[75] although the character was soon resurrected.^ The 1990s saw Superman killed by the villain Doomsday,[72] although the character was soon resurrected.
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^ In 2006 Superman is stripped of his powers,[75] although these are restored within a fictional year.
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^ This came to an end late in 1940, when new editor Whitney Ellsworth instituted a code of conduct for his characters to follow, banning Superman from ever killing.
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[76] .Superman also marries Lois Lane in 1996. His origin is again revisited in 2004.[77] In 2006 Superman is stripped of his powers,[78] although these are restored within a fictional year.^ In 2006 Superman is stripped of his powers,[75] although these are restored within a fictional year.
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^ His origin is again revisited in 2004.
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^ Superman also marries Lois Lane in 1996.
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[79]

Personality

.In the original Siegel and Shuster stories, Superman's personality is rough and aggressive.^ Siegel and Shuster are on record as saying that Superman is Jewish.
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^ I've not completely read The History of Superman entirely, but I've always wondered if S&S [Siegel and Shuster] deliberately inserted these Christ-like parallels deliberately.
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^ I'm saying the Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (both Jews) intended for Superman to be Jewish.
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.The character was seen stepping in to attack and terrorize wife beaters, profiteers, a lynch mob and gangsters, with rather rough edges and a looser moral code than audiences may be used to today.^ The character was seen stepping in to stop wife beaters, profiteers, a lynch mob and gangsters, with rather rough edges and a looser moral code than audiences may be used to today.
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^ 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.
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^ The first translation was into American English, as many words and concepts used by the characters in the novels may have been misleading to a young American audience.
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[34] .Later writers have softened the character and instilled a sense of idealism and moral code of conduct.^ Later writers have softened the character, and instilled a sense of idealism and moral code of conduct.
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^ This came to an end late in 1940, when new editor Whitney Ellsworth instituted a code of conduct for his characters to follow, banning Superman from ever killing.
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.Although not as cold-blooded as the early Batman, the Superman featured in the comics of the 1930s is unconcerned about the harm his strength may cause, tossing villainous characters in such a manner that fatalities would presumably occur, although these were seldom shown explicitly on the page.^ Although not as cold-blooded as the early Batman, the Superman featured in the comics of the 1930s is unconcerned about the harm his strength may cause, tossing villainous characters in such a manner that fatalities would presumably occur, although these were seldom shown explicitly on the page.
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^ I may be wrong in my recollection, but they claimed that Superman is Lutheran and Batman is Methodist?
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^ Batman departs, leaving Wonder Woman to question how Superman could consider such a man a friend.
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.This came to an end late in 1940 when new editor Whitney Ellsworth instituted a code of conduct for his characters to follow, banning Superman from ever killing.^ This came to an end late in 1940, when new editor Whitney Ellsworth instituted a code of conduct for his characters to follow, banning Superman from ever killing.
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^ The second best Superman sequence in the film is the montage that follows, as we see him slowly slip into this new role.
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^ Commander Gor, a man responsible for killing several human police officers in Superman: New Krypton, arrives and threatens to kill them all if the hostages are not released.
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[72] .This change would even be reflected in the stories themselves, in which it would occasionally be pointed out in the narrative or dialogue that Superman had vowed never to take human life—and that if he ever did so, he would hang up his cape and retire.^ Superman points out that this "isn't science."
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^ I always enjoy TenNapel's work and will be picking this [ Black Cherry ] up when it comes out, regardless of Superman's religious leanings.
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^ It's because in the 30's when Superman first came out most Americans would not have looked favorably upon a Jewish superhero and the comic probably would not have sold.
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.Today, Superman adheres to a strict moral code often attributed to the Midwestern values with which he was raised.^ The character of Superman, however, has always been depicted as having been raised with a solidly Protestant upbringing by his adoptive Midwestern parents - Jonathan and Martha Kent.
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^ It was kinda given that Spiderman, or Superman would be raised under some Judo-Christian values, but it was never evident in the writing or the story.
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^ Others counter that Superman is the very embodiment of Midwestern values and probably a Methodist.
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His commitment to operating within the law has been an example to many other heroes but has stirred resentment among others, who refer to him as the "big blue boy scout." Superman can be rather rigid in this trait, causing tensions in the superhero community, notably with Wonder Woman (one of his closest friends) after she killed Maxwell Lord.[80]
.Having lost his home world of Krypton, Superman is very protective of Earth, and especially of Clark Kent’s family and friends.^ Superman is Clark Kent with powers.
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^ Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race."
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^ The theory is partly based on the way Superman stands with his hands on his hips and seems to ignore Clark Kent's longing for Lois Lane.
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.This same loss, combined with the pressure of using his powers responsibly, has caused Superman to feel lonely on Earth, despite his many friends, his wife and his parents.^ Luthor also dismisses the suggestion that Clark Kent and Superman are one in the same, rationalizing that no one who had the power of Superman would ever pretend to be a mere human like Clark Kent.
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^ Superman decides after what he's done that he has to leave Earth--after seeing to a few things and saying good-bye to his parents, Superman uses a breathing mask and a teleporter to begin a self-imposed exile into space.
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^ The yellow sun orbiting Earth interacted with his Kryptonian genetics, and gives Superman his immense powers.
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.Previous encounters with people he thought to be fellow Kryptonians, Power Girl[81] (who is, in fact from the Krypton of the Earth-Two universe) and Mon-El,[82] have led to disappointment.^ Previous encounters with people he thought to be fellow Kryptonians, Power Girl[78] (who is, in fact from the Krypton of the Earth-Two universe) and Mon-El,[79] have led to disappointment.
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^ Basically he is Kal-el - an alien from a far off planet - who escaped its destruction, came to Earth where he got incredible powers, and was brought up by the Kents to be a good guy and use his powers to help people.
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^ He says comic-book readers can find a powerful Messiah figure in Superman, who was created by two Jewish teenagers; Kal-El, Superman's name on the planet Krypton, roughly translates to "All that is God" in Hebrew.
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.The arrival of Supergirl, who has been confirmed to be not only from Krypton but also his cousin, has relieved this loneliness somewhat.^ It still seems weird to worship gods he wasn't raised to worship that he, and maybe Supergirl, are the only ones left alive that know who they are.
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[83]
.In Superman/Batman #3 (December 2003), Batman observes, "It is a remarkable dichotomy.^ Superman's typically "hopeful" demeanor and Batman's dour "realism" are other manifestations of this dichotomy.
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^ In Superman/Batman #3 (December 2003), Batman observes, "It is a remarkable dichotomy.
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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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.In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all.^ In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all.
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^ I would have said that I most naturally write in a way that has bad judgement about what many other people consider a complex sentence.
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^ He still believes in the basic goodness of human/humanoid/sapient nature, though, despite all too many experiences to the contrary.
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Then... he shoots fire from the skies, and it is difficult not to think of him as a god. .And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him."^ And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him .
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[84] .Later, as Infinite Crisis began, Batman admonished him for identifying with humanity too much and failing to provide the strong leadership that superhumans need.^ Later, as Infinite Crisis began, Batman admonished him for identifying with humanity too much and failing to provide the strong leadership that superhumans need.
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^ Being human -- being a dog, being Clark Kent -- is what made him weak and vulnerable; it's what made him need other people (Lois Lane and such), and what taught him how to be human.
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^ In the wake of Jason Todd's return, Batman has begun to wonder if, as much as it doesn't make sense to him, people, including Superman, really were dead and then returned from death.
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[85]
As established in Superman: Birthright, Superman is a strict vegetarian. This apparently was not always part of the character. In the 1966 Broadway play It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Superman (played by Bob Holiday) sings, "Gosh I'm hungry, I'd sure like a T-bone steak."[86]

Other versions

.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.^ DC Comics' Elseworlds alternative continuity story JSA: The Liberty File appeared to portray Superman as a Nazi.
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^ Generally considered Superman's female counterpart, Supergirl first appeared in 1958 and several variations of her have appeared in comic books since then.
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^ Unfortunately, comic book religion is of a messy and flexible substance, tending to vary from writer to writer in any given series.
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These have included differences in the nationality, race and morality of the character. .Alongside such reimaginings, a number of characters have assumed the title of Superman, especially in the wake of "The Death of Superman" storyline, wherein four newly introduced characters are seen to claim the mantle.^ 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.
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^ I said, I never questioned that link when I heard it (especially with the title, "Reign of the Superman").
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^ The series also introduced many original characters, such as Launchpad McQuack, Mrs. Bentina Beakley, Webby Vanderquack, Doofus Drake, and Duckworth the Butler.

[87] .In addition to these, the Bizarro character created in 1958 is a weird, imperfect duplicate of Superman.^ In addition to these, the Bizarro character created in 1958 is a weird, imperfect duplicate of Superman.
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^ A lot of these characters were created by Jews.
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^ In the 30s and 40's, they desparately wanted to be american and created all of these "Americana comic book characters."
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[88] .Other members of Superman's family of characters have borne the Super- prefix, including Supergirl, Superdog and Superwoman.^ Superman Family member This character is or was an incarnation of or an ally of Superman , and a member of the Superman Family .
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^ Other members of Superman's family of characters have borne the Super- prefix, including Supergirl, Superdog and Superwoman.
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^ Superman Family members .
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.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.^ 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.
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^ These aspects of the character are not speculative, but are canonical - established by in-continuity published DC Comics.
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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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.For example, Roy Thomas based rival publisher Marvel Comics' Hyperion character on Superman.^ For example, Roy Thomas based rival publisher Marvel Comics' Hyperion character on Superman.
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^ Archie Comics owned the rights to publish comics based on the 1987 cartoon series.

^ 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.
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[89][90][91][92]

Powers and abilities

.As an influential archetype of the superhero genre, Superman possesses extraordinary powers, with the character traditionally described as "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound", a phrase coined by Jay Morton and first used in the Superman radio serials and Max Fleischer animated shorts of the 1940s[93] as well as the TV series of the 1950s.^ Especially after a long, hard day of leaping tall buildings in a single bound.
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^ Superman knows there's more to it than that.
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^ Alain Robert nicknamed Spiderman, rock and urban climber who has scaled more than 70 tall buildings using his hands and feet, without using additional devices.

.For most of his existence, Superman's famous arsenal of powers has included flight, super-strength, invulnerability to non-magical attacks, super-speed, vision powers (including x-ray, heat-emitting, telescopic, infra-red, and microscopic vision), super-hearing, and super-breath, which enables him to blow out air at freezing temperatures, as well as exert the propulsive force of high-speed winds.^ As he grew older, he began exhibiting extraordinary powers, including super-strength and flight.
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^ He had speed and strength and was invulnerable to manmade weaponry.
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^ Magic : Superman's biomatrix is his most powerful asset, but the strength of this field is also its greatest weakness.
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[94]
.As originally conceived and presented in his early stories, Superman's powers were relatively limited, consisting of superhuman strength that allowed him to lift a car over his head, run at amazing speeds and leap one-eighth of a mile, as well as incredibly tough skin that could be pierced by nothing less than an exploding artillery shell.^ As originally conceived and presented in his early stories, Superman's powers were relatively limited, consisting of superhuman strength that allowed him to lift a car over his head, run at amazing speeds and leap one-eighth of a mile, as well as incredibly tough skin that could be pierced by nothing less than an exploding artillery shell.
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^ Predictably enough, they both are martial arts experts, and they have a high-speed super-powered martial arts fight in mid-air, kicking each other through buildings on a scale that SUPERMAN II could have never managed.
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^ 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.
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[94] .Siegel and Shuster compared his strength and leaping abilities to an ant and a grasshopper.^ Siegel and Shuster compared his strength and leaping abilities to an ant and a grasshopper.
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^ Siegel and Shuster each compared this character to Slam Bradley, an adventurer the pair had created for Detective Comics #1 (May 1939).
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^ Siegel cited John Carter stories as an influence: "Carter was able to leap great distances because the planet Mars was smaller that the planet Earth; and he had great strength.
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[95] .When making the cartoons, the Fleischer Brothers found it difficult to keep animating him leaping and requested to DC to change his ability to flying.^ When making the cartoons, the Fleischer Brothers found it difficult to keep animating him leaping and requested to DC to change his ability to flying.
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^ His bodily tissues are substantially more durable and resistant to impact or trauma than an ordinary human, making it difficult to injure him (although he is not bulletproof).

^ When combined with his superhuman reflexes and agility, this makes him an extremely difficult target who is almost impossible to shoot in combat.

.(This was an especially convenient concept for short films, which would have otherwise had to waste precious running time moving earthbound Clark Kent from place to place.^ Clark Kent: What's your next move?
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^ Plus, there wouldn't be enough time to watch Clark Kent sitting in the church and praying.
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^ After graduating college, Clark later moved to Metropolis full time.
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)[96] .Writers gradually increased his powers to larger extents during the Silver Age, in which Superman could fly to other worlds and galaxies and even across universes with relative ease.^ Predictably enough, they both are martial arts experts, and they have a high-speed super-powered martial arts fight in mid-air, kicking each other through buildings on a scale that SUPERMAN II could have never managed.
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^ The same way earlier Christians coped with the discovery of people living on the other side of the world, who seemingly could not have descended from Adam.
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^ 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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[94] .He would often fly across the solar system to stop meteors from hitting the Earth, or sometimes just to clear his head.^ He would often fly across the solar system to stop meteors from hitting the Earth, or sometimes just to clear his head.
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^ Invariably, the children just wanted to get home, but would often take detours to help people, or, especially, find that their fates intertwined with the fate of others.

^ With regard to criticisms of Beavis and Butt-head as "idiots", Judge has responded that a show about straight-A students and do-gooders just would not be funny.

.Writers found it increasingly difficult to write Superman stories in which the character was believably challenged,[97] so DC made a series of attempts to rein the character in.^ Writers found it increasingly difficult to write Superman stories in which the character was believably challenged,[93] so DC made a series of attempts to rein the character in.
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^ The character often appears as a guest star in other series and is usually a pivotal figure in DC crossover events.
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^ Superman realized that the three were characters from Conrad's book--they were the Hollow Men, dedicated to preserving the perfect 50's era exactly as it was, and in the story, they succeeded!
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.The most significant attempt, John Byrne's 1986 rewrite, established several hard limits on his abilities: He barely survives a nuclear blast, and his space flights are limited by how long he can hold his breath.^ The most significant attempt, John Byrne's 1986 rewrite, established several hard limits on his abilities: He barely survives a nuclear blast, and his space flights are limited by how long he can hold his breath.
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^ 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.
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^ A significant overhaul occurred in 1986, when John Byrne revamped and "retconned" the character, reducing Superman's powers and erasing several characters from the canon, in a move that attracted media attention.
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[98] .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.^ Without the sun, Superman's powers fade away.
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^ 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.
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^ 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.
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.The source of Superman's powers has changed subtly over the course of his history.^ He announces a plot to change the sun from yellow to red--a plot that seemingly succeeds, which of course he is really responsible for, as his suit really transfered yellow sunlight to red and made him as strong as Superman.
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^ Solar Energy Absorption : Technically, this is the main source of Superman's powers.
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^ (And, of course, Superman generally doesn't do that--he sees himself as just another guy, but blessed with powers and, therefore, responsibility.
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.It was originally stated that Superman's abilities derived from his Kryptonian heritage, which made him eons more evolved than humans.^ It was originally stated that Superman's abilities derived from his Kryptonian heritage, which made him eons more evolved than humans.
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^ Superman felt better about Krypton as a whole, too, as he had previously been feeling more estranged from it than ever.
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^ The taglines "More Than Meets the Eye" and "Robots in Disguise" reflect this ability.

[72] .This was soon amended, with the source for the powers now based upon the establishment of Krypton's gravity as having been stronger than that of the Earth.^ Possibly I should establish some sort of base camp halfway through the sentence, rather than trying to make the entire climb in one go.
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^ Flight : Under one Earth gravity Superman is capable of flying at faster than light speeds.
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^ Superman soon learns that the Eradicator , more sentient than he initially thought, has a mind link to him and is attempting to impose its own designs on Earth.
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.This situation mirrors that of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter.^ This situation mirrors that of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter.
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.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.^ All of Kryptonians are powerful.
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^ A kryptonian w/ human qualities and powers = Superman .
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^ Batman departs, leaving Wonder Woman to question how Superman could consider such a man a friend.
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.In part to counter this, the Superman writers established that Kryptonians, whose native star Rao had been red, only possessed superpowers under the light of a yellow sun.^ In part to counter this, the Superman writers established that Kryptonians, whose native star Rao had been red, only possessed superpowers under the light of a yellow sun.
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^ 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.
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^ I'm gonna have to bust out a serious nerdgasm on y'all, but Superman, for the better part of the fifties up through Crisis , worships the Kryptonian Sun God RAO. .
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[99] .More recent stories have attempted to find a balance between the two explanations.^ More recent stories have attempted to find a balance between the two explanations.
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^ It's a lot of effort to entirely fail to have anyone else more likely to find the story-that-is than they were before I made the effort.
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^ Most performers find an appropriate place on the continuum between the two, being somewhat less accessible than Celine and somewhat less challenging than Fred.
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.Superman is most vulnerable to green Kryptonite, mineral debris from Krypton transformed into radioactive material by the forces that destroyed the planet.^ Usually characters like Superman and Green Arrow would be put into a category of characters with a more liberal philosophy.
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^ It is revealed that Brainiac has been collecting information of all the planets he has been destroying and the next planet he decides to attack is Earth, including capturing Superman and Supergirl as the last remnants of Krypton.
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^ He sets out to remake the Earth into a new Krypton, but Superman battles against him yet again, seemingly destroying him for good.
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.Exposure to green Kryptonite radiation nullifies Superman's powers and immobilizes him with pain and nausea; prolonged exposure will eventually kill him.^ Superman exposes the criminals to gold Kryptonite, taking away their powers, and then, taking on the role of judge, jury and executioner, decides that they must be punished for their crimes--he exposes them to green Kryptonite, killing them.
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^ Zod tries to get Superman to kill him, but Superman refuses.
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^ Solar Energy : Superman will eventually weaken without replenishing his energy reserves with normal (yellow) sun radiation.
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.The only mineral on Earth that can protect him from Kryptonite is lead, which blocks the radiation.^ But as far as him getting an Earth religion, I guess that would make sense, but only while he was growing up.
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.Lead is also the only known substance that Superman cannot see through with his x-ray vision.^ Lead is also the only known substance that Superman cannot see through with his x-ray vision.
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^ Lead : Superman cannot see through lead with his vision powers.
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^ X-Ray Vision : The ability to see through anything except lead.
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.Kryptonite was first introduced to the public in 1943 as a plot device to allow the radio serial voice actor, Bud Collyer, to take some time off.^ Bud Collyer again provided the voice for Superman.
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^ Batman and Wonder Woman decide to take some time off.
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^ Kryptonite was first introduced to the public in 1943 as a plot device to allow the radio serial voice actor, Bud Collyer, to take some time off.
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[70] .Although green Kryptonite is the most commonly seen form, writers have introduced other forms over the years: such as red, gold, blue, white, and black, each with its own effect.^ Although green Kryptonite is the most commonly seen form writers have introduced other forms over the years: such as red, gold, blue, white, and black, each with its own effect.
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^ The most common form of Kryptonite is Green Kryptonite , and its effect is directly poisonous.
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^ Most of these made use of material from Schulz's strips, which were then adapted, although in other cases plots were developed around areas where there were minimal strips to reference.

[100]

Supporting cast

Harold Lloyd, one of the inspirations for Clark Kent
.Clark Kent, Superman's secret identity, was based partly on Harold Lloyd and named after Clark Gable and Kent Taylor.^ Superman was based partly on Moses.
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^ Clark Kent is a fairly Jewish name.
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^ Clark Kent is not a Jewish name.
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[13][14] .Creators have discussed the idea of whether Superman pretends to be Clark Kent or vice versa, and at differing times in the publication either approach has been adopted.^ I think the idea of creating Superman came from many sources at the time.
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^ Superman is Clark Kent with powers.
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^ Creators have discussed the idea of whether Superman pretends to be Clark Kent or vice versa, and at differing times in the publication either approach has been adopted.
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[101][102] .Although typically a newspaper reporter, during the 1970s the character left the Daily Planet for a time to work for television,[102] whilst the 1980s revamp by John Byrne saw the character become somewhat more aggressive.^ Although typically a newspaper reporter, during the 1970s the character left the Daily Planet for a time to work for television,[98] whilst the 1980s revamp by John Byrne saw the character become somewhat more aggressive.
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^ Granted, he could be part of the tiny minority of Republican newspaper reporters, but more likely he is a conservative Democrat.
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^ Although the characters were set in the Stone Age, that never stopped the show's producers from making a Christmas episode during the original series' run (and several more Christmas specials in the decades that followed).

[98] .This aggressiveness has since faded with subsequent creators restoring the mild mannerisms traditional to the character.^ This aggressiveness has since faded with subsequent creators restoring the mild mannerisms traditional to the character.
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^ Since both companies were created by Jews, I seriously doubt that any of the characters are Christians, since Jews don't accept Jesus as the Saviour.
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^ Superhero comics are now established as the dominant genre in American comic book publishing,[112] with many thousands of characters in the tradition having been created in the years since Superman's creation.
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.Superman's large cast of supporting characters includes Lois Lane, perhaps the character most commonly associated with Superman, being portrayed at different times as his colleague, competitor, love interest and/or wife.^ Superman is the most interesting of the superheroes for Mormons.
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^ Lois Lane, the love of Superman's life, has moved on in his absence.
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^ [Superman's own wife, Lois Lane, disappeared during The Vanishing.
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.Other main supporting characters include Daily Planet coworkers such as photographer Jimmy Olsen and editor Perry White, Clark Kent's adoptive parents Jonathan and Martha Kent, childhood sweetheart Lana Lang and best friend Pete Ross, and former college love interest Lori Lemaris (a mermaid).^ Lana Lang: Clark, wait.
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^ Lana Lang and Martha Kent are organizing boxes of donated food.
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^ [Lana Lang looks meaningfully at Clark.
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.Stories making reference to the possibility of Superman siring children have been featured both in and out of mainstream continuity.^ Stories making reference to the possibility of Superman siring children have been featured both in and out of mainstream continuity.
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^ When Cary turns on Satanus and Superman realizes what has happened, they both manage to break out of Hell, returning to Metropolis and restoring it to normal.
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^ I think there was a Harvey Pekar story in which Superman is referred to as a fat, Jewish superhero!
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.Incarnations of Supergirl, Krypto the Superdog, and Superboy have also been major characters in the mythos, as well as the Justice League of America (of which Superman is usually a member).^ Superman Family member This character is or was an incarnation of or an ally of Superman , and a member of the Superman Family .
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^ Justice League of America members .
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^ Justice League of America member This character is or was a member of the Justice League of America , or the Justice League in any of its various incarnations, sworn by a duty to act as guardians of America and the world by using their skills and/or superpowers to protect Earth from both interstellar and domestic threats.
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.A feature shared by several supporting characters is alliterative names, especially with the initials "LL", including Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Linda Lee, Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris and Lucy Lane,[103] alliteration being common in early comics.^ A feature shared by several supporting characters is alliterative names, especially with the initials "LL", including Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Linda Lee, Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris and Lucy Lane,[99] alliteration being common in early comics.
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^ Other main supporting characters include Daily Planet coworkers such as photographer Jimmy Olsen and editor Perry White, Clark Kent's adoptive parents Jonathan and Martha Kent, childhood sweetheart Lana Lang and best friend Pete Ross, and former college love interest Lori Lemaris (a mermaid).
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^ Growing up, some comic book characters' religions were obvious: Kitty Pryde was very vocal about being Jewish; Nightcrawler was a devout Catholic.
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.Team-ups with fellow comics icon Batman are common, inspiring many stories over the years.^ 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.

^ In one of the stories Superman is transported to Eternia where he teams up with He-Man, and he later returns for a second adventure.

.When paired, they are often referred to as the "World's Finest" in a nod to the name of the comic book series that features many team-up stories.^ When paired, they are often referred to as the "World's Finest" in a nod to the name of the comic book series that features many team-up stories.
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^ Don Cameron and Alvin Schwartz joined the writing team, Schwartz teaming up with Wayne Boring to work on the Superman comic strip which had been launched by Siegel and Shuster in 1939.
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^ Vin Sullivan, editor of the new book, wrote to the pair requesting that the comic strips be refashioned to suit the comic book format, requesting "eight panels a page".
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.In 2003, DC began to publish a new series featuring the two characters titled Superman/Batman.^ In 2003, DC began to publish a new series featuring the two characters titled Superman/Batman.
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^ Donovan's Billboard Hot 100 topping single "Sunshine Superman" utilised the character in both the title and the lyric, declaring "Superman and Green Lantern ain't got nothing on me".
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^ The characters of Superman and Batman were then spun off into a new animated series, Justice League, which featured other popular DC characters as well.

.Superman also has a rogues gallery of enemies, including his most well-known nemesis, Lex Luthor, who has been envisioned over the years in various forms as both a rogue scientific genius with a personal vendetta against Superman, or a powerful but corrupt CEO of a conglomerate called LexCorp who thinks Superman is somehow hindering human progress by his heroic efforts.^ They think Superman is a hero.
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^ Superman also has a rogues gallery of enemies, including his most well-known nemesis, Lex Luthor, who has been envisioned over the years in various forms as both a rogue scientific genius with a personal vendetta against Superman, or a powerful but corrupt CEO of a conglomerate called LexCorp who thinks Superman is somehow hindering human progress by his heroic efforts.
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^ Superman vs. Lex Luthor.
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[104] .In the 2000s, he even becomes President of the United States,[105] and has been depicted occasionally as a former childhood friend of Clark Kent.^ In the 2000s, he even becomes President of the United States,[101] and has been depicted occasionally as a former childhood friend of Clark Kent.
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^ Superman pursues Ral-Dar all the way to Markovia, where the United States President is meeting with the Markovia president.
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^ Having lost his homeworld of Krypton, Superman is very protective of Earth, and especially of Clark Kent’s family and friends.
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.The alien android (in most incarnations) known as Brainiac is considered by Richard George to be the second most effective enemy of Superman.^ The alien android (in most incarnations) known as Brainiac is considered by Richard George to be the second most effective enemy of Superman.
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^ The enemy that accomplished the most, by actually killing Superman, is the raging monster Doomsday.
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^ Magic can have powerful and unpredictable effects on Superman and his magical enemies have often proven to be the most dangerous.
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[106] .The enemy that accomplished the most, by actually killing Superman, is the raging monster Doomsday.^ Actually, I'd say that Superman is most likely either Baptist, Methodist or non-Denominational Protestant.
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.Darkseid, one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, is also a formidable nemesis in most post-Crisis comics.^ He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe.

^ Darkseid, one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, is also a formidable nemesis in most post-Crisis comics.
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^ Note: Most of the information supplied from this point onward is common to both the Post-Crisis and Birthright interpretations of Superman's history.
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.Other important enemies who have featured in various incarnations of the character, from comic books to film and television include the fifth-dimensional imp Mister Mxyzptlk, the reverse Superman known as Bizarro and the Kryptonian criminal General Zod, among many others.^ It lists comic book characters and their religions.
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^ Other important enemies who have featured in various incarnations of the character, from comic books to film and television include the fifth-dimensional imp Mister Mxyzptlk, the reverse Superman known as Bizarro and the Kryptonian criminal General Zod, among many others.
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^ Comic book characters grouped by religion.
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Cultural impact

.Superman has come to be seen as both an American cultural icon[107][108] and the first comic book superhero.^ Cultural impact Superman has come to be seen as both an American cultural icon[103][104] and the first comic book superhero.
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^ Superman is a staple of American pop culture.
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^ 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.
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.His adventures and popularity have established the character as an inspiring force within the public eye, with the character serving as inspiration for musicians, comedians and writers alike.^ His adventures and popularity have established the character as an inspiring force within the public eye, with the character serving as inspiration for musicians, comedians and writers alike.
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^ With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.
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^ DC had established a multiverse within the fictional universe its characters shared.
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.Kryptonite, Brainiac and Bizarro have become synonymous in popular vernacular with Achilles' heel, extreme intelligence[109] and reversed logic[110] respectively.^ Kryptonite, Brainiac and Bizarro have become synonymous in popular vernacular with Achilles' heel, extreme intelligence[105] and reversed logic[106] respectively.
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^ Superman would also encounter his Achilles' Heel, Kryptonite , in his first battle against the cyborg Metallo .
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^ And below the ocean, the severed hand of Bizarro glows an eerie red, becoming red kryptonite.
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.Similarly, the phrase "I'm not Superman" or alternatively "you're not Superman" is an idiom used to suggest a lack of invincibility.^ But, to better answer some of what you're driving at, I think it could be very easy to be an atheist in the presence of Superman.
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^ I'm glad you're using your superpowers to make a difference where you live!
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^ I can't tell if you're saying something useful that I don't get because of the language it's said in, or if you're saying something that's sideways to the thing I know, something which doesn't connect and doesn't parallel.
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[111][112][113]

Inspiring a market

.The character's initial success led to similar characters being created.^ Since his creation, his popularity has led to most other superheroes being reworked with more complex personas.

[114][115] .Batman was the first to follow, Bob Kane commenting to Vin Sullivan that given the "kind of money [Siegel and Shuster were earning with their superhero] you'll have one on Monday".[116] Victor Fox, an accountant for DC, also noticed the revenue such comics generated and commissioned Will Eisner to create a deliberately similar character to Superman.^ Creation of character Various accounts of the character's creation have been given.

^ SUPERMAN: The ones you keep.
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^ Superman is one character, yes, but he is the flagship character.
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.Wonder Man was published in May 1939, and although DC successfully sued, claiming plagiarism,[117] Fox had decided to cease publishing the character.^ Meanwhile, Marvel has published many comic book series featuring the character (most notably The Amazing Spider-Man).

^ Diana was the least versatile character, and may have been added to the show as a token black person, although this idea seems strange, given the ethical nature of the series.

^ Nor is the religious affiliation of the writers who chronicle the character's stories a determining factor, although it may be informative.
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.Fox later had more success with the Blue Beetle.^ Fox later had more success with the Blue Beetle.
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^ After a successful 85 episode run on Fox, the show moved to Kids'WB! where it got approved for 24 more episodes and a fresh, stylized new look.

.Fawcett Comics' Captain Marvel, launched in 1940, was Superman's main rival for popularity throughout the 1940s and was again the subject of a lawsuit, which Fawcett eventually settled in 1953, a settlement which involved the cessation of the publication of the character's adventures.^ Fawcett Comics' Captain Marvel, launched in 1940, was Superman's main rival for popularity throughout the 1940s, and was again the subject of a lawsuit, which Fawcett eventually settled in 1953, a settlement which involved the cessation of the publication of the character's adventures.
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^ Don Cameron and Alvin Schwartz joined the writing team, Schwartz teaming up with Wayne Boring to work on the Superman comic strip which had been launched by Siegel and Shuster in 1939.
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^ In 2001, the Smallville television series launched, focussing on the adventures of Clark Kent as a teenager before he dons the mantle of Superman.
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[118] .Superhero comics are now established as the dominant genre in American comic book publishing,[119] with many thousands of characters in the tradition having been created in the years since Superman's creation.^ The comics are A5-size and now published 4 times a year.

^ It lists comic book characters and their religions.
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^ Comic book characters grouped by religion.
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Merchandising

.Superman became popular very quickly, with an additional title, Superman Quarterly, rapidly added.^ Merchandising Superman became popular very quickly, with an additional title, Superman Quarterly rapidly added.
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^ However, the most famous of the series' innovations is the Joker's hapless assistant, Harley Quinn, who became so popular that DC added her to the Batman comics.

^ Beyond the humiliation that resulted from their first meeting, Luthor became very embittered towards Superman for stealing the love and attention of "his" city from him.
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.In 1940 the character was represented in the annual Macy's parade for the first time.^ In 1940 the character was represented in the annual Macy's parade for the first time.
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^ A giant helium Snoopy balloon has long been a feature in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

[121] In fact Superman had become popular to the extent that in 1942, with sales of the character's three titles standing at a combined total of over 1.5 million, Time was reporting that "the Navy Department (had) ruled that Superman comic books should be included among essential supplies destined for the Marine garrison at Midway Islands."[122] The character was soon licensed by companies keen to cash in on this success through merchandising. .The earliest paraphernalia appeared in 1939, a button proclaiming membership in the Supermen of America club.^ The earliest paraphernalia appeared in 1939, a button proclaiming membership in the Supermen of America club.
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.By 1940 the amount of merchandise available increased dramatically, with jigsaw puzzles, paper dolls, bubble gum and trading cards available, as well as wooden or metal figures.^ By 1940 the amount of merchandise available increased dramatically, with jigsaw puzzles, paper dolls, bubble gum and trading cards available, as well as wooden or metal figures.
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^ Thanks to Sabrina's popularity in this show, she soon began appearing on all types of merchandise, including jelly glasses, paper dolls and coloring books.

The popularity of such merchandise increased when Superman was licensed to appear in other media, and Les Daniels has written that this represents "the start of the process that media moguls of later decades would describe as 'synergy.'"[123] By the release of Superman Returns, Warner Bros. had arranged a cross promotion with Burger King,[124] and licensed many other products for sale.
.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.^ 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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^ Lex Luthor retrieves the Kryptonite from Metallo and has part of it fashioned into a ring which he wears at all times, forcing Superman to keep his distance.
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^ The character of Superman was rebooted and streamlined as well, led by popular writer/artist John Byrne.
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[125][126]
.The "S" shield by itself is often used in media to symbolize the Superman character.^ This shield is now typically used across media to symbolize the character.
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^ The "S" shield by itself is often used in media to symbolize the Superman character.
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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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.It has been incorporated into the opening and/or closing credits of several films and TV series.^ However, no textual support exists in any of the published comics, novels, films or TV series episodes to support the notion that the character of Superman is actually Jewish.
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^ There were plans to make The Carmichaels into a series as early as the 1999-2000 TV season, but plans involving the toddler Rugrats had put the new series' plans on ice.

^ The show introduced the popular cartoon characters Pinky and the Brain, who were subsequently spun-off into their own TV series in 1995.

In other media

The 1941 theatrical cartoon Superman, produced by the Fleischer Studios.
.The character of Superman has appeared in various media aside from comic books.^ In other media Main article: Superman in other media The 1941 theatrical cartoon Superman, produced by the Fleischer Studios.The character of Superman has appeared in various media aside from comic books.
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^ It lists comic book characters and their religions.
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^ Comic book characters grouped by religion.
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.This is in some part seen to be owing to the character's cited standing as an American cultural icon,[127] with the concept's continued popularity also being taken into consideration,[128] but is also seen in part as due to good marketing initially.^ This is in some part seen to be owing to the character's cited standing as an American cultural icon,[120] with the concept's continued popularity also being taken into consideration,[121] but is also seen in part as due to good marketing initially.
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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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^ But Jewish culture has had a large influence on contemporary American popular culture, so I can understand if you don't see it.
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[123] .The character has been developed as a vehicle for serials on radio, television and film, as well as feature length motion pictures, and computer and video games have also been developed featuring the character on multiple occasions.^ In 2003, another television series adaptation, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series this time using computer animation was produced by Mainframe Entertainment and broadcast on MTV; it featured characters and continuity from the 2002 Spider-Man film, as well as the character Kingpin as depicted in the Daredevil movie.

^ Those characters did not feature prominently on any of the later series.

^ The comic's characters have also appeared in various other media formats, including a long-running television comedy series.

.The first adaptation of Superman was as a daily newspaper comic strip, which was launched on January 16, 1939. The strip ran until May 1966 and significantly, Siegel and Shuster used the first strips to establish Superman's backstory, adding details such as the planet Krypton and Superman's father, Jor-El, concepts not yet established in the comic books.^ It debuted in 1963 and ran until 1966.

^ The strip ran until May 1966, and significantly, Siegel and Shuster used the first strips to establish Superman's backstory, adding details such as the planet Krypton and Superman's father, Jor-El, concepts not yet established in the comic books.
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^ Kal-El was born on the doomed planet Krypton to Jor-El and Lara.
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[72] .Following on from the success of this was the first radio series, The Adventures of Superman, which premiered on February 12, 1940, and featured the voice of Bud Collyer as Superman.^ Bud Collyer again provided the voice for Superman.
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^ Following on from the success of this was the first radio series, The Adventures of Superman, which premiered on February 12, 1940 and featured the voice of Bud Collyer as Superman.
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^ In 2001, the Smallville television series launched, focussing on the adventures of Clark Kent as a teenager before he dons the mantle of Superman.
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.The series ran until March 1951. Collyer was also cast as the voice of Superman in a series of Superman animated cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios and Famous Studios for theatrical release.^ Bud Collyer again provided the voice for Superman.
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^ Another strong influence was the acclaimed Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios.

^ The series ran until March, 1951.
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.Seventeen shorts were produced between 1941 and 1943. By 1948 Superman was back in the movie theatres, this time in a filmed serial, Superman, with Kirk Alyn becoming the first actor to portray Superman on screen.^ The first television series was produced by Format Films for Bagdasarian Film Corporation.

^ SF writer Cory Doctorow portrayed a culturally Jewish Superman in his short story "The Super-Man and the Bugout".
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^ After several adventures in outer space, Superman is captured by Warworld and confronts Mongul for the first time.
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A second serial, Atom Man vs. Superman, followed in 1950.[129]
.In 1951 a television series was commissioned, Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves, with the 25th and 26th episodes of the series being adapted from the theatrical release of the movie Superman and the Mole Men.^ In 1951 a television series was commissioned, Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves, with the pilot episode of the series gaining a theatrical release as Superman and the Mole Men.
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^ Superman was again animated, this time for television, in the series The New Adventures of Superman.
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^ A theatrical movie starring Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, was released in 2000.

.The series ran for 104 episodes, from 1952–1958. The next adaptation of Superman occurred in 1966, when Superman was adapted for the stage in the Broadway musical It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman.^ The syndicated series premiered in 1983 and ran until 1985, for a run of 130 episodes.

^ After the series reached episode number 65 and began syndication, it was combined with repeats of the Batman animated series to become The Batman/Superman Adventures.

^ See also * List of Beavis and Butt-head episodes * List of characters in Beavis and Butt-head * List of Musicians Appearing on Beavis and Butt-head * King of the Hill -- the next animated television series created by Mike Judge.

Despite good reviews, the play closed after only 129 performances.[130] .The original cast album recording was released and continues to be available.^ Broadcasts and releases Region 1 DVD release Region 1 DVD release In the UK, the series originally aired on Channel Four on terrestrial television, and Family Channel, a Canadian channel available through the original Sky system.

[131] However, in 1975 the play was remade for television. .Superman was again animated, this time for television, in the series The New Adventures of Superman.^ Superman was again animated, this time for television, in the series The New Adventures of Superman.
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^ ThunderCats is an animated children's television series.

^ The Adventures of Tintin is an animated television series based on the Tintin series of books by Herg辿.

.Sixty-eight shorts were made and broadcast between 1966 and 1969. Bud Collyer again provided the voice for Superman.^ Bud Collyer again provided the voice for Superman.
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^ In 1994, Spider-Man: The Animated Series was made for the Fox Network, (to accompany their X-Men series) with Christopher Daniel Barnes providing the webslinger's voice.

^ Following on from the success of this was the first radio series, The Adventures of Superman, which premiered on February 12, 1940 and featured the voice of Bud Collyer as Superman.
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.Then, from 1973 until 1984, ABC broadcast the Super Friends series, this time animated by Hanna-Barbera.^ Then from 1973 until 1984 ABC broadcast the "Super Friends" series, this time animated by Hanna-Barbera.
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^ And it was The Simpsons that ultimately broke The Flintstones' record as the longest-running prime time animated series in 1997.

^ The Adventures of Tintin The Adventures of Tintin title screen Format Animated series Run time approx.

[132]
.Superman returned to movie theatres in 1978 with director Richard Donner's Superman starring Christopher Reeve.^ It was the Christopher Reeve movies that cemented it in Kansas.
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^ Superman "is probably the most heterosexual character in any movie I've ever made," said Bryan Singer, director of "Superman Returns," a new movie about the crime-fighting superhero that opens June 28.
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^ Brandon Routh was the essentially unknown actor tapped by director Bryan Singer to play "Superman" in the 2006 feature film "Superman Returns."
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.The film spawned three sequels, Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).^ The film spawned three sequels, Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987).
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^ In the 1980 film, "Superman 2," a woman who has witnessed Superman save a young child says, "What a nice man!
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^ Having found peace over executing the three criminals in the Pocket Universe, Superman returns to Earth.
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[133] In 1988 Superman returned to television in the Ruby Spears animated series Superman,[134] and also in Superboy, a live-action series that ran from 1988 until 1992.[135] In 1993 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman premiered on television starring Dean Cain as Superman and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane; the series ran until 1997. Superman: The Animated Series was produced by Warner Bros. and ran from 1996 until 2000 on The WB Television Network.[136] .In 2001, the Smallville television series was launched, focusing on the adventures of Clark Kent as a teenager before he dons the mantle of Superman; Tom Welling stars as Clark.^ Clark Kent: I don't know.
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^ Superman is Clark Kent with powers.
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^ You can clearly see this in Clark Kent, as well as in Superman.
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[137] .In 2006, Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh as Superman.^ Brandon Routh was the essentially unknown actor tapped by director Bryan Singer to play "Superman" in the 2006 feature film "Superman Returns."
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^ In 2006, Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh as Superman.
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^ Superheroes representing religion came forefront in the public consciousness when Bryan Singer has Superman crucify himself for the sins of humanity in this summer's Superman Returns.
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[138]

Musical references, parodies, and homages

.Superman has also featured as an inspiration for musicians, with songs by numerous artists from several generations celebrating the character.^ Musical references, parodies, and homages See also: Superman in popular music Superman has also featured as an inspiration for musicians, with songs by numerous artists from several generations celebrating the character.
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^ Music Animaniacs was a very musical cartoon, with every episode featuring an original score (and in many cases, several original songs).

^ The characters of Superman and Batman were then spun off into a new animated series, Justice League, which featured other popular DC characters as well.

.Donovan's Billboard Hot 100 topping single "Sunshine Superman" utilised the character in both the title and the lyric, declaring "Superman and Green Lantern ain't got nothing on me".[139] Other tracks to reference the character include Genesis' "Land of Confusion",[140] the video to which featured a Spitting Image puppet of Ronald Reagan dressed as Superman,[141] "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" by The Kinks on their 1979 album Low Budget and "Superman" by The Clique, a track later covered by R.E.M. on its 1986 album Lifes Rich Pageant.^ With the help of Green Lantern , Superman investigates Replikon and finds one of his children murdered and another missing.
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^ This is because Superman's strength, like his other powers, has fluctuated over time but his strength should effortlessly range into the multi-megaton level at the very least.
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^ So, Superman is made in the image of two Jewish fellas that made him, but I like to think that they made him alien so the whole world would like him.
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.This cover is referenced by Grant Morrison in Animal Man, in which Superman meets the character, and the track comes on Animal Man's walkman immediately after.^ Superman and He-Man come face-to-face.

^ Enlarge Superman and He-Man come face-to-face.

^ Coming back to Metropolis, Superman finds Mister Mxyzptlk in the form of an old man lying in the gutter.
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[142] Crash Test Dummies' "Superman's Song", from the 1991 album The Ghosts That Haunt Me explores the isolation and commitment inherent in Superman's life[143].
.Parodies of Superman did not take long to appear, with Mighty Mouse introduced in "The Mouse of Tomorrow" animated short in 1942.[144] While the character swiftly took on a life of its own, moving beyond parody, other animated characters soon took their turn to parody the character.^ Parodies of Superman did not take long to appear, with Mighty Mouse introduced in "The Mouse of Tomorrow" animated short in 1942.
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^ Whilst the character swiftly took on a life of its own, moving beyond parody, other animated characters soon took their turn to parody the character.
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^ The comic's characters have also appeared in various other media formats, including a long-running television comedy series.

.In 1943 Bugs Bunny was featured in a short, Super-Rabbit, which sees the character gaining powers through eating fortified carrots.^ 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."

^ Lead : Superman cannot see through lead with his vision powers.
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^ Another competitor for the award was Tex Avery's Merrie Melodies cartoon A Wild Hare, which featured the first appearance of the mature form of Bugs Bunny.

.This short ends with Bugs stepping into a phone booth to change into a real "Superman" and emerging as a U.S. Marine.^ This short ends with Bugs stepping into a phone booth to change into a real "Superman", and emerging as a U.S. Marine.
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^ So really, considering that I am referring specifically to the Golden Age Superman, I don't see how Smallville factors into the equation.
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^ Likewise, Superman's father Jor-El launches a little rocket ship containing his son into outer space when he realizes Krypton is about to disintegrate.
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[145] .In 1956 Daffy Duck assumes the mantle of "Cluck Trent" in the short "Stupor Duck", a role later reprised in various issues of the Looney Tunes comic book.^ Sabrina eventually received her own comic book in 1971, with the comic running until 1983, after which Sabrina was reduced to occasional guest appearances and specials in the various Archie comics.

^ In "Endless Nights", an issue of the DC comic book series Sandman (set in the same DC Universe as Superman) there is a story about Rao.
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^ Generally considered Superman's female counterpart, Supergirl first appeared in 1958 and several variations of her have appeared in comic books since then.
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[146][147] .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.^ This series also featured a number of Marvel guest stars, and shared many of its character designs with the solo Spider-Man show produced just before it.

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

^ This reinvention, referred to as "Jerkass Homer" by online fans, caused a large backlash from many longtime fans of the series, who felt the show had jumped the shark.

[148] .Also on the BBC was the sit-com "My Hero", which presented Thermoman as a slightly dense Superman pastiche, attempting to save the world and pursue romantic aspirations.^ Also on the BBC was the sit-com "My Hero", which presented Thermoman as a slightly dense Superman pastiche, attempting to save the world and pursue romantic aspirations.
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^ This line foreshadows Clark's eventual emergence as the superhero Superman, who literally does save the world many times.
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^ Because I'm that way I like to see my hero that way; but this only goes to prove that Superman can be relatable to anyone.
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[149] .In the United States, Saturday Night Live has often parodied the figure, with Margot Kidder reprising her role as Lois Lane in a 1979 episode.^ In the United States, Saturday Night Live has often parodied the figure, with Margot Kidder reprising her role as Lois Lane in a 1979 episode.
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^ Luthor's schemes are revealed to the whole world on live TV, thanks to the efforts of Lois Lane and Dr. Gertrude Kelly , who had finally betrayed Luthor.
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^ Clark would probably look like "Hanukkah Harry" from SNL [ Saturday Night Live ], remember?
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[150] .Jerry Seinfeld, a noted Superman fan, filled his series Seinfeld with references to the character and in 1997 asked for Superman to co-star with him in a commercial for American Express.^ Jerry Seinfeld, a noted Superman fan, filled his series Seinfeld with references to the character, and in 1997 asked for Superman to co-star with him in a commercial for American Express.
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^ The character often appears as a guest star in other series and is usually a pivotal figure in DC crossover events.
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^ This series also featured a number of Marvel guest stars, and shared many of its character designs with the solo Spider-Man show produced just before it.

.The commercial aired during the 1998 NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl, Superman animated in the style of artist Curt Swan, again at the request of Seinfeld.^ Curt Swan, one of the best-known and most influential Superman artists, was raised Presbyterian but also attended Methodist churches while growing up (see: http://theages.superman.ws/swan.php).
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^ New episodes of the show were aired during the 1993 through 1998 seasons, and episodes of the show were rerun in syndication for several years after production of new episodes ceased.

^ Superman was recently reunited with some of the members of the Legion of Super-Heroes during the Lightning Saga event.
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.In PS 238, by Aaron Williams, the character Atlas, from the planet Argon, is basically a parody of Superman.^ The main character is basically Marvel's Superman, and he has a computer that assesses problems throughout the world and tells the Sentry when and where to go.
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^ Superman is basically a power fantasy, that a Jew can: a) be the most powerful person on the planet, who fights for justice, etc.
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^ Musical references, parodies, and homages See also: Superman in popular music Superman has also featured as an inspiration for musicians, with songs by numerous artists from several generations celebrating the character.
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.Superman has also been used as reference point for writers, with Steven T. Seagle's graphic novel Superman: It's a Bird exploring Seagle's feelings on his own mortality as he struggles to develop a story for a Superman tale.^ Superman has also been used as reference point for writers, with Steven T. Seagle's graphic novel Superman: It's a Bird exploring Seagle's feelings on his own mortality as he struggles to develop a story for a Superman tale.
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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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^ I think there was a Harvey Pekar story in which Superman is referred to as a fat, Jewish superhero!
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[152] Brad Fraser used the character as a reference point for his play Poor Super Man, with The Independent noting the central character, a gay man who has lost many friends to AIDS as someone who "identifies all the more keenly with Superman's alien-amid-deceptive-lookalikes status."[153]

Literary analysis

.Superman has been interpreted and discussed in many forms in the years since his debut.^ He also befriends Ashbury Armstrong , the daughter of Daily Planet reporter Dirk Armstrong , who has been growing increasingly skeptical about Superman since his new form.
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^ He explains that ten years have passed since Superman's visit, and that the Pocket Universe exists solely so that the Legion of Super-Heroes could come there from the future.
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^ It has been many years since I was able to turn the editor off as I read.
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The character's status as the first costumed superhero has allowed him to be used in many studies discussing the genre, Umberto Eco noting that "he can be seen as the representative of all his similars".[154] Writing in Time Magazine in 1971, Gerald Clarke stated: "Superman's enormous popularity might be looked upon as signalling the beginning of the end for the Horatio Alger myth of the self-made man." Clarke viewed the comics characters as having to continuously update in order to maintain relevance, and thus representing the mood of the nation. .He regarded Superman's character in the early seventies as a comment on the modern world, which he saw as a place in which "only the man with superpowers can survive and prosper."^ He regarded Superman's character in the early seventies as a comment on the modern world, which he saw as a place in which "only the man with superpowers can survive and prosper."
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^ This cover is referenced by Grant Morrison in Animal Man, in which Superman meets the character, and the track comes on Animal Man's walkman immediately after.
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^ Superman has fascinated scholars, with cultural theorists, commentators, and critics alike exploring the character's impact and role in the United States and the rest of the world.
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[155] .Andrew Arnold, writing in the early 21st century, has noted Superman's partial role in exploring assimilation, the character's alien status allowing the reader to explore attempts to fit in on a somewhat superficial level.^ Andrew Arnold, writing in the early 21st century, has noted Superman's partial role in exploring assimilation, the character's alien status allowing the reader to explore attempts to fit in on a somewhat superficial level.
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^ Brad Fraser used the character as a reference point for his play Poor Super Man, with The Independent noting the central character, a gay man who has lost many friends to AIDS as someone who "identifies all the more keenly with Superman's alien-amid-deceptive-lookalikes status."
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^ I don't think there is a problem with noting a character's religion and showing how it fits into their role to some degree, but to focus on religion in comics it would just make me drop comics altogether.
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[156]
Clark Kent, argued by Jules Feiffer to be the most innovative feature of Superman
.A.C. Grayling, writing in The Spectator, traces Superman's stances through the decades, from his 1930s campaign against crime being relevant to a nation under the influence of Al Capone, through the 1940s and World War II, a period in which Superman helped sell war bonds,[157] and into the 1950s, where Superman explored the new technological threats.^ Clark Kent, argued by Jules Feiffer to be the most innovative feature of SupermanA.C. Grayling, writing in The Spectator, traces Superman's stances through the decades, from his 1930s campaign against crime being relevant to a nation under the influence of Al Capone, through the 1940s and World War II, a period in which Superman helped sell war bonds,[149] and into the 1950s, where Superman explored the new technological threats.
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^ The Batman Adventures, through several format changes to reflect the changing world of the series and its spin-offs, outlasted the series itself by nearly a decade, finally being cancelled in 2004 to make way for the tie-in comic of a new, unrelated Batman animated series, The Batman.

^ I've fought against and alongside beings who call themselves "New Gods" as well as "old gods" of Greek myth .
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.Grayling notes the period after the Cold War as being one where "matters become merely personal: the task of pitting his brawn against the brains of Lex Luthor and Brainiac appeared to be independent of bigger questions", and discusses events post 9/11, stating that as a nation "caught between the terrifying George W. Bush and the terrorist Osama bin Laden, America is in earnest need of a Saviour for everything from the minor inconveniences to the major horrors of world catastrophe.^ Where's Bin Laden when you need him?
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^ Grayling notes the period after the Cold War as being one where "matters become merely personal: the task of pitting his brawn against the brains of Lex Luthor and Brainiac appeared to be independent of bigger questions", and discusses events post 9/11, stating that as a nation "caught between the terrifying George W. Bush and the terrorist Osama bin Laden, America is in earnest need of a Saviour for everything from the minor inconveniences to the major horrors of world catastrophe.
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^ Clark Kent, argued by Jules Feiffer to be the most innovative feature of SupermanA.C. Grayling, writing in The Spectator, traces Superman's stances through the decades, from his 1930s campaign against crime being relevant to a nation under the influence of Al Capone, through the 1940s and World War II, a period in which Superman helped sell war bonds,[149] and into the 1950s, where Superman explored the new technological threats.
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And here he is, the down-home clean-cut boy in the blue tights and red cape".[158]
.Scott Bukatman has discussed Superman, and the superhero in general, noting the ways in which they humanize large urban areas through their use of the space, especially in Superman's ability to soar over the large skyscrapers of Metropolis.^ Scott Bukatman has discussed Superman, and the superhero in general, noting the ways in which they humanize large urban areas through their use of the space, especially in Superman's ability to soar over the large skyscrapers of Metropolis.
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^ However, several human police officers are killed when they refuse to hand over the Parasite, enraging Superman.
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^ Using her visions to guide them, the gang must find their way through Venger's Maze of Darkness.

.He writes that the character "represented, in 1938, a kind of Corbusierian ideal.^ I refuse to believe that a character designed by one Canadian man, to represent Canadian ideals of the Messiah, would be a Kryptonian.
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^ I refuse to believe that a character designed by two Jewish men, to represent Jewish ideals of the Messiah, would be a Methodist.
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Superman has X-ray vision: walls become permeable, transparent. Through his benign, controlled authority, Superman renders the city open, modernist and democratic; he furthers a sense that Le Corbusier described in 1925, namely, that 'Everything is known to us'."[39]
Jules Feiffer has argued that Superman's real innovation lay in the creation of the Clark Kent persona, noting that what "made Superman extraordinary was his point of origin: Clark Kent." Feiffer develops the theme to establish Superman's popularity in simple wish fulfilment,[159] a point Siegel and Shuster themselves supported, Siegel commenting that "If you're interested in what made Superman what it is, here's one of the keys to what made it universally acceptable. .Joe and I had certain inhibitions...^ Joe and I had certain inhibitions...
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which led to wish-fulfillment which we expressed through our interest in science fiction and our comic strip. That's where the dual-identity concept came from" and Shuster supporting that as being "why so many people could relate to it".[160]
.Superman's immigrant status is a key aspect of his appeal.^ Superman's immigrant status is a key aspect of his appeal.
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[161][162][163] .Aldo Regalado saw the character as pushing the boundaries of acceptance in America.^ Jeff McLaughlin saw the character as pushing the boundaries of acceptance in America.
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.The extraterrestrial origin was seen by Regalado as challenging the notion that Anglo-Saxon ancestry was the source of all might.^ The extraterrestrial origin was seen by McLaughlin as challenging the notion that Anglo-Saxon ancestry was the source of all might.
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^ Superman's Moses-like origin and his Midwestern WASP-ish (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) persona are widely regarded as a symbol of Jewish assimilation.
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^ Superman, believing that he has just seen Doomsday murder his wife, attacks Diana with all his might.
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[164] Gary Engle saw the "myth of Superman [asserting] with total confidence and a childlike innocence the value of the immigrant in American culture." He argues that Superman allowed the superhero genre to take over from the Western as the expression of immigrant sensibilities. .Through the use of a dual identity, Superman allowed immigrants to identify with both their cultures.^ Through the use of a dual identity, Superman allowed immigrants to identify with both their cultures.
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^ He can see and identify radio/television and any and all broadcast/transmitted frequencies, allowing him to avoid detection through radar or satellite monitoring methods.
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^ Cultural impact Superman has come to be seen as both an American cultural icon[103][104] and the first comic book superhero.
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.Clark Kent represents the assimilated individual, allowing Superman to express the immigrants cultural heritage for the greater good.^ Clark Kent: Good night, Sara.
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^ Clark Kent: Good point.
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^ Clark Kent represents the assimilated individual, allowing Superman to express the immigrants cultural heritage for the greater good.
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[162] .Timothy Aaron Pevey has argued other aspects of the story reinforce the acceptance of the American dream.^ Timothy Aaron Pevey has argued other aspects of the story reinforce the acceptance of the American dream.
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^ Timothy Aaron Pevey has argued that they crafted "an immigrant figure whose desire was to fit into American culture as an American", something which Pevey feels taps into an important aspect of American identity.
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^ Pevey, Timothy Aaron ""From Superman to Superbland: The Man of Steel's Popular Decline Among Postmodern Youth"PDF (3.14 Mb).
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.He notes that "the only thing capable of harming Superman is Kryptonite, a piece of his old home world."^ He notes that "the only thing capable of harming Superman is Kryptonite, a piece of his old home world."
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^ He gave Lex a piece of red kryptonite, which removed Superman's powers.
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^ Actually, as a side note about comics and Jewish mythology, there's a classic old film called The Golem , which is rumored to have partly inspired Superman , of all things.
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[38] .David Jenemann has offered a contrasting view.^ David Jenemann has offered a contrasting view.
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.He argues that Superman's early stories portray a threat: "the possibility that the exile would overwhelm the country."^ Among other threats, Superman would have to battle "Jokerized" versions of the Eradicator , Green Lantern, and Doomsday , the latter of which had now evolved to sentience.
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Critical reception and popularity

.The character Superman and his various comic series have received various awards over the years.^ In later years the comics would handle the character and back story of Hordak differently from the cartoon.

^ The comic's characters have also appeared in various other media formats, including a long-running television comedy series.

^ He-Man ("The Most Powerful Man in the Universe") is the heroic lead character in the toy series Masters of the Universe and the various spin-off products and media related to it.

.
  • Empire magazine named him the greatest comic book character of all time.^ It lists comic book characters and their religions.
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    ^ Comic book characters grouped by religion.
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    ^ Re: The religion of comic book characters...
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    [166]
  • .
  • The Reign of the Supermen is one of many storylines or works to have received a Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award, winning the Favorite Comic Book Story category in 1993.[167]
  • Superman came at number 2 in VH1's Top Pop Culture Icons 2004.^ Superman came at number 2 in VH1's Top Pop Culture Icons 2004.
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    ^ The Reign of the Supermen is one of many storylines or works to have received a Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award, winning the Favorite Comic Book Story category in 1993.
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    ^ Superman is a staple of American pop culture.
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    [168]
  • .
  • Also in 2004, British cinemagoers voted Superman as the greatest superhero of all time.^ In the same year British cinemagoers voted Superman as the greatest superhero of all time.
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    ^ Lex Luthor retrieves the Kryptonite from Metallo and has part of it fashioned into a ring which he wears at all times, forcing Superman to keep his distance.
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    ^ This will be the greatest motion picture of all time - a stunnin by WeedyMcSmokey .
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    [169]
  • .
  • Works featuring the character have also garnered six Eisner Awards[170][171] and three Harvey Awards,[172] either for the works themselves or the creators of the works.
  • The Superman films have received a number of nominations and awards, with Christopher Reeve winning a BAFTA for his performance in Superman.^ Works featuring the character have also garnered six Eisner Awards[161][162] and three Harvey Awards,[163] either for the works themselves or the creators of the works.
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    ^ The Superman films have, as of 2007, received a number of nominations and awards, with Christopher Reeve winning a BAFTA for his performance in Superman.
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    ^ Jerry Speigel (an obvious reference to Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman) takes in a True-Man feature film before making a delivery to Joseph Schumacher (an obvious reference to Joe Shuster, co-creator of Superman).
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  • .
  • The Smallville television series has garnered Emmys for crew members and various other awards.^ The Smallville television series has garnered Emmys for crew members and various other awards.
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    ^ In 2001, the Smallville television series launched, focussing on the adventures of Clark Kent as a teenager before he dons the mantle of Superman.
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    ^ The comic's characters have also appeared in various other media formats, including a long-running television comedy series.

    [174]
  • .
  • Superman as a character is still seen as being as relevant now as he has been in the seventy years of his existence.^ I find the title SUPERMAN RETURNS ironic; the character's never gone away (He's appeared in at least 7 tv series in the past 20 years!
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    ^ The Saturday Evening Post reported in 1941 that the pair was being paid $75,000 each per year, still a fraction of DC's Superman profits.
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    ^ As far as Joe and Jerry creating a Protestant character, I still haven't seen any concrete evidence that this is the case.
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References

Further reading

Michael J. Hayde (2009). Flights of Fantasy. Albany: BearManor Media. ISBN 1-59393-344-4. 
Tom De Haven (2009). .Our Hero: Superman on Earth.^ [Sub-heading:] With a new Superman movie due out soon, the pressing question is: What faiths do our comic-book heroes practice?
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New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300118179.
 

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It's not about where you were born. Or what powers you have. .Or what you wear on your chest.^ Chloe ): "You know, Clark, maybe you can have your cape and wear it, too.
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... It's about what you do... It's about action.
.Superman is a fictional character and superhero, also known as Clark Kent and Kal-El.^ Clark Kent is superman!
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^ Clark Kent is NOT Superman *rolls eyes* .
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^ Superman and his alter-ego, Clark Kent .
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.Created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, he first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and rapidly became a popular and well-known comic book icon.^ Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster .
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^ Cover art by Joe Shuster.Superman's first appearance was in Action Comics #1, in 1938.
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^ Superman Archives 4 (Superman 13-16; w Jerry Siegel; a Joe Shuster).

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Each time I think I've made a connection with someone...
^ At the time the only ones we could think of were Ragman and "That Israeli kid out've that Blasters team that came out of DC's Invasion crossover".
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^ I've been a long time Superman fan, and never made the connection to Christ.
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once they find out what I can do, whether it's hours or days later, everything changes. Invariably they freak. They get retroactivly paranoid, wondering what else Clark Kent is hiding from them.

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Man in Green (brandishing a gun at Superman): Reach for the ceiling, quick!
Superman: Put that toy AWAY!

.Superman: This is no time for horseplay!^ Lana vowed to keep Superman's secret no matter what, and Batman promised Superman that Luthor would be taken down in due time.
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^ With no time left, Superman gets Diana out as he spins at incredible speed to get the bomb underground as it explodes.
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.Superman (to a man beating his wife): You're not fighting a woman now!^ The Peanuts characters even found their way to the live stage, appearing in the musicals You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy!!!.

^ BRUCE BACHAND [interviewer]: Do you see Superman as a man who prays and/or worships God regularly?
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^ But, to better answer some of what you're driving at, I think it could be very easy to be an atheist in the presence of Superman.
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.Superman (to Lois, after saving her): I'd advise you not to print this little episode.^ 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]

^ Fortunately, not only is the Earth saved, but Superman is restored to his old form and powers (and into a singular being once again) much to the happiness of everyone (especially Lois).
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^ As the Red-Blue Blur, Clark asked Lois to print a letter to Metropolis encouraging them to be their own heroes in case he was not there to save them.
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Issue 551

Written by Marv Wolfman
H.I.V.E Goon: You can't threaten me, Superman! You'd never kill us!
.Superman:You're right!^ Holy Sh-- You're right!
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You're probably right.
  • Making Light: Motivation 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC nielsenhayden.com [Source type: General]

^ You're right, and it seems an unlikely thing to be disagreeing about.
  • Making Light: Motivation 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC nielsenhayden.com [Source type: General]

.Taking lives is something I definitely find offensive!^ When the field around Kandor begins to destabilize, Superman and Emil Hamilton take the bottled city to the Fortress of Solitude hoping to find something in the rubble to save the city.
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^ He finds Matrix living in his apartment, still locked into the form of Clark Kent, and Jimmy takes a photo of the two of them.
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^ He finds Matrix living in his apartment, still locked in the form of Clark Kent, and Jimmy takes a photo of the two of them.
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But roughing up criminal terrorists a bit doesn't faze me at all!

Superman

Issue 75

Written by Dan Jurgens
Superman: It stops here, mister! This insanity ends in Metropolis!

.Superman: Too late, Lois.^ Superman spends some time in Smallville with his folks, trying to hide the fact that Lois has been acting very cold lately.

^ The New Fortress of Solitude Superman spends some time in Smallville with his folks, trying to hide the fact that Lois has been acting very cold lately.
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^ Lois is happy to see Superman back safe and sound, but admits that lately she is missing Clark very much.
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The JLA has already fallen and there are too many innocents in jeopardy. It's up to me.
Lois: Clark... I...
Superman: Just remember... no matter what happens... .I'll always love you.^ My daddy always said that if you wanna be somebody in this world, you have to make everyone you meet either love you or hate you.
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ALWAYS.

.Superman: Nobody tears my city apart and gets away with it.^ Superman attends her funeral in Central City before getting to work at helping tracking down her killer.
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^ But can even a Superman stop a war that threatens to tear apart a mighty nation?


.Superman: I don't know what hole you crawled out of or where you came from, but I'm sending you back!^ They don’t know that Superman is back.
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^ You were dead , and you came back to life."
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^ SUPERMAN: I don't think you want to do that.
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Superman: Enough, Doomsday! .If you want to get your hands on my friends, you're going to have to kill me first!^ "You, are my home,you're my family.
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^ You're wasting your time!

^ You're going to need it.
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.Superman (his last internal monolouge before he dies): For Lois, and Jimmy and the entire city, I've got to put this guy away while I still can!^ He dies before he can reveal where Lois is located.
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^ Superman heard a scream from that world, and flying there found Kal-L from Earth-Two, standing over the body of Earth-Two Lois Lane, who had just died.
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^ Put on trial by a fearsome alien tribunal, Superman is forced to take the blame for the actions of one of his ancestors - actions that led to the deaths of the entire population of Superman's homeworld of Krypton.

Superman: The Man of Steel

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It has been suggested that Superman: The Man of Steel be merged into this article or section.^ Man of Steel 2 (Superman vol.

^ Superman: The Man of Steel #82 Superman, thrown into the past, helps save Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in the 1940s, before being flung back into 1998.
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^ Superman Archives showcases the earliest adventures of The Man of Steel.

(Discuss)

Issue 21

Written by Louise Simonson
.Batman: He gave me this ring with a kryptonite stone.^ With Lex Luthor's trial approaching, Superman is appealed to turn in the Kryptonite ring Luthor used to have (which Superman has entrusted to Batman ).

^ Superman Retrieves the Kryptonite Ring from Batman With Lex Luthor's trial approaching, Superman is appealed to turn in the Kryptonite ring Luthor used to have (which Superman has entrusted to Batman ).
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^ Batman reluctantly turns over the ring to Superman (and in the process, Superman learns that he is not vulnerable to Kryptonite in his new form) and Superman allows the ring to be tested by Luthor's defense attorneys.
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He said -
.Superman: I have many enemies who have tried to control me.^ This line foreshadows Clark's eventual emergence as the superhero Superman, who literally does save the world many times.
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^ Superman arrives, leading a cadre of heroes who can withstand the toxicity to try to rescue who they could.
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^ On his first night out Superman has to turn up and battle Replikon , who does not seem totally in control of himself, and once defeated, Replikon self-destructs.
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And I live in fear that someday, they might succeed. .If that ever should happen -- If I should ever lose control, There would only be one sure way to stop me.^ Which is why redundancy is important; the kind of rigid overspecification it would take to define only one story is not fun to read.
  • Making Light: Motivation 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC nielsenhayden.com [Source type: General]

^ He told Lois that the only way to stop the chaos was to use the Legion ring to reset the day and she was upset that he would not reveal his secret to her again.
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^ The only way I can think of to circumcise baby Clark would be Kryptonite (not that his parents knew of such a thing) and that would certainly put his life in danger.
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.Batman: Do you realize what you're asking?^ If you're French however, you can apologise right now for the "real movie" that was Haute Tension (Switchblade Romance), another shite effort.
  • 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]

^ You're talking about the one when you really mean the other and I think it's weakening your point.
  • Making Light: Motivation 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC nielsenhayden.com [Source type: General]

^ SUPERMAN: You're asking, where was I? FATHER LEONE: Are you sure you can't read minds?
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Superman: I do. .I want the means to stop me in the hands of a man I can trust with my life.^ I can say is, I wish THAT were my problem (having an editorial letter in hand, I mean.
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^ I want you out of my life, Dad!
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^ I'm a Christian (and not in a flippant way, I mean a scripture-quoting, Bible-reading, God-is-center-of-my-life born-again Christian), but I don't agree Christianity should be be portrayed in Smallville .
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Issue 121

Written by Geoff Johns
.King of Diamonds: Aren't you going to read me my rights?^ If you go back and re-read my...
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^ It's great, read it before you read my c/p'ed quasi-post here.
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^ If you’re going to make dumb points like that, that other people have already made at least spell th word RIGHT!!!
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Superman: See a badge?

Superman: Hello, Ten.
.Ten of Diamonds: I was just thinking about you.^ In fact, I would think that virtually everything you learned about writing academese would have a harmful influence on your ability to write fiction.
  • Making Light: Motivation 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC nielsenhayden.com [Source type: General]

^ When you think about it, Superman isn't such a bad model for a modern priest.
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^ Which, if you think about it, plays right into those teenage tendencies we were talking about up above.
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How --
.Superman: You've got a very distinct heartbeat.^ If you research the history of Superman, he is very much a Jewish creation.
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^ But, to better answer some of what you're driving at, I think it could be very easy to be an atheist in the presence of Superman.
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^ Like I said, you're stretching it very far for Superman to have any connection with the classic golem.
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Erratic breathing'. .And your kevlar costume squeaks when you walk.^ I think you could take the cape off (or not) and walk this costume down the runway of any fashion show.

Easy sound grouping to pull out of a crowd.
Ten of Diamonds: A crowd of eleven million?
.Superman': My hearing's very acute.^ That’s just not a very iconic S. If that were resolved, this would be my first choice for the design of a younger, sexier Superman.

The Adventures of Superman

Issue 505

.Deke Dickson: Maybe you can steal more money with a briefcase than a gun, but nothing beats superpowers!^ And you can't get more Jewish than that."
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^ And aside from these rare, overt (and often clumsy) efforts at politics, I find superhero comics to be much more conservative than you do.
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^ Maybe you want a superpowered Lex Luthor.
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Superman: Close, Punk. Nothing beats Superman!

Minis and Other Appearances

Kingdom Come

Written by Mark Waid

Issue 1

Superman: I'm Superman. I can do anything.
.Wonder Woman: Except, apparently, face your fear.^ Having faith when your're standing beside an Angel who is hitting on Wonder Woman is kind of like having faith in gravity.
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^ Some additions to your reprint list: the Golden Age Superman story, the Golden Age Wonder Woman story...
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Issue 2

Superman: Party's over.
Superman: We are at war.

Issue 3

.Superman: Only the weak succumb to brutality.^ Superman is not only the defender of the weak.
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Birthright

Written by Mark Waid
.Clark(to his mother, Martha Kent, in an email): I can see this, I suppose you could call it, aura of colors that words can't describe around living things.^ Superman can see the aura that every living thing generates.
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^ Martha Kent: I'm glad that you and Clark have become close.
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^ Martha Kent: It must have been awful for you.
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And when something dies the aura fades leaving something that's not easy to look at. .It appears empty in a way that makes you feel empty too.^ The Peanuts characters even found their way to the live stage, appearing in the musicals You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy!!!.

^ But there are ways you can make the guitar sound like more than it is.

^ You make me feel like I actually belong.
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.Clark (to his mother, Martha Kent, in an email): Each time I think I've made a connection with someone...^ Clark Kent: I didn't think he was lying to me.
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^ Plus, there wouldn't be enough time to watch Clark Kent sitting in the church and praying.
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^ While growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Clark Kent attended Sunday church services at the local Methodist church with his mother, Martha Kent, every week until he was fourteen years old.
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once they find out what I can do, whether it's hours or days later, everything changes. Invariably they freak. .They get retroactivly paranoid, wondering what else Clark Kent is hiding from them.^ They tapped into their own longing to be something greater by having Superman be the alter-ego of the "mild-mannered" Clark Kent.
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^ After living a normal human life as Clark Kent for a year, they suddently came back.
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^ Clark Kent: Kinda leave that part out, don't they?
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Superman and Lois (first time)
Superman: Don't be afraid.
Lois: I'm not. Helicopters, danger, go, go, go! Then we'll talk.
Superman(to himself): She's not afraid.
Superman apprehending an arms dealer
.Superman: I know it was you who sold those guns to those kids.^ You know who was a total jerk?
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^ [Did you know] That Superman was a Methodist?
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^ But did you know that Superman is Methodist?
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Arms dealer: I didn't sell them anything.
.Superman: I can hear your heartbeat.^ You asked me to hear your-- SUPERMAN: I asked you to listen.
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.I know you're lying.^ Mom wants to know if you're upset about a girl.
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^ Lana Lang: Dad wants to know if you're upset about a guy.
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^ It helps to know what you’re talking about before you lecture others on it THX. .
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.Superman(Grabbing a gun off the wall): I just saw a young girl looking down the barrel of a gun screaming.^ As the train speeds up uncontrollably, Superman tries to grab the side of the train but it already plummets off the curve toward the ground.
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^ [Superman pauses, looking down at the ground, thinking.
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^ I would also never expect to see Superman look down on someone who doesn't believe in God.
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She will remember it for the rest of her life.
.Superman(Firing the gun at the terrified arms dealer then catching the bullet right in front of his face): Now, so will you.^ He fires a shot aimed at Tam-Or, but Supergirl rushes in and catches the bullet before it can strike its target.
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^ If there was an entire film of this stuff, I’d be weeping right now, telling you how we were in for this amazing love letter, this beautiful reintroduction to this classic character.
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^ I know it must be hard for you right now.
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Clark and Lois at a diner
.Lois: When we first met Luthor you acted like the two of you knew each other.^ The war suit arrives in Metropolis and is met by Lex Luthor II, Lois, and others, who are shocked when a black-suited Superman emerges and tells them all that he is the real deal.
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^ Clark gets two surprises that same day: the first is from Pete Ross, who wants him to talk to Lana and the other is from Lois, who announces she thinks they should have a baby.
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^ The sequence of events AS I TELL YOU is likely different from the chronological sequence, and the slant, viewpoint, pacing, word choice, and other characteristics play as large a role as the sequences.
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Clark: Yeah. .A long time ago back in Smallville.^ Jonathan made a deal with Jor-El to help bring Clark back home to Smallville by promising to release Clark to Jor-El when it came time to fulfill his destiny.
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He doesn't seem to remeber which is its own miracle. I was hoping he wouldn't anyway.
Lois: That's too bad. .It would be nice if you could shed some light on his actions.^ But, to better answer some of what you're driving at, I think it could be very easy to be an atheist in the presence of Superman.
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^ With so much bad material on TV, it would be nice to have this show present some sort of good example.
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^ If you wanted to include those variables, it would be pretty simple to gather some data and use regression to build an equation that would do so.
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.Clark: Looking back Lois, I think he just wants someone to talk to.^ I just want to be Clark Kent."
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^ Or that they just wanted someone religious looking doing it?
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^ After giving gifts to the members of the JLA, Clark and Lois decided to take a few days off to visit Kandor , just the two of them.
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Superman saves Lois from mobsters
Lois: Thank God.
.Superman: Are you all right?^ [Grant] Morrison got it right in the first issue of All Star Superman.
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^ You do know that Superman was created by two Jewish boys, it had the Christian religion all throught the storyline, it mirrors that story of Moses from the Bible.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You can put forth all the crap you want about Superman as an allegory for Jewish empowerment.
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Lois: I'm fine. I need to talk with you.
Superman: Can it wait?
Lois: No. (Bullet flies past her head) Yes.

Infinite Crisis

.Earth-2 Superman: [internal monologue upon hearing of the death of Superboy, at the hands of Superboy-Prime] When I had to tell Kara, all she could say was "Why?^ Some say [Superman] is Jewish, as he was created by two Jewish cartoonists and could be viewed as part of the golem myth...
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ So I could completely understand if a (say) eight-year-old Jewish kid is reading Superman, finds that the creators are Jewish, and applies that to the hero himself.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There’s also something very youthful about this Superman, as with all of Jemma’s designs - perhaps this is a revised Superboy Prime (apparently we can say that again!

Why did we survive when he didn't?" I asked myself that question so many times. But I thought I knew the answer. .Because I thought he was unworthy of the symbol I'd help.^ Maybe because he thought now would be a good time to believe in God right now because he needed help or either he really does believe in God and he was praying for his help.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

But I picked the wrong one to condone. And the wrong one to condemn.
Green Lantern: I'm picking up a signal... The Society has broken open every prison in the world and brought the inmates to Metropolis. .They're going to storm the city.^ When people think of Christianity in comics, they're not going to think of the good guys, of the moderates and the temperates, tolerants and true.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They're going to think of that raving preacher, threatening fire and brimstone, demonized for hatred and intolerance.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Go back and re-read that last bit: They can be a great people Kal-El.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.They're saying that if Superman's city falls...^ They were saying that Superman is Jewish, which nothing in the book description on Amazon actually says.
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^ Jewish heroes that, y'know, SAY they're Jewish.
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^ Gay/GLBT writers, humorists and commentators who opined that Superman might be "gay" mean this only in the same sense that they say everything they like is gay.
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the rest will follow...?
Superman: Everyone, listen to me! These jerks killed Superboy. .They've tried to kill us.^ However, I've always tried to look at religions from what they have in common.
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^ Oh, they don't want us preaching at them or trying to convert them.
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.Now they say they're going to tear this city apart.^ And who is it in the Crisis that says they're Jewish?
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And that's part of the problem I have with past creators going around saying what they think S&S [Siegel and Shuster] were doing, instead of just asking them to begin with while they were still alive.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When people think of Christianity in comics, they're not going to think of the good guys, of the moderates and the temperates, tolerants and true.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

I say... like hell.
.Superboy-Prime: [battling Superman]] I'm the only one who can rescue this messed-up universe.^ If Superman could only defeat me in battle .
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^ I wouldn't doubt that the enduring love Superman feels for Lois is because one of them had a crush on the model who posed for her...
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There’s also something very youthful about this Superman, as with all of Jemma’s designs - perhaps this is a revised Superboy Prime (apparently we can say that again!

.I'm the only one who knows how to make it right.^ Do it if you wanna know who your real love is ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU,ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, SEND THIS COMMENT TO ALL THE PPL YOU LOVE. LOOK DOWN AT THE TABLE TOO SEE HOW MUCH PPL LOVE YOU...............
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^ He meets the new S.C.U. team leader, Lupe, who makes it clear that she thinks of Superman as one of her deputies.
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^ Yeardley Smith and Marcia Wallace are the only cast members who only do one voice, though both have on occasion voiced one-shot characters.

I will be its greatest hero! When you're gone... I will be Superman!
Superman: Superman? .[rips the S-Shield off Superboy-Prime's costume] You'll never be Superman.^ There’s also something very youthful about this Superman, as with all of Jemma’s designs - perhaps this is a revised Superboy Prime (apparently we can say that again!

^ (Myself, I've written a narrative and a comic script of a "Muslim Superman", which a lot of non-Muslims have liked, but it'll never see the light of day in the form of a comic.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You'll find out that Superman is a Methodist, Batman is Episcopalian/Roman Catholic, the Fantastic Four's The Thing is Jewish, and that God's religion is described as...
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.Because you have no idea what it means to be Superman.^ I mean, one would assume that Superman would stay pretty darn neutral don't you think???
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But I would say it's not too surprising that you don't see more of Superman's Christianity because of his upbringing.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I mean, he blames Superman for not helping enough sometimes, so how do you think he'd feel about an omnipotent entity?
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Superboy-Prime: Yes I do. I'm from Krypton! .A better Krypton than yours ever was!^ Superman felt better about Krypton as a whole, too, as he had previously been feeling more estranged from it than ever.
  • 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: It's not about where you were born.^ I'm a born-again believer, so when I read something like Superman: For All Seasons where in the very beginning Clark talks to a local priest about his powers or something it kind of gives you an idea that his family goes to church.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When you think about it, Superman isn't such a bad model for a modern priest.
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^ You can put forth all the crap you want about Superman as an allegory for Jewish empowerment.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Or what powers you have. .Or what you wear on your chest.^ Chloe ): "You know, Clark, maybe you can have your cape and wear it, too.
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Superboy-Prime: Shut up! [the two continue fighting]
.Superman: [after defeating Superboy-Prime] It's about what you do...^ There’s also something very youthful about this Superman, as with all of Jemma’s designs - perhaps this is a revised Superboy Prime (apparently we can say that again!

^ When you think about it, Superman isn't such a bad model for a modern priest.
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^ I mean, he blames Superman for not helping enough sometimes, so how do you think he'd feel about an omnipotent entity?
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

It's about action.

Misc. Superman Quotes

Superman and Batman Talking
Superman sick talking to Batman after questioning bikers at a bar about Lois' wereabouts
Superman: I'm sorry. I know that could have gone badly.
.Batman: They're never afraid of you are they?^ Editors keep nudging you to finish it because they're selfish, selfish creatures.
  • Making Light: Motivation 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC nielsenhayden.com [Source type: General]

^ Dave: I've never read more than bits of the works that give Joyce his reputation for difficulty, but I think you're being needlessly reductive.
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^ You never leave the person whom you love for the one you like, because that person who you like will leave you for the person whom they love.
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Glowing green, seeping radiation. You could break this planet in two. .Yet when they see you struggling to hold yourself up in a doorway, they trip over one another to help.^ With the help of Green Lantern , Superman investigates Replikon and finds one of his children murdered and another missing.
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^ I didn’t enter this time but would like to when even you have another one of these cool contests (which will hopefully be soon!

^ Kryptonians : On the rare occasions where he has battled other Kryptonians, they seem more easily able to harm one another as well.
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.Superman: You could try asking nicely.^ Could you get any more Biblical if you tried!
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^ How could you guess my plan, Superman?
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^ But, to better answer some of what you're driving at, I think it could be very easy to be an atheist in the presence of Superman.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Batman's inner-monologue as Superman stops a dirigible from falling
.Batman: Flying out of the sky, he once again show us why he sets the standard for so many.^ It sets a standard in which many fans appeal to and try to practice just as in many worldwide religions where there is always a general concept of right and wrong, the fundamentals of religion.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They didn't set out to make Superman Jewish, of course, but there are some subtle in-roads that they wanted many Jewish kids to identify with.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

Many see him as a naive boyscout whipped by his own selflessness. .They will not, cannot, see him for what he is, a hero.^ Then they decided to make him a hero, but never officially changed his non-Jewish status.
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Quotes from other characters in superman comics
The Atom from Superman: Critical Condition
.The Atom: I remember the first time I met Superman.^ After several adventures in outer space, Superman is captured by Warworld and confronts Mongul for the first time.
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^ When the Atom's wife, Jean Loring , is nearly hanged, Superman is the first on the scene and identifies the knot used, though it ends up being a red herring.
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^ After several adventures in outer space, Superman is picked up by Warworld and confronts Mongul for the first time.
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.It was a Justice League case so there were other heroes involved, but in my mind none of them stood as tall or as proudly as Superman.^ Also on the BBC was the sit-com "My Hero", which presented Thermoman as a slightly dense Superman pastiche, attempting to save the world and pursue romantic aspirations.
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^ 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.
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^ Heck, there are enough aliens in the Justice League over the years that any religious group would have to acknowledge their existence.
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.I began to wonder what I was doing in the same room as him, how little he must think of me.^ On the same night, Superman encounters Obsession , who goes on a rampage after Superman does not return her affection, causing him to wonder if he had been smothering Lois in the same way at the end.
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^ If you think him being a billionaire must make him Conservative I suggest you look at Ted Turner.
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.But Superman never treated me as anything but an equal.^ Point of the post: I never thought Superman was anything but raised Christian, and I think that's completely supportable, while other evidence seems weak to me.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It probably really doesn't mean anything, as I am sure that Superman was never meant as a divine figure like the Spectre.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He certainly looks alien, and that’s a credit to Jemma because it’s the one thing I think Superman has always lacked; Superman, raised by human Earthlings, never looked like anything but human.

At six inches tall he made me feel like a giant. Now I had to be that giant for him.
Wonder Woman restraining and talking to Superman after he is transformed into Doomsday form by Circe
.Wonder Woman: I won't let you give into your pain or guilt.^ The way each of you welcomed me into your church and led me down the path of Christ makes you all my angels, I know that.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Some additions to your reprint list: the Golden Age Superman story, the Golden Age Wonder Woman story...
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^ And just in case you’re not infuriated yet, let me give you the last big spoiler in this thing.
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.The whole world needs you right now because of who you are and what you do.^ Yet, you are right where you need to be.
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^ For those who don't "get it", you can read "The Gospel According to The World's Greatest Superhero."
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^ Luthor's schemes are revealed to the whole world on live TV, thanks to the efforts of Lois Lane and Dr. Gertrude Kelly , who had finally betrayed Luthor.
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.Because of what you mean to everyone.^ Just because you aren't religious doesnt mean it's bad.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You can't say just because he is from the Bible Belt that means he probably does.
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^ Just because modern society tends to judge things from a more neutral scientific standpoint does not mean that religion must therefore be obsolete for everyone.
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.Because of what you mean to me.^ Just because you aren't religious doesnt mean it's bad.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You can't say just because he is from the Bible Belt that means he probably does.
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.Just by being as good as you are.^ Revisited them sometimes brings the joy of rediscovering just how good the work you have already done actually is.
  • Making Light: Motivation 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC nielsenhayden.com [Source type: General]

^ I think that you are mistaken in assuming that he was just doing one thing, and for no good reason.
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Superman (changing back and crying): Diana...What have I done to you?
Green Arrow asks for Superman's help on a murder case involving a hanging
Green Arrow: (internal monologue)For the last victim, we went to Animal Man, the Metal Man, and Mister Miracle. We found nothing. So this time, we go to the top. (he glances at Superman) The very top.
.Superman: The killer used a sheep's tongue knot with a Dutch Marine twist.^ When the Atom's wife, Jean Loring , is nearly hanged, Superman is the first on the scene and identifies the knot used, though it ends up being a red herring.
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^ When the Atom's wife, Jean Lorring , is nearly hanged, Superman is the first on scene and identifies the knot used, though it ends up being a red herring.
  • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.Green Arrow: How do you know that?^ Do it if you wanna know who your real love is ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU,ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, ii LOVE YOU, SEND THIS COMMENT TO ALL THE PPL YOU LOVE. LOOK DOWN AT THE TABLE TOO SEE HOW MUCH PPL LOVE YOU...............
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^ Do you know how many times I've flown over this church?
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^ It's the same thing Catman says to Green Arrow at the end of the Villains United run: "You're supposed to be the good guys.
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Superman: It's a standard Boy Scout's knot.
.Green Arrow: (internal monologue)And in one sentence I can both love and hate the man.^ This one will be cel shaded and features both Spider-man and Venom(comics) as playable characters.

^ Before they leave, he has a brief talk with Lois, who becomes mostly convinced that this man is the original one she fell in love with.
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  • Clark Kent is how Superman views us.^ Superman and his alter-ego, Clark Kent .
    • Superman - Superman Wiki - Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC superman.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In 2001, the Smallville television series launched, focussing on the adventures of Clark Kent as a teenager before he dons the mantle of Superman.
    • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Clark's adoptive human father, Jonathan Kent , is shown both dying before Clark's emergence as Superman, as well as staying alive as a supporting character.
    • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

    .And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent?^ And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent?
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    He's weak. He's unsure of himself. He's a coward. .Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race.^ Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race."
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race, sort of like Beatrix Kiddo and Mrs. Tommy Plumpton.
    • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Superman and his alter-ego, Clark Kent .
    • 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
Box artwork for Superman.
Developer(s) Atari
Publisher(s) Atari
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action-adventure
System(s) Atari 2600
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Followed by Superman: The Game
Series Superman
.This is the first game in the Superman series.^ Ghast First confrontation: Unknown Superman was part of the JLA team that fought the demons three in JLA #10 & #11 (1st series).
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

^ Doomsday First confrontation: Unknown Doomsday is a powerful supervillain that fought and killed Superman in the 1993 series "The Death of Superman."
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

^ Kanjar Ro First confrontation: Unknown Superman was a member of the original JLA team who battled Kanjar Ro back in issue#3 of the first series.
  • Superman Enemies - ComicVine 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: General]

For other games in the series see the Superman category.
.Superman is an Atari 2600 game designed by John Dunn and published by Atari in 1978.^ Video games Main article: Spider-Man (games) Capcom fighting game version Enlarge Capcom fighting game version Spider-Man first appeared in video game form in 1982, in the Parker Brothers game Spider-Man for the Atari 2600.

^ The Billy Graham Evangelical Association, back in 1978, distributed a book published by Bethany Fellowship by John Wesley White, which bore the title The Man from Krypton: The Gospel According to Superman.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Superman’s being handled with excellent care by Johns over in Action Comics , and the hope is that Robinson is bringing his “A” game to help reestablish the glory of comics’ first superhero.
  • Superman | Rack Raids 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.rackraids.com [Source type: General]

Getting Started →
Walkthrough →
.The player(s) takes control of the DC Comics character Superman, who must repair the bridge destroyed by Lex Luthor, capture Luthor and his criminals underlings, enter a phonebooth to turn back into Clark Kent, then return to the Daily Planet in the shortest amount of time.^ When Clark returned to the Daily Planet, Lois had become a zombie and attacked Clark.
  • Clark Kent - Smallville Wiki - Episode Guides, Superman Characters 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC smallville.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Clark Kent is superman!
  • 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]

^ Clark continued his duties at the Daily Planet .
  • Clark Kent (Tom Welling) - Green Arrow 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC greenarrow.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

.To slow Superman's progress, Kryptonite has been released by Luthor.^ Lex Luthor retrieves the Kryptonite from Metallo and has part of it fashioned into a ring which he wears at all times, forcing Superman to keep his distance.
  • 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]

^ With Lex Luthor's trial approaching, Superman is appealed to turn in the Kryptonite ring Luthor used to have (which Superman has entrusted to Batman ).

^ After Superman's escape from this kryptonite prison and Luthor's apparent death, the legend of kryptonite continued to grow.
  • Kryptonite 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC plantspedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If hit by Kryptonite, Superman loses his abilities to capture criminals and fly.^ When Superman captures three criminals in a "pocket universe" he uses gold Kryptonite from that universe.
  • Superman (comic book character) - comicvine.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.comicvine.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Superman exposes the criminals to gold Kryptonite, taking away their powers, and then decides that they must be punished for their crimes--he exposes them to green Kryptonite, killing them.
  • 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]

^ Kryptonite was depicted as being so abundant that many ordinary criminals kept a supply as a precaution against Superman's interference.
  • Kryptonite 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC plantspedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.To regain them, he must find and kiss Lois Lane.^ Superman must find a way to regain his powers or face life as a normal person, while stopping the threats of Barrage, Mammoth, and Thaddeus Killgrave.

.Only three of Superman's powers are used in this game: strength, X-ray vision, and flight.^ Superman using his heat vision.
  • 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]

^ For most of his existence, Superman's famous arsenal of powers has included flight, super-strength, invulnerability to non-magical attacks, super-speed, vision powers (including x-ray, heat-emitting, telescopic, infra-red, and microscopic vision), super-hearing, and super-breath, which enables him to blow out air at freezing temperatures, as well as exert the propulsive force of high-speed winds.
  • Dey(: | MySpace 11 September 2009 11:54 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]

^ Season 2 : Clark used his X-ray vision to identify Tina Greer .
  • 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 game can be played with two players.^ Also, in the 1978-1979 version only, only the two highest-scoring players at the end of Round 1 played Double Jeopardy!; the third-place player was eliminated before the start of the round.

.The player using the left joystick controller will have priority over the left and right movement of Superman, while the player using the right controller will have priority over up and down movement of Superman.^ If you are miking up a guitar combo that has two loudspeakers, should you mic the left speaker or the right?

^ When the Atom's wife, Jean Loring , is nearly hanged, Superman is the first on the scene and identifies the knot used, though it ends up being a red herring.
  • Superman (Clark Kent) - DC Comics Database 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC dc.wikia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman left a lasting mark on the face of a mythos where Clark Kent was real, Superman was the disguise, and Lois Lane was essential to his make-up.
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman on TV.com 28 January 2010 1:57 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Superman is one of the earliest console games to feature a Pause option, which could be activated by pressing the select switch on the Atari 2600.

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Superman

Developer(s) Seika
Publisher(s) Kemco
Release date December 1988
Genre 2D platformer
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) N/A
Platform(s) NES
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough
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Superman is a game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
^ Scooby-Doo, a 1995 game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

^ In February 2004 a TMNT trading card game based on the 2003 cartoon was released by Upper Deck Entertainment.

^ In tandem with the 2002 release of Spider-Man the movie, Activision released Spider-Man, the first Spider-Man game for all the major video game console systems, including Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC, as well as a portable version for the Game Boy Advance.

.The game is based off of the superhero comic series of the same name.^ Count Duckula is a fictional character, a vegetarian vampire duck, in the animated TV series of the same name created by British studio Cosgrove Hall, and a spin-off from Dangermouse, a show in which an evil version of the Count Duckula character was a recurring villain.

^ Transformers is the name of a line of toys produced by Hasbro from 1984 onwards, and also of a number of spin-offs based on the toys including a Marvel comic book series, an animated television series that began airing on 1984 (Transformers series) and a feature-length movie, Transformers: The Movie.

^ Animaniacs the video game based on the series was also made for the SNES and Sega Genesis.

Gameplay

.In this Jump'n Run, you take on the role of the Man of Steel and must free Metropolis from criminals in several missions.^ But how do you stop a man who could take a Polaris missile on the chin?
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It was in Man of Steel , during Mark Schultz's run.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.You start the game as Clark Kent, but as long as you have enough energy, you can change into Superman.^ Clark Kent: I didn't mean to drag you into this.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Clark Kent: I can't stay that long.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Superman is Clark Kent with powers.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

.Apart from jumping and punching, Superman can also use different super powers such as Heat Vision, X-Ray Vision (makes certain enemies visible), two kinds of Super Breaths (one that freezes certain enemies) and Super Flight which takes him to different locations.^ He amazes us with his powers - heat vision, arctic breath, super strength, flight, x-ray vision.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Turtles were consistently depicted as the "good guys," and their arch-enemy Shredder (with maybe one or two exceptions) was depicted as a "bad guy."

^ Superman is a sick ass superhero, with super strength, laser eyes, really cold breath and a spandex suit.
  • The religion of Superman (Clark Kent / Kal-El) 2 February 2010 15:015 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: Original source]


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Superman games
1970s-1980s
Superman (Atari 2600) | Superman: The Game | Superman (NES) | Superman: Man of Steel (Commodore 64) | Superman (arcade)
1990s
Superman: The Man of Steel | Superman (Sunsoft game) | The Death and Return of Superman | Superman (Game boy) | Superman 64
2000s
Superman: The Man of Steel (Xbox) | Superman: Shadow of Apokolips | Superman: Countdown to Apokolips | Superman: The Greatest Hero | Superman Returns

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[[File:|thumb|Superman in 1942]] Superman is a famous comic book character. He is possibly the first modern superhero character. He was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1932, while they were still in high school. He first appeared in Action Comics issue #1 in 1938. Later, he appeared in movies, television series, cartoons, commercials, and radio shows. He is one of the most popular superheroes ever and the mascot of DC Comics.[needs proof]

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Superman is from a planet called Krypton. His name was Kal-El. His father, Jor-El, found out that their planet was going to explode. Jor-El sent his baby son to Earth in a spacecraft to save him. Kal-El was found and adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent. They named him Clark Kent. The Kents raised him as their own son in a town called Smallville, Kansas in the United States. There is a television series called Smallville based on this time.

As he grows up, Clark finds out that he has special powers. He is indestructible (he cannot be hurt). He is strong enough to lift almost anything. He can fly. He can run and move faster than a bullet. He has X-ray vision (he can see through walls), and heat vision (he can shoot heat from his eyes). He can freeze things with his cold breath. He decides to use his special powers to fight crime and save people in danger. He wears a blue and red costume and cape to keep his alter ego (his real name) a secret. He saves the entire world many times.

He moves to a city called Metropolis, and becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet, a newspaper. He falls in love with another reporter, Lois Lane.

His only weakness is a radioactive rock from his home planet, called "kryptonite." It makes him sick and weak. His enemies use it to hurt him. Blue Kryptonite makes people able to control him using hypnosis, green slowly kills him, black makes him evil, and red has many different effects on him (each piece of red kyrptonite affects him differently). There is also gold, white, and jewel kryptonite.

Affiliatons

Enemies

His worst enemy is a bald (hairless), evil genius named Lex Luthor. He has other deadly enemies too. Bizzaro is a clone of Superman, but the cloning effects made him look like a monster. He comes from another earth. Darkseid is a very powerful enemy. He is the ruler of the planet Apocalypse.

Teams

Superman also founded the Justice League of America alongside Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Martian Manhunter.

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