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Superman was officially the world's first superhero. Appearing in DC's Action Comics #1 in 1938, Superman has managed to became the world's most recognizable hero too.

Young Superman on parade.


Origin and Powers

Kal-el was born on the planet Krypton to scientist parents who foresaw the end of their civilization. They packed him up in a rocketship and sent him to Earth before their red sun went 'nova. Kal-el was found by a kindly human couple, adopted by them, and raised as one of their own. Under our yellow sun the alien, now known as Clark Kent, was empowered with superstrength, superspeed, superhearing, x-ray vision, laser eyes, freeze-breath, flight, and invulnerability -except for Kryptonite (an inert ore whose radiations only seem to affect Superman).


Superman maintains a secret identity with a day job as a reporter for Metropolis' largest newspaper. He spends the rest of his time as the world's greatest superhero.

Superman's first appearance.
Superman's first appearance with this particular fan (and Batman).

Known Associates

See Also

Fortress of Solitude
DC Universe


The Superman Home Page
The Comic Book Database
There's always more info at Wikipedia.

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