Updated: August 29, 2021
SUPERMAN COLLECTIBLES #01
Superman is a superhero published by DC Comics since 1938. An alien named Kal-El from the
destroyed planet Krypton. he was sent to Earth and raised as Clark Kent by human foster
parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent. As an adult, Superman became the protector of Earth,
working at the Daily Planet as Clark Kent alongside his partner and wife Lois Lane.
Sent as a baby to Earth from the dying planet Krypton, Kal-El was adopted by Martha and
Jonathan Kent of Smallville, Kansas. Growing up as Clark Kent, he devoted his life to
helping others with the abilities he developed from Earth's sun. Moving to Metropolis,
he became Superman, while still maintaining his secret identity as Clark Kent, who works
at the Daily Planet newspaper.
Superman's birthday is February 29th.
For detailed biographies by continuity, Superman's Biography (Modern Age) - Superman's history
from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Flashpoint (with a brief hiatus between 2011 and 2015) and
his return in Rebirth? Superman's Biography (Pre-Crisis) - Superman's history from 1938 to
Crisis on Infinite Earths?
In the original Siegel and Shuster stories, Superman's personality is rough and aggressive. He
was seen stepping in to stop wife beaters, profiteers, a lynch mob and gangsters, with rather
rough edges and a looser moral code than we may be used to today. In later adventures, he became,
softer, and had more of a sense of idealism and moral code of conduct. 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. This came to an end when
Superman vowed never to take a life.
Superman is an extremely moral person, believing it immoral to kill anyone under any circumstances,
and will do whatever he can to avoid it. Clark's upbringing in the Midwest largely contributes to
this, as his adoptive parents raised him to do the right thing.
In Superman / Batman #3, Batman says, "It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most
human of us all. 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."
Superman is also a bit of a loner, in that, for much of his life, he doesn't reveal his true identity
and powers to anyone, not even his closest friends. Many times they come close to figuring it out on
their own, but often he will arrange an elaborate deception to trick them into believing Clark Kent
and Superman are entirely separate. He's known to collect mementos of his adventures and his life in
the Fortress of Solitude, and has even been known to have wax statues of all his friends there.
Powers and Abilities:
Superman possesses the ability to fly under his own power, incredible strength and near invulnerability,
as he can only be harmed by the element Kryptonite. His eyes can emit bursts of heat, while vision ranges
from the microscopic to the telescopic. His vision is also capable of a broader spectrum than human eyes,
able to see x-rays and radio waves. He can hear faint sounds amongst a bustle of noises by concentrating.
His lungs are capable of holding air for long periods of time in environments without oxygen, and the
ability to compress this air and exhale it in a freezing capacity.