Superman (1939-11)

Superman is a superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and is considered an American cultural icon. The Superman character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933; the character was sold to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games. With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.

Superman's appearance is distinctive and iconic. He usually wears a blue costume, red cape, and stylized red-and-yellow "S" shield on his chest. This shield is used in a myriad of media to symbolize the character.

The origin 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. Discovered and adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent and imbued with a strong moral compass. Very early on he started to display superhuman abilities, which, upon reaching maturity, he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity. Superman resides and operates in the fictional American city of Metropolis. As Clark Kent, he is a journalist for the Daily Planet, a Metropolis newspaper. Superman's primary love interest is Lois Lane and his archenemy is supervillain Lex Luthor.

Superman has fascinated scholars, with cultural theorists, commentators, and critics alike exploring the character's impact and role in the United States and worldwide. The character's ownership has often been the subject of dispute, with Siegel and Shuster twice suing for the return of legal ownership. Superman has been labeled as the greatest comic book hero of all time by IGN, as the editors pointed out that Superman was the blueprint for superheroes as we know them today.

Several alternative versions of Superman have also been produced.


Superman #204

"The Case of the Lethal Letters!" more info

Superman #206

"The Day Superman Became an Assassin" more info

Superman #207

"The Superman from Outerspace!" more info

Superman #208

"The Case of the Collared Crime-Fighter!" more info

Superman #248

Wein - Swan - Anderson - Schwartz "The Man Who Murdered the Earth" more info

Superman #252

"Superman and the Powerstone" "Superman in When Titans Clash" "Doctor Fate" "Hawkman" "The Black Condor" "The Spectre" "Starman" "The Ray"... more info

Superman #285

Maggin - Swan - Blaisdell - Schwartz "Search for the "Impossible" Man" more info

Superman #292

Maggin - Swan - Oksner - Schwarts Origin: Lex Luthor (retold) "The Luthor Nobody Knows!" more info

Superman #358

Bates - Roy - Swan - Oda - Chiaramonte - Schwartz "Father Nature's Folly!" more info

Superman #384

Bates - Swan - Hunt - Oda - SChwartz "Steve Lombard.. Down, out, and Dead?" more info

Superman #650

Busiek - Johns - Woods "Up, Up, and Away!, Part 1: Mortal Men" more info

Superman #651

Busiek - Johns - Woods "Up, Up, and Away!, Part 3: Clark Kent?" more info

Superman #652

Busiek - Johns - Woods "Up, Up, and Away!, Part 5" more info