Superman is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics.
Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 on April 18, 1938 which marked the rise of the Golden Age of Comic Books.
Ever since his inception, Superman has been depicted as a hero that originated the planet Krypton and named Kal-El. As a baby, he was sent to Earth in a small spaceship by his biological family, Jor-El and Lara, moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm.
His ship landed in the American countryside; he was found and adopted by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent near the small town of Smallville, who named him Clark Kent. Clark displayed various superhuman abilities from the start as a young boy, such as incredible strength and impervious skin.
Kal-El’s foster parents advised him to use his abilities for the benefit of humanity, and he decided to fight crime as a vigilante. To protect his privacy, he changes into a colorful costume and uses the alias “Superman” when fighting crime. Clark Kent resides in the fictional American city of Metropolis in his adult life, where he works as a journalist for the Daily Planet disguising himself among the people there.
Commonly depicted supporting characters of Superman are depicted as residing in Metropolis such as prominent love interest of Superman, Lois Lane, good friend of Superman, Jimmy Olsen, and Daily Planet chief editor Perry White. He has many foes such as his classic enduring archenemy, the genius inventor Lex Luthor. He is a friend of many other superheroes in the DC Universe, such as Batman and Wonder Woman.
Although Kal-El was not the first superhero character, he popularized the superhero genre and defined its conventions. He remains the best selling superhero in comic books of all time. He has endured as one of the most lucrative franchises even outside of comic books.
15 Superman Facts
For Fanboys and Fangirls who want to know all they can about Clark Kent. We’ve put together a list of 15 things DCEU fans probably don’t know about Superman.