History of Superman
In the Superman story, change is the only constant. Since the 1930s when we first got a glimpse of the world’s most treasured superhero, the storyline has been altered and updated many times. He is constantly reinventing himself so that every generation has a different version of Superman, making him relevant in any decade. On April 18, 1938, DC Comics (then National Allied Productions) debuted a new anthology title Action Comics, with the lead-cover story featuring a new superhero character called Superman. The rest, as they say, is history. This year, on the 75th anniversary of that date, we look at Superman's history from the Golden Age of the 1930s comics, to the TV show "Adventures of Superman" in the 1950s, through more than four Superman movies and up to the New 52.
History of Superman
In the summer of 1938, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the villainous Super-Man character that used his powers to terrorize criminals; he was soon changed into a hero instead. The Superman was introduced as the sole survivor of the planet Krypton, his father Jor-El sent him to Earth where he was found and fostered by Jonathan and Martha Kent. They brought him up on their farm in Smallville, Kansas and gave him the name of Clark Kent. Clark began to develop his superhuman abilities, and he and his foster parents decided to create a secret identity for him and thus Superman was born!
Action Comics #1 is where the original Superman story was laid out. He takes up a job as a reporter so that he can know when and where crimes are taking place. Superman’s character is more based on what is right as opposed to his later versions which lean more to what is legal. Superman’s archenemy Lex Luthor is introduced in the late 1930s. Luthor is a master strategist and finds ways to use people’s weaknesses against them. Over time, Superman’s powers increased from just leaping tall buildings in a single bound, to being...