REAL NAME: Kal-El
AFFILIATION: The Justice League
FIRST APPEARANCE: Action Comics #1
Kal-El was born on the distant planet of Krypton to scientist Jor-El and his wife, Lara. Fearing that the destruction of the planet was imminent, and ridiculed by his peers, Jor-El built a rocket in secret to transport his family away from the dying world. But with his time limited, Jor-El was only able to send his infant son, as he and his wife perished alongside their home-world.
Spirited away to the planet Earth, baby Kal was found by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, who, unable to have a child, took him in as their own and raised him under a new name, Clark.
Growing up in Kansas, Clark learned to respect Truth, Justice and the American Way, and basking in the light of our yellow sun, he developed miraculous powers.
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Clark decided to use his continuously developing powers, such as flight and heat-vision, to become Superman.
Moving to Metropolis and becoming a reporter to remain close to the action, Clark adopted a disguise consisting of an act and a pair of glasses, to trick those around him into believing that ‘Superman’ had no secret identity, therefore being able to live a safe, dual life with his loved ones, such as fellow reporter Lois Lane.
Over the years, Superman has attracted many enemies. Some, like Lex Luthor, hate him for his alien nature, while others see his extraordinary strength as a challenge. Time and again, foes like Luthor have plagued Superman, using various instruments such as ‘Red Sunlight’ and ‘Kryptonite’ to weaken the Kryptonian. Fortunately, few have come close to besting the Man of Steel. Few save the monster Doomsday, whose incredible power almost exceeded that of Clark’s, as the hero found out after a ferocious battle left both seemingly dead.
Superman’s death at the hands of Doomsday also resulted in the appearance of more villains, as in the wake of his death, four pretenders appeared to claim his title, some of which would later reveal their nefarious natures, such as the murderous Cyborg-Superman.
While not as memorable as Batman’s villains, Superman has a wealth of interesting characters permeating his rogue’s gallery; General Zod, a Kryptonian war-criminal imprisoned in the Phantom Zone before the destruction of Krypton; Metallo, the vengeful army soldier turned Kryptonite powered cyborg; Brainiac, an android known for shrinking and collecting cities prior to their planet’s destruction; Bizarro, a faulty clone of the Man of Steel; Parasite, a mutated janitor who feeds on the energy of those nearby and Mister Mxyzptlk, a magical imp from the fifth dimension, whose relationship with Superman is more playful than hostile.
In more recent years, Superman’s life has undergone a lot of upheaval. After The Flash travelled back in time to save his mother, and changed history in the process, Superman founds himself a younger, brasher hero, still learning what sort of man he was. After helping found the Justice League once again and dating Wonder Woman, Superman found himself at a loss when most of his powers were drained from him, and his identity as Clark Kent was revealed to the world. Ever the hero, Superman continued to fight for the forces off good, before finally succumbing to his weakened state and dying for a second time.
However, it was revealed that at some point in time, some force far more powerful than Superman could comprehend, had altered reality around him, splitting his very person in two. The second Superman would later merge with the essence of his younger, deceased counterpart, rewriting reality once again in the process. In this new timeline, the current DC Universe, Superman retains his sense of responsibility as a hero to all, but has found time to marry Lois Lane, help found the Justice League and create lasting friendships with his co-workers at the Daily Planet and his fellow heroes, like Batman and Wonder Woman.
As the world looks to Superman as a beacon of hope; celebrating his presence as a hero not even death can defeat, Kal-El now faces the most important challenge of all; raising his and Lois’ son, Jonathan Kent, to be a hero that can uphold his own legacy as Superboy.
CURRENTLY APPEARS IN: Action Comics, Justice League, Superman & Trinity