SUPERMAN Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: Superman                                                                       
Superman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero widely considered to       
be one of the most famous and popular such characters and an American                 
cultural icon. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born             
artist Joe Shuster in 1932 while both were living in Cleveland, Ohio, and sold       
to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1938, the character first appeared in Action Comics     
#1 (June 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television         
programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games.                                   
The origin story of Superman relates that he was born Kal-El on the alien planet     
Krypton, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father         
moments before the planet's destruction. Adopted and raised by a Kansas farmer       
and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent, and imbued with a strong moral       
compass. Upon reaching maturity the character develops superhuman abilities,         
resolving to use these for the benefit of humanity. With the success of his           
adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its           
primacy within the American comic book.                                               
While referred to less flatteringly as "the big blue Boy Scout" by some of his       
fellow superheroes, Superman is hailed as "The Man of Steel," "The Man of             
Tomorrow," and "The Last Son of Krypton," by the general public within the           
comics. As Clark Kent, Superman lives among humans as a "mild-mannered reporter"     
for the Metropolis newspaper The Daily Planet (the Daily Star in original             
stories). There he works alongside reporter Lois Lane, with whom he is               
romantically linked. This relationship has been consummated by marriage on           
numerous occasions across varying media, and the union is now firmly established     
within the current mainstream comics continuity.                                     
The character's supporting cast, powers, and trappings have slowly expanded           
throughout the years. Superman's backstory was altered to allow for adventures       
as Superboy, and other survivors of Krypton were created, including Supergirl         
and Krypto the Superdog. In addition, Superman has been licensed and adapted         
into a variety of media, from radio to television and film. The motion picture       
Superman Returns was released in 2006, with a performance at the international       
box office which exceeded expectations. In the seven decades since Superman's         
debut, the character has been revamped and updated several times. A significant       
overhaul occurred in 1986, when John Byrne recreated the character, reducing         
Superman's powers and erasing several characters from the canon, in a move that       
attracted media attention. Press coverage was again garnered in the 1990s with       
The Death of Superman, a storyline which saw the character killed and later           
restored to life.