Superman: The Unknown Facts


HE STARTED AS A BALD VILLAIN

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Comic creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first drew him as a villain in a January 1933 story called “The Reign of the Super-Man,” which appeared in an issue of their comic fanzine Science Fiction. It bombed, so they reimagined him as a superhero, if it was successful Superman would have been a powerful DC villain.

HE WASN’T BORN WITH SUPERPOWERS

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Superman’s power isn’t limitless or unstoppable. In most versions of Superman’s origin, the people of Krypton were powerless while walking around their planet, which had a red sun while Earth had a yellow one.a Kryptonian’s cells absorb and convert the solar rays into incredible power. Due to this reason as Clark grew up he became more powerful mostly because Solar energy makes his skin tough but not invincible. While on other planet with no Red Sun he’ll slowly run out of power and on Earth if he fights without rest the power wont be restored on the same rate.

MAGIC SPECTACLES AND DUEL IDENTITY

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For most of the first timers they find it highly illogical that people cannot recognize Superman when he puts on his glasses. Clark’s disguise isn’t as simple as it looks like when he slicks back his hair and puts on a pair of glasses. Many comics have shown Superman using a lot of tricks to hide his dual identity.

The lenses of his glasses are slightly tinted, changing the shade of his eyes.

His control over his muscles that allows him to shake hands with Normal people and fight super-powered villains, he actually changes his voice as Clark Kent and thanks to learning acting techniques he is able to come up with a different body language as Clark Kent.

THE S DOES NOT STAND FOR SUPERMAN

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Although there are lot of explanations over time about S symbol on Superman’s Chest. Early explanations simply say that it was a monogram designed by Clark and his adopted parents.

In first Superman movie it was explained that S is actually a Kryptonian glyph that was used to represent House of El that was followed by TV and Animated versions too and later in 2003 this explanation was adapted by comic books. In Superman:Birthright Mark Waid changed this explanation telling that this was an ancient Kryptonian symbol the means Hope that later makes Lois call him Superman. This is the explanation that is now adapted in Zak Snyder’s upcoming movie.

 

HE WASN’T ALWAYS ABLE TO FLY

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The first appearance of Superman simply described that he was incredibly strong, could withstand anything less than a bursting shell from a tank, and was able to leap 1/8th of a mile. His first ability to fly was shown in Radio series and original cartoons. Then in 1941 comic books added flight to his superpowers. With time he got a lot of new powers and some where taken away. His modern day powers includes heat-vision, incredible strength/stamina, enhanced senses, X-Ray vision, arctic breath, super-speed, increased healing, near-complete body/muscle control, and a skin-tight force-field that makes him invulnerable to most forms of harm.

 

SUPERMAN IS A RIPOFF

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You don’t believe me right? How can the most recognizable icons in the world be copied from someone else and no one knows that. Superman is the first Superhero but he is not the first character with same superpowers.

Gladiator a Pulp novel written by Philip Wylie’s in 1930, starring Hugo Danner, tells story of a man whose father invents a secret formula that can create superpowers. He injects this formula in his son. Hugo gains super strength, bullet proof skin and the ability to jump over the tallest building in a single bound. Jumping, not flying, that is slight different but Superman’s early appearance gave him power to jump too.

CLARK KENT AND SUPERMAN HAVE BEEN SEEN TOGETHER

On a lot of occasions Superman’s superpowered friends who have ability to shape shift have taken Clark Kent’s identity when in time of need.

TIME TRAVELING SUPERMAN

When in school Clark wanted to hangout with kids of his own ability and he was visited by heroes from 30th century who were inspired by Clark’s story. They used to take him to their time where he had a lot of adventures. This is the reason he has a optimistic view on Human race because he saw what they have achieved after 1000 years.

LOIS LANE NOT THE FIRST LOVE

Superman got married to Lois Lane in 1999 (That doesn’t exist after reboot happened) but before Lois Clark had deep feelings for his best friend Lana Lang who also knew of his secret. As a teen, Clark also had a crush on Saturn Girl, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. He seriously dated a girl named Lori Lemaris, who turned out to be a mermaid from Atlantis. During a time travel adventure to Krypton’s past, Superman became involved with Lyla Lerrol, a famous Kryptonian actress. And right now he is with Wonder Woman that everyone is wondering till when it is going to last.

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Mini Facts

Superman can be seen somewhere in every episode of the television show, Seinfeld.

The actor, Nicolas Cage, named his son Kal-el, which is Superman’s birth name.

Now since Man of Steel is not so far you can go ahead with this added Superman knowledge in your database and flaunt it around. Hope it was a good read.

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