Know Your DCU: Superman
I am starting off the return of the Know Your DCU article with the Man of Steel himself, the original superhero, Superman. I put this article on hold two years ago, when the “New 52” started and I didn’t want to confuse new readers with outdated information. In bringing back the article, I’m going to start off with some of the more popular characters and give a broad history of their backgrounds in comics and in popular culture.
Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The character took off, and what followed were more comics, a weekly radio play (ask your grandparents/great-grandparents), animated shorts, movie serials, multiple TV shows (both live action and animated), the Christopher Reeves movies, the recent Man of Steel movie, and the just announced Batman/Superman film.
In all these different forms of media, the story is always the same: the baby Kal-El is sent from the planet Krypton to Earth and is raised as Clark Kent by two kindly farmers in Kansas. Our planet gives Kal-El unlimited strength and the ability to fly, along with heat vision and freeze breath. Clark Kent, a mild mannered reporter for the Daily Planet, takes on the persona of Superman and fights for truth, justice, and the American way. And in one way or another, Lois Lane is always in his life.
What about the New 52? Clark is a “blogger, dates Wonder Woman, and his suit is alien technology that takes whatever form he chooses. So yea, things are a bit different…