Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicComics & Animation · 1 decade ago

Entire Superman history/ mythology summarised?

Can someone who is a major fan and/or knows a lot about Superman and the comics summarize Superman's life/ adventures for me from the beginning to end/now?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Superman was created by Jerome (Jerry) Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1932 while they were in Cleveland, Ohio. They sold the rights to DC Comics in 1938 and in June of that year, Superman appeared in his first story in Action Comics #1.

    In that story he was......y'know, if I write all this out, I'll be here for several hours. It would be easier if you just went to Wikipedia and typed in "Superman."

    It will give you a history of the character as well as some interesting background information. As for a summation of all of Superman's adventures over the years? That's going to be tough. Superman has appeared in just about every medium you can imagine. Comic books, novels, Broadway Musicals, Motion Pictures, Television Shows, Radio Programs, Video Games, Cartoons, Frozen Ice Cream Treats, Underwear, Clothing, Etc. You name it, and there's probably a Superman version of it somewhere.

    Superman's adventures are chronicled in several different radio shows. Kryptonite was actually invented for one of the radio programs. He's been portrayed by numerous actors. Kirk Alyn was the first, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, and others that I'm sure I'm forgetting. There are literally tens of thousands of Superman stories in the comic books alone. It would be an exhausting and nearly impossible task to compile all that information into one volume.

    Basically, if I were to try to tell you everything in a nutshell, it would go something like this:

    Superman's dad is a scientist on Krypton. He says, "Krypton's gonna blow up!" Nobody believes him. He builds a rocket and puts his son in it an sends him to Earth. Krypton blows up. The baby gets to Earth and his rocket is found by a couple named Jonathon and Martha Kent. They are farmers in Smallville, Kansas. After a seriously cold Winter, they debut "Clark" as their own natural son. Clark grows up in Smallville but soon (thanks to the radiation from Earth's yellow sun and his Kryptonian biological structure) starts exhibiting powers. Super Strength and speed, invulnerability, X-ray vision, flight. He dates Lana Lang in high school, but after graduation decides to leave Smallville to fulfill a greater purpose. He travels around the world for around a year before going to college at Metropolis University and majoring in Journalism. After working for various newspapers around the globe, Clark decides to settle in Metropolis. He is forced to reveal himself and his powers when a new type of space plane is sabotaged by Lex Luthor. Clark saves the plane only to find Lois Lane on board. He is then mobbed by a crowd of people and flies to his parent's house in Smallville. Jonathon and Martha devise the idea of putting together a costume for Clark. Martha makes the costume and Jonathon figures out that by putting glasses on, Clark looks like an entirely different person. Clark, with his newfound secret identity, heads back to Metropolis and gets a job at the Daily Planet by scooping their star reporter, Lois Lane, on the biggest story of the century: Superman.

    Over the character's 71 year history, he has teamed up with just about every hero in the DC Universe. He's a frequent partner of Batman and Wonder Woman, and is a founding member of the Justice League of America. His enemies include Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid, Metallo, Live Wire, Parasite, Toyman, Gorilla Grodd, Doomsday, and others too numerous to mention.

    In 1992, DC decided to kill off Superman. The character of Doomsday was created and they had an epic battle that culminated with Superman dying in the arms of Lois Lane. During the aftermath, four new "Supermen" arrived on the scene. There was a dark, almost Batman-Like Superman that turned out to be a Kryptonian program designed to preserve the sanctity of Kryptonian life, called the Eradicator. When Clark died, it was brought online in the Fortress of Solitude and began masquerading as Superman. Another was "Steel." John Henry Irons, a steel-worker and electronic genius was saved by Superman during the Doomsday attacks and was inspired to build a suit that allowed him to masquerade as one of the "Supermen." The third was a teenage clone of Superman developed at Cadmus Labs. An accident opened his growth chamber before he was artificially aged to look as old as Superman. His memory inputs were working retroactively so when he woke up aged 16 in 1992, he only had the memories and pop-culture references of someone born in 1976. As it turns out, he was a clone of Lex Luthor that was genetically enhanced with abilities derived from Superman's bio-electric aura. Finally, you have the Cyborg Superman. He turned out to be a villian whose name was Hank Henshaw. Apparantly, Henshaw and three other friends were launching a rocket ship and got into an accident very similar to the origin of the Fantastic Four. Instead of gaining powers from their exposure to cosmic rays, Henshaw's group got radiation sickness and died. For some rea

    Source(s): 30 plus years of reading Superman comics and living 10 minutes from Metropolis, Illinois.
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  • 4 years ago

    From the congressional examine service: "Shirley Chisholm (D-ny), elected to the 91st by way of 97th Congresses (1969-1983), replaced into the 1st African American lady in Congress. because of the fact that element, 30 different African American females have been elected, alongside with Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL, 1993-1999), who's the only African American lady, besides because of the fact the 1st African American Democrat, elected to the Senate." So the respond may be one...and that's one greater beneficial than the Republican have had this would additionally be of activity: "there have been 133 African American contributors of Congress: 127 have been elected to the domicile; 5 have been elected to the Senate; and a million has been appointed to the Senate. there have been 104 Democrats, one hundred and one interior the domicile and 3 interior the Senate; and 29 Republicans, 26 interior the domicile and 3 interior the Senate." Or approximately 3 and a a million/2 circumstances as many Democrats as Republicans. you could save the thumbs down. i'm in basic terms reporting the data!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Superman was born Kal-El on the planet Krypton, he was rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton's destruction. Discovered and adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent and imbued with a strong moral compass. Very early he started to display superhuman abilities, which upon reaching maturity he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity.

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