Superman is undoubtedly world’s most iconic superhero, and ever since its introduction in 1938, the Man of Steel witnessed some very unique and strange adventures. Like other DC Comic characters, there have been a lot of different versions of Superman over the years. Though Superman is the most liked and famous superhero, here are a few facts about Superman which most people don’t know.
- The famous S-shield is not just Superman’s family crest. First hinted at in the 1978 feature film, in the comic book story “Superman: Birthright” and the series “52,” we learned that it’s a Kryptonian symbol which means “hope” and drawing the S-shield upside down changes its meaning to “resurrection.”
- Everyone heard about the legal battle between the heirs of Superman’s creators and Warner Bros./DC Comics, its origins come from one fateful decision made by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938. The creators sold the rights to the Man of Steel to Detective Comics for a $130.
- In the initial stages of Superman, the comic said that he was incredibly strong and was able to leap 1/8th of a mile. His ability to fly first showed up in the radio series and his original cartoons. In the comics, he officially gained the ability to fly nearly two years after his first story.
- His wife Lois Lane wasn’t the first lady to capture Superman’s attention and heart. In high school, Clark had deep feelings for his friend Lana Lang, who was among the first few people to learn about his strange powers.
- Like most of Superman’s iconic supporting characters and powers, Kryptonite didn’t originate in the comic books. It was introduced in the character’s radio show.
- Action Comics #700 contained a story by Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer which caused a great deal of controversy at the time. The Incident features Superman deciding to take a stand against American foreign policy by renouncing his American citizenship and becoming a hero for the entire world.
- When Ku Klux Klan reemerged after WWII, author and civil rights activist Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the hateful organization and reported their secrets to the police. They had no interest in what he had learned though, so Kennedy contacted the Superman radio serial and they used his findings to create a 16 episode arc called Clan Of The Fiery Cross. As a result of this show, few of his secrets were exposed, they became a laughingstock, and hence their membership was dramatically reduced.
- “The New 52” changed a lot of things for Superman. Releasing all of the pent up solar energy in Superman’s system, this blast is capable of burning everything within a quarter of a mile, but there’s a catch. After draining himself in this way, he is left powerless for 24 hours, making him as everyone else on Earth. This is one of the most shocking facts about Superman.
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