History Franchise / Superman

27th Oct '17 7:58:43 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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Originally created by Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist), two sons of Jewish immigrants who, after several tries, finally got him published in ''Action Comics'' #1, where he immediately took off; imitations of him pretty much created UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks.[[note]]This wasn't their first attempt at the character they had in mind. Ironically, the first character they called "Superman" was intended as a villain with superior mental powers (also ironically looking a lot like ComicBook/LexLuthor, BaldOfEvil and everything. In truth, the character probably inspired the Ultra-Humanite, and the story's title "The Reign of the Superman" has inspired many MythologyGags since[[/note]]). Superman was an immediate success not only in the comics but in the wider culture. In TheThirties and TheForties, he was adapted into radio, serials and most crucially [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons into cartoons]] by Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer. It was in the latter adaptation that Superman received his most iconic superpower, that of flight. The phenomenal success and appeal of the character filtered into the wider lexicon to such an extent, that Superman has arguably become a major folk character, idiomatic of someone who can literally do anything and embody any WishFulfillment one yearns for. Many aspects of the Superman mythos has fallen into the common lexicon. Kryptonite has arguably displaced AchillesHeel, and the name of one of his supervillains has become a synonym for genius: [[TropeMaker brainiac]].

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Originally created by Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist), two sons of Jewish immigrants who, after several tries, finally got him published in ''Action Comics'' #1, where he immediately took off; imitations of him pretty much created UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks.[[note]]This wasn't their first attempt at the character they had in mind. Ironically, the first character they called "Superman" was intended as a villain with superior mental powers (also ironically looking a lot like ComicBook/LexLuthor, BaldOfEvil and everything. everything). In truth, the character probably inspired the Ultra-Humanite, and the story's title "The Reign of the Superman" has inspired many MythologyGags since[[/note]]). since.[[/note]] Superman was an immediate success not only in the comics but in the wider culture. In TheThirties and TheForties, he was adapted into radio, serials and most crucially [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons into cartoons]] by Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer. It was in the latter adaptation that Superman received his most iconic superpower, that of flight. The phenomenal success and appeal of the character filtered into the wider lexicon to such an extent, that Superman has arguably become a major folk character, idiomatic of someone who can literally do anything and embody any WishFulfillment one yearns for. Many aspects of the Superman mythos has fallen into the common lexicon. Kryptonite has arguably displaced AchillesHeel, and the name of one of his supervillains has become a synonym for genius: [[TropeMaker brainiac]].
17th Oct '17 10:28:21 AM AnotherGuy
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** Superman also had a crossover with pre-cartoon [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]] (there was no Prince Adam in the story.)
10th Oct '17 4:24:20 AM Ccook1956
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* PantyShot: Lana Lang in ''Superman'' #392 (April, 1983). She's in an evening dress being hung upside down by her feet.
7th Oct '17 10:32:02 AM lillolillo
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* GodIsGood: Rao is the God of Krypton, and Flamebird and Nightwing are His Children in the Post-Crisis continuity. In the ''New Krypton'' storyline, Supergirl isn't feeling particularly pious after her father's murder, and deems her friend Thara -who claims Flamebird is bonded with her- a nutjob. Yet still Kara is saved by literal divine intervention in the ''Hunt for Reactron'' when Flamebird manifests through Thara and stomps Reactron. Later Kara apologizes and confides to Thara that she's feeling hopeful now because if the gods are real, it means her deceased father is in a better place.
7th Oct '17 1:38:11 AM lillolillo
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[[/index]]
* ''Superman: Revenge'': After being made whole again, Superman faces his first serious challenge: Hank Henshaw has regressed to being Cyborg Superman again and is putting together a Superman Revenge Squad. Fortunately the Superman Family is ready to help out.
6th Oct '17 12:35:52 PM JamesAustin
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The [[LastOfHisKind Last Son]] of [[DoomedHometown Krypton]]. The [[PhysicalGod Man of Steel]]. [[ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow The Man of Tomorrow]]. [[BigGood The Big]] [[GoodIsOldFashioned Blue Boy Scout]]. The [[TropeCodifier iconic]] [[TheCape Cape]]. [[TropeCodifier The definitive]] FlyingBrick. The BigGood of Franchise/TheDCUniverse.

'''''[[TheParagon The]]''''' {{Superhero}}.

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The [[LastOfHisKind Last Son]] of [[DoomedHometown Krypton]]. The [[PhysicalGod Man of Steel]]. [[ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow The Man of Tomorrow]]. [[BigGood The Big]] [[GoodIsOldFashioned Blue Boy Scout]]. The [[TropeCodifier [[TheParagon iconic]] [[TheCape Cape]]. [[TropeCodifier The definitive]] FlyingBrick. The BigGood of Franchise/TheDCUniverse.

'''''[[TheParagon '''''[[TropeCodifier The]]''''' {{Superhero}}.
30th Sep '17 8:30:14 PM Doug86
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The [[LastOfHisKind Last Son]] of [[DoomedHoometown Krypton]]. The [[PhysicalGod Man of Steel]]. [[ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow The Man of Tomorrow]]. [[BigGood The Big]] [[GoodIsOldFashioned Blue Boy Scout]]. The [[TropeCodifier iconic]] [[TheCape Cape]]. [[TropeCodifier The definitive]] FlyingBrick. The BigGood of Franchise/TheDCUniverse.

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The [[LastOfHisKind Last Son]] of [[DoomedHoometown [[DoomedHometown Krypton]]. The [[PhysicalGod Man of Steel]]. [[ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow The Man of Tomorrow]]. [[BigGood The Big]] [[GoodIsOldFashioned Blue Boy Scout]]. The [[TropeCodifier iconic]] [[TheCape Cape]]. [[TropeCodifier The definitive]] FlyingBrick. The BigGood of Franchise/TheDCUniverse.
30th Sep '17 7:50:44 PM AnotherGuy
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The [[LastOfHisKind Last Son]] of [[DoomedHometown Krypton]]. The [[PhysicalGod Man of Steel]]. [[ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow The Man of Tomorrow]]. [[BigGood The Big]] [[GoodIsOldFashioned Blue Boy Scout]]. The [[TropeCodifier iconic]] [[TheCape Cape]]. [[TropeCodifier The definitive]] FlyingBrick. The BigGood of Franchise/TheDCUniverse.

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The [[LastOfHisKind Last Son]] of [[DoomedHometown [[DoomedHoometown Krypton]]. The [[PhysicalGod Man of Steel]]. [[ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow The Man of Tomorrow]]. [[BigGood The Big]] [[GoodIsOldFashioned Blue Boy Scout]]. The [[TropeCodifier iconic]] [[TheCape Cape]]. [[TropeCodifier The definitive]] FlyingBrick. The BigGood of Franchise/TheDCUniverse.


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* {{Omniglot}}: Most incarnations of Superman have him being able to speak every major Earth language, if not all of them.
18th Sep '17 11:14:09 AM HelloLamppost
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** One Justice League comic involved a situation where the heroes had to tie something off with a rope. Superman effortlessly makes an impressive knot. Someone compliments him on it, and he says, "Well, I was in the Boy Scouts," earning the comment, "Of ''course'' you were..."
31st Aug '17 6:08:19 AM jormis29
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* [[/index]]''Up Up and Away'': Set immediately after ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''. Superman lost his powers in ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis, so Clark is helping bring Luthor to justice as a mild-mannered reporter, and is having enough success that Lex hires metahuman killers to murder him. Luckily, Clark's powers start to return just as Lex begins a scheme to destroy Metropolis using Kryptonian technology. Notable for beginning a new era for Superman, one with several [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] aspects brought back in continuity, such as Luthor back to being a MadScientist rather than a CorruptCorporateExecutive.

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* [[/index]]''Up Up and Away'': Set immediately after ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''. Superman lost his powers in ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis, so Clark is helping bring Luthor to justice as a mild-mannered reporter, and is having enough success that Lex hires metahuman killers to murder him. Luckily, Clark's powers start to return just as Lex begins a scheme to destroy Metropolis using Kryptonian technology. Notable for beginning a new era for Superman, one with several [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] aspects brought back in continuity, such as Luthor back to being a MadScientist rather than a CorruptCorporateExecutive.[[index]]
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