Awesome / Superman
The Death of Superman

Superman, pretty much the original super-hero and possibly the greatest of all time.

The storylines

The supporting cast

The Movies

The Animated Series

Comic Books:

Golden Age

  • Waaaayyyy back in 1938, the cover of Action Comics #1 managed to get attention by showing a certain brightly-costumed character performing the never-before-seen feat of lifting a car over his head, and smashing it to pieces!.
  • If one still doubts the strength of the iconic cover art alone cementing the series as a hit, keep in mind that Action Comics #1 was an anthology comic with several different stories, with Supes' first adventure getting sandwiched in out of desperation for new material. And for the next 13 issues, the cover didn't feature Superman at all—but the comic was still selling like hotcakes because people were buying the new issues just to see if more Superman stories were included! The sheer idea of reading a new Superman story was enough to drive sales of the comics, all on the strong first impression of his debut comic! From #15 and on, they wised up and gave Superman permanent top billing on the covers from then on out, and eventually just dropped the anthology format to make it a standalone Superman book, even though he ended up having his own self-named comic book running alongside it! The rest is history.
  • Supes' establishing character moments in Action Comics #1. When forcing his way into the governors house, he shows off his strength for the first time by effortlessly lifting the butler over his head. When he finds out the governors room is sealed with a steel door, he easily tears it loose, to the shock of the butler. Then the Butler tries to shoot him at point blank range, and Superman doesn't even flinch.
  • In the same story, Superman immediately comes to the rescue of a housewife who is being beaten by her husband. Superman flings the jerk so hard against a wall, it cracks!
  • Superman fighting the KKK - both on the radio show and in real life.
    • A little context to the awesome... the aforementioned KKK-fighting occurred back in the 1930s or '40s, when the KKK was still "respectable" (or, as respectable as a bunch of racist kooks in pointy hoods can be) and when membership in the organization was in the South less reputation suicide as it was a savvy career move. He fought them in real life by putting actual KKK rituals and passwords into their appearance in the show; this naturally made them something of a laughingstock by showing how silly they were.

Silver Age

  • In his first appearance -Action Comics #242-, Superman was unable to beat Brainiac. Superman threw chunks of planetoid at Brainiac until he ran out of planetoid. The whole time Brainiac just stood still, grinning and letting his deflector shields take the blows.

Bronze Age

  • Superman (vol. 1) #297. "Clark Kent FOREVER — Superman NEVER!" If the title didn't tip you off, this is A Day in the Limelight for Clark himself, where he gets romantic with Lois, tells off Morgan Edge, and punches out Steve Lombard. But his best moment in the story is his anti-gravity battle against Intergang, putting his weightless space maneuvering skills into effective use.
  • In Superman Volume 1 #338, Brainiac accidentally hits himself with his shrinking ray, and he pleads with Supergirl to save him, but [[ Supergirl coolly states that the enlarging ray has not enough energy left to save Superman, Kandor and him, so Brainiac