[74], The television series Smallville is a reimagining of the Superman mythology, starting from Clark Kent's teenage years. [44] Lex Luthor was reinvented by Wolfman[45] and portrayed as a corrupt business tycoon who hated Superman for exposing his unethical business practices. [70] The film keeps the classic components intact, but explores more of Clark's boyhood in Smallville. A passing motorist finds the uninjured child and takes it to the local orphanage. The earliest mention of Black Supermen goes back to ancient African history. The Kents raise Clark and instruct him that he must not reveal his powers to anyone. Brainiac reasons that the loss of the planet itself and all its living inhabitants is part of the natural order, but his own survival would ensure the preservation of Krypton's history and achievements. A number of elements are added to each identity to keep them distinct enough to prevent the casual observer from matching them. Superman has his first major battle with General Zod, who wants to terraform Earth into a new Krypton. His alter ego Jefferson Pierce acquires electrical superpowers from a technologically advanced power belt. [41], Byrne's goal was to "pare away some of the barnacles that have attached themselves to the company's flagship title",[42] and take Superman back to the basics. Siegel and Shuster created multiple characters named Superman. The history of comics is messy, but Black Panther is widely considered to be mainstream comics' first black superhero. [13] Bridwell explained to readers that many stories were no longer in continuity because they contradicted others, stating that, "It was decided that the only thing to do was to throw out part of the tales and work the rest into a consistent whole". The original Superman suit was given to Clark, by his adoptive mother, Martha Kent. Additionally, it is made of the same alien materials as his traditional costume, so we know that it came from Krypton and that it's not a fake. Combined with his natural traits, Superman in the black suit is a super battery with a majorly upgraded storage tank. They told Superman's origin over the course of twelve strips, ten of which detailed the planet Krypton. The council votes against Jor-El's proposal, even as the tremors shake their session and grow in frequency. The awesome, terrible, and unknowable creator gods through history ; Other claims of similarities are more seriously flawed. [55] While the new Superman series portrays Superman's current adventures, Action Comics began its run telling the story of Superman's early days in Metropolis. Clark is aware of his super-speed, super-strength and invulnerability in the series pilot. Examples of Black/African American Supermen : … The basic tenant is still there, that Superman came from Krypton to Earth to survive a calamity. [57] After the indigenous New 52 Superman was killed, the pre-Flashpoint Superman became the DC Universe's primary version of the character once again. Weisinger and his writers gave Superman history and family and constructed a world for readers to explore. When giant quakes threaten to destroy Krypton forever, one of the planet's leading scientists places his infant son in a rocket bound for Earth. [17] Action Comics #158 retold the origin again, this time acknowledging the adventures of Superboy. [40] Superman learned of his alien heritage several years into his heroic career, but marginalized it in favor of his upbringing on Earth. Flickr, Joel Kramer. Superman Described as the "definitive" telling of the origin story of Superman, it features his life in Smallville, his first adventures with the Legion of Super-Heroes as Superboy, and his arrival in Metropolis all told from Clark Kent's point of view.[54]. 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