Through time, the story of Superman had some changes. In addition, this superhero has been defending the Earth for more than 75 years. Killer robots, megalomaniacal businessmen and aliens are some of the threats he faces. Superman maintains a reputation as an indestructible superhero. He is also shown with faultless morals.
On the other hand, fans know that, throughout history, he has undergone some changes. For example, in the origin, weaknesses, and powers. Therefore, the myth of Superman has been modified for more than 7 decades. Through this post, we will show you the most important changes in this superhero.
A villain – Superman
The year 1933 is known as the pre Superman era. Through the pages of Science Fiction # 3, a bald character appeared. This one had intentions to dominate the world. He even had mental powers. Therefore, this was the first version of Superman but it would not last that long.
He became a hero
The idea of turning this character into a hero arose thanks to the success of Pulp magazines. Because all the protagonists were characterized by being heroes in the stories. Additionally, the El Zorro and Flash Gordon series helped Joe and Jerry make a shift in focus.
The first sketches – Superman
Believe it or not, the origin of Superman was involved in several changes. The main story dates back to the Shuster Keaton era. Here, the superhero was the last survivor and he was sent to the past to save Earth. However, when Siegel returned to the franchise, this changed. Because that idea was superseded by the Kryptonian story.
The first powers
At first, Superman couldn’t fly. However, what he could do was jump very high. In fact, based on storytelling purposes this is pretty much the same. But it must be clarified that it is worth mentioning. This superhero only had super speed and strength. He still had no caloric vision or flying skills.
In Superman #10, the ability to fly was introduced to this superhero. However, this was not thanks to the original creators. The idea came from the scriptwriter of the show Adventures of Superman. Through it, they portrayed the Man of Steel as a flying hero.
Thanks to the radio show, kryptonite became part of history. Therefore, this signified Superman’s first vulnerability. The idea came up in 1943. But, in 1949 he made his first comic book debut. Specifically in Superman #61.
The Silver Age brought with it the modification of some characters. Therefore, in the case of Superman, it was deepened about the origin. His Kal-El identity was published in National Comics.
Heat Vision – Superman
Aside from modifying some characters, the Silver Age introduced some powers. For example, super-breath and ventriloquism. But, without a doubt, caloric vision is the most important. This was introduced in Action Comics #275.
Goodbye to kryptonite
Superman was vulnerable to kryptonite for a short time. All this happened while Denny O’Neil was the scriptwriter of the series. However, the status quo was not at all to the liking of fans. For this reason, in a short time, the story returned to its original state.
The second reboot
The post-crisis era begins with John Byrne and the Superman mini-series. Through this second reboot, DC changes the character’s origins. For example, Clark never met Lex Luthor on Smallville. Neither the Krypto dog, much less the Super Heroic League. On the other hand, the hero’s powers were shockingly reduced. Some even disappeared completely.
Death – Superman
In 1992 something surprising happened. DC decided to publish the death in Superman. Therefore, the news shook the whole world because no one expected that to happen. However, as is normal in the comic world, the superhero returned. A year later, he appeared in the Return of Superman arc.
This lasted one year and was separated into three different stages. The Last Judgment, Funeral for a friend and the Kingdom of Superman. In fact, this was one of the best-selling comics in all of history. This even managed to revolutionize the American heroic comic. Also, it created the tendency to destroy mythical characters. In order to give way to deeper, more surprising stories and more comics of the characters.
The flirtation between Clark Kent and Lois Lane lasted for several decades. However, a short time later he finally proposes to her. The wedding was celebrated through a special number. This was called the Wedding Album. And, best of all, it included the special participation of Batman and Robin.
The Silver Age returns
During 2003, Mark Waid brought back some specific elements of the Silver Age. For example, the dog Krypto, Kara-El, and the Fortress of Solitude. In fact, the goal was to familiarize readers with Superman from TV and movies.
For the third reboot, DC went live with the new publisher New 52. Therefore, all series are relaunched with some changes. These were rooted in the stories and in the origins. Wonder Woman takes the place of Lois Lane as a loved figure. Also, Clark Kent’s adoptive parents die before he becomes a superhero.
Super flare – Superman
The last power of the character was the superflare. It is an ability with which he expels all the energy of the sun accumulated in his cells. In order to create an explosion with large atomic proportions. The only downside is that it remains too weak for 12 hours. Furthermore, in the recharging process, he becomes a normal human being. But, even so, he has greater resistance compared to that of a human being.
In Superman # 38, in the story “Men of Tomorrow”, this new power for the hero was introduced. Through this, he used the powers against Ulysses. A human with skills that create revaluation with the Man of Steel. In fact, the solar flare was the only one that could stop it. In order to avoid the dimensional invasion, they were going through.
The explosion knocked them both unconscious. Later, Superman woke up in the Batcave. Because Batman was investigating his newfound power. Furthermore, the Kryptonian armor was destroyed by the flame. For this reason, Batman and Alfred created a new suit.