For decades, Krypton-born Superman has been one of Earth’s most iconic comic book superheroes. His trademark signature “S”, and the blue and red outfit has become a huge part of American culture, becoming a recognizable symbol of justice, morality and truth. Often considered as the strongest superhero in the DC universe, the “Man of Steel” has a lot on his plate— a full-time job saving the world from constant danger, and living a double life as Clark Kent. Keep on reading to learn 50 facts about Superman.
Fact 1: Superman is a fictional superhero created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster.
- He first appeared in comics on April 18, 1938, in Action Comics #1.
Fact 2: Superman was born on the planet Krypton and was given the name Kal-El at birth.
- As a baby, his parents sent him to Earth in a small spaceship moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm.
Fact 3: Kal-El’s ship landed in the fictional town of Smallville.
- It was where he was found and adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent who gave him the name Clark Kent.
Fact 4: Clark Kent fights crime under the alias “Superman”.
- Clark Kent resides in the fictional American city of Metropolis, where he works as a journalist for the ‘Daily Planet’.
Fact 5: His archenemy is the genius inventor, Lex Luthor.
- Driven by jealousy, and masked with hate over what he perceives to be his stolen place as humanity’s true saviour, Luthor constantly attempts to destroy and humiliate Superman at every possible opportunity.
Fact 6: Superman’s primary love interest is Lois Lane.
- Lois is an award-winning journalist for the Metropolis newspaper the ‘Daily Planet’. He even has a son with Lane named Jon Kent.
Fact 7: He is friends with Batman, the Flash, Wonder Woman and many other DC Universe heroes.
- In fact, in the 30s and 40s, Batman and Superman were the World’s Finest Team, fighting crime and rescuing kittens up trees.
Fact 8: He remains to be the world’s best selling comic book hero of all time.
- Since his debut, Superman has endured as one of the most lucrative franchises outside of comic books, you can see him on various pieces of merchandise, in his own films, and at different events around the world.
Fact 9: The Kryptonian superhero was only worth $130 when he started out.
- Although Superman was created in 1933, he wouldn’t make his debut until 1938 after he was sold to Detective Comics.
Fact 10: Superman was supposed to debut as a bald telepathic villain!
- In 1932, the first edition of the Superman series published under the title “The Reign of the Superman” intended the Kryptonian hero to lead a path to world domination.
Fact 11: His creation was inspired by Hercules and Flash Gordon.
- In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures. Flash Gordon, on the other hand, was an intergalactic hero.
Fact 12: Superman’s powers were originally just extreme speed and the ability to jump very high.
- Over the years his more iconic powers started taking shape. His X-Ray vision was introduced in Action Comics (Vol 1) #11 in 1939, and his heat vision was introduced in Superman (Vol 1) #59 in 1949.
Fact 13: He can’t beat the Flash in a race.
- This remains a fact despite Superman being capable of flying millions of times faster than the speed of light.
Fact 14: He’s acquired a couple of strange superpowers over the years.
- This includes: shapeshifting, shooting miniature versions of himself from his hands, super-hypnosis, and super-ventriloquism.
Fact 15: Apparently, Superman is a walking solar-powered cell!
- It is quite well known that most of his superpowers were the results of him harnessing solar radiation from the Earth’s yellow sun. However, he can’t harness energy from planet Krypton’s red sun, making him powerless in his home planet… the irony.
Fact 16: You will never see him fight naked.
- This is due to his bio-electric aura that is just above his skin, thus, protecting his skin-tight costume.
Fact 17: Superman’s most recent power is the “Super Flare”.
- This occurs when all of the solar energy in Superman’s body is released at once causing a huge explosion. This, however, leaves him powerless for the next 24 hours.
Fact 18: There’s more than one type of Kryptonite out there, and each type of Kryptonite has a different effect on Superman.
- For instance, red kryptonite causes Superman to have a temporary amnesia, have excessive hair growth and/or make him evil. Gold kryptonite permanently removes his superpowers, and green Kryptonite causes him great pain and renders him weak.
Fact 19: Kryptonite isn’t Superman’s only weakness.
- He has also been shown to be vulnerable to Magic. And lead can also obstruct his X-Ray vision.
Fact 20: He once turned Lois Lane into a black woman.
- In the 70’s, there was a comic titled “Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane” which had a story arc where Superman turned Lois Lane into a black woman for the day.
Fact 21: Nicholas Cage was paid $20 million to play the titular superhero.
- In the 90’s, a cancelled Superman movie was going to be directed by Tim Burton and star Nicholas Cage as Superman/Clark Kent.
Fact 22: He has an apparent love for the initials ‘L.L.’
- Most of Superman’s love interests have the initials ‘L.L.’ including Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris, and Lyla Lerrol.
Fact 23: Superman has dated Wonderwoman.
- Through their multiple relationships together in various universes, the two superheroes have bared several children, including Lara and Hyperman.
Fact 24: Clark Kent’s glasses are not his only disguise.
- It has also been explained in the comics that Superman changes his body language, deepens his voice, and acts differently than Clark Kent.
Fact 25: Superman has multiple versions of himself in alternate universes.
- We have a centaur Superman, Amish Superman, Communist Superman, Tarzan Superman, Black Superman, a Nazi Superman named Overman, and Bruce Wayne/Superman; where Batman’s parents not only live but adopt Superman after the original Bruce Wayne dies.
Fact 26: He divorced Lois Lane for Wonderwoman.
- In “Justice League: Act of God”, Superman has a falling out with Lois after losing his powers, and moves in with Diana Prince a.k.a Wonderwoman.
Fact 27: His signature “S” logo doesn’t mean Superman.
- It actually stands for ‘Hope’ and ‘Hero.’ However, when turned upside-down, it means ‘Resurrection.’
Fact 28: Superman was censored during World War II.
- When the U.S. was secretly experimenting with Nuclear Weapons, an issue of Superman was released with Lex Luthor coincidentally experiment on an Atomic Bomb. Considering the seriousness of the matter, the US Government delayed the story’s publication.
Fact 29: The Superman curse might be real.
- Actors who have taken on the role of the Kryptonian superhero have had bad things happen to them. George Reeves committed suicide, Christopher Reeve got paralyzed in a horse-riding accident, and a baby who played Kal-El in 1978’s Superman died at the age of 14.
Fact 30: Pink Kryptonite makes Superman a member of the LGBTQ community.
- It makes him fond of men, and in a series, after being exposed to Pink Kryptonite, Superman started flirting with Jimmy Olsen.
Fact 31: The word ‘Superhero’ is patented by Marvel & Detective Comics (DC).
- They both have copyrights on this word and had a long rivalry over this word. However, they set aside their differences in 1979 and agreed upon freely using this word.
Fact 32: He is still 27 years old.
- We might have known Superman for at least 8 decades, but since LHS 2520 (Krypton) is 27 light-years away from earth, he’s eternally 27 years old on Earth.
Fact 33: A young fan once pulled a gun on Superman actor, George Reeves.
- The young boy wanted to test the superhero’s invincibility by firing a pistol at the actor. Fortunately, the boy was then convinced to remove the gun after saying that Superman won’t get hurt with the bullet, but others may get hurt when the bullet bounces back.
Fact 34: Superman once teamed up with a famous boxer to save the world!
- In a 1978 edition, Superman was teamed-up with Super Boxer Muhammad Ali to battle against extraterrestrial invaders.
Fact 35: UNICEF and the U.S. Government teamed up for “Superman: Deadly Legacy”.
- It was a free edition of Superman comic directed at kids in areas with active landmines. The motive was to educate children to stay away from these areas, however, the plan went wrong and led many children to stand in mined areas hoping Superman would come to rescue them.
Fact 36: In a 1958 issue, Superman projected a miniature version of himself with all his powers.
- He tried to kill the little version out of jealousy but ended up sacrificing himself to save his ‘Mini-Me’.
Fact 37: Superman made Lex Luthor bald.
- Lex was once a huge fan of Superboy (young Superman) but when Superboy used his super-breath to put out a lab fire, he accidentally spilt chemicals on the young Lex Luther, making him go bald.
Fact 38: Superman was once bitten by Dracula.
- However, due to Superman’s cells containing so much solar radiation, Dracula exploded.
Fact 39: Superman can absorb a PhD’s equivalent of knowledge in a matter of seconds.
- Mainly because the “Man of Steel” is known to have a photographic memory and super speed.
Fact 40: Batman is tasked with taking down Superman if he turns evil.
- Superman himself entrusted Batman with a piece of Kryptonite to use against him in case he goes rogue.
Fact 41: Superman once wielded Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.
- The Mjolnir deemed Superman “worthy”.
Fact 42: If you want to give Clark Kent a present, you should wrap it in lead.
- A helpful tip from Martha Kent herself so Superman couldn’t get a sneak peek with his X-ray vision.
Fact 43: He’s been sober for 87 years.
- Superman doesn’t drink alcohol because a drunk Superman would probably destroy cities.
Fact 44: In 1992, Superman was killed by Doomsday.
- “The Death of Superman” was a 1992 crossover between DC Comics’ multiple Superman titles in which Superman tragically died saving Metropolis from an inexplicable space monster called Doomsday. The “Man of Steel” was resurrected later on.
Fact 45: Superman has a dog named Krypto.
- Krypto the Superdog eventually got his own animated series.
Fact 46: It was Thomas Wayne who convinced Superman’s dad, Jor-El to send his son to Earth.
- This was revealed in the 50th issue of the Superman comics.
Fact 47: The Royal Canadian Mint printed official coins of Superman in Canadian currency.
- You can buy one pure silver superman coin online for $44.95.
Fact 48: Superman has his very own “Bat cave” located in the Arctic.
- He calls his headquarters the “Fortress of Solitude”.
Fact 49: He once died fighting another Superman.
- To stop the “Energy Superman” from destroying Metropolis, the original Superman took the Energy Superman to space, where he used his solar flare to disintegrate Energy Superman. After this, Superman fell back to Earth and his body died and turned to ash.
Fact 50: Superman has been featured in several songs.
- Donovan’s Billboard Hot 100 topping single “Sunshine Superman” utilized the character in both the title and the lyrics, saying “Superman and Green Lantern ain’t got nothing on me.”