Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman, who first appeared in Action Comics (June 1938). Siegel and Shuster did not realize that Superman would become a worldwide phenomenon, which explains why the duo sold him to DC Comics for a mere $130. The Golden Age of comics began with Superman. Not only did he inspire youngsters to dream beyond the stars, but comics also joined baseball as America’s national pastime. Superman rocketed to Earth to escape from a dying planet called Krypton.

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His parents, Jor-EL and Lara, sent their son Kal-El (Superman) to Earth. They did not know if he would survive.

Once he landed on earth, Jonathan and Martha Kent, named the baby Clark and raised him as their own son.

However, the Kent’s soon learned Clark was unlike any other boy. He could snap metal in half like it was a twig. He also had x-ray vision and learned that his only weaknesses were Kryptonite and magic. 

Before cell phones, big-screen televisions, and computers, youngsters would curl up under their covers with a comic book and a flashlight. Americans had it rough in 1938. Not only were Americans suffering from the Great Depression, but Japan would attack America at Pearl Harbor in 1941. 

Superman was the hero America needed in the 1930's

Superman appeared when America needed a hero. With his powerful muscles and super powers, he would become a symbol of heroism, patriotism, and everything American. Also, the History Channel provided some great facts about Superman. For example, he started out as a villain and used his powers to take over the world.

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Thankfully, Siegel and Shuster made him a hero instead. He continued leaping buildings in a single bound and keeping Metropolis safe.

Unfortunately, 1993 would not be a great year for Superman. First, he grew a mullet, and then he would die. In a bloody battle to the death, a powerful alien called Doomsday killed Superman. However, everyone knows you cannot kill Superman. Like Lazarus, Superman returned from the dead. Lois Lane was so thrilled with Superman’s return that she made him shave his mullet for their 1996 wedding. Now you know that he started out as a villain, became a hero, grew a mullet, died, returned from the dead, and then married Lois Lane.