Superman. Kal-El is the last son of Krypton, sent from that dying planet by his biological parents. He landed on Earth and was raised by a good couple, the Kents, to fight for truth, justice, and the American way. He is a newspaper reporter when not fighting crime and supercriminals. He often teams up with Batman and Robin, though theirs is not an official partnership; he is also a member of the Justice Society of America. He cannot fly, but he can perform Hulk jumps, he is nearly invulnerable, has super-strength, speed, and heat vision. His Rogues Gallery ranges from ordinary criminals and crooked industrialists to mummies to his arch-enemy, Lex Luthor; the Archer, a famous big-game hunter; Mad Scientists-aplenty, including the Brain (who destroys various world monuments), the Evolution King, and the Insect Master; the master of disguise, the Chameleon; Vance Corlin, who temporarily has powers the equal of Superman; the Nazi Herr Fange, who commands sea monsters; Medini, the world’s greatest hypnotist; the Prankster, the Puzzler, and the Toyman; and the brain-transplanting Mad Scientist the Ultra-Humanite.
First Appearance: Action Comics #1 (DC), June 1938. 100+ appearances, 1938-1949+. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
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