20 Unknown Facts About Superman

1. In the beginning, Superman could merely jump great distances, hence the description “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” used in the radio series and the 1940s cartoons. His ability to fly was created for the 1940’s Superman cartoon as it was difficult to animate him bending his legs to jump.

2. Kryptonite Didn’t Originate In The Comic Books…  It was in the character’s radio show that it was first introduced, but only because the actor who voiced the Man of Steel (Bud Collyer) wanted some time off and they needed some sort of plot device to explain his absence.


3. In June 1943’s “The Meteor from Krypton,” a flaming meteor crashes to Earth, and Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent is sent to investigate. To his dismay, he suddenly finds himself dizzy and weak. This exposure to “kryptonite” put Superman temporarily out of commission. the substance would not make the jump to the comic books for another six years.

4. Pink Kryptonite Makes Superman Gay. The most bizarre form of kryptonite was surely the pink version from an alternate timeline, unveiled in “Supergirl (Vol. 4) No. 79.” Instead of weakening Superman, it leaves him with gay tendencies.


5. Superman actually doesn’t need to eat or breathe air as he can live off of solar energy alone.

6. Kryptonite Isn’t His Only Weakness. Without Earth’s yellow sun, his abilities are greatly diminished, and a red sun leaves him completely powerless. Magic is another weakness as being an alien grants him no more protection against that than any other human, and so supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves have him at a disadvantage.


7. Superman’s middle name is Joseph

8. Superman has ever had is the ability to shoot a miniature version of himself out of his hand. Other powers such as, telepathy, telekinesis, hypnotism, ventriloquism, and even amnesia-inducing kisses. Perhaps the hands-down weirdest power ever exhibited by Superman was in 1947’s Superman #45. In this issue, Superman is able to shape shift into a hairless, pale alien

9. The famous S-shield is not just Superman’s family crest. First hinted at in the 1978 feature film, in the comic book story “Superman: Birthright” and the series “52”, we learned that it’s also a Kryptonian symbol that means “hope.” Interestingly, drawing the S-shield upside down changes the meaning to “resurrection.”

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10. Making the “S” symbol on your chest is American Sign Language for “Superman.

11. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938. The creators (who attended high school together) sold the rights to the Man of Steel to Detective Comics for a $130, a lot of money at the time. However, neither man thought the character would take off

12. Superman’s disguise. The comic book version tints his glasses so his eyes appear to be a different colour, gives himself a different voice by controlling the vibrations of his vocal chords, and wears looser clothing to distance himself from his alter-ego.

13. When Lois was given an assignment to do an article on Metropolis’ “Little Africa”, she was turned away by activists who saw her as the enemy because of the colour of her skin. Naturally, Superman helped his gal pal out by letting her use an alien transformation chamber which made her African American for a day.

14.  Clark Kent is also a character in the Marvel universe, where he is actually just a mild-mannered reporter and nothing more.


15. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of the character, had an idea for Superman while still attending high school in 1933. This concept involved a bald character who set out to dominate the globe.

16. Superman Renounced His American Citizenship., “I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship. I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy.”


18. In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere. It always has a reference, a statue or a picture in some place.


19. Superman celebrates his birthday on February 29th


20.  In the DC comic world, Bruce Wayne (Batman) owns the building that Clark Kent (Superman) lives in and the Daily Planet where Clark works.


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