“His whole planet was destroyed. He’s the last of a holocaust. He grew up in the dirt. Finding out slowly how different he was. A stranger discovering every day how strange he was. He has the power to tear the world apart , and he could, with a pinkie. It’s not his world. We’re not his people. We should be ants to him. Imagine that. Always being on the outside. The pain that would come from always being on the outside. And yet, he took that pain and became the symbol of hope”
Episode Length: 01:05:45
Superman Created By Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
First Appearance: Action Comics #1 (1938)
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THE MAN OF STEEL
The Man of Steel was a six-issue limited series published on a bi-weekly basis from October until December of 1986. Written and drawn by John Byrne, the series reimagined the origin of Superman and provided a snapshot of the events that first inspired him to become the Man of Steel. This series represents the first official appearance of the Post-Crisis Superman and ignores the continuity presented in previous works.
Superman: Birthright is a twelve-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics in 2003 and 2004, written by Mark Waid and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan.
Originally, this series was intended to be a non-canon version of Superman, showcasing his origin and updating him for the 21st century. Soon after, it was decided to adopt the series as canon, and thus it replaced John Byrne’s The Man of Steel series as Superman’s canonical origin story. This editorial position lasted until the 2005–2006 Infinite Crisis crossover event, and the release of the new origin story; Superman: Secret Origin in 2009.
Superman: Secret Origin is a 2009 miniseries by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. Superman’s origin story, most recently told in 2003–2004’s Superman: Birthright limited series, has received numerous retcons and changes in the aftermath of the Infinite Crisis storyline. Starting with Clark Kent in his pre-teens as Superboy.
Within the series he goes on to meet a young Lex Luthor and the Legion of Super-Heroes in Smallville, Kansas, and soon heads to Metropolis where a young adult Clark debuts as Superman.
Secret Origin was told from the perspective of Clark Kent and no single issue took place on his homeworld of Krypton.
THE FINAL DAYS OF SUPERMAN
Superman: The Final Days of Superman is the final arc of Superman (Volume 3), which features the last days of the Superman of the New 52. Immediately following this story, the character was rebooted as part of Rebirth, where elements of the Prime Earth and New Earth continuity were merged for Superman: Reborn.
SPOTLIGHT: ACTION COMICS #1000
Celebrate the comic that started it all! From today’s explosive action to a previously unpublished tale illustrated by the legendary Curt Swan to the Man of Tomorrow’s future—this very special, oversized issue presents the best of the best in Superman stories!
- From The City That Has Everything
- Never-Ending Battle
- An Enemy Within
- The Car
- The Fifth Season
- Of Tomorrow
- Five Minutes
- Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
- The Truth
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