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Superman Day Holiday Fun Facts

Worldwide | Jun 12, 2018
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Superman!

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The Last Son of Krypton is now the Man of Steel: Superman, and to honor one of the best Superhero ever created, DC Entertainment has declared June 12 to be the International Superman Day!

So whether you know him as Superman, Clark Kent or as Kal-El, it’s time to rally behind Truth, Justice and the American Way as we honor Superman in all his forms and glory.

In the spirit of his holiday, we have collected a few fun facts about the Man of Steel himself. Let’s see how truly you know Superman:

1. Superman was originally a villain.

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In the original story entitled “The Reign of the Superman,” Superman’s real name was Bill Dunn. As a homeless man, Dunn desperately agreed to an offer made by a chemist by the name Ernest Smalley to act as his test specimen in an experiment. After drinking a potion, Dunn developed abilities that would later consume him with the delusion of grandeur.

He then proceeds with acting villainous crimes under the guise of Superman including taking the life of Smalley. In the end, he discovered that his abilities were just temporary and since he already killed the chemist who granted him his powers, he went back to where he started: a desperate homeless man.

2. Superman was not originally a DC character

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He made his debut in Action Comics #1 published on April 18, 1938 followed by newspapers strips before being sold to Detective Comics which would later become DC Comics.

Siegel and Shuster sold all the rights to the character for $130 losing all their royalties to the character. Later on, in 1947, Siegel and Shuster were both fired from DC Comics after their many appeals to get more revenue for the character. Two cases were filed against DC Comics in 1947 and in 1965 which were both unsuccessful.

3. Superman has a thing for L.L.

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Superman may be nearly invulnerable but even the Man of Steel is not immune to love and romance. What is his ideal woman, you might ask? Apparently any woman who has the initial L.L..

Lois Lane, perhaps the most known lover of the Last Son of Krypton is rivaled by Lana Lang, Clark Kent’s high school sweetheart. Superman also dated Lori Lemaris, a mermaid she met while he was attending Metropolis University and a Krypton by the name Lyla Lerrol whom he met when he traveled back in time before Krypton‘s desolation.

It is also worth noting that his greatest nemesis goes by the name Lex Luthor and his cousin, Supergirl, assumes the secret identity of Linda Lee.

4. His Death made a great impact in Comics

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And although his “death” was not permanent, it surely did a great impact to the world of Comics. The Man of Steel’s most iconic death was written in 1992 under the “Death of Superman” story arc. In this story, Superman went head to head with the immensely powerful and nearly indestructible Doomsday. Both engaged in an epic duel that ended with both of them dropping bloody and dead in the streets of Metropolis.

His death was never meant to stay permanent as it was later revealed that his body didn’t actually died but went to a state of hibernation. Despite this, “The Death of Superman” story arc changed the game with its intense cultural impact leading many others to replicate its success.

5. Superman was more than just a comic Superhero.

Superman 6Photo via screenrant

Sporting a blue suit and a red cape, Superman was not only meant to reflect the American Way by visually imitating the colors of the US flag, he was also created to morally impart the values of Truth, Justice and Freedom.

Superman was a symbol of how great the country could be in hard times and how capable we are of doing incredible things despite the odds.

 


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