Category:Characters created by Joe Shuster
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The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 17 pages are in this category, out of 17 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Superboy – Superboy is the name of several fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. These characters have featured in five Superboy comic book series. The first, and arguably best-known, Superboy was simply Superman as a boy, acting as a superhero in Smallville, where Kal-El lives under his secret identity, Clark Kent. The character was featured in series from the 1940s until the 1980s, with long runs appearing in Adventure Comics. He developed a mythos and supporting cast of his own, including foster parents Ma and Pa Kent, love interest Lana Lang, and time traveling allies the Legion of Super-Heroes. In the last few years, some features of Superboys history. In 1993, DC introduced a modernized Superboy, a clone of both Superman and Lex Luthor, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his secret identity as Clarks cousin Conner Kent. This Superboy was featured in his own series, Superboy, from 1994 until 2002 and he was featured in DCs relaunch of Adventure Comics and got his own series again in November 2010, which ran until August 2011. A revised version of Kon-El, complete with a new origin and this Superboy made his Smallville debut on Friday, March 4,2011 in the episode Scion. In this episode, Conner is a made up of both Lex Luthor and Clark Kents DNA, and has several of Supermans powers. Superboy is also featured in the animated series Young Justice, due to DC Comics’ complex Multiverse, several other Superboys have appeared over time with the most notable, being the mentally unstable Superboy-Prime, a parallel world version of Kal-El. In 2016, a new Superboy, Jonathan Samuel Kent, was introduced by DC Comics, unlike previous versions, this Superboy is the son of Superman and Lois Lane. The original pitch for a Superboy character was made by Jerry Siegel in November 1938, the idea was turned down by Detective Comics, Inc. and the publisher again rejected a second, more detailed pitch by Siegel two years later. Siegels conception of Superboy was that of a prankster, and editor Mort Weisinger felt this would have cheapened Supermans image. Superboy first appeared in More Fun Comics No.101, though Joe Shuster supplied the art, the Superboy feature was published without the input or approval of Jerry Siegel, who was serving in World War II. This fact increased an already-growing rift between the publisher and Siegel and Shuster, in early 1946, Superboy moved to Adventure Comics, where he debuted in issue No.103 as the lead feature for the anthology comic, and he remained the headlining feature for over 200 issues. Stories in Adventure Comics treat Superboy as essentially a version of Superman. To that end, he wears the Superman costume and his alter ego Clark Kent wears glasses as a disguise for his civilian identity, Superboy is the superhero of Clarks hometown of Smallville and grows up under the guidance of his foster parents, Ma and Pa Kent
2. Jor-El – Jor-El is a fictional character appearing in titles published by DC Comics. A Kryptonian, Jor-El is Supermans biological father, the husband of Lara, and he foresaw the planets fate but was unable to convince his colleagues in time to save the inhabitants. Jor-El was able to save his infant son Kal-El by sending him in a homemade spaceship towards Earth just moments before Krypton exploded, after constructing his Fortress of Solitude, Superman honored his deceased biological parents with a statue of Jor-El and Lara holding up a globe of Krypton. Physically, Jor-El is usually portrayed as resembling his son Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, Jor-El first appeared in a comic strip in 1939 with Superman. Shuster and Siegel, Supermans creators, first introduced a character named Jor-L in 1936, Jor-El was first referred to indirectly in Action Comics #1 in 1938, which only mentioned a scientist who sends his son to Earth. He made his first full-fledged appearance in the Superman newspaper comic strip in 1939 and his name first appeared as being spelled Jor-el in the Superman novel The Adventures of Superman written by George Lowther. Later comic books capitalized the E in El, Jor-Els first appearance in an actual comic book was in More Fun Comics #101. However, Jor-El was the father of the Silver Age version of Superman, a retelling of Supermans origin story in 1948 first delved into detail about Jor-El. However, his formal and more familiar Silver Age aspects were firmly established starting in the late 1950s, over the course of the next several decades, there was a definitive summarization in the miniseries World of Krypton in 1979. This device got him a seat on the Science Council, Kryptons ruling body and he lived in Kryptons major city of Kryptonopolis. Even before Jor-Els birth, the El family was renowned across Krypton for its various contributions to Kryptonian society. Jor-El had two brothers, Zor-El, who lived in Argo City and eventually became the father of Kara Zor-El, alias Supergirl, and a twin brother named Nim-El. In several stories, Jor-Els father was established as Jor-El I, Jor-El eventually met and married Lara, the daughter of Lor-Van and a young astronaut in Kryptons fledgling space program, the two had an infant son, Kal-El. When Krypton began experiencing a series of earthquakes, Jor-El investigated, however, the Council was dismissive of Jor-Els findings and refused to comply with his plan. Some even accused him of treachery, trying to cause chaos so he could take over, around the time he discovered his homeworlds impending doom, Jor-El met his own son Kal-El without realizing it. There were supporters of Jor-Els theory, but when a ship was constructed to evacuate them, frustrated, Jor-El continued his work on space travel on his own, hoping to build a spacecraft to save his own family. This work included launching several smaller test rockets, one of these included the family dog
3. Jonathan and Martha Kent – Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent, often referred to as Pa and Ma Kent, are the fictional adoptive parents of Superman. They live in the town of Smallville, Kansas. The Kents are usually portrayed as caring parents who instill within Clark a strong sense of morals, in a few continuities, Martha is also the one who creates Clarks superhero costume. In DC Comics continuity before John Byrnes 1986 reboot of the Superman story, in post-Crisis continuity, they both remain alive even after Clark becomes an adult, with the Kents as supporting characters until Pa Kents death during an attack by the supervillain Brainiac. Ma Kent remains a character in Superman comics until 2011s the New 52 continuity reboot. The Kents first names vary in stories from the 1940s and this issue firmly establishes that it is the Kents who discover the infant Kal-El. The Kents take him to a home for foundlings and express an interest in adopting him and this story also establishes that Clark is Mary Kents maiden name. Oddly, no mention of Superboy is included, though that feature had already been established, Pa Kent is first named Jonathan in Adventure Comics v1 #149. Ma Kent is first named Marthe in Superboy v1 #12 and Martha in subsequent appearances and her full name is given as Martha Hudson Clark Kent in answer to a letter writers query in Superman v1 #148. The Kents made few appearances in Superman stories until the introduction of the Superboy comic book series in 1949, in this series, they are regular supporting characters of the teenage superhero. The Superboy stories establish the Kents backstory, Jonathan, a former race car driver, is a farmer on a farm just outside Smallville. After he and Martha find the toddler Kal-El in his rocket, they take him to the Smallville Orphanage and later adopt him. They soon discover that Clark possesses an array of superpowers. Around the time Clark starts school, the Kents sell their farm, and the moves into Smallville. During Clarks early grade school years, Jonathan trains young Clark in the use of his superpowers to the best of his knowledge while urging him to keep the use of his powers a secret, at the age of eight, Clark begins a superhero career as Superboy. The Kents assist their son on many adventures as Superboy. In Superboy vol.1 #145, Jonathan and Martha are rejuvenated physically, after this, Jonathan and Martha were drawn by artists as late middle-aged — as opposed to elderly — in appearance until Supermans 1986 reboot. Before dying, Jonathan reminds Clark that he must always use his powers for the benefit of humanity, Clark mourns his parents and moves to Metropolis to attend college
4. Superboy (Kal-El) – Superboy is a fictional superhero that appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Jerry Siegel and Don Cameron and is based on the character of Superman that Siegel co-created with Joe Shuster, Superboy first appeared in the comic book More Fun Comics #101 in 1945. Superboy is Superman in his preteen and teenage years, most of his adventures take place in the fictional American town of Smallville. The first pitch for a Superboy character was made by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel in November 1938. The idea was turned down by Detective Comics, Inc. Superboy first appeared in More Fun Comics #101. Though Joe Shuster supplied the art, the Superboy feature was published without the input or approval of Jerry Siegel and this fact increased an already-growing rift between the publisher and Siegel and Shuster. After just seven issues of More Fun Comics, the Superboy feature moved to Adventure Comics, in a period when the popularity of superheroes was generally in decline, the adventures of Superboy became increasingly popular. Three years after the move to Adventure Comics, Superboy became only the sixth DC superhero to receive his own comic book when Superboy #1 debuted in 1949, Superboy became the first new superhero title to succeed since World War II. In this original story, years after his arrival on Earth, Clark Kent saves a man pinned under an automobile, Clark appears to be around ten years old in this story, and in his first story in Adventure Comics, he actually celebrates his tenth birthday. In the first couple years of the Superboy feature, Superboy remained a boy close to that age, the character gradually aged, however, and by the time Superboy #1 was published, Superboy was usually depicted as being in his early teens. Billed as The Adventures of Superman When He Was a Boy, Superboy stories in both Adventure Comics and Superboy treat him as essentially a version of Superman. To that end, he wears the Superman costume and his alter ego Clark Kent wears glasses as a disguise for his civilian identity, Superboys powers are identical to those of Superman, including enhanced strength, speed, vision, and hearing, plus flight and invulnerability. Though clearly superhero stories, Superboys earliest adventures shared features with non-superhero comics of the late 1940s, for example, the three stories published in Superboy #1 had elements of teen romance, juvenile delinquency, and teen humor. In the words of Robert Greenberger, No costumed super-villains plagued Smallville, not only are the earliest Superboy stories free of supervillains, Superboy himself is essentially earthbound and remains in the story present. Not until 1949 does Superboy take a trip the Moon, intercept a comet in outer space, after the debut of the Superboy comic, Superboys mythos and supporting cast expanded as well. His home town finally received a name, Smallville, in the second issue, the towns location was never specified, although it was usually placed close to Metropolis. Superboys foster parents, previously only Mr. and Mrs. Superboy #8 saw the first adventure of Superbaby, the Superbaby stories are set in the time just after the Kents adopt Clark. Superboy #10 featured the first appearance of Lana Lang, a character that would become a romantic foil for both Superboy and the grown-up Superman, Lanas debut also featured her first attempt to learn Superboys secret identity
5. Superman – Superman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school living in Cleveland, Ohio. They sold Superman to Detective Comics, the future DC Comics, Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, newspaper strips, television programs, films, and video games. With this success, Superman helped to create the superhero archetype, the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Man of Steel, the Man of Tomorrow, and The Last Son of Krypton. Discovered and adopted by a Kansas farm couple, the child is raised as Clark Kent, very early on he started to display various superhuman abilities, which, upon reaching maturity, he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity through a secret Superman identity. Superman resides and operates in the fictional American city of Metropolis, as Clark Kent, he is a journalist for the Daily Planet, a Metropolis newspaper. Supermans love interest is generally Lois Lane, and his archenemy is supervillain Lex Luthor and he is typically a member of the Justice League and close ally of Batman and Wonder Woman. Like other characters in the DC Universe, several versions of Superman have been depicted over the years. Supermans appearance is distinctive and iconic, he wears a blue costume with a red-and-yellow emblem on the chest, consisting of the letter S in a shield shape. This shield is used in media to symbolize the character. Superman is widely considered an American cultural icon and he has fascinated scholars, with cultural theorists, commentators, and critics alike exploring the characters impact and role in the United States and worldwide. The characters ownership has often been the subject of dispute, with Siegel, the character has been adapted extensively and portrayed in other forms of media as well, including films, television series, and video games. Several actors have portrayed Superman in motion pictures and TV series including Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, Henry Cavill, Siegels fanzine did not sell well. Siegel and Shuster shifted to making comic strips, which they self-published in a book they called Popular Comics, the pair dreamed of becoming professional authors and believed that syndicated newspaper strips offered more lucrative and stable work than pulp magazines. The art quality standards were lower, making them more accessible to the inexperienced Shuster. In early 1933 or in 1934, Siegel developed a new character, also named Superman, but now a heroic character and this first prototype of Superman had no fantastic abilities and wore casual clothing. Siegel and Shuster often compared this version to Slam Bradley, a character they created in 1936. Siegel shared his idea with Shuster and they decided to turn it into a comic strip, the first publisher they solicited was Humor Publishing in Chicago, after having read one of their comic books, Detective Dan
6. Lois Lane – Lois Lane is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, she first appeared in Action Comics #1, Lois is a reporter for the Metropolis newspaper, the Daily Planet, an award-winning journalist and the primary love interest of Superman. Her physical appearance was based on Joanne Carter, a model hired by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. For her character, Siegel was inspired by actress Glenda Farrell, Siegel took her name from actress Lola Lane. She was also influenced by the real-life journalist Nellie Bly, depictions of the character have varied spanning the comics and other media adaptations. The original Golden Age version of Lois Lane, as well as versions of her from the 1970s onwards, portrays Lois as a tough-as-nails journalist and intellectually equal to Superman. During the Silver Age of Comics, she was the star of Supermans Girl Friend, Lois Lane, beginning in 2015, she stars as the protagonist in the young adult novel series, Lois Lane, by writer Gwenda Bond. Lois is among the female comic book characters. She has appeared in various Superman media adaptations, Actress Noel Neill first portrayed Lois Lane in the 1940s Superman film series and late reprise her role in the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman. Margot Kidder played the character in four Superman films in the 1970s and 80s, Teri Hatcher portrayed her in the 1990s television series Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman and Erica Durance in the 00s series, Smallville. In the 2006 film Superman Returns, she was played by Kate Bosworth, the character was most recently portrayed by actress Amy Adams in the films Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, Dawn of Justice. Lois Lane was one of the first female comic book characters introduced in the superhero comics, Lois is the daughter of Ella and Sam Lane. In earlier comics, her parents were farmers in a town called Pittsdale and she has one younger sibling, her sister Lucy Lane. Lois is a journalist for the Daily Planet, one of the best investigative reporters, in some stories, she has been shown obtaining superpowers and becoming a superhero. Some of her superhero identities are Superwoman and Red Tornado of Earth 2, aspects of Lois personality have varied over the years, depending on the comic book writers handling of the character and American social attitudes toward women at the time. In most incarnations, Lois has been depicted as a smart, determined, strong-willed and her physical appearance has varied over the years, depending either on contemporary fashion, or media adaptations. Traditionally in the comics, the character has shown with black hair, however, from the late 1980s through the 90s. In other media, shes been shown with blonde hair on the television series Smallville