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. Joe Shuster – Joseph Joe Shuster was a Canadian-American comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, in Action Comics #1. Shuster was involved in a number of battles over ownership of the Superman character. His comic book career after Superman was relatively unsuccessful, and by the mid-1970s Shuster had left the field due to partial blindness. He and Siegel were inducted into both the book industrys Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2005, the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association instituted the Joe Shuster Awards, joseph Shuster was born in Toronto, to a Jewish family. His father, Julius Shuster, an immigrant from Rotterdam, had a shop in Torontos garment district. His mother, Ida, had come from Kiev in Ukraine and his family, including his sister, Jean, lived on Bathurst, Oxford, and Borden Streets, and Shuster attended Ryerson and Lansdowne Public Schools. One cousin is comedian Frank Shuster of the Canadian comedy team Wayne, as a youngster, Shuster worked as a newspaper boy for the Toronto Daily Star. The family barely made ends meet, and the young artist would scrounge for paper. He recalled in 1992, I would go from store to store in Toronto, one day, I was lucky enough to find a bunch of wallpaper rolls that were unused and left over from some job. So it was a goldmine for me, and I went home with every roll I could carry, I kept using that wallpaper for a long time. Sometime in 1924, when Shuster was 9 or 10, his family moved to Cleveland, there Shuster attended Glenville High School and befriended his later collaborator, writer Jerry Siegel, with whom he began publishing a science fiction fanzine called Science Fiction. Siegel described his friendship with the shy and bespectacled Shuster, When Joe and I first met. And DC approved them, just like that, but DC did say, We like your ideas, we like your scripts and we like your drawings. But please, copy over the stories in pen and ink on good paper. So I got my mother and father to me the money to go out and buy some decent paper. The character was not successful, and Siegel eventually devised the more familiar version of the character, lois Lane was modelled on Joanne Carter, who later became Siegels wife. Siegel and Shuster then began a six-year quest to find a publisher, titling it The Superman, Siegel and Shuster offered it to Consolidated Book Publishing, who had published a 48-page black-and-white comic book entitled Detective Dan, Secret Operative No.48
2. 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
3. Slam Bradley – Samuel Emerson Slam Bradley is a fictional character that has appeared in various comic book series published by DC Comics. He is a detective who exists in DCs main shared universe. Slam was one of the first stars of Detective Comics, debuting in #1 a year before Superman first appeared, Slam Bradley was originally outlined by Wheeler-Nicholson in a May 13,1936 letter to Jerry Siegel, which stated, We need some more work from you. We are getting out at least one new magazine in July and possibly two, the first one is definitely in the works. It will contain longer stories and fewer, from you and Shuster we need sixteen pages monthly. We want a detective hero called Slam Bradley and he is to be an amateur, called in by the police to help unravel difficult cases. He should combine both brains and brawn, be able to quickly and reason cleverly and able as well to slam bang his way out of a bar room brawl or mob attack. Take every opportunity to him in a torn shirt with swelling biceps. The pages are to run the same size as New Comics, Detective was originally an anthology comic, Slams adventures continued despite Batmans debut in #27, through World War II and beyond, finally ending in Detective Comics #152. The feature was replaced by Roy Raymond, TV Detective, Bradley would not make another significant appearance for over 32 years and his sidekick Morgan disappeared completely. Slams first appearance after his run in Detective Comics ended in 1949 was in Detective Comics #500, Bradley assisted in The Too Many Cooks. Caper. about a fellow retiring detectives murder, the story featured other DC detectives, such as Jason Bard, Pow-Wow Smith, Roy Raymond, TV detective, the Human Target, and Mysto, Magician detective. This story established him and his previous adventures in DCs Earth-One continuity due to his interactions with characters of that world. Slam returned in Detective Comics #572, teaming up with Batman, Robin, Elongated Man and this was his first story in Post-Crisis continuity. He later appeared in the Superman titles in the 1990s, working for the Metropolis Police Department, however, this incarnation of the character was short-lived. In that story, Bradley teamed up with versions of Bat Lash. Originally, Slam was slated to appear, but another editor had plans for Slam, hence, his heretofore unknown brother Biff was substituted. At the end of the series, Biff sacrifices his life to stop the villainous Vandal Savage, Bradley investigates the death of Selina Kyle and in the process runs afoul of the Batman
4. Funnyman (comics) – Funnyman is a fictional comic book character whose adventures were published in 1948 by Magazine Enterprises. Siegel and Shusters new creation, Funnyman, starred in a series that ran six issues, the premiere issue was preceded the previous month by a black-and-white ashcan printing for copyright reasons. A newspaper comic strip debuted in October 1948, but Funnyman also failed to find an audience in this format, Funnyman at the Comic Book DB Gordon, Mel, Andrae, Thomas. Siegel and Shusters Funnyman, The First Jewish Superhero from the Creators of Superman
5. 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
6. Clark Kent – Clark Joseph Kent is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, he debuted in Action Comics #1 and serves as the civilian, over the decades there has been considerable debate as to which personality the character identifies with most. From his first introduction in 1938 to the mid-1980s, Clark Kent was seen mostly as a disguise for Superman and this was the view in most comics and other media such as movie serials and TV and radio. In 1986, during John Byrnes revamping of the character, Clark Kent became more emphasized, different takes persist in the present, with the character typically depicted as being clumsy and mild-mannered. Another, perhaps more likely possibility, is that Jerry Siegel pulled from his own love of pulp heroes Doc Clark Savage and this idea was notably stated in the book Men of Tomorrow, Geeks, Gangsters, and the Rise of the American Comic Book. He is also cousin to Kara Zo-El, also known as Supergirl, Clarks middle name is given variously as either Joseph, Jerome or Jonathan, all being allusions to creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In the earliest Superman comics, Clark Kents primary purpose was to fulfill the perceived dramatic requirement that a costumed superhero cannot remain on duty all the time. Clark thus acted as more than a front for Supermans activities. He sees his job as a journalist as an extension of his Superman responsibilities—bringing truth to the forefront and he believes that everybody has the right to know what is going on in the world, regardless of who is involved. To deflect suspicion that he is Superman, Clark Kent adopted a passive and introverted personality with conservative mannerisms, a higher-pitched voice. This personality is described as mild-mannered, perhaps most famously by the opening narration of Max Fleischers Superman animated theatrical shorts. These traits extended into Clarks wardrobe, which consists of a bland-colored business suit, a red necktie, black-rimmed glasses, combed-back hair. Fellow reporter Lois Lane became the object of Clarks/Supermans romantic affection, Lois affection for Superman and her rejection of Clarks clumsy advances have been a recurring theme in Superman comics, as well as in movies and on television. Superman usually stores his Clark Kent clothing compressed in a secret pouch within his cape, in the Pre-Crisis Superman comic book, Clark appears in occasional back-up stories called The Private Life of Clark Kent, wherein he solves problems subtly as Clark without changing into Superman. The feature was shown in the Superman Family title. Adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent from the Kansas town of Smallville, Clark was raised with the values of a typical rural American town, most continuities state that the Kents never had biological children of their own and were usually depicted as middle-aged or elderly when they found Clark. In the Silver Age comics continuity, Clarks superpowers manifested upon his landing on Earth and he learned to master them. He subsequently developed Clarks timid demeanor as a means of ensuring no one would suspect any connection between the two alter-egos
7. 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
8. 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
9. Lara (comics) – Lara is a fictional character who appears in Superman comics published by DC Comics. Lara is the mother of Superman, and the wife of scientist Jor-El. Lara Lor-Van is Laras full maiden name, as Lor-Van is the name of Laras father, most depictions of Kryptonian culture show that Kryptonian women use their fathers full name as their last names before marriage. After marriage, they usually are known simply by their first names, Laras role in the Superman mythos has varied over the years, with her treatment and emphasis often depending on the decade she was written in. Golden Age and early Silver Age stories treated Lara in a lesser role compared to her husband, however, stories from the 1970s onwards depict Lara in more prominent roles, one such example is the 2004 miniseries Superman, Birthright. After constructing his Fortress of Solitude, Superman honored his biological parents with a statue of Jor-El. Lara first appeared in the Superman comic strip and was created by Jerry Siegel, Lara first appeared in the Superman newspaper comic strip in 1939, where she was first named Lora. Her first comic appearance was in More Fun Comics #101 in January–February 1945. After the establishment of DCs multiverse in the early 1960s, the Golden Age version of Supermans mother was stated as having been named Lora, the Silver Age Lara, meanwhile, lived on the Krypton of the Earth-One universe. A definitive synopsis of the Silver Age Laras life came in the 1979 miniseries The World of Krypton, as summarized in The World of Krypton, Lara was a promising astronaut in Kryptons space program. However, Kryptons space program was permanently grounded after Jax-Ur blew up one of Kryptons inhabited moons. Eventually, Lara met scientist Jor-El, with the two having several adventures together before getting married, some time later, Lara gave birth to the couples only child, Kal-El. Early in Jor-El and Laras marriage, the couple are briefly watched by the Guardians of the Universe, Lara and her husband Jor-El were shown to be practitioners of the Kryptonian martial art of klurkor. When Krypton was about to explode, Lara and Jor-El placed their infant son into a rocket built by Jor-El. In most retellings, Jor-El wanted Lara to accompany their son to Earth, Kal-Els spaceship then took off, leaving Lara and Jor-El to perish. After the 1985-1986 miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths and John Byrnes 1986 miniseries The Man of Steel rewrote Supermans origins, details about Laras background, under Byrnes version, Lara inhabited a cold, emotionally sterile Krypton where even bodily contact was forbidden. Jor-El, however, was considered a throwback for actually expressing emotions toward his wife Lara, in this version of the mythos, Lara was a librarian and historian of high rank and thought it horrifying that Kal-El would be sent to a primitive planet such as Earth. In one story, the adult Kal is transported to the past, Lara is disgusted by what she sees and tells Kal not to approach her, finding him repellent, even as she is ashamed of her feelings
10. Lex Luthor – Alexander Joseph Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Lex Luthor first appeared in Action Comics #23 and has endured as the archenemy of Superman. The character is a wealthy, power-mad American business magnate, engineer, philanthropist to the city of Metropolis, given his high status as a supervillain, he also comes into conflict with Batman and other superheroes in the DC Universe. Lex Luthor has traditionally lacked superpowers or an identity and typically appears with a bald head. He periodically wears his Warsuit, a battle suit giving him enhanced strength, flight. Lex Luthor is the owner of a corporation called LexCorp, with Mercy Graves as his personal assistant, Luthor has carefully crafted his public persona in order to avoid suspicion and arrest. He is well known for his philanthropy, donating vast sums of money to Metropolis over the years, funding parks, foundations, and charities. The character was ranked 4th on IGNs list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time, Luthor is one of a few genre-crossing villains whose adventures take place in a world in which the ordinary laws of nature are slightly suspended. In his first appearance, Action Comics #23, Luthor is depicted as a genius and is referred to only by his surname. He resides in a city suspended by a dirigible and plots to provoke a war between two European nations. Lois Lane and Clark Kent investigate, which results in Lois being kidnapped, Luthor battles Superman with a green ray but Luthor is ultimately defeated by him, and Lois is rescued. Superman destroys Luthors dirigible with him still on it, implying Luthor may have died, Luthor returns in Superman #4 and steals a weapon from the U. S. Army that is capable of causing earthquakes. Superman battles and defeats Luthor, and the device is destroyed by Superman. The scientist who made the device commits suicide to prevent its reinvention. In a story in the issue, Luthor is also shown to have created a city on the sunken Lost Continent of Pacifo and to have recreated prehistoric monsters. Superman thwarts his plans, and Luthor appears to have killed by the dinosaurs he created. Luthor returns in Superman #5 with a plan to place hypnotic gas in the offices of influential people and he intends to throw the nation into a depression with the help of corrupt financier Moseley, but the story ends with Superman defeating him. Luthors obsessive hatred of Superman came later in the characters development, in Luthors earliest appearances, he is shown as a middle-aged man with a full head of red hair
11. Mister Mxyzptlk – Mister Mxyzptlk, sometimes called Mxy, is a fictional impish character who appears in DC Comics Superman comic books, sometimes as a supervillain and other times as an antihero. Mr. Mxyzptlk was created to appear in Superman #30, in the story The Mysterious Mr. Mxyzptlk, by writer Jerry Siegel, but due to publishing lag time, the character saw print first in the Superman daily comic strip by writer Whitney Ellsworth and artist Wayne Boring. He is usually presented as a trickster, in the classical mythological sense, in 2009, Mister Mxyzptlk was ranked as IGNs 76th-Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Mister Mxyztplk was introduced in the Golden Age as an imp from the fifth dimension, not being bound by our physical laws, he can do things that seem to be magical. Whats more, he destroys Supermans worldview of himself, Mxyztplk jumps out a window, fooling Superman into thinking Mxyztplk is committing suicide. When he appears unharmed, an astonished Superman exclaims I-I thought I was the man who could fly. He gives the Mayor the voice of a donkey, then blows papers over the town, Mxyztplk soon tells Superman that he is a jester in his home dimension, explaining why he uses his powers to play practical jokes. But one day he found a book which told him of this world, originally, Mxyztplk has designs on conquering the planet for himself, but soon settles for tormenting Superman whenever he gets the opportunity. His only weaknesses are that he cannot stand being ridiculed and if he says or spells his name backwards, Klptzyxm, he is involuntarily sent back to his home dimension for a minimum of ninety days. He first gets fooled when Superman asks what the word is, Mxyztplk often looks for ways to counter the latter weakness, but he always proves gullible enough for Superman to trick him time and time again. In the Golden Age, saying Klptzyxm will not only send Mxyztplk back to the fifth dimension, to return to his/her home dimension, one has to say ones own name backward. Mxyztplk originally appeared as a bald man in a purple suit, green bow tie. This was changed to a futuristic looking orange outfit with purple trim and white hair on the sides of his head in the mid-1950s, in Superman #131, the spelling of Mxyztplks name changed to Mxyzptlk. It was explained in the Silver Age Superman comics that Mister Mxyzptlk could affect Superman because Superman is susceptible to magic, when Mxyzptlk furnishes a huge supply of food for prospective voters, he says, Eat up, folks, the foods on me. Superman uses super-breath to blow the food all over the imp and then chortles to the voters, Like he said, the imp tries to get the Man of Steel to say Namrepus repeatedly, but that doesnt work. Mxyzptlk finally loses the election, and, his mission accomplished, the Earth-One version is also retconned into Superboy stories as the red-haired Master Mxyzptlk, who bedevils Superboy during his youth in Smallville. He even appears as a deus ex machina to stop the Kryptonite Kid, who was killing a helpless Superboy, so that he could continue to devil Superboy, a 30th-century descendant of Mxyzptlk appeared in Adventure Comics #310 with similar abilities. Much crueler than his ancestor, this version kills most of the Legion of Super-Heroes until Superboy tricks him into falling victim to the same Kltpzyxm weakness, alan Moore offered a radically different interpretation of the character in the 1986 Superman, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow
12. Jimmy Olsen – James Bartholomew Jimmy Olsen is a fictional character who appears mainly in DC Comics’ Superman stories. Olsen is a young photojournalist working for the Daily Planet and he is close friends with Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman, and has a good working relationship with his boss Perry White. Olsen looks up to his coworkers as role models and parent figures, in most depictions of the character, he has a strong friendship with Superman. In many Silver Age of Comic Books, Jimmy was often seen sharing adventures with Superman and this was particularly pronounced in the series Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen published from 1954 to 1974, which saw Olsen in a variety of slapstick adventures and strange transformations. Like most DC characters, modern portrayals of Olsen have been more serious in tone, an important part of the Superman mythos, Jimmy Olsen has appeared in most other media adaptations of the character. Olsen is a common Danish-Norwegian surname, however, there is never any reference to the character having a Scandinavian ancestry, other than the name. The character was first introduced as Jimmy Olsen in the radio show The Adventures of Superman on April 15,1940 mainly so the Man of Steel would have someone to talk to, but after a handful of appearances, he disappeared again. In addition to Larson, he was portrayed by Tommy Bond in the two Superman film serials, Superman and Atom Man vs. During the Silver Age, beginning in 1954, Jimmy stars in his own book, Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen. This version of Jimmy Olsen even had his own fan club, Jack Kirby began by introducing a secret D. N. A. Project to create Mutated Humans for Good, adding The Hairies, superbeings from other planets, Intergang, about halfway through his run, Kirby introduced vampires, the Loch Ness Monster, and Victor Volcanum, the fire-eating archcriminal. Readership quickly dropped back to its pre-Kirby levels, kirbys tenure on the series ended with issue #148, and with issue #164 Jimmys book was folded into the anthology title The Superman Family. In that series, Olsen became a serious character who battled criminals as an investigative reporter known as Mr. Action in urban crime stories that rarely involved Superman. Jimmy Olsen appeared in new stories in The Superman Family #164,167,170,173,176,179, following Crisis on Infinite Earths, the entire Superman mythos was rebooted from scratch in the limited series The Man of Steel. Despite recent modernization efforts on Superman and his characters, Jimmy Olsen has not been significantly changed in the Modern Age. He is still a cub reporter working for The Daily Planet and his look was made over as he stopped wearing bowties, and started wearing casual clothing. An interesting alteration to the relationship was that Jimmy designed the signal watch himself, Superman briefly considered confiscating the watch, but decided to trust Jimmy to use it responsibly. He also took the identity of Turtle Boy in a series of pizza commercials, in the 1990s, Jimmy quit the Planet in a dispute over a story and went to Metropolis broadcaster Galaxy Broadcasting, where he worked as an on-air investigative reporter
13. 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
14. 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
15. Ultra-Humanite – The Ultra-Humanite is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, usually as a recurring adversary of Superman. Ultra-Humanite first appeared in Action Comics #13 and was created by Jerry Siegel, the Ultra-Humanite is the first supervillain faced by Superman, and among the first supervillains of the Golden Age of Comics. The Ultra-Humanite served as Supermans nemesis until Lex Luthor was introduced in the comics, the origins of the super-criminal known as the Ultra-Humanite are shrouded in mystery. Even he claims not to remember his name or appearance and attributes his vast intellect. A fiendish mad scientist, he is paralyzed from the waist down and his great goal is the domination of the Earth. His real name is never given, but he has known as the Ultra-Humanite ever since a scientific experiment resulted in possessing the most agile. --Unfortunately for mankind, proclaims the villain, I prefer to use this great intellect for crime, Reynolds union, financed by the Ultra-Humanite, intimidates other cab drivers through violence and threats against passengers. Apprehended by Superman, Reynolds is convicted and sentenced to Sing Sing penitentiary, Reynolds escapes by using a cigarette that emits a mysterious gas that renders his guards unconscious. Superman tracks Reynolds to his secluded cabin hideout and is about to him into custody when his attention is called to a second figure in the cabin. Burn with a hatred and sinister intelligence, the Ultra-Humanite. Ultra deals Superman electricity sufficient to kill five hundred men, with Superman now helpless, Reynolds and the Ultra-Humanite attempt to kill him with a buzz saw, but Supermans invulnerable skin obliterated the saw into tiny pieces. Reynolds is killed by one of the flying pieces, Ultras henchmen set fire to the cabin and leave Superman behind to perish. The Ultra-Humanite is carried outside to a waiting aircraft, Superman regains consciousness and deliberately crashes into the plane. The Man of Steel is unable to find the Ultra-Humanites body, after scores of subway riders are injured in the collapse of a subway tunnel, Superman discovers that Star, Inc. the firm that built the tunnel, defrauded the city by using substandard materials. Superman pursues some of the criminals who lead him to the Ultra-Humanite, as Superman barges headlong into the shed, the villain freezes him inside a block of crystal. Superman is able to out and stop the villains plans. The Ultra-Humanite tries to extort millions of dollars from a cruiseline, a mysterious epidemic sweeps through the city, killing hundreds. A young scientist, Professor Henry Travers, concocts an antidote, Ultra kidnaps Travers, but he is rescued by Superman