When Jerry Siegel and Joel Schuster put pen to paper and created their story of a baby launched from a dying world to become the world’s first superhero, they could never in their wildest imaginations have dreamt of what their brainchild would one day become. Hell, certain aspects of the current Superman differ so greatly from the one that first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 that Siegel and Schuster of the day would have had a hard time recognizing him.
This costume is similar but there is a lot of differences under the hood.
He was a “super-man”, godlike powers would come much later.
“It contains five nutritional minerals including kryptonite.”
Before television became the media juggernaut it is today everyone went to the movies, and at least once a week, and for 24 cents you not only got a movie but also a newsreel, a cartoon and your weekly chapter of the latest serial. Serials dabbled in such genres as westerns, crime fiction, science fiction but some of the best serials were the ones based on comic book characters.
Superman 1948 Serial
George Reeves is Superman!
The Adventures of Superman (1952-1958)
It's A Bird... It's A Plane... It's Superman. (1966)
The New Adventures of Superman (1966-1970)
Super Friends! (1973-1986)
Superman: The Movie (1978)
“Kneel before Zod!”
So not Brainiac then?
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)
Superboy (1988-1992) and Smallville (2001-2011)
And I do mean odd.
Superman: The Animated Series (1996-2000)
Superman Returns (2006)
Man of Steel (2013)
I’d tell Zack Snyder to lighten up but I think I’m too late.