This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.
New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is a reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.
Having looked at Watchmen last week, we’re moving on to our first theme of this new New to Comics era; ‘Super-heroes’. And so, the obvious place to start is with the first proper superhero himself… Superman!
There are lots of different Superman stories out there, what with the character having been around since 1938, but for now, I’ve opted to look at Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman.
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Frank Quietly
Real Name: Kal-El
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: Action Comics #1 (April 1938)
Born on the planet Krypton, ‘Clark Kent’ was sent to the planet Earth by his father, Jor-El, who feared their home planet’s destruction, but in their hubris, his peers would not listen to his warnings. Crash-landing on Earth, Clark was found by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, who instilled in Clark strong beliefs in ‘Truth, Justice and the American Way’. Under the Earth’s yellow sun, Clark developed miraculous powers (strength, speed, invulnerability, flight, enhanced senses, ‘heat-vision’) which he used to combat injustice from the likes of vile businessman Lex Luthor and other criminals around the globe. Wanting to stay close to the action, in his civilian identity, Clark took a job at the Daily Planet, where he used his knack for writing to report on his adventures as Superman, and met his wife and the mother of his child, Lois Lane.