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75 years of Superman

gulfnews.com/tabloid Thursday, June 13, 2013 gulfnews.com/tabloid Thursday, June 13, 2013 On the cover | 31 20| On the cover gulfnews.com/tabloid Thursday, June 13, 2013 gulfnews.com/tabloid Thursday, June 13, 2013 On the cover | 29 22 | On the cover 18 | On the cover gulfnews.com/tabloid Thursday, June 13, 2013 gulfnews.com/tabloid Thursday, June 13, 2013 On the cover | 27 MEANWHILE... SHORT BIO Exploring Superman's powers through science M-UNTANESK IN 1933, JERRY SIEGEL AND JOE SHUSTER, BOTH SONS OF IMMIGRANTS, PUBLISH "THE REIGN OF THE SUPER-MAN" WHERE A BALD GREAT BIRTH NAME: KAL-EL (STAR CHILD) EARTH NAME: CLARK JOSEPH KENT Superman's abilities have evolved throughout the decades, offering readers even more thrilling adventures. But where do his powers come from and what are their full magnitude? Are there logical explanations? Let's explore. THE JURY CONDEMNED GENERAL ZOD TO SPEND 40 YEARS IN THE PHANTOM ZONE!" OOWN WITH KRYPTON! SOME DAY ILL ENSLAVE ALL ITS PEOPLE! WELL, THAT'S THE LAST OF OH, No! DOOM SUPERMAN AGE: 39 HEIGHT: 190.5CM (6'3") WEIGHT: 102KG (225LBS) O 15¢ JUSTICE LEAGUE HAMERIGA SUPER REROES BIG DEAL HOMELESS MAN GAINS TELEPATHIC POWERS AND INTENDS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD. AHHH! Super hearing Superman is capable of listening to a wide range of frequencies and intensities of sound, which humans aren't able to do. He can isolate a sound, like a heartbeat, identify it and locate it, even if it is emitted far away. Celebrating 75 years of Superman OHH... OCCUPATION: REPORTER Super/heat vision Superman can tune' the range of his vision across the electromagnetic spectrum PARENTS: JOR-EL, LARA The REIGN of the SUPEI MAN Super breath Kryptonian lungs developed larger to efficiently extract the denser oxygen in their atmosphere. Superman can store more of Earth's thin air in his lungs, compress it and expel it with extreme force because of his strong diaphragm muscles. This process also drops the air's temperature, making it possible for him to blow freezing THAT TYRANT.. EVEN BETTER! AND IVE GOT YOU FOR 40 YEARS ANYWAY! Follow 75 key points in the Man of Steel mythology, from its inception to this year's film adaptation By Dwynn Ronald V. Trazo and Hugo A. Sanchez FOSTER PARENTS: JONATHAN KENT, MARTHA KENT LOVE INTERESTS: LOIS LANE, LANA LANG, WONDER WOMAN KRYPTONIANS Jules Feiffer's book, 'The Great Comic Book Heroes', features Superman on the cover Earth-2 version of Superman, Kal-L, based upon the Golden Age's rendering, meets modern day Superman, Kal-EI, in Justice League of America #73 SUPER FRIENDS TOP VILLAINS: LEX LUTHOR, DOOMSDAY, BRAINIAC, DARKSEID, GENERAL ZOD, BIZARRO, METALLO, MONGUL, PARASITE, MR. MXYZPTLK TOP ALLIES: LOIS LANE, JIMMY It has been implied that he unconsciously extends his 'aura' around the objects he is lifting and r Super strength While the exact measure of his strengh is unknown, it is accepted that he can lift more than 1,000,000 tonnes, enough to carry two empty Burj Khalifas. In his adventures, he has moved Earth away from the Sun, the mass of which is approximately 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000kg (6x 1024). Now try to say that number! (radio, infrared, UV, X-rays). He can store, intensify and reflect infrared light as a direct beam. This tuning ability helps him determine heat intensity and project it at varying degrees. The sons ofa red Sun TO BETTER COMPREHEND HOW KAL-EL DISPLAYS HIS INCREDIBLE ABILITIES, IT IS NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND Senior Infographic Designers Kryptonian villain General Zod and the Phantom Zone are introduced in Adventure Comics #283 "Super Friends' animated series from Hanna Barbera premieres with Superman as one of the heroes Another cross-over with Superman and Spider-Man fighting Doctor Doom and the Parasite in Marvel Treasury Edition #28 Symbol used in Crisis on Infinite Earths series The 12-issue 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' C E.CANT FREE UANEO TO SOLib ROCK making them lose gravity or inertia series starts; it merges DC characters' multiverse into one universe with one timeline; many heroes die UV X-rays Gamma rays Radio Infrared HE'S DEAD BUT DOOMED WHERE HE COMES FROM. Superman actor George air known as freeze breath. His amazing strength is linked to his near-invulnerability. His bones, joints, skin and muscles are dense. They are able to resist the pressure of the objects he lifts and moves. Krypton - according to Superman's mythology- is a massive planet compared to Earth. Life evolved under the light of a red Sun known as Rao. FOREVER In Superman #233, a nuclear accident transforms all Kryptonite on Earth into harmless iron; it no longer affects Superman After his 'death', four Supermen surface in the "Reign of the Used in the 'Lois Supermen' Superman Used in the Max Fleischer Superman cartoon series More Fun Comics #101 introduces Superboy and his hometown of Smallville Superman and the Mole Men film is released; stars Superman teams up with Batman in Superman Adventure Comics #210 debuts pet dog Krypto Superman #113 mentions "Kal-El' for the first time Reeves dies at age 45; his death is ruled a suicide "Superman' is up for copyright renewal, original creators Siegel and Shuster file lawsuit to regain rights but are unsuccessful OLSEN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, SUPERGIRL, KRYPTO, LANA LANG, SUPERBOY #58 names the Fortress of Solitude Adventure Comics #352 has Superman turned to stone Used in Superman #9; the logo is SUPERMAN Superman and Batman guest star in All-Star Comics #36 with the Justice Society George Reeves #76 Action Comics #471 features Superman fighting Faora Hu-UI, the mysterious phantom who escaped from the Phantom Zone The new skin The Superman suit has been redesigned to offer fans the best of the classic and the modern worlds. After hundreds of designs, the infamous red underwear is eliminated, it works in the comics, but not in the movies. Earth "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman' TV series which stars Dean Cain as Superman and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane, ends; the PRE SILVER & Clark' TV series Krypton Jerry Siegel trademarked AGE OF COMICS 1958 1960 1962 START OF BRONZE AGE (Illustrative comparison from the comics) 1956 Symbol used in Superman #1 1964 ( After the 9/11 attacks, a comic book is made as a tribute to real-life heroes; in the cover is Superman standing in awe watching the men and women who saved lives; this special is released the following year writer 1954 In Superman #11, he can now fly, as in the radio shows and cartoons AT LONG LAST. 9-11 1966 OF COMICS POST GOLDEN AGE OF COMICS 1952 According to astronomers, the colour of the star indicates its temperature and its age; while red ones are the coolest and oldest, the light-blue ones are the hottest and youngest. Joe Shuster artist In Superman #338, the city of Kandor is finally enlarged by Superman on a world called Rokyn The 'Electric Blue' show premiered in 1993 Superman logo SUPERGIRL issue 1968 ABC Special Presentation shows a version of Superman musical 1950 1959 1961 JUNE, 1938 1957 1963 The dark blue suit is actually a high-tech fabric worn under Kryptonian armours. In Superman #1, the planet Krypton is finally named; Clark is raised by a kindly, elderly couple; Clark's mother is named 'Mary Kent'; his parents die soon before Clark moves to Metropolis Action Comics #64 debuts villain the Toyman (Winslow P. Schott); uses toys as a motif in his crimes Symbol used in Superman #1 Used in this year's film 'Man of Steel" 1955 1970 1965 1948 1953 SUPERMAN START OF SILVER AGE OF 1967 1972 Although it was published in April, Action Comics #1 had a cover date of June, 1938. Superman's birthday is celebrated on both occasions 1951 ANETURN TO GREATNESS "Superman II' is released by Warner Brothers on Superman's 45th anniversary The 'S' is the emblem of the house of El, in Kryptonian, it means hope. 1946 1969 START OF COMICS ( 'Smallville, the TV series which started in 2001, ends; it stars Tom Welling as young Clark kent; story focuses on Superman's early adult life 1974 Warner Brothers releases 'Man of Steel', a reboot of the Superman movie franchise starring Henry Cavill as Superman; the film is directed by Zack Snyder of '300' and "Watchmen' fame "Superman IV' premieres from Warner Brothers MAN DE Sun 1949 SUPERMAN Rao PRE-MODERN AGE OF "Superman's Mission for President Kennedy' appears in Superman #170; it was originally pulled from publication due to John F. Kennedy's assassination but the story was eventually published at the request of President Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedy family Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #17 has Jimmy asking Superman to tell him his secret identity Superman's enemy Luthor is given the first name of "Lex" in Adventure Comics #271; reveals that Lex and Superboy knew each other as teenagers in Smallville and were originally friends 1971 1976 In Supergirl #2, Lex Luthor is in possession of a new 'Black Kryptonite' rock given to him by Darkseid 1944 12000 °C 5-6000 °C 28,000 °C COMICS 1947 1973 1978 Superman THE SECRET REVEALED! Krypton and Rao were closer in proximity compared to Earth and Sun (149.7m kms). Krypton's atmosphere was thin, unlike Earth's. That fact changed the course of their species' evolution drastically, pushing them to adapt to greater amounts of radiation, even if Rao is 'cooler' than our Sun. At the peak of their evolution, the people of Krypton, thousands of years more advanced than us, developed a three level defence system against the deadly red Sun radiation: 1. A natural bioelectrical field or 'aura'a few millimetres around their bodies as a first line of defence. 2. A denser and more resistant skin. 3. A highly sophisticated cellular- repair system. This amazing alien race also developed the capability to absorb certain radiation from their Sun and synthesised it, this produced substances that fed them and boosted their organic functions, similar to the process of the photosynthesis in plants. They don't need food at all to survive, the Kryptonians can be fed and powered by sunlight. Used in 'The Adventures of Superman' 1945 encounters the Eradicator 1975 Lex Luthor infects Superman with virus X in Action Comics #364; doctors fail to cure him; Superman boards a rocket for cremation in Flammbron, the hottest sun in the universe DESTINED 1980 START OF 1942 CRISIS AGE OF Young Clark's high school love Lana Lang is introduced in SUPERMAN N2 WEEKS Used in the series "Superman/ Batman' in Action START OF GOLDEN AGE SMALLVILLE COMICS SIEGEL AND SHUSTER EVENTUALLY MAKE A NEW VERSION OF SUPERMAN, THE LAST 1977 1982 In Action Comics #662, Clark tells Lois he is Superman Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1 debuts; the title 1943 Fredric Wertham MD Comics Annual #2 SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT (OC) 1984 Superboy moves to Adventure Comics #103 as More Fun Comics changes to a funny animal format OF COMICS 1979 'The Adventures of Superman' TV show starts and runs until 1958; stars George Reeves; Phyillis Superman's cousin, Supergirl, begins her public career as a superhero in Action Comics #285 1940 DC Comics begins reprinting important SURVIVOR OF PLANET KRYPTON, AN ALIEN IMMIGRANT NAMED KAL-L BUT KNOWN SUPERMA publishes quarterly 1981 1986 "Secret Origin' intends to be the 'definitive' origin story "The Superman Monster' title The 'Superman: Birthright' series, mentions Superman's "House of El' crest is also a "hope' symbol in Kryptonian In Superman Legends #14, Superman rescues adoptive father Jonathan Kent from Bizarro in Bizarro World 1941 Superman meets Marvel's flagship character in the special crossover "Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man' Superboy #10 YOU WERE Y SUPERMAN, I TOLD YOU TO 1988 combines elements of Superman mythos with 'Frankenstein' AS CLARK KENT ON EARTH 1938 Coates plays Lois Lane CALL ON ME IF EVER YOU4 MR. PRESIDENT!) NEEDED HELP--AND IM GLAD PERFECT, 1983 yOU DID! AND PLL GUARD 1990 A KIRBY IS HERE! NEW comics starting with a facsimile of WELCOME SUPERGIRL! YouR SECRET IDENTITY AS I GUARD THE SECRETS OF OUR 7 NATION ! "Superman Il' feature film is released; 1985 1992 THE COMIC STRIP WOULD BE REJECTED OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS BY 17 DIFFERENT PUBLISHERS.. In Superman #17, it is revealed that the Man of Tomorrow has a hidden base known as the Secret Citadel, located inside a mountain range near Metropolis 1939 No. SUPERMAN. I CANT BELIEVE IT. THEY CHEERING AE! YOU DESERVE IT. SOPEACINE ER WORLD'S GREATEST 1987 1994 1996 Action Comics #1 "Seduction of the Innocent' book is published; psychologist and author Dr Fredric Wertham calls Superman 'un-American' and 'fascist'; claims hidden sexual themes in Batman and Robin; and says Wonder Woman is a lesbian JIMMY OLSEN 1989 1998 A living solar battery 2012 Christopher Reeve is Superman again while 2000 Superman # 257 has a story which reveals that if Krypton hadn't been destroyed, Superman would have become the leader of the interstellar police, 'Green 2002 2010 DC 1991 2004 2006 2008 Super flight The first issue is released with a first run of 200,000 copies priced at 10¢ at a time when the average American earned less than $25 per week; it would be selling 500,000 copies a month by issue #7 "Daring New Adventures of Supergirl' begins; lasts only 23 issues "Supergirl feature film is released from COMIC Used in Columbia Superman series Christopher Reeve stars in the Richard Donner directed film, "Superman: The Movie' by Warner Brothers 15¢ DOWN 1993 Superman's ability to fly is one of the most 1995 UNTIL... discussed topics over the years. He can control his flight to reach velocities beyond light speed (299,792km/s). Here are some theories that may 'explain' this miracle. Let's focus now on baby Kal-EI and Jor-EI, his father, who sends him to the Earth before Krypton explodes. He knew where he was sending his son, a planet with a more intense Sun and protective atmosphere rich in oxygen, where the evolutionary advantages of Kryptonians could be multiplied exponentially. The natural capability of Kal-El to absorb, assimilate, metabolise and store the energy of our yellow Sun is the reason for his amazing 1997 2013 ('Superman', the 15-part movie serial debuts from Columbia Pictures; actor Kirk Alyn plays the Man of Steel Terence Stamp is Kryptonian villain General "Superman animated series' from Clark Kent proposes to Lois Lane in Superman Symbol used in Superman #4 issue Warner Brothers 1999 2011 Near invulnerability From simple bullets, to the equivalent of a million nuclear warheads, Superman has survived everything in his adventures. His tough skin, his accelerated cellular repairing and his 'aura', that works as a force field, has been massively increased by the yellow Sun's light. 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 DC Comics publishes the 'Zero Hour' mini-series designed to smooth timeline inconsistencies The old theory: The gravity difference Used in the 1978 feature film Broadway musical, "It's a Bird.. It's a Plane. It's Superman!' is produced; it stars Bob Holiday as ON APRIL 18, 1938, THE WHY. DOES EVERYBODY According to the comics, Krypton had 1,000 times more gravity. 90kg here, would be 90,000kg in the extinct planet. That could (In keeping up with '80s action stars, a more muscular look is revealed as artist/writer John Byrne revamps Superman; history and continuity are re-introduced in The Man of Steel Ruby-Spears is broadcast POST FLASHPOINT AGE OF WORLD'S FIRST COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO IS FINALLY INTRODUCED IN ACTION COMICS #1. HATE ME, SUPERBOY? 1 HAVE SUPER-POWERS LIKE YOu--I DO GOOD LIKE YOU. YET YOU'RE A HERO TO THEM--AND I'M A MENACE! Super speed In the comic books, Superman has run steadily alongside the Flash (the fastest man alive) reaching 3,200km/s. His velocity depends on the strength of his tissues, notably his joints which can handle the friction generated by moving very fast. Plus, he has super stamina. Zod; Richard Lester takes In a two-page story for Look magazine called "How Superman Would End the War", Superman fights foreign leaders and ends World War II by rounding up Hitler and Stalin Attacks on comics lead to a US Senate investigation3B standards are set as Comics Code Authority is Superman fights world hunger in "Superman: Peace on Earth' by Alex Ross and Paul Dini In Superman/Batman #46, a genuine Silver Kryptonite is introduced; one piece of Silver-K gets Superman high, a secondary piece restores his mind Christopher Reeve, who #50 The first of many variations of the symbol over as film's director result in extreme freedom of movement. But let's think about the astronauts in moon missions, they experienced 1/6th of the gravity of Earth and their movements were slow and awkward. COMICS played Superman in four movies, Superman REASE! SECOND Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133 by Jack Kirby introduces 'The Newsboy Legion'; issue also includes Morgan Edge's first appearance; Kirby's The Fourth World' concept featuring Orion and the New Gods battling Darkseid developed from this story in the comics 'The New Gods, The Forever People, and Mr. Miracle' ( Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson plots real location of Superman' planet; Krypton orbited the red dwarf star LHS 2520 in the Corvus constellation; it is 27.1 light-years from Earth SSUICIDE/ ISHE.SE The modern speculative theory Scientists are now studying the existence of sub-atomic particles called Gravitons, which basically travel in the form of waves while carrying gravity. If Kryptonians are capable of creating gravitons, Superman would be able to ride through the waves and fly freely in any direction. SUPERMAN'S OUTFIT IS BASED ON CIRCUS ACROBATS, HIS POWERS Used in 'Kingdom Come' special The Mark of El in 'Smallville' TV series MAN. IAM MB. dies; a horse-riding accident in 1995 left him quadriplegic created Lantern Corps' The 'aura' is the writers excuse why Superman's tight suit is almost never destroyed, unlike his cape. MXYZTPLK "Jerry Siegel and I came up with the 'S' insignia.. We wanted to somehow use the first letter of the character's name.. We kiddingly said, 'Well, it's the first letter of Siegel and Shuster. Initially I made it like a shield... As the strip evolved, the emblem became larger and larger." mini-series STRICTLY NONEARYAN A POCK ON PUT ME DOWN: YoU'RE Used in comics during his death ARE LIMITED TO GREAT STRENGTH, SUPER SPEED, RESISTANCE TO INJURY, AND GREAT LEAPING ABILITY (1/8TH OF A MILE). FELLOW REPORTER LOIS HURTING BUT THERE'S NO TIM On the same year that co-creator Jerry Siegel dies at age 81, Clark marries Lois in Superman: Wedding Album #1 Luthor learns Superman is Clark in comics ME POR THAT E YOU'RE COMING OF YOURS VISTA CER TAIN PAL THATYO WHILE OR ( Superboy abilities. #68 introduces Superman's imperfect Used in 'Superman ( After fighting the villain Doomsday, Superman is seemingly killed in in Superman #75; co-creator, Joe Shuster, dies at the age of 78 in same year Superman's Achilles heel: Kryptonite This material is basically radioactive shards of planet Krypton generated after its explosion. Across Superman's adventures, it appeared in different colours with diverse effects. RELA Returns' movie Superman #30 introduces the 5th Dimensional being, Mr. Mxyzptlk (mix-yez-pitel-ick), who can only be made to leave by tricking him into saying or spelling his name backwards (kel-tipz-yex-im) In Adventures of Superman #583, the Man of Steel stands in shock at the corpse of the Batman (Brandon Routh stars in the film "Superman Returns'; movie is directed by Green Kryptonite This is the most common form of K, it weakens Kryptonians and its prolonged exposure could be fatal. Red Kryptonite A green K which passed through a red cloud in space. This causes random temporary personality and physical effects. Gold Kryptonite A rare variation of K. It permanently destroys the Kryptonian's ability to process the Sun's energy. It means losing powers. Blue Kryptonite This is a K variation that only affects the being known as Bizarro and is completely harmless to Kryptonians. Black Kryptonite The Kryptonian exposed to this strange kind of Kis split into two entities. One with good personality and one with evil. LANE ALSO DEBUTS, WORKING FOR THE DAILY duplicate, Bizarro STAR NEWSPAPER, WHICH In Superman #698, Superman is held inside Brainiac's ship while Brainiac robots attack residents of New Krypton LATER WOULD BE KNOWN AS THE DAILY PLANET - Joe Shuster Superman #26 issue Bryan Singer Sources: DC Comics, Warner Brothers, The science of Superman: The last guide of the last Son of Krypton, supermansupersite.com, comicmix.com, supermanhomepage.com, comicvine.com, dc.wikia.com Images: DC Comics, Warner Brothers, supplied CGulf News SIONIE COMIC

75 years of Superman

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In celebration of Superman's 75th anniversary, here are 75 key points in the Man of Steel's mythology. Research and execution took about 3 weeks to finish. Editing the text to fit spaces in the timeli...

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