22 March 2012

Clark Kent is Dull...but WOW look at Superman!

“A physical marvel, a mental wonder, Superman is destined to reshape the destiny of a world!” (1). The beginning of Superman is in the first issue made by Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster in Action Comics No. 1. Clark Kent’s childhood and adolescence is given in short and his decision to use his extraordinary powers for good follows thereafter. Starting off by saving a woman who was going to be falsely electrocuted, Superman manages to stay undercover once his uniform is off and he is back to being Clark Kent the next day reading the latest news. Kent is later asked to cover the upcoming stories that this new hero Superman happens to be in. A shy and dull “human,” Kent convinces Lois to go on a date with him; later that night as they are dancing, another fellow intends to charm her more than he had been doing. Lois is offended by Kent’s cowardliness and takes off reassuring her dislike for him. That same night the fellow and his accomplices plan a conspiracy to kidnap Lois, but Superman of course, is out to the rescue and after a battle with the enemies safely takes her back to the city advising her not to share anything with the press. Swept off her feet by her previous encounter with Superman, Lois is even colder with Clark Kent. Similar to Scott McCloud’s point made in his text Understanding Comics, we humans see each other in everything so we are able to identify with cartoons; Superman as the ideal charmer is portrayed in the comic. To end the first issue of this superhero comic, Superman battles against a suspicious deal made between a man and a senator. The hero proves his superpowers to the man and threatens him so he will confess of the conspiracy they were up to. 
Superman seems to have wrapped the world around in complete admiration with his powers. Knowing the fame that Superman gained in America, it is interesting to read the first issue. Siegel and Shuster manage to reveal their inner personalities through the double identity of this superhero. The authors captivate the new readers attention with this “Sensational” character who promises to conquer the world and get rid of evil. Like McCloud simplifies in his text, the reader is inclined to pay more attention when they can relate themselves to the superhero or rely on him for salvation. Superman’s double identity also allows for the reader to experience the excitement between a normal and ideal figure.  


  1. I like your summary of the very first superman issue, it made me want to read more. I also like how you use Scott McCloud's ideas about the relation of the main character to the audience.

    1. Agreed. You're making some good points here.