Updated on 16 October, 2021
The first Superman comic was published in Action Comics #1. In this comic, a young man from Kansas named Clark Kent finds himself afflicted with amnesia and is placed in a mental institution for the treatment of his condition. While there, he meets Supergirl who also experiences amnesia and is assigned to him. Together, they learn that they are both victims of a plot orchestrated by the villain Cat Grant who wants to make a world wide impression using their unique powers.
This first meeting is a pivotal point in the characters' history and can be considered a defining moment in the birth of the modern super hero. While Superman saves the day, it is not without some difficulty. As the crime rate rises, Clark Kent discovers that he does not have all of his abilities. He is assisted by a boy called Clark Kent, who has the same strength as Superman, but lacks the ability to fly or wear any type of powered suit. Clark Kent also soon discovers that his home is haunted and that a massive, mysterious stranger tries to haunt his every movement.
It is from this point that the story for the first Superman begins. Following a massive explosion that destroys Kansas City, Superman's home is nearly destroyed. When the remains of the criminals are cleared, a memorial stone is left standing. Upon uncovering it, Superman suddenly has amnesia and is able to remember his previous life, which includes his encounter with the stones' owner.
After getting rid of the criminal responsible for his parents death, Superman then takes on the new identity of Clark Kent, a young boy in Smallville. Superman must also come to terms with the fact that he is not really human. Although he is the star of his town, he is actually just a regular boy in a small town. That is where he must begin to learn what it means to have true love. Although he has super-speed, he is still just a normal human being with all the normal human emotions. He also experiences dreams and visions and is often times confused about his real personality.
The first Superman comic shows Clark Kent as a shy, mild-mannered youngster who is constantly bullied at school by the other boys. He is shown to be interested in joining his class, but when a girl bullies him, he backs away, not wanting to get into trouble. One day, while looking for some wood to fix his bike, he gets caught up in an elevator and is hit by acid being spewed from a metal object. Superman is knocked unconscious and when he recovers, he finds himself in the hospital, the victim of a severe burns.
In the first Superman comic, " Superman: The Day That Aventured the World " by Dan Green, Superman had just returned to Metropolis after a plane crash near Kansas City. Superman had survived the crash, but was impressed by the way the city had evolved over the years. He felt that he and his fellow citizens should adapt to the changing times. After viewing the footage, Superman decided that he wanted to help everyone else adjust to the new city, and so he made contact with the first Superfriends. They helped Superman in his daily tasks, and soon, Superman was as famous as any comic hero.
The first Superman comic was written by Jerry Siegel and illustrated by Joe Shuster. It was published in the late 1940s, and is one of the most popular comic books of all time. In this first installment, the title character had changed from Clark Kent (the boy who was mentioned above) to Clark Kent, a teenager in Smallville, Kansas, and later, to Superman, a powerful, immortal being from the planet Krypton. Superman had no powers of his own, but was able to lift objects and move people using his 'permanence' or his "aura." This was a far cry from the traditional superpowers that characters like Wonder Woman and The Hulk had, and it was a step in the direction of writing a more realistic comic book.
It was not long before other superheroes were seen as well. When DC comics relaunched their comic line in the late seventies, they introduced the world of Super Heroes, and this includes the very first Superman comic. While it wasn't a very well-written comic book, it did introduce the character to the world, and gave readers an idea of what Superman could do when given his own comic book. From there, the popularity of Superman began to grow, and today, Superman is one of the most well known superheroes in the world.