First a quiz. Is the following statement true or false? Superman was the first DC superhero. (Answer given at the end of this blog.)
Peeling back Superman’s “mask”
- We all know and most of us love the Man of Steel. What child didn’t thrill to the figure who was faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a locomotive and could leap tall buildings in a single bound? But did you know that Lex Luthor blamed his baldness on Superman? That’s right. Lex original head of red burned away during a lab experiment gone wrong. Seems he has the anger issues to go with it.
- Clark Kent graduated from writing articles for The Daily Planet to becoming a newscaster at WGBS. But it didn’t work out well for him as he had to keep leaving in the middle of a live newscast to save the world. So who gave him a pink slip?
- Superman battled the KKK. And won! After a 16-episode radio broadcast in 1946, which exposed secrets of the KKK, their membership dropped in response. A book has already been written about the series and a movie may be in the works. Let’s hear it for the Man of Steel!
- The “S” logo on Superman’s chest doesn’t stand for Superman. It’s a coat of arms and the Kryptonian symbol for Hope.
- Most of Superman’s girlfriends have the initials “LL.” Of course we all know Lois Lane and Lana Lang but he also dated Lyla Lerrol, Lori Lamaris and Linda Lee. So if any of you girls have the correct double initials, send Clark a note. Who knows? He could be calling you soon to make a date.
- In 2013, Canada created 75th anniversary coins. You can read an article about them and see the amazing images here. I’m not sure of their current worth. Maybe a large chunk of Kryptonite?
So there you have it. Six little known facts about the man of steel.
Quiz Answer: False
Superman was not the first DC superhero. In face he tied for 3rd with Zatara in June, 1938. Dr. Occult debuted in October, 1935. Wow these guys are really OLD!
Coming next month
I’m hopping over to the Marvel side to take a deeper look at Captain America for September. He may not be the innocent we’ve been imagining.
Who would you like to read about in the upcoming months? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll be glad to do the legwork and share what I discover. Until then remember you are Born 2 Be More.