The Many Faces of the Man of Steel


The Ubiquitous Man of Steel

Superman as a Cultural Object

Soon after appearing on the pages of Action Comics No. 1 in June, 1938, Superman lept off the comic book pages and into our cultural consciousness. Almost every man, woman, and child knows the name Superman, and all know he stands for "Truth, Justice, and the American Way." But what is Superman's appeal? How has he come to embody America's very ideals, becoming the real American hero? Superman is not American, not even human, yet the myth of our most beloved immigrant continues to fascinate. The following are a series of articles that explore Superman's role in American culture:

Go West, Superman: A look at Superman as the quintessential western hero in the tradition of the Romanticized westerner of the late 19th century .

Double Trouble: Everyone knows that Superman lives a double life as the mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent. But did you know that there are other Superworlds, with other supermen? Dualisms in Superman's life and universe are explored.

Super-sexy: Lois Lane is not the only girl in Superman's life.

The Strong Arm of the Law: Part of Superman's appeal is the host of supervillians he faces. As a result, Superman has been defined by the foes he faces, especially during the early years of the comic strip.

Created by: Erin Barnes • Dave Hendrick • Chris Yeung