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Yesterday's Man Of Tomorrow

Yesterday's Man Of Tomorrow

Posted to Flickr on 30 June 2009.

Superman and his iconography have captured the imagination since his first appearance in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. He has undergone many incarnations over the years, appearing in virtually every form of media that exists. This collage provides four snapshots of Superman’s costume, each one representing a different time and place in his history.

Image 1. Superman wore this triangular "S" shield and several variations of it in early Superman comic books of the 1930’s. Although relatively primitive, even this shield is not the original. Superman’s first symbol was shaped like a literal shield with a very simple "S" in the center.

Image 2. In the 1950’s George Reeves, star of The Adventures of Superman television series, was the first "real life" Superman for many people. In the early years of the show Reeves wore a brown, grey, and white costume so that the colors would appear correctly on viewers’ black-and-white television sets. The shield shown here is more angled than the one actually worn by Reeves.

Image 3. From the mid-1950’s through the mid-1980’s, Superman’s costume remained relatively unchanged. For three decades it was seen in this style and coloration in comic books, animated television series, and movies.

Image 4. In the mid-1980’s DC Comics revamped the Superman comic books, and the character was given a much larger shield that nearly covers his chest. In the intervening years, the blue portions of Superman’s costume have taken on a darker hue, as seen in print, on television, and in film.

Photo shot for the Flickr group 7 Days of Shooting.

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Superman is a superhero in comic books published by DC Comics. He was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in Action Comics #1 (1938). Rocketed to Earth from the doomed planet Krypton, the baby Kal-El was raised in Smallville as Clark Kent. As he grew to maturity, he found himself possessed of amazing physical powers: faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. To use his abilities in a never-ending battle for truth and justice as "Superman," he travelled to Metropolis and assumed the disguise of a mild-mannered reporter for The Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper. His costume is red and blue with a cape and a distinctive "S" shield on his chest. He is often depicted as part of the Justice League superhero team along with Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and others. Superman was played by Christopher Reeve in a series of films beginning with Superman: The Movie (1978) and by Tom Welling in the television series Smallville (2001).


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