Biography of Famous Fictional Characters Superman aka Clark Kent Part 1

About the biography of famous fictional character Superman aka Clark Kent, history of the cartoon character.

SUPERMAN; ALSO, CLARK KENT, KAL-EL

(b. 1938- )

Born Kal-El, son of the scientist Jor-El and his wife, Lara, of the doomed planet Krypton. Jor-El predicted the planet-devouring Kryptonian explosion for years in the Kryptonian Senate, but no one would listen. Finally, in desperation, he constructed a one-man rocket ship to save his infant son Kal-El. The rocket escaped fiery destruction by scant seconds as Krypton was consumed by an atomic fire that also claimed the lives of Superman's parents.

The rocket landed near Smallville, Ill., where the infant Kal-El was found and adopted by John and Martha Kent. His foster parents soon discovered that their new son had amazing powers, including the power of flight, super strength, heightened sensory perception, great speed, and invulnerability. Fortunately for young Clark and the world at large, the Kents recognized that there was both a potential for good and a potential for evil in their son's abilities. Wisely, they instilled in him a strong moral obligation to aid people all over the world. Their contribution cannot be overstated. It was due to the Kents' encouragement that Clark 1st became Superboy, using a costume constructed from materials found in the crashed Kryptonian spaceship.

Several explanations have been offered for Superman's amazing abilities, but it is generally considered that he owes his powers to the difference between Krypton's original red sun and the earth's yellow sun. All survivors of the planet Krypton, including Clark's cousin Linda (Supergirl) Lee and the citizens of the miniature city Kandor (shrunk and placed in a bottle by the evil genius Braniac), have super powers when exposed to the earth's sun.

After Clark graduated from Smallville High, he went to work as a reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet, under the direction of editor Perry White. Superman discovered that he could use his "mild-mannered" reporter's guise to further his personal cause of achieving world justice. Of course, there have been countless attempts to discover Superman's real identity.

Eventually, the Daily Planet was taken over by a giant conglomerate, Galaxy Communications, headed by the mysterious Morgan Edge. Edge switched Kent from his job on the newspaper to Galaxy Broadcasting, where Kent has established himself as a perceptive and resourceful reporter on the network's evening news program.

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