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SuperFriends / Justice League of America Team Member

Real name: Kal-El (birth name)
Clark Joseph Kent (legal name)
AKA: The Man of Steel
Clark Kent
Kent Clark
Species: Kryptonian
Homeworld: Krypton (birth planet)
Earth (adopted planet)
Universe: Earth-One
Hair: Black
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6'4
Weight: 225 lbs
Relatives: Jor-El (father)
Lara (mother)
Kara (cousin)
Zor-El (uncle)
Alura (aunt)
Kru-El (second cousin)
Jonathan Kent (foster father)
Martha Kent (foster mother)
Occupation: Newspaper/television news reporter; superhero
Base: Hall of Justice
Fortress of Solitude
344 Clinton Street
Affiliations: SuperFriends
Justice League of America
Legion of Super-Heroes
Superman Family
World's Finest Team
Voiced/Played: Danny Dark[1]
Beau Weaver[2]
Bud Collyer[3]
Lennie Weinrib[4]
Jerry Dexter
Bob Hastings[5]
Townsend Coleman[6]
Gabriele Calindri[7]
Michel Vigné[8]
David Kaye[9]
Matthew Mercer[10]
Superman Gallery

Superman is an alien from the distant planet Krypton. His Kryptonian birth name is Kal-El. He was sent to Earth as a child to survive Krypton's destruction. He found in a field outside of Smallville. His adotpivve parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent named him Clark Kent. Together they raised him with high moral ideals, which he uses to fight evil and protect the innocent. In his civilian identity, he is a mild-mannered reporter working for the Daily Planet in Metropolis. He is considered the premiere hero on Earth and a founding member of the SuperFriends.


Superman's personality is that of a "Boy scout". Which comes as no surprise considering he was a boy scout as a kid. As Clark Kent, appears somewhat cowardly, and even clumsy[11]. As Superman, he appears brave and often admirable making him one of the SuperFriends more prominent leaders. Superman goes out of his way to protect the lives of all living beings, even those of his enemies.

He apparently has a strong fondness of disco music. One of his favorites was disco versions of Mozart songs, called "Disco Mozart," which he purchased on cassette tape.[12]

He also loves baseball. One of his favorite baseball players is the Metropolis Metros' Slam Thomas.[13]

Character Biography

Main article: Superbaby

On Krypton

Baby Clark 1

Kal-El was born to Jor-El and Lara on the planet Krypton. Eventually, Jor-El, who happened to be one of Krypton's leading scientists, discovered that Krypton was doomed, and that it would soon explode. When he assembled a council meeting, to tell them that an evacuation plan must be made right away, the council members laughed at him, telling him he was crazy.

Jor-El went ahead with a plan anyway, but only had time to build a small ship big enough to transport only two people. He and Laura placed their infant son, Kal-El into the ship, and at the last minute it was decided that Kal would go alone. So they sent him rocketing towards Earth with hopes that he would survive and be made strong by its yellow sun.

See also: Baby Kal-El Lands on Earth and Superbaby
The Kents and Baby Kal

The rocket-ship[14] eventually landed on Earth, in the town of Smallville, where it was found by Jonathan and Martha Kent.

They decided to take the child to an orphanage. But things go crazy. A few couples come in but decide they do not want to adopt him, because his superpowers cause too much disaster! At one point he flies off to the zoo and brings back a full grown lion. This freaks one couple out, and they decide there's no way they're going to adopt such a trouble making child.[15]

They Kents eventually adopt the boy, and named him Clark Kent, who now, under the Earth's yellow sun, possessed powers far beyond those of mortal men.[16]

Young Kent 2

Martha Kent has a difficult time keeping Clark from using his super powers at the grocery store.[17]

When Pa and Ma Kent leave Clark with a babysitter. The young lady soon finds out that she has her hands full when dealing with a super powered child who wants to stay up late to watch television.[18]

Clark goes to school for the first time and meets his future childhood sweetheart, Lana Lang. Clark gets in trouble when another student blames him for letting the class guinea pig out of the cage.[19]

Clark goes on a camping trip with his boy scout troops. They all gather around the campfire and tell ghost stories, and then hear noises in the forest, but when they go to investigate, they discover that it's only forest animals.[20] The Kents take young Clark to the circus, and he inadvertently becomes part of it![21] Clark is unhappy with his life at the Kent Farm, so he decides to run away from home, but when he sees how much more problems he faces on his own, he decides to go back.[22] It's Clark's birthday, and many kids come to celebrate, including Lana Lang. Clark secretly uses his super powers to have an X-ray vision peak at his birthday presents.[23] Clark takes his Driver's test, passes and receives his license.[24] Clark goes on his first date with Lana Lang to a concert.[25] Clark decides to play football but Pa asks him to reconsider joining the team, because with his super powers it's not really fair. Clark gets a pair of glasses for the first time.[26]

Main Article: Superboy
Superboy (History of Doom)


While still in his late teens, he adopted the identity of Superboy,[27] who used his powers and abilities to protect the citizens of Smallville from evil, and the rest of the world.

Clark Kent graduates from High School.[28] Clark befriends a boy named Lex Luthor. One afternoon Luthor is working on cure for Superboy against the deadly influence of Kryptonite in his home laboratory, he accidentally causes a minor explosion. Superboy arrives and sees smoke coming out of the window, he mistakes it for a fire and using his superbreath, he blows at the smoke, but in doing so, he accidentally blows the fumes directly on Lex causing him to become bald. This leaves Luthor furious at Superboy, believing he was jealous of his intelligence, so he vows to have his revenge on Superboy.[29][30]

2Clark Kent

Clark Kent

Years later, he leaves Smallville and moves to Metropolis in an apartment on Clinton Street. It is there in Metropolis that he becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet.

His partner at the Planet is Lois Lane.

At this point, Clark's Superboy days are a thing of the past, and his superhero name is changed to Superman![31]

Eventually, Superman becomes a member (most likely founding member) of the Justice League of America.

At some point during the early '70s, Galaxy Communications purchases the Daily Planet. Clark Kent becomes an anchorman at GBS. But he apparently still works for the Daily Planet as well, or at least he returns to work for them in the late '70s.

Hidden Lair

Superman’s secret hideout, the Fortress of Solitude, is hidden in the arctic.

Powers and Abilities

Super powers


  • Agriculture: Growing up on a farm, he learned a lot about agriculture.
  • Advanced Hand-to-Hand Combat: Superman has been trained in various forms of combat, allowing him to take on supervillains his own strength. Even General Zod, who is trained in military combat, has yet to defeat the Man of Steel in a hand-to-hand battle.
  • Boxing: One type of hand-to-hand combat Superman is skilled in is the martial art of boxing.
  • Martial arts: In addition to boxing, Superman is also skilled in at least two forms of Kryptonian martial arts.
  • Genius-Level Intellect: Superman is incredibly smart. He built much of the equipment in his Fortress of Solitude which is far more advanced than most technology on Earth.
  • Indomitable Will: Superman has amazing Power of Will. He is free of evil and temptation.
  • Investigation: Superman uses this skill when tracking down supervillains, and getting stories for the Daily Planet.
  • Journalism: Clark's investigation skills make him a worthy journalist. He is also a good typist and writer.
  • Leadership: Superman has constantly proven himself as a leader, particularly when leading the Justice League.
  • Limiters: Over the course of his life and acquisition of power under a yellow sun, Superman has learned how to place mental inhibitors on his own power. These "limiters" as he calls them, are used to keep his power in check so that he doesn't accidentally "flex and cause the tectonic plates to shift." Though it is known that he has placed several of these limiters within his own mind, it is unknown how many and just how powerful he would be if he decided to release them all. To him, they are the barriers that allow him to be human enough to live a normal life, and he only ever releases one of them when fighting a particularly powerful opponent or performing a predominately difficult task. When he punches a normal human, his punch is considerably pulled, otherwise they could be knocked clear to another planet, and die instantly.
  • Ventriloquism: He also studied ventriloquism when he was in High School. Superman's use of ventriloquism is at a superhuman level. He can throw his voice, even in the vacuum of space, so that he can be heard in space, which would otherwise normally be silent. This indicates that when he talks, he is able to release and manipulate the air molecules inside his body, to the extent that sound is present once the air molecules reach the person he intends to communicate with.

Superman Superman

The Man of Steel!



Superman's popular catchphrases

  • "Great Krypton!"
  • "Great Scott!"
  • "Great Suns!"
  • "Up, up and away!"

SuperFriends Team Members

Members of the Justice League of America

Aquaman (founding member) • Batman (founding member) • Superman (founding member) • Flash (founding member)
Green Lantern (founding member) • Martian Manhunter (founding member) • Wonder Woman (founding member)

Comic Book JLA Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed TornadoZatanna Zatara
Phantom Stranger (part-time Leaguer) • Sargon, The Sorcerer (honorary Leaguer)

Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelSupergirlGreen FuryPlastic ManAtomGreen Arrow

SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquaman
HawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan

Other Known SuperFriends Members:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoRima

Junior SuperFriends:
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris

GleekWonder Dog


The New Adventures of Superman (1966–1967)

The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967–1968)

  1. A.P.E. Strikes Again
  2. The Lethal Lightning Bug
  3. The Prankster
  4. The Saboteurs
  5. The Wisp of Wickedness
  6. Superman Meets His Match
  7. Night of the Octopod
  8. Brainiac's Bubble
  9. War of the Bee Battalon
  10. The Toyman's Super Toy
  11. The Cage of Glass
  12. The Atomic Superman
  13. Luther's Loco Looking Glass
  14. The Warlock's Revenge
  15. The Halyah of Himalayas
  16. Luthor's Fatal Fireworks

The Batman/Superman Hour (1968–1969)

  1. Luthor's Lethal Laser (Part 1)
  2. Luthor's Lethal Laser (Part 2)
  3. Can Luthor Change His Spots (Part 1)
  4. Can Luthor Change His Spots (Part 2)
  5. The Team of Terror (Part 1)
  6. The Team of Terror (Part 2)
  7. Rain of Iron (Part 1)
  8. Rain of Iron (Part 2)
  9. The Mysterious Mr. Mist (Part 1)
  10. The Mysterious Mr. Mist (Part2)
  11. Luminians on the Loose (Part 1)
  12. Luminians on the Loose (Part 2)
  13. The Ghost of Kilbane Castle (Part 1)
  14. The Ghost of Kilbane Castle (Part 2)
  15. The Japanese Sandman (Part 1)
  16. The Japanese Sandman (Part 2)

Super Friends TV Series (1973-1985)

Comic book (1976-1981)

Coming soon!

SuperFriends 'Clark Kent' Appearances

Superman (1988)


  • Superman first appeared in publications by DC Comics in Action Comics, vol. 1 #1[33] in June 30, 1938.
  • Superman is created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster
  • Clark Kent, Superman's secret identity, was based partly on Harold Lloyd and named after Clark Gable and Kent Taylor.[34][35]

External Links

Appearances in Other Media

Superman DCAU Superman Superman, birth name Kal-El and adopted name Clark Kent, is often considered the first among equals of the founding members of the Justice League.
- Go to DCAU for more on the Superman
CK Smallville Clark Kent Clark Kent is the Last Son of Krypton. Born as Kal-El on the planet Krypton to Jor-El and Lara-El, he was sent to Earth after his planet was about to be destroyed. Kal-El's ship crash landed in Miller's Field, Smallville, Kansas where he was found and illegally adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent where they named him Clark after Martha's maiden name.

This version of Clark Kent is based on the Smallville TV series (2001-2011) as seen on the CW.
- Go to the Smallville Wiki for more on Clark Kent


  1. Danny Dark did the voice of the Man of Steel in the entire Super Friends TV Series.
  2. Beau Weaver provided the voice of Superman in the Superman series from 1988.
  3. Bud Collyer did the voice of Superman in the Filmation animated series.
  4. Lennie Weinrib did the voice of Superman in Sesame Street.
  5. Jerry Dexter and Bob Hastings did the voice of Superboy, which is the younger version of Superman. Dexter voiced him in Return of the Phantoms and Hastings voiced him in the Filmation cartoons.
  6. Townsend Coleman did the voice of a teenage Clark Kent in the Superman series.
  7. Gabriele Calindri provided the voice of Superman on the Italian dub of the Super Friends.
  8. Michel Vigné provided the voice of Superman on the French dub of Super Friends.
  9. David Kaye provided the voice of an alternate universe version of Superman, in the 2010 DC Super Friends episode "The Joker's Playhouse."
  10. Matthew Mercer provided the voice of an alternate universe version of Superman in the 2015 DC Super Friends series.
  11. As seen in the Superman animated series.
  12. As seen in the Superman animated series.
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  14. Young Kal-El’s ship was called a ‘rocket-ship’ by his father Jor-El, in the Season 1 episode, The Planet-Splitter.
  15. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Adoption and the SuperFriends episode from Season 1: The Planet-Splitter
  16. Continuity from Hanna-Barbera's SuperFriends Season 3: Secret Origins of the SuperFriends and The Krypton Syndrome
  17. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Supermarket.
  18. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: At the Babysitter's.
  19. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The First Day of School.
  20. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: Overnight with the Scouts.
  21. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Circus.
  22. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: Little Runaway.
  23. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Birthday Party.
  24. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: The Driver's Licence.
  25. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: First Date.
  26. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: To Play or Not to Play.
  27. Hanna-Barbera's SuperFriends Superboy was voiced by Jerry Dexter, and in the Filmation series, he was voiced by Bob Hastings.
  28. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: Graduation. (note that in this episode, even though he was had got his glasses before, he isn't seen with them in this episode, which seems to be a bit of a contradiction.
  29. Continuity from Hanna-Barbera's SuperFriends Season 3: History of Doom
  30. Further adventures of Superboy can be seen in The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and The New Adventures of Superman.
  31. Continuity from Superman (TV series) episode: It's Superman.
  32. Not all magic could harm Superman. It just depends on how powerful the magic is. For example, the Warlock's magic ruby had no effect on Superman, because it was not powerful enough. A common misconception is that magic is a weakness in the same sense as Kryptonite is. But that is not the case. It has to do with how powerful magic is. Magic is in general very powerful, and just like Darkseid can hurt Superman with his omega beams, so too can magic.
  33. Go to DC Database for more on Action Comics, vol. 1 #1
  34. Roger Stern. Superman: Sunday Classics: 1939 - 1943 DC Comics / Kitchen Sink Press, Inc. / Sterling Publishing; 2006; Page xii
  35. Gross, John (December 15, 1987). "Books of the Times". New York Times.

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