A superhero’s work is never done: criminals to catch, alter-egos to disguise, planets to save, you name it… “Superman,” this strange visitor from another planet with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, has been leaping tall buildings in a single bound, changing the course of mighty rivers, bending steel with his bare hands and fighting a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way ever since his first appearance as the superhero we all know and love in the now-famous Action Comics #1, published in June of 1938!
Though there seems to be some speculation about “Superman”‘s actual birthdate, the fabulous folks at DC Comics (and they oughta know!) celebrates The Man of Steel’s official birthday on June 30th, and, when he was introduced in 1938, a superhero who (among many other things) was faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive was just what a downtrodden America needed!
In that brief period of time after the Depression but before the United States entered World War II, two young men–Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel–created a larger-than-life character who would bring new hope to a weary world!
As everyone knows, “Superman” didn’t start off as “Superman.” As the infant “Kal-El” (which means “star child”), his parents–Lara and Jor-El–jettisoned him off their dying planet, Krypton, in a last-ditch desperate attempt to save their only child! He eventually found his way to Earth, where the Kents discovered and raised baby “Clark Joseph Kent,” who grew up to become a reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper–the Daily Planet–in Metropolis!
With his dashing 225-pound 6’4″ frame (some list his height as 6’3″), jet-black hair and penetrating blue eyes (literally, since he possesses X-ray vision!), “Clark”/”Superman” more than fills the bill as the king of the superheroes!
He has friends in high places, too: Daily Planet chief “Perry White,” co-reporters “Jimmy Olsen” and “Lois Lane” (who eventually landed her man in holy matrimony!), the members of the “Justice League” and even fellow superhero “Batman”!
The “S” symbol on “Superman”‘s chest doesn’t actually stand for “Superman,” as many think. It’s the Kryptonian symbol meaning “hope,” and that’s just what the world has because of “Superman”–hope!
So, join Party Fiesta Balloon Decor–as well as the whole world–in wishing “Superman” a happy 73rd birthday and hoping that he’ll always be with us to save the day!