It's a bird, it’s a plane, it’s one of the greatest superheroes of all time! On April 18, Superman turns 80. In order to celebrate the Man of Steel's birthday, SYFY WIRE has created a supercut video of 80 shirt rips from the DC Comics character.
Superman was created back in 1933 by high school students Jerry Siegel (who was the writer) and Joe Shuster (who provided the artwork) when the two lived in Cleveland, Ohio. Siegel and Shuster then sold Superman to Detective Comics (which would later become DC Comics) in 1938. The character made his debut in Action Comics #1 (cover dated June 1938) on April 18, 1938.
Over the course of 80 years, the Last Son of Krypton would appear in several other media including radio series, newspaper strips, TV shows, movies and video games. The success of Superman would help create the superhero archetype and the character became one of the most important superheroes ever created.
Hailing from the planet Krypton and adopted as a baby by the Kents, Clark grew up in the small town of Smallville where the Kents taught him to conceal his alien origins and to use his god-like powers for good. In order to protect both his private life and the safety of his loved ones, Kal-El created the costumed identity of Superman and as Clark Kent, disguised himself by wearing glasses.
He also wears his Superman costume beneath his civilian clothes in order to change quickly when the need arises… which always leads to Supes ripping open his shirt to reveal the Superman symbol on his chest in one of the most iconic moments in comic history. And then flies around in his red underwear, fighting for truth, justice and the American way.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.