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Watch: 7 essential Superman companions over the years

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May 5, 2018, 10:56 AM EDT (Updated)

Superman may be the strongest superhero in the DC Universe, but he hasn't spent the last 80 years utterly alone, even if he is technically the last surviving member of his race. Since the Man of Steel's debut in 1938, he's surrounded himself with a large number of friends and companions, both super and non-super. For example, Pete Ross was Clark's closest friend while the two were growing up in Smallville together. And while he has no powers of his own, Pete married Superman's teenage interest, Lana Lang, and became the president of the United States. 

Not all of Superman's pals have been human, either. That old saying about dogs being man's best friend also rings true for Kryptonians. Enter Krypto, aka Superdog, who was blasted off into space by Kal-El's father, Jor-El, while he tested the rocket that would one day send Kal to Earth. Kryto's ship was knocked off course and drifted among the stars for years before he was reunited with his master.

Something similar happened to Superman's cousin, Kara Danvers, Supergirl, and Clark was a source of comfort to the teenage hero, who arrived on our planet, aware that everyone she knew and loved was dead. Batman, Jimmy Olsen, and, of course, Lois Lane have also been close friends, advisors, and battle partners to the hero, but we don't want to spoil all the fun. 

Continue on to the video below for an in-depth look at seven of Clark Kent's (and Superman's) best friends over the last eight decades, helping him find love and defeat some of the most formidable DC villains ever to grace the pages of comic books. 

Additional reporting by Josh Weiss

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