From Bugs Bunny to Broadway, the Man of Steel has influenced pop culture since his introduction to the world of comic books in 1933. Not content to remain within Metropolis his entire life, Superman has appeared in or influenced cartoons, sitcoms, smash musicals, amusement park roller coasters, modern art, music, and even peanut butter. He doesn't just fight for truth, justice, and the American way, he is the American way.
With a popular cartoon serial of his own in the 1940s, Clark Kent bled into other cartoons of the era like Warner Brothers' Merry Melodies. Both Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck emulated the hero in the shorts titled "Super-Rabbit" and "Stupor Duck." Superman, played by the popular George Reeves, was roped into one of Lucille Ball's harebrained schemes on the classic comedy series I Love Lucy in which, when he was unavailable to show up at her son's birthday party, the show's titular character had to pretend to be him.
With 85 years having elapsed since Kal-El first crash-landed in the Kents' field in Kansas, Superman proved he wasn't just good for being featured in his own comic books, TV shows, and movies. He's pervaded every facet of our culture and there are plenty of new stories about Supes coming from Brian Michael Bendis, who recently made the switch to DC.
Continue on to the video below to receive an oral history of the hero's many appearances in popular culture!