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Superman first published in 1939 is in many ways the first modern superhero comic. Many ideas and concepts used in the comics have become the standard for almost every superhero comicbook. The comic was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two Jewish teenagers from Cleveland, Ohio. Siegel and Shuster were die-hard science fiction fans. Siegel himself should be noted as one the creators of some of the first fanzines. After their comic strip was finally published in 1939, the character has become an icon and gained a loyal following not just in comics.

The Canon

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Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

Ship Names

  • Clois: The Lois Lane/Clark Kent pairing.
  • Clana: The Lana Lang/Clark Kent pairing. This name originated in Smallville fandom.

Miscellaneous terms

  • BDA: Big Dumb Alien, aka Clark Kent.  This term originated in Smallville fandom and has carried over to Superman fandom.
  • Superdickery: The belief that Superman is a dick.  [1]

Fan fiction policy and history

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Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.




  • Jerry Siegel writes a short story called "Reign of the Super-man", which appears in his self published "Science Fiction" fanzine. The story is about a telepathic villian.


  • Siegel and Shuster change the character to a good guy, and base him off a variety of sources including, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, the Bibical hero Samson and the Greco/Roman hero Hercules, and various other popular films and media of the era to create their new hero.



  • A "Superman" comic strip debuts in newspapers.
  • Superman No. 1 debuts, featuring reprints from the early issues of Action Comics and an expanded Origin story.


  • July 3, 1940 -- Superman makes his first live public appearance by way of actor Ray Middleton at the New York World's Fair. Real life strongman hero (and the world's most famous ex-97 Pound Weakling) Charles Atlas and the original "crocodile hunter" Frank "Bring 'Em Back Alive" Buck are also there.
  • "The Adventures of Superman" radio show premires starring Bud Collyer. Bud will go on to provide the voices of both Clark Kent and Superman in theatrical and TV cartoons for many years.
  • A Superman balloon is created for the Macy's Thanksgiving parade.


  • Fleischer Studios makes the first in a series of cartoons based on Superman.


  • A Live Action Superman serieal premires in theaters


1952 to 1958


  • The Broadway musicial, "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman, debuts but closes after 128 shows.


  • Richard Donner's Superman the Movie starring Christopher Reeve released.


  • Superman II released


  • Superman II released

1983 to 1987

  • During the mid 1980s, personal computers, aided by their word processing programs, started to have an impact on the publication of fanzines. They, along with the growth of coping services, led to a growth in the number of fanzines and created a situation where more fen could produce their own, high quality fanzines.

1993 to 1997








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Influential Fanworks

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Fandom Members

See also Category:Superman fans.

Fandom Size

As of October 10, 2008, there were 382 Livejournal communities and 430 users who were listed as interested in Superman.

See also Superman fan fiction community size.

External Links

See also


Below is a partial list of articles and academic sources to help you continue to learn about this community.

  • Langley, Katherine. Telephone interview.
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