Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shusterhe debuted in Action Comics 1 June and serves as the civilian and secret identity of the superhero Superman. Over the decades there has been considerable debate as to which personality the character identifies with most. From his first introduction in to the mids, "Clark Kent" was seen mostly as a disguise for Superman, enabling him to mix with ordinary people. This was the view in most comics and other media such as movie serials and TV e.
Induring John Byrne 's revamping of the character, Clark Kent became more emphasized. Different takes persist in the present, with the character typically depicted as being clumsy and mild-mannered. As Superman's alter egothe personality, concept, and name of Clark Kent have become ingrained in popular culture as well, becoming synonymous with secret identities and innocuous fronts for ulterior motives and activities.
InSuperman co-creator Joe Shuster told the Toronto Star that the name derived from s cinematic leading men Clark Gable and Kent Taylorbut the persona from bespectacled silent film comic Harold Lloyd and himself. This idea was notably stated in the book Men of Tomorrow: Clark's middle name is given variously either Joseph, Jerome, or Jonathan, all being allusions to creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In Superwoman parents reaction to someone im dating a gangster earliest Superman comics, Clark Kent's primary purpose was to fulfill the perceived dramatic requirement that a costumed superhero cannot remain on full duty all the time.
Clark thus acted as little more than a front for Superman's activities. Although his name and history were taken from his early life with his adoptive Earth parents, everything about Clark was staged for the Superwoman parents reaction to someone im dating a gangster of his alternate identity: He sees his job as a journalist as an extension of his Superman responsibilities—bringing truth to the forefront and fighting for the little guy.
He believes that everybody has the right to know what is going on in the world, regardless of who is involved. To deflect suspicion that he is Superman, Clark Kent adopted a largely passive and introverted personality with conservative mannerisms, a higher-pitched voice, and a slight slouch. This personality is typically described as "mild-mannered", perhaps most famously by the opening narration of Max Fleischer 's Superman animated theatrical shorts.
These traits extended into Clark's wardrobe, which typically consists of a bland-colored business suit, a red necktie, black-rimmed glasses, combed-back hair, and occasionally a fedora.
Lois' affection for Superman and her rejection of Clark's clumsy advances have been a recurring theme in Superman comics, as well as in movies and on television. Clark wears his Superman costume underneath his street clothes, allowing easy changes between the two personae and the dramatic gesture of ripping open his shirt to reveal the familiar "S" emblem when called into action. Superman usually stores his Clark Kent clothing compressed in a secret pouch within his cape,  though some stories have shown him leaving his clothes in some covert location such as the Daily Planet storeroom  for later retrieval.
The feature was later shown in the Superman Family title. Adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent from the Kansas town of SmallvilleClark and thus Superman was raised with the values of a typical rural American town, including attending the local Methodist Church though it is debated by comic fans if Superman is a Methodist.
Most continuities state that the Kents never had biological children of their own and were usually depicted as middle-aged or elderly when they found Clark. In the Golden and Silver Age versions of his origin, after the Kents retrieved Clark from his rocket, they brought him to the Smallville Orphanage and returned a few days later to formally adopt the orphan, giving him as a first name Martha's maiden name, "Clark". In the Silver Age Superwoman parents reaction to someone im dating a gangster continuity, Clark's superpowers manifested upon his landing on Earth and he gradually learned to master them, adopting the superhero identity of Superboy at the age of eight.
He subsequently developed Clark's timid demeanor as a means of ensuring that no one would suspect any connection between the two alter-egos. In the wake of John Byrne 's reboot of Superman continuity in The Man of Steelmany traditional aspects of Clark Kent were dropped in favor of giving him a more aggressive and extroverted personality although not as strong as Lois'sincluding such aspects as making Clark a top football player in high school along with being a successful author and Pulitzer Prize -winning writer, which includes at least two original novels, The Janus Contractand Under a Yellow Sun.
Following One Year LaterClark adopts some tricks to account for his absences, such as feigning illness or offering to call the police. These, as well as his slouching posture, are references to his earlier mild-mannered Pre-Crisis versions, but he still maintains a sense of authority and his assertive self.
Feeling that Clark is the real person and that Clark is not afraid to be himself in his civilian identity, John Byrne has stated in interviews that he took inspiration for this portrayal from the George Reeves version of Superman.
According to the DC Comics Official Guide to Superman, Clark enjoys peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, football "Superwoman parents reaction to someone im dating a gangster," and the smell of Kansas in the springtime. Unlike in the Silver Age, his powers developed over several years, only coming to their peak when he was an adult.
Only a few trusted people are aware of it, such as Batman and other members of the Justice LeagueSuperman's cousin Supergirland Clark's childhood friend Lana Lang. In pre-Crisis stories, Lana did not know, but their friend Pete Ross did, unbeknownst to anyone, including Clark.
Lex Luthor, other supervillains, and various civilians have learned the secret identity several times, though their knowledge is usually removed through various means the boxer Muhammad Ali is one of the very few to deduce the identity and retain the knowledge.
Traditionally, Lois Lane and sometimes others would often suspect Superman of truly being Clark Kent; this was particularly prominent in Silver Age stories, including those in the series Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane.
More recent stories post-Crisis often feature the general public assuming that Superman has no secret identity owing to the fact that he, unlike most heroes, does not wear a mask.
In "The Secret Revealed", a supercomputer constructed by Lex Luthor calculated Superman's true identity from information that had been assembled by his staff, but Lex dismissed the idea because he could not believe that someone so powerful would want another, weaker identity.
Before he can answer, the Kents tell her that they raised Superman alongside Clark like a brother. In the current continuity established by DC's New 52 relaunch inLois Lane remains unaware that Clark is Superman until she discovers his identity as part of an elaborate plan by new villain Hordr-Root—later revealed to be a son of Vandal Savage —to blackmail Superman at the same time as he is experiencing a strange power shortage, with his abilities gradually draining each time he uses them.
Shortly before this trouble began, Superman also revealed his identity to Jimmy Olsen. This storyline concludes with the New 52 Superman being forced to subject himself to a form of kryptonite chemotherapy to restore his powers and defeat Savage's latest plot, only to subsequently die of kryptonite poisoning. Following the death of the New Superman, he is 'replaced' as Superman by his counterpart from the pre- Flashpoint timeline—who operates in secret in a farmhouse with his wife and son after the events of Convergence saw them trapped in this new universe—but all are left puzzled when a completely human Clark Kent appears.
Superman's tests confirming that this new man genuinely believes that he is Clark Kent, adopted by the Kents after his biological parents died in a gas explosion when he was three months old, who went into hiding while investigating the mysterious Geneticorp and allowed Superman to claim to be him to divert attention from his own actions. When Lois leaves, she is followed by 'Clark' back to the house she lives in with her family, with 'Clark' being so outraged at the sight of Lois with someone else that he triggers an attack that somehow erases the Kents' entire house Superwoman parents reaction to someone im dating a gangster their son Jon, subsequently revealing that he is really Mister Mxyzptlkhaving subjected himself to an intense spell that made him literally believe he was Clark Kent for a time.
This confrontation with Mxyzptlk concludes with the essence of pre- Flashpoint Clark and Lois merging with the essences of their New 52 counterparts, allowing them to exist in the new universe with a mixture of their pre- Flashpoint and New 52 histories, although Mxyzptlk's actions have allowed Superman to resume his identity as Clark. Clark's powers and the fact he is Superman's alter ego is an open secret in Smallville. This is due primarily to power flare ups that happened in his childhood, such as spontaneously beginning to float in front of his friends at a drive through movie.
The Smallville Police Department even approach a young Clark to ask for his help solving a local murder. In the future of the Legion of Super-Heroeshis secret identity is historical fact, with exhibits at a Superman Museum depicting the hero and his friends' and family's adventures. Various explanations over the decades have been offered for why people have never suspected Superman and Clark Kent of being one and the same:. When crises arise, Clark quickly changes into Superman.
Originally during his appearances in Action Comics and later in his own magazine, the Man of Steel would strip to his costume and stand revealed as Superman, often with the transformation having already been completed.
But within a short time, Joe Shuster and his ghost artists began depicting Clark Kent ripping open his shirt to reveal the "S" insignia on his chest—an image that became so iconic that other superheroes, during the Superwoman parents reaction to someone im dating a gangster Age and later periods, would copy the same type of change during transformations.
In the Fleischer theatrical cartoons released by Paramount, the mild-mannered reporter often ducked into a telephone booth or stockroom to make the transformation. Since the shorts were produced during the rise of film noir in cinema, the change was usually represented as a stylized sequence: Clark Kent's silhouette is clearly seen behind a closed door's pebble glass window or a shadow thrown across a wall as he strips to his Superman costume. Then, the superhero emerges having transformed from his meek disguise to his true self.
Superwoman parents reaction to someone im dating a gangster books and in the George Reeves television series, he favors the Daily Planet ' s storeroom for his changes of identities the heroic change between identities within the storeroom is almost always seen in the comics, but never viewed in the Reeves series.
The CBS Saturday morning series The New Adventures of Superman produced by Filmation Studios—as well as Adventures of Superboy from the same animation house—featured the iconic "shirt rip" to reveal the "S" or Clark Kent removing his unbuttoned white dress shirt in a secluded spot, usually thanks to stock animation which was reused over dozens of episodes, to reveal his costume underneath while uttering his famed line "This is a job for Superman!
As a dramatic plot device, Clark often has to quickly improvise in order to find a way to change unnoticed. For example, in SupermanClark, unable to use a newer, open-kiosk pay phone and getting a nice laugh from the theater audienceruns down the street and rips open his shirt to reveal his costume underneath. He quickly enters a revolving door, spinning through it at incredible speed while changing clothes.
Thus made invisible, he appears to have entered the building as Clark Kent and exited seconds later as Superman. Later in the film, when the need to change is more urgent as he believes the city is about to be poisoned by Lex Luthorhe simply jumps out a window of the Daily Planet offices, changing at super-speed as he falls the film merely shows the falling Kent blurring into a falling Superman and flies off.
Further films in the series continued this tradition, with Clark blurring into Superman, changing at super-speed while he runs. The change would then frequently occur off-screen, although the shirt-rip reveal was a prominently used move well-associated with the show. Clark also developed a method of rapidly spinning into his costume at super speed which became a trademark change, especially during the third and fourth seasons of the series, and extremely popular with the show's fans.
An alternate universe Clark who lost his adoptive parents as a child and only adopted the Superman persona at the urging of Lois from the main timeline was shown to enter an empty room and emerge as Superman a moment later, although he did adopt the spinning move eventually at Lois' advice.
In one scene of Batman: The Dark Knight ReturnsClark becomes aware of an emergency while talking with Bruce Wayne and, in the next panelhe has flown out of his Kent clothing and glasses so quickly that they have had no time to fall.
In Season 8 of Smallville, Clark begins to show a bit more of his double identity. He starts slowing down his superspeed enough for surveillance cameras to see his iconic red and blue streak.
This reveals to the citizens of Metropolis that a superhero is among them and the name "The Red-Blue Blur" is coined. When Jimmy Olsen becomes suspicious, Clark decides to reserve his usual red-and-blue for saving people.
He carries a backpack with him to work every day, containing his change of clothes. He begins to practice his speed change at home and at the Daily Planet. He changes in a superspeed spin in the Daily Planet ' s phone booth and once even in his office chair. The last minute of the last episode of Smallville had Clark responding to an emergency, rushing to the top of the Daily Planet building, and then using the familiar shirt-rip while the camera zoomed in on the familiar S-logo to the original John Williams fanfare.