Many years light away from Earth, planet Krypton is about to die. A single scientist, Jor-El, has foreseen the disaster and sends his son Kal-El's Kryptonian Birthing Matrix to Earth.

Quote1 I may have been conceived out there in the endless depths of space... but I was born when the Rocket opened, on Earth, in America. I'll cherish always the memories Jor-El and Lara gave me... but only as curious mementos of a life that might have been. Krypton bred me, but it was Earth that gave me all I am. All that matters. It was Krypton that made me Superman... but it is the Earth that makes me Human! Quote2


Many years light away from Earth, planet Krypton is about to die. A single scientist, Jor-El, has foreseen the disaster and sends his son Kal-El's Kryptonian Birthing Matrix to Earth.

Kal-El's rocket lands on Smallville and is found by a couple of farmers, Jonathan and Martha Kent. They decide to adopt the baby, naming him Clark Kent, and tell everybody he's their natural son.

Clark is raised by the Kents, believing them to be their blood parents and exhibiting incredible powers as he grows up. Finally, Jonathan reveals to him his arrival's secret. Clark decides he needs to use his powers for good and leaves Smallville.

Clark tries to keep himself out of sight, but he learns quite soon that's impossible. Martha makes him a costume and he calls himself Superman.

Superman moves to Metropolis and shortly later has a job as reporter in the Daily Planet where he meets people as Lois Lane, Perry White and Jimmy Olsen, and earns Lex Luthor's enmity.

As dropping by his parents' farm, Superman finds a Jor-El's hologram who reveals he's an alien come from planet Krypton.



Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, a massive event which reset the entirety of the DC Universe's past continuity, major characters and features like Superman required a reboot to reestablish their histories in the new timeline. Man of Steel was a six-issue limited series exploring the origins and first adventures of Superman published in 1986, written and illustrated by John Byrne, with inks by Dick Giordano and colors by Tom Ziuko. The series was edited by Andrew Helfer. Following its publication, three other miniseries were published exploring the updated versions of various elements of Supermans supporting cast: World of Krypton, World of Smallville and World of Metropolis.

Although Man of Steel was considered Superman's canon origin for over a decade, details started getting tweaked in the Nineties. An updated version was published in 2004, written by Mark Waid, Superman: Birthright which makes several important changes such like Kal-El being born on Krypton, meeting Lex Luthor in Smallville and hinting the existence of Superman's relatives. Both of these versions were later made apocryphal by Superman: Secret Origin in 2009, considered the official post-Infinite Crisis version of Superman's beginnings.


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