Superman is a fictional character and superhero who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, and he made his first appearance in Action Comics #1 in 1938. Superman is one of the most iconic and enduring characters in popular culture, and he has been featured in numerous media adaptations, including radio serials, television shows, movies, and video games.
Superman is an alien from the planet Krypton who is sent to Earth as a baby just before his home planet is destroyed. He is raised in Smallville, Kansas by human adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent, who teach him to use his powers for good. As an adult, Superman becomes a superhero and adopts the secret identity of Clark Kent, a mild-mannered journalist working for the Daily Planet newspaper in Metropolis. He is known for his superhuman strength, speed, and ability to fly, as well as his invulnerability to most forms of physical harm. Superman's primary villains are Lex Luthor, a brilliant but evil scientist, and General Zod, a military officer from Krypton who seeks to conquer Earth.