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This Superman, while often believed to be the original, Golden Age Superman, is actually a different person from the original legend. For starters, he hails from a Krypton where its inhabitants already had super powers, regardless of a red sun. Prominent Kryptonian scientist Jor-L and his wife Lora bid farewell to their infant son Kal-L, as he is saved from his homeworld's destruction, by being rocketed to the planet Earth. Landing in Smallville, U.S.A., the boy is raised by the kind souls John and Mary Kent. They name their adopted son Clark, and instill in him core values which will aid Clark Kent in becoming a model citizen.
Time passed, and sadly - so did John and Mary. The advice John Kent gave to his son was to use his powers for good. And with that device, Clark Kent left Smallville, and went to the big city of Metropolis. Becoming Superman, Clark Kent is the first major super-hero of the Golden Age. His first heroic act is saving a man from lynching. The story is chronicled by Clark himself, and helps him land a job at the Daily Star newspaper.
Working under editor George Taylor, Clark Kent becomes a leading reporter, and meets Lois Lane. Alongside Lois Lane and photographeer Jimmy Olsen, Kent settles into his role within the Daily Star. But one thing he can never understand is his inability to attract Lois Lane. Seemingly cold-hearted and temperamental, Ms. Lane is attracted to Superman, and Superman only.
The Man of Tomorrow becomes a leading super-hero, and is often coupled with Batman as The World's Finest Team. He is also instrumental in saving several mystery men from a Nazi invasion of America. These heroes, Superman included, form the Justice Society of America, and shortly afterward, the expanded All-Star Squadron.
Superman establishes himself as the leading super-hero, and accumulates a colorful collection of super-villains. His leading enemy is the red-haired Luthor, an evil genius bent on conquering Earth. Another frequent foe is the Ultra-Humanite. More foes follow, and they include, Mr. Mxyztplk, The Toyman, The Prankster, J. Wilbur Wolfingham, Funnyface, The Archer, The Puzzler, and Atom-Man.
Time marches on, and Dan Rivers, under the name Swami Riva, finds a green stone in his turban brings great distress to Superman. The stone is actually Kryptonite, and is Superman's first encounter with the deadly substance. Tracing the origin of the deadly material, Superman finally learns about his true history. Eventually, the public becomes aware of Kryptonite, and villains such as Luthor will use it to ward off The Man of Steel in future confrontations.
More time later, and the evil Wizard casts a spell on Superman, which robs him of his heroic identity. Unaware of his Superman persona, Clark Kent proves that he is still a champion of justice, and becomes a more determined, crusading journalist. He efforts win the admiration and love of Lois Lane, who on their honeymoon, finds out that Clark Kent is Superman. Tracking down the Wizard, Lois convinces him to reverse his spell...and he does.