Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Everett Collection

Bust out the birthday candles: Superman, the beloved comic hero and brainchild of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, turns 75 this year. With this month’s Blu-ray and DVD release of MAN OF STEEL, we’re taking a look back at some of the caped Kryptonian’s most memorable moments


1938
Superman makes his debut in Action Comics #1.

1939
Superman gets his own monthly comic book (the first devoted to a single character) and a newspaper comic strip, which runs intermittently for 30 years.

1940
Superman takes to the radio in a broadcast serial starring game-show staple Bud Collyer in the title role.

1948
The first live-action Superman is vaudeville veteran Kirk Alyn, who stars in a 15-chapter series of theatrical shorts and one feature, 1950’s Atom Man vs. Superman.

1952-’87
George Reeves dons the tights and cape in the popular TV series, Adventures of Superman, which airs 104 episodes on ABC. Starting with 1978’s Superman, Christopher Reeve plays the superhero in four films.

1992
Superman #75 — otherwise known as “The Death of Superman” — becomes the best-selling comic book ever.

1993
The Man of Steel returns to TV in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, starring Dean Cain as our hero.

2001
Young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) gets the small-screen workout on the popular Smallville TV series, which runs on the CW for 10 seasons.

2013
Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Englishman Henry Cavill as our hero, becomes one of the year’s highest-grossing films. Warner Bros. makes plans for a sequel, due in 2015.