A Look Back On 80 Years of Super Rides From 'Man of Steel'

He goes by many names. “The Man of Steel”, “The Last Son of Krypton”, “The Man of Tomorrow” and “Supes.”

Call him Superman or whatever you like, just know the comic icon turns 80 this year. It was June of 1938 when a pair of high school students from Cleveland--writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster--published Superman’s first comic book appearance.

Since then he’s appeared in several film franchises and television shows, thousands of comic books and a plethora of video games.  

And the legendary hero has also spent some time behind the wheel.

Here are some real and (fictitious) vehicles associated with Kal-El.

Green Car on Action Comics No. 1.

Superman’s first appearance came in June of 1938 in DC Comics’ “Action Comics No. 1”. The Man of Steel is shown lifting a green four-door wagon above his head. Experts have attempted to identify the vehicle in question. The car holds many design characteristics of the period like bulbous fenders, suicide doors and tall grilles, but no consensus has been reached.

Artist Joe Shuster likely combined a variety of traits from vehicles of that period to create the car on the cover. Near matches for the vehicle are a 1937 Plymouth, a 1937 Ford, or a 1937 DeSoto (a Chrysler luxury brand).

Clark Kent's Nash-Healey Sports Car.

Featured in “the Adventures of Superman” television show that ran from 1952 to 1958, the silver Nash-Healey convertible sports car was driven by Clark Kent in a handful of episodes.

















 

 

Lex Luthor’s Porsche 911.

Featured in the first episode of “Smallville” (October 2001), a Porsche 911 with the license plate “LEX” was being driven by Luthor when it struck Clark Kent. Kent pulls Luthor to safety. In gratitude, Luthor bought Kent a 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty truck. Kent’s father, Jonathan Kent, forces his son to return the vehicle to Luthor. Clark Kent also drove both a blue and red Toyota Tundra truck during the series that ended in May 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Supermobile. First seen in Action Comics #481 from March 1978, this vehicle not only mimic’s Superman's powers, it serves as a conduit for his powers, allowing him to channel them through the vehicle. The Supermobile featured mechanical arms on either side of the cockpit, a scope that facilitated the use of his X-ray vision, air jets and a monitor.

 

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