I wish to take you back to a time when superheroes did not exist. Except for one.
"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"
These were the words used to describe the FIRST superhero. Everything that is a superhero, from wearing a costume to having powers of some sort or form comes from Superman. However what was Superman originally? To answer that let us take a look back to my personal favorite version, Kal-L to find the answer.
From Krypton to Metropolis, the cape, the suit, the S, it all started with Kal-L.
Kal-L in the early Golden Age stories did not derive his powers from Earth's yellow sun, but instead his own Kryptonian body which was naturally more durable and stronger than a human's. Later this was changed so that it was indeed the yellow sun that gave him his powers, though personally I like to think that it is a mixture of these two, his natural biology AND exposure to yellow sunlight.
The Superman of the 30's through the 40's was not the boyscout we all know Superman to be. He busted into criminals homes and forced confessions out of them with his great strength. He terrorized wife beaters, crooked politicians, business men, and money launderers. All and all he had a loose moral code, and didn't mind killing. Though as time went by and on his personality was changed to a light-hearted man who helped people, slowly forming the image of Superman we all know. He also had a strong moral code and swore never to kill again.
Now you may be asking, what was the pint of this little piece? The answer is simple. The film Man of Steel will be portraying a Superman that so far seems to share a few similarities to the Golden Age Superman. As such I felt it was right to remind everyone of where our Big Blue friend came from and I don't just mean Krypton.