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The evolution of Superman in the last 75 years

Superman as drawn in 1938

Superman turned 75 last week. Wired.com looks at the evolution of the character since it debuted in 1938.

Instead, what makes Superman so recognizable is the underlying attitude of the character: At the heart of the concept, he’s the guy who believes in the good of people, and who’ll never give up fighting anything and everything that threatens that optimism and utopian outlook. Superman wants the world to be a better place, and fights for that on a regular basis so that other people don’t have to. What makes Superman Superman is hope; something that the latest Man of Steel trailer picks up on. Unlike other superheroes, he doesn’t want to scare you, or gain your sympathy for his hard luck life. He wants you to look up. Up in the sky.

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