567 – Superboy Grounded

In “When Superboy Couldn’t Fly!” from Superboy #32 (Feb 1954), Superboy starts to make a bunch of costly blunders when flying. The Major of Smallville serves Superboy an injunction that he must stop flying. The blunders were due to “Blimp” Beagle sabotaging Superboy’s exploits, and Superboy is able to put him behind bars. Remember way […]

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457 – He Runs Through The Air

Action Comics #150 (September 1950) features one of my most hated action poses for Superman: The picture of him apparently running through the air. I guess this comes from the idea that Superman is still jumping around a lot instead of self-propelled flight, but it just looks ridiculous to me.

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162 – Superman Flies, Finally!

In Superman #11 (May 1941), it seems that Superman finally has the ability to defy gravity and truly fly. Brian Cronin debunks the myth that the Fleischer Superman cartoons were the first place Superman deliberately flew and he believes that Superman actually first flew in the comics in Superman #10 (March 1941). However, while inspecting […]

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126 – Up, Up, and a Glide

By Superman #6 (July 1940), Superman is nearly flying. I say nearly because other stories in this issue use the term “gliding” and show him using his cape to halt his descent. By now, the DC universe has at least two characters that can fly: Hawkman and Green Lantern. It feels like Superman should join […]

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