Superhero Bodies: Superman

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Iconic Comics — Superhero Bodies


When you consider iconic pop culture images over the past 50 years, Superman is one of the most recognizable. He is known worldwide and his appeal is unrivaled in the world of comics.

During America’s rise to international prominence in the 1940s to combat fascism, Superman’s legend was cemented. He helped establish the superhero genre by incorporating good ol’ American values like truth, justice, and the American way. And, as I discussed in the Wonder Woman article, pop culture images offer great insight into the cultural norms that dictate our perceptions on beauty. As Superman is a quintessential male pop culture image, the changes in his appearance over the decades document our evolving views on male beauty and masculinity.

Per his origin story, Superman was cast off the planet Krypton before its destruction and transported to rural America in a small spacecraft. Found by the Kents, a farming family, Superman was raised as any other Midwestern child. After discovering his superpowers as a teenager, he dedicated his life to helping humanity while protecting his identity with his alter ego, Clark Kent, a fumbling newspaper reporter who works for the Daily Planet.

Superman’s body has continually been tweaked, transforming to fit the times. His waist has become narrower, his chest and jawline have become graciously larger, his face has become more youthful, and his abdomen has become more chiseled. But just how did these transformations occur? Good genetics? A favorable artist? I think we need to ask the obvious question: Did Superman have plastic surgery? And, contrary to popular belief, men actually do care about the way they look and are often great candidates for cosmetic surgery. In fact, 25 percent of the patients I see in my clinic are men, and they are interested in all types of procedures and treatments. So, with the help of Superman, let’s break down what plastic surgery is available to help men look better and improve their confidence.

  • 1938

    Superman first stepped onto the scene in Action Comics #1 with his chiseled body, yet his admirable face looked slightly older and wiser than in his later appearances.

  • A More Youthful Face

    The Fleischer Studios’ SUPERMAN cartoon shorts showed the soaring superhero with a more youthful face, perhaps with the help of injectable fillers to rid his weathered skin of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Wide-eyed & Alert
    1948 & 1950

    Superman’s previously squinty eyes looked wider and more alert in these movies, as if maybe blepharoplasty was performed to eliminate the saggy eyelids hindering his X-ray vision. Actor Kirk Alyn starred as the Kryptonian hero in the first Superman movie serial and in the second and final movie in this serial, Atom Man vs. Superman.

  • 1951

    In Superman’s first feature film, Superman and the Mole Men, George Reeves portrayed this bona fide superhero.

  • 1952 - 1958

    The television series Adventures of Superman also featured George Reeves as the classic Man of Steel.

  • Slimmer Waist

    The New Adventures of Superman cartoons showed off the beloved idol’s slimmer waist, which may have been achieved with liposuction to take excess fat up, up, and away!

  • Defined Features
    1978, 1980, 1983, & 1987

    Christopher Reeve established himself as the defender of justice in the big-budget film Superman, the first of the film series with Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace to follow. Superman’s newly distinguished facial features, including the increased definition of his cheekbones, could be the result of a fat transfer procedure that utilizes fat taken from his waist line. A win win. A thinner waist and a more defined face.

  • 1993 - 1997

    The live-action television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman introduced Dean Cain as the iconic American guardian of virtue.

  • 2001 - 2011

    Smallville, a television series that lasted ten seasons, presented a young Tom Welling as the adolescent Superman.

  • 2006

    Superman Returns was released as an alternative sequel to the Superman film series with Brandon Routh personifying the Metropolis marvel.

  • Chiseled Jawline

    The animated film Superman: Doomsday revealed the hero’s even larger chin with what was most likely due to a chin implant and neck liposuction. That is the easiest way to define the chin and jawline.

  • 2008

    Justice League: The New Frontier was issued as an animated direct-to-video film adapted from a DC Comics limited series.

  • 2010

    In this year the direct-to-video animated film Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths was released. Superman’s newly defined chest shows that Kryptonite may not have been his only weakness. SmartLipo may have been performed to remove fat from his chest and reveal those impeccable pectoral muscles that give him the superhero strength his alter ego Clark Kent never shows.

  • Ripped Abs

    A reboot of the 1978 through 1987 Superman film series, the Man of Steel movie featured Henry Cavill. The superhero appears to have perhaps undergone Hi-Def of the abdomen with SmartLipo to achieve a slimmer waist and perfectly sculpted ab muscles.


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