Superman and the Fascination behind revealing his Secret Identity


Superheroes and their secret identities, ever since Superman’s triumphant debut in Action Comics #1 thanks to his creators Jerry Siegel and Joseph Shuster 80 years ago, it has blown fans minds and made them wonder “How the hell does he keep his identity hidden behind a pair of glasses?” Or the other question “If you take off his glasses, will people realize he’s Superman?” I guess it must be some kind of perception filter, some kind of Kryptonian Technology that makes it possible for his identity to remain secret.

For the longest time, there have been gimmicks or ploys that Comic Book Publishers like DC has done to make it appeal to their readers by using Shock Value, in this case, it is revealing that Clark Kent is Superman; this started back in the Silver Age with Lois Lane suspecting that Clark Kent was Superman (granted, at that time Lois Lane was written mostly by men and most men had a bit of a sexist idea of what women should do, but then again as The Atlantic stated about Lois Lane in an article from March 2016She embodied the progress and struggles of American women, an ongoing cycle of advances and setbacks.” If you want to read my opinion on Lois Lane, check out my review of her first issue by Greg Rucka.) And there was Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen. The fascination continued to go on, for example in the Bronze Age with John Byrne’s relaunch of Superman with the end of the very first issue the full page was a picture on the computer screen that showed Clark Kent with the confirmation that he was Superman.

Lex’s Response to the Computer’s deduction of Clark Kent being Superman.
Credit: DC Comics

There have been plenty of times when Superman’s identity was discovered but somewhere in between it just became a lazy way for the publisher to either push the book or mislead the reader into buying the book; for example, three years ago on June 3rd, when the New 52 was beginning to fade away and replaced with Rebirth, Lois Lane discovered Superman’s Secret Identity due to Clark (At this time The New 52 variation was starting to die and lose his powers) so he was bleeding in the same spots as Superman was cut at. Her response? Print it, Make it Public! But Action Comics was doing well at that time, Greg Pak was writing it along with Aaron Kuder doing the Pencil work. It was a good storyline but it leads to the other problem in making Clark’s Identity secret again during Action Comics Rebirth. But now since we’re further into the Rebirth era, it looks like DC is stuck in another loop again with another attempt of revealing Clark’s duo identity with Lois Lane #7 (Also ties in with Superman #18) which the synopsis for the December Solicitation:

Lois Lane #7 (of 12)
written by GREG RUCKA
art and cover by MIKE PERKINS
variant cover by YASMINE PUTRI

Someone wanting to kill Lois Lane is nothing new for the famed reporter, but is it because of something she knows or something she’s about to uncover? Plus, this issue ties to the events of December’s Superman #18 and the gigantic status quo shift for both Lois and her husband, Superman, when the Man of Steel decides to reveal his identity to the world.

Superman #18
art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
variant cover by SKAN

With Superman’s family scattered across the galaxy, our hero must confront some of his greatest concerns about himself and his place in the galaxy. Legendary artist Ivan Reis joins writer Brian Michael Bendis as they introduce the biggest change in the Man of Steel’s life ever!

What are your thoughts on this recent revelation?

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