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Superman
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Hiro tears a copy of Action Comics, Issue #1.

First reference: The Crane
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Superman is a fictional comic book character owned by DC Comics. The character and the graphic novels in which he appears are frequently referenced on Heroes.

About

Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1932. The character first appeared in Action Comics, Issue #1 on June 30, 1938. Superman has a multitude of abilities, including superhuman strength, super speed, super durability, regeneration, and flight. His alter ego is Clark Kent, the mild mannered reporter who works for The Daily Planet. Superman's greatest weakness is Kryptonite, the radioactive green material from his home planet.

References

Graphic Novel:The Crane

Hiro keeps a figurine and a poster of Superman in his apartment in Tokyo, Japan. While there, he rips up his copy of Action Comics, Issue #1, when Superman, the first major comic book superhero, debuted his powers of super strength, invulnerability, and super speed.

Hiros

Hiro sees Nathan fly outside the Fly By Night Diner. Referencing Superman, he says, "Up, up, and away!"

Better Halves

When Micah asks D.L. how he escaped from prison, D.L. tells his son he has a secret, "just like Superman".

Six Months Ago

Before Gabriel Gray became Sylar, his appearance resembled Clark Kent. Additionally, Gray & Sons has a collection of crystals similar to the structures seen in Superman comics.

Unexpected

Dale compares her enhanced hearing to that of Superman.

The Hard Part

When Sylar prepares to meet his mother, he wears his glasses and visits her as a normal watchmaker, looking very much like Clark Kent. This refers to Clark Kent wearing and being a normal reporter. When Clark Kent takes off his glasses and reveals his costume, he becomes Superman. When Gabriel Gray takes off his glasses and reveals his true identity, he becomes Sylar.

How to Stop an Exploding Man

Ando tells Hiro that his whole life he talked about his favorite stories of heroes he wanted to be, Superman being one of them.

Graphic Novel:Heroism Is Found in the Heart, Part 1

Ando compares himself to Clark Kent by saying that they both have public personas and are heroes.

Truth & Consequences

Micah explains to Damon and Monica why St. Joan wears a disguise. When she understands, Monica exclaims, "That's why Clark Kent wears those glasses!"

Graphic Novel:The Man with Too Much Brains

During a talent show at Matt Neuenberg's high school, a person from the audience calls Matt "Brainiac", a villain of Superman who has artificial intelligence of advanced alien origin.

Graphic Novel:Sum Quod Sum, Part 1

When Elle boards the tube in London, a man in the subway wears a Superman outfit under his clothes.

The Eclipse, Part 2

Sam explains to Hiro that he doesn't need to be an alien like Superman in order to be a hero.

Shades of Gray

The Costa Verde branch of Sam's Comics sells issues of Superman.

Into Asylum

Disappointed with the choices her biological father has made, Claire tells Nathan that he was supposed to be Superman.

I Am Sylar

Ando calls Hiro "Superman", and then precedes to list the qualities the two share.

When Ando doesn't freeze with Danko's team, he says it's like Batman invading Superman's Fortress of Solitude.

Graphic Novel:The Trip, Part 1

Hiro's scrambled brain makes him see a Superman-like character.

Heroes Evolutions

Hiro's blog

  • In a blog entry, Hiro says that Nathan Petrelli "is Clark Kent without the glasses. Instead of a cape, he wears pajamas when he flies. Very cool." Hiro then signs his post, "Up, up and away".
  • In Hiro's Blog 1784.0 Hiro says, "To fly like Superman, to heal like Wolverine, to be strong like the Hulk. Who would have thought all my dreams would come true."

Saving Charlie

  • Charlie, trying to convince Hiro that being able to stop time is "a thousand time cooler" than time travel, says, "Even Superman wasn't able to freeze time." (Chapter 23)

Memorable Quotes

"Up, up and away!"

- Hiro (to Nathan) (Hiros)


"Your whole life you talked about your favorite stories... Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, Kensei... All the heroes you wanted to be."

- Ando (to Hiro) (How to Stop an Exploding Man)

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