Clark Kent

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Clark Joseph Kent (Earth)

Clark Joseph Kent (middle name is also Jerome according to some versions)[1] is a fictional character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. He serves as the civilian and secret identity of the superhero Superman.

Over the decades there has been considerable debate as to which personality the character identifies with most. From his first introduction in 1938 to the mid-1980s, "Clark Kent" was seen mostly as a disguise for Superman, enabling him to mix with ordinary people. This was the view in most comics and other media such as TV (starring George Reeves) and radio. In 1986, during John Byrne's revamping of the character, the emphasis was on Superman being the manufactured persona of Clark Kent, the side of the character he most identifies with. Different takes persist in the present.



Through the popularity of his Superman alter ego, the personality, concept, and name of Clark Kent have become ingrained in popular culture as well, becoming synonymous with secret identities and innocuous fronts for ulterior motives and activities. In 1992, Superman co-creator Joe Shuster told the Toronto Star, that the name derived from 1930's cinematic leading men Clark Gable and Kent Taylor, but the persona from bespectacled silent film comic Harold Lloyd and himself.[2] Others believe that his name alludes to two pulp characters: Doc Savage, whose full name is Clark Savage Jr., and The Shadow, whose alias in the pulps was Kent Allard (though in the radio serial it was Lamont Cranston).[citation needed] Another theory is that "Kent" was a combination of the real and pen names of Doc Savage's creator, Lester DENT, who wrote as KENNETH Robeson, because Superman's co-creator and first writer was an avid fan of the pulp genre.[citation needed]

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