Hiro tears a copy of Action Comics, Issue #1.
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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.
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.
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.
- 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."
- 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)
"Up, up and away!"
- Sam and Sam's Comics are named after Sam Loeb, Jeph Loeb's son, and the writer of Superman/Batman, Issue #26, The Boys Are Back in Town.
- A number of the Heroes crew have also worked on Superman.
- Various Heroes crew members, including Greg Beeman, Michael Green, John H. Han, Chris Hanada, Tanner Kling, Jeph Loeb, Foz McDermott, Josh Miyaji, Terrence O'Hara, Paul Shapiro, Jeannot Szwarc, Mark Verheiden, and Mark Warshaw, have also worked on Smallville, a television series about Superman. Actors who appeared on the show include John Glover, Leonard Roberts, Missy Peregrym, Chad Faust, Rick Peters, Paul Perri, and Link Baker. There were also episodes of Smallville titled Fallout and Exposed.
- K Callan portrayed Martha Kent on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
- Joanna Cassidy, Michael Dorn, John Glover, Ernie Hudson, and Malcolm McDowell have all lent their voices to the 1996 animated show Superman.
- Breckin Meyer portrayed Superman in a number of episodes of Robot Chicken.
- Jeannot Szwarc directed the 1984 film Supergirl.
- Tawny Cypress, Frank Maharajh, and Dan Warner appeared in the television series Supergirl.
- In its June 1938 debut, Action Comics, Issue #1, cost 10¢. According to Wikipedia, the present-day value of a near-mint condition issue is about $440,000. However, in 2010, a copy of the issue sold at an auction for $1 million.
Hiro has a copy of Action Comics, Issue #1.
Hiro destroys the valuable comic book in honor of his grandfather.
Gabriel Gray resembles Clark Kent.
A crystal at Gray & Sons is similar to the structures seen in Superman comics.
Superman lurks in a London subway.
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