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Superman: Birthright was a twelve-issue limited series written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu. The series was published from September of 2003 until September of 2004. Birthright re-envisioned Superman's origin for contemporary readers, branching away from the modern Post-Crisis history first established in John Byrne's Man of Steel limited series, and subsequent follow-up tales. Birthright incorporates many plot elements from the Silver Age of Comic Books and the WB/CW television series Smallville including younger, more vibrant versions of Jonathan and Martha Kent, as well as the heretofore unrevealed history of Lex Luthor's adventures in Smallville.
Due to Superboy-Prime's affecting continuity with the established Byrne canon and the effects of the Infinite Crisis, however, Birthright is no longer considered the authoritative canonical origin of Superman and his supporting cast. A third origin, based on Richard Donner's Superman movie and many elements of Byrne's Man of Steel, is currently in development which removes all Silver Age material. In this origin, Jor-El is clearly based on Marlon Brando's portrayal of the character, Superman's teenage crush for Lana Lang is still intact, he wore glasses as far back as his early teens, but while he did help others using his powers, he did not become Superboy during his youth. It is also known that he did once become an honorary member of the Legion of Superheroes in the future, and he still retains possession of a Legion ring. The only Birthright aspect remaining is that Clark once met Lex Luthor, but he did not become his best friend or cause his disfiguring baldness (because Lex's hair receded over time).
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