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The Superman Symbol is the emblem shaped like an "S" that Superman and most of members of the Superman Family (Supergirl, Superboy, Steel...) -and of the House of El in several continuities- wear on their chests in different versions of their costumes throughout the
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The Superman Symbol is the emblem shaped like an "S" that Superman and most of members of the Superman Family (Supergirl, Superboy, Steel...) -and of the House of El in several continuities- wear on their chests in different versions of their costumes throughout the years. Its first appearance was in Action Comics #1 as part of the character's original design by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. There have been multiple origins presented for this symbol.

Origins

Earth-One

Prior to the Crisis on Infinite Earths, a young Clark Kent chose the S-Emblem when he put together his costume among other reasons because it stood for "Superboy".[1], although later it would be told Jonathan Kent designed the "S" and his wife sewed the costume.[2] When Kara Zor-El's parents resolved to send their daughter to Earth, Allura sewed her costume, adding the S emblem so Superman would know Kara wasn't an enemy.[3][4]

New Earth

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Superman's origin story has been rewritten and rebooted many times over the years; most notably in John Byrne's 1986 The Man of Steel, Mark Waid's 2003 Superman: Birthright, Geoff Johns' 2009 Superman: Secret Origin and Grant Morrison's 2011 Action Comics. There are several correct definitive historical versions each valid at a different time in his career as a result.

John Byrne's 1986 mini-series The Man of Steel had Clark Kent and Jonathan Kent design it together independently while they were trying to create his costume.[5] Later heroes adopted the symbol to show they were inspired by Superman.

Mark Waid's 2003 reboot Superman: Birthright established the symbol as Kryptonian. His parents Jor-El and Lara sent him to Earth with a blanket featuring the symbol.[6] Clark originally believed that it was his family crest, but witnessed greater cultural significance surrounding it in his historical texts and came to understand that it was a symbol of hope.[7]

Geoff Johns's reboot Superman: Secret Origin cemented the Kryptonian origin of the symbol. Upon watching a holographical recording of Jor-El wearing the symbol, Martha Kent guessed it was some sort of family crest and sewed it on her son's Superboy outfit.[8] Supergirl's arrival and her parents' rescue confirmed it was the House Of El's family crest.[9]


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