Whether you love him, hate him or have a general indifference toward him, there’s no denying that Superman is one of the most influential fictional characters of all time. Superman has been an enduring presence in pop culture for over 70 years and has led headlines the world over as a global icon.

For me he’s been a true inspiration in a hard life and I’ve been a hardcore fan of his since I was five years old. My love for Superman continues to grow no matter how much criticism and satirizing he receives in pop culture, and ultimately I felt compelled to celebrate him in a list.

Here are fifty reasons why I believe Superman is the greatest superhero of all time.

50. The Symbol

The iconic symbol on his chest is instantly recognizable. It’s almost as recognizable as the American dollar sign, or the yin and yang. When villains see the big S emboldened in red and yellow, they know that their days are numbered and Superman means business.

When they shoot at him, they shoot for the chest, and the S is impenetrable. The S is not just an icon for a superhero, it’s the icon for character’s meaning and what he stands for. Whether it’s S for Superman, or S the house of El family crest, The big red S means something… the ultimate symbol of hope.


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This article was first posted on July 9, 2012