Superman may have the power to lift a planet or crush a diamond with his bare hand but his true strength is his ability inspire hope in others. For over eighty years, the character has largely been considered to represent the purity and virtues of humanity. The emphasis is on the words "supposed to".
Due to gimmicky storylines, publicity stunts, and feuds between writers, the All-American Boyscout has also churned out some of the most ridiculous stories in the history of... well... stories.
But there are some tales that aren't just silly; they are insulting to the readers or offensive to entire cultures. Now, all the entries in this list had nothing but good intentions. The writers obviously don't want to upset their audience (usually).
Most of these comics were created because the publisher decided to go in a bold and different direction or the writing team wanted to tackle a current issue in the world, and things went wrong along the way. In one way or another, every entry on this list backfired big-time.
Here are list of the most controversial Superman moments which even die-hard comic fans still can't believe actually happened.
10. Superman Saves A City By Destroying It - Action Comics #8 + #12 (1939)
Superman can go toe-to-toe with pretty much anyone but that doesn't mean he enjoys it. He understands you can't fix every problem by punching it.
Unfortunately, that's EXACTLY what the writers thought you could do during the 1930s. In the story, Superman in the Slums, the title hero convinces himself that people turn to crime if they were raised in a bad neighbourhood.
Instead of cleaning up the area, he destroys the poorest places he can find to "be rid of its filthy, crime-festering slums". What makes this tale more baffling is this was only a few years after the Great Depression, when millions of Americans were living in poverty.
Four issues later, Superman did pretty much the same thing. In the story, Superman Declares War on Reckless Drivers. Superman... literally does that.
After someone is killed by an oncoming car, Superman breaks into a radio station and vows that every reckless driver will answer to him. He then travels to several used-car lots and crushes all the automobiles. He then finds a car factory and rips open all of the equipment. The employees run for their lives as the whole building collapses. Thanks Supes. The world is saved.