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Superman will be 74 years old next year…..

by GLEN WELDON

Superman has gotten a makeover — well, another makeover — two years ahead of turning 75 years old in 2013.

The newly redesigned Man of Steel, as he appears in this year's Justice League #1. The S-curl on his forehead will return; the red trunks are gone for good. Art by Jim Lee.

DC ComicsThe newly redesigned Man of Steel, as he appears in this year’s Justice League #1. The S-curl on his forehead will return; the red trunks are gone for good. Art by Jim Lee.

As the first and most widely known representative of the spandexed set, Superman remains the popular face of that uniquely American creation, the superhero.

But America has changed a lot since 1938. And as it did, that face changed, too.

You can talk about the S-shield, or the bright red booties, or the cape, or the red trunks. (Actually, let’s not talk about the red trunks, or their absence of late, if it’s all the same to you.) But the fact remains: Kal-El’s super-kisser has become an internationally recognized icon in its own right. Which is remarkable, given its completely generic look…..

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