Here are the answers for Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Superman quiz.
A reminder: “T” is for “Truth”, “F” is for “Bald-Faced Lie” or “TF” is for “Half-Truth”.
1) T: It’s true that “Science Fiction #3” was a science fiction “fanzine” that Jerry Siegel published in 1933. After rethinking the character, Siegel rewrote Superman as a hero who bore no resemblance to the original bald evil supervillain of “The Reign of the Supermen.”
2) T: It’s true that some comic book publishers were afraid of getting sued because of Superman’s similarity to the Hugo Danner character in Philip Wylie’s novel.
The novel’s plotline is as follows: Hugo Danner becomes the strongest man in the world due to the effects of an experiment by his scientist father.
In 1987, DC Comics published “Young All-Stars”, a series about a young superhero team. One of its members was Iron Munro, the son of Hugo Danner.
3) TF: It’s true that Superman was killed by Doomsday in the 1992 comic book, “The Death of Superman.” And, yes, Bill Clinton and wife Hillary attended the funeral.
And it’s also true that DC Comics replaced Superman with four new Superman characters, each with their own comic book series. John Henry Irons was an African-American iron worker, who crafted a suit of armor and vowed to continue Superman’s legacy as the character known as “Steel.” Hank Henshaw, also known as “Cyborg Superman”, was part man and part machine, who claimed to be Superman reborn. Henshaw, however, was a villainous character with the sole purpose of destroying the “late” Superman’s reputation. The Metropolis Kid was a young superhero cloned from Superman and villain Lex Luthor in an experiment by Luthor. It’s false that Bizarro Superman was the fourth Superman character. While Bizarro was a strange doppelganger version of Superman created in the fifties, The Last Son of Krypton, an energy-powered alien, was Superman #4.
4) T: It’s true that the “Superman II” producers removed all of Marlon Brando’s scenes and replaced them with the same scenes shot with “Superman’s mother.” In 2006, however, the DVD “Superman II – The (director) Richard Donner Cut” was released with Brando’s scenes cut back in. Also, brief slices of Brando’s Superman II scenes were used in “Superman Returns” (2006).
The story behind the DVD: In 1980, director Richard Donner was fired by the producers, after most of Superman II was shot. He was then replaced by Richard Lester (“Hard Day’s Night”), who was given sole director credit and final cut. The 2006 DVD gave Donner the last laugh and his own final cut.
5) TF: While it’s true that George Reeves, the first television Superman, was despondent because he couldn’t find work, it’s an urban legend (false) that he leaped off a building to his death. It’s assumed that he shot himself, despite another urban legend that he was murdered by a jealous husband.
6) TF: It’s true that there are five different kinds of Kryptonite. It’s also true that Green Kryptonite is the most common form of Kryptonite, known to weaken Superman and kill him with prolonged exposure. It’s false that Red Kryptonite adds strength to Superman’s already amazing super powers. Red Kryptonite is known to produce a wildly inconsistent variety of temporary effects on the Man of Steel. It’s true that Green Kryptonite destroys all plant life. It’s also true that Blue Kryptonite weakens and/or kills Bizarro World Supermen (see Answer #3). And it’s true that Gold Kryptonite only robs Superman of his super powers.