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Superheroes

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For thousands of years people have told stories about heroes. Heroes are strong, brave people who help others. Today we can read stories and watch films about superheroes. What is a superhero?

Superheroes have special powers which they use to do good things like helping people and fighting crime. They usually wear special clothes, like a cape. Sometimes they wear a mask so no one knows who they are. Some superheroes use gadgets, like Spiderman's web shooter.

Modern superheroes started as stories in comic books. Superman was one of the first famous superheroes. The first Superman comic was published in 1938. Superman is an alien from the planet Krypton. He can fly and he is super strong. He is super fast and no weapons can hurt him. The only thing that can hurt him is Kryptonite rock from his home planet.

In 1941, Wonder Woman was created. She was the first female superhero. Wonder Woman's story comes from ancient Greek myths. She has some superhuman powers like Superman. She is good at fighting and she has lots of weapons too like a lasso and magic bracelets.

Sometimes superheroes have friends that help them, like Jimmy Olsen in the Superman stories. These friends are called 'sidekicks'. One of the most famous sidekicks is Robin from 'Batman and Robin'. Sometimes superheroes group together like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor in the Avengers, or the mutants in the X-Men team.

Fun facts

  • The first Superman didn't have any hair – he was bald!
  • The first Incredible Hulk was grey not green!
  • In 2005 Superman became a vegetarian!

Discussion

What super power would you like to have? Who's your favourite superhero?

Average: 4.2 (11 votes)

Submitted by IcyOrbitRain on Sat, 17/12/2022 - 07:59

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My favorite hero has to be Spider-Man or Iron-Man
But I wouldn't like to meet them because, reasons

Submitted by PrettyRockGuitar on Sat, 09/04/2022 - 17:00

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Hello! My favorite superhero is Superman

Submitted by CaptainDrum90 on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 05:41

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I would like to have invisibility power. My favorite superhero is Superman.

Submitted by CaptainMesozoi… on Wed, 06/10/2021 - 14:16

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my favourite superhero is spiderman

Submitted by SwimmingJurassicWeb on Wed, 15/09/2021 - 14:47

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If I would tell someone a superhero name it would be Spideman tech wars.

Submitted by AgentGirl8 on Tue, 04/05/2021 - 15:00

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In Viet Nam, In addition to Superman, we also have the magic Winx -.- Winx Enchantix ... :D

Submitted by SmileyCastle7 on Fri, 23/04/2021 - 19:04

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this have a good game

Submitted by PrincessNatureCave on Sat, 20/03/2021 - 12:00

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Poor Superman! He couldn't eat any burgers! (Except vegeburgers, of course!)

Submitted by PrincessPetalWolf on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 19:57

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If I had a super power, I would like to run at the speed of light and thus avoid traffic. It would also help people who are in the middle of an assault. And my favorite superhero is Wonder Woman because she is amazing.

Submitted by AmuletBracelet… on Wed, 14/10/2020 - 10:51

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hi my name is yousof wut is uor names

Submitted by RubyCushionGarden on Sun, 30/08/2020 - 10:03

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I would like to fly, like a bird, or have a super power to talk with animals and plants, that must be super fun.

Submitted by AgentRockDrum on Sun, 02/08/2020 - 21:39

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My name is Asier Zappi, my superpower would be to throwing fire. My favorite superhero is Thor.

Submitted by EmeraldFairyGrass on Thu, 23/07/2020 - 14:39

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I would want to be super girl if i were a super hero

Submitted by WowForeverHello on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 12:38

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The superhero I would like to be is maybe flash considering he is faster than most regular superheros.

Submitted by GreenRose300 on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 19:07

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My favourite superhero is Wonder Woman! I would like have the water power, invisibility power, fly and wind power!

Submitted by PrincessWaterf… on Sun, 31/05/2020 - 08:41

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I would like to fly.

Submitted by SapphireFire3000 on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 01:57

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I would like the invisibility power, the light power (like Aurora in COFL) and thunder powers. Can my hero be Aurora from Child of Light? If I can well it is

Submitted by GoldHello400 on Tue, 17/03/2020 - 17:24

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my favorite super hero is spiderman and i would to have his power

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