Wait, Superman has sons and daughters? Yes, the issue of Superman as a father and fathering a child has been the subject of some debate.
Is it possible? Well, yes and no.
In the case of procreation with an Earth woman, it has been established in more recent comics that Kryptonian and Terran DNA are incompatible.
But there have been many comics where that’s not the case.
Superman has fathered the children of Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, and a few other women. He has also adopted children and helped raise his own cousin, Supergirl.
Here are a few examples of Superman as a father over the years…
Superman has been going through some big changes with DC Comics’ Rebirth. He is now married and even has a son.
Of course, it’s not the first time we’ve seen Superman as a father in recent years. In Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, The Man of Steel also has a son with Lois Lane named Jason White. The young boy also showed signs of strength and power when he caused a piano to crash into one of Lex’s goons.
Of course, the boy also shared his father’s buffoonery as Clark Kent, by constantly sneezing and huffing due to his allergies. Then there was also that heartbreaking moment, where Superman recovered from his death and returned to the boy’s room to utter the words of his very own Kryptonian father Jor-El:
You will be different, sometimes you’ll feel like an outcast, but you’ll never be alone. You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father and the father becomes the son.
It seems Superman has always been seen as a father figure to comic book readers and fans. The question is whether or not he is fit to be a father. With the responsibility of saving so many people’s lives, is Kal-El able to balance fathering a child (a son or a daughter) and being Superman?
Below is a list of some of the children, both sons and daughters, Superman has fathered over the years:
An adopted son, Tommy in Superman #57 (Mar/Apr 1949)
Adopted Baby Bliss in Action Comics #217 (June 1956)
A son with Lois Lane in Showcase #9 (August 1957)
Adopted son, Johnny Kirk in Action Comics #232 (September 1957)
Adopted Jimmy Olsen in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #30 (August 1958)