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« on: November 20, 2005, 02:01:21 PM »

I have found unusual definitions and interpretation of the name and concept of Superman. Here are some examples:

su·per·man (sū'pər-măn') n.
1 A man with more than human powers.
2 An ideal superior man who, according to Nietzsche, forgoes transient pleasure, exercises creative power, lives at a level of experience beyond standards of good and evil, and is the goal of human evolution. Also called overman. [Translation of German Übermensch : über-, super- + Mensch, man.]

Mythology
Superman

A seemingly immortal, superhuman comic-strip character created in the late 1930s, who hides his powers beneath the persona of Clark Kent, a mild-mannered newspaper reporter. Only when there is a threat of danger — often to his fellow reporter and secret love, Lois Lane — does Clark transform himself into the caped hero with x-ray vision.
- Superman has been adapted for various radio and television series and a number of highly successful films.

Literature
Superman

An ideal of humanity found in Thus Spake Zarathustra, by Friedrich Nietzsche. The Superman, or Overman (the German is Übermensch), is the single goal of all human striving, for which people must be willing to sacrifice all. It is doubtful that Nietzsche thought of the Overman as an individual person.

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