In 1988, when he was 50 years old, it was finally revealed.
Superman was from Smallville, Kan.
It was right there in black-and-white on page 6 in Chapter 1 of the 80-page giant anniversary issue of Action Comics dated May 1988.
And, according to then Wichita Eagle-Beacon writer Bob Curtright:
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“WE CAN ONLY assume that the identity of the Kansas town where young Clark Kent grew up was purposely disguised to protect his family and friends from retaliation by the countless evil enemies that Superman foiled during his 50-year (so far) mission to protect truth, justice and the American Way. The names of the stores and individuals have surely also been changed.
But there are enough references in dialogue and background art in the anniversary issues to help narrow the possibilities of which town in Kansas Smallville really is.
Superman was raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent on a farm outside Smallville
The super hero was credited with saying:
''Krypton bred me, but it was Earth that gave me all I am, all that matters. It was Krypton that made me Superman, but it was Earth that makes me human."
And it was Smallville that made him a Kansan.
Question: In 1988, the Wichita Eagle sponsored a contest asking readers, “Where is Smallville?’ What city was named the winner?
Answer to Saturday’s question: According to Hank Ketcham, the creator of the “Dennis the Menace” comic strip, Dennis grew up in Wichita. In the book, Ketcham wrote that Dennis' father is an engineer in Wichita's aircraft industry, and he, his parents, dog Ruff and cat Hot Dog all live in a neat two-story bungalow on Elm Street.
Check back at Kansas.com Monday for the answer to today’s question.