Superman has been around for more than 80 years (creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster conceptualized the character in 1933, years before they sold him to Detective Comics), which has given a lot of people the opportunity to work on the character. Whether a new artist added a muscle group here or a new tweak to the costume there, he has gone through some visual changes. More than that, he has changed considerably in terms of origin, personality and even power-level. What began as a character who was more powerful than everyone else on Earth evolved into a character more powerful than anything or anyone, anywhere and anytime… that is, until things were changed again and again over the years. With so many people involved over so many eras, Superman is nothing like he once was 10 years ago, let alone 80. With so many variations (there are plenty we decided against for this list), we looked back through cartoons, films and comics to come up with the most powerful versions of the Man of Steel. We decided to nix the idea of Superman wielding the sword or the Thought Robot, as we wanted to focus more on the character himself and not anything he might wield to make him more powerful. What follows are the 15 most powerful versions of Superman, ranked from weakest to strongest, and picked from alternate Earths, Elseworlds, reimaginings and his regular chronology.
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