Does Superman ever age? From his 1932 birth to his first appearance as a comic book superhero in 1938 to radio, television, films, newspaper strips and video games, every generation between then and now has come of age accompanied by Clark Kent's alter ego.
As part of the Children's Museum of Houston's 2012 Summer of Fun series, Saturday marked the Man of Steel's birthday.
This photo essay captures the big anniversary bash where kids pretended to be "faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive," alongside CultureMap's favorite Superman quotes.
"Only the weak succumb to brutality. You're much stronger than you think you are. Trust me."
"Nobody tears my city apart and gets away with it . . . I don't know what hole you crawled out of or where you came from, but I'm sending you back!"
Lois Lane: "Um, um, would you like a glass of wine?"
Superman: "Uh, no, no thanks. I never drink when I fly."
"I'm here to fight for truth, justice and the American way."
"They say I'm brave, but I'm bulletproof. Ordinary men and women who put their lives on the line, they're the real heroes."
"Well, I hope you don't expect me to save you because I don't do that anymore."
Albert Gonzalez, left, and Angel Ramirez as Superman encouraged little superheroes to take on the Super Obstacle Course Challenge, partake in a stop motion animation class led by Inventor's Workshop, do Superhero Yoga, make pop art action figures, design their own comic strip, capes and masks and enjoy a huge birthday cake.
Hey, it's not easy keeping up with Superman.