Clark Kent comes to Metropolis looking for a job at the Daily Planet. Perry White first dismisses him as he has no experience. He later goes out to get a story about a theater being torn down which convinces White to accept him because he has initiatives. At the Daily Planet, Lois Lane is intent on uncovering a possible conspiracy behind a space ship launch, which might blow-up. White teams Lois up with the rookie Clark against her better judgment. Meanwhile, Clark is frustrated that he cannot use his powers to help others without exposing himself and jeopardizing his chance at leading a normal life. He consults his mother, Martha Kent, and the two comes up with the Superman costume.
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Clark's mother sews his suit together from normal earthly fabric, using her sewing machine and scissors. Only the "S" logo on Superman suit's chest is from Clark's home world, carried to Earth along with his alien baby blanket. However, in the rest of the episode and series, his suit is as impervious to fire, bullets, and other hazards as Superman is. This could be viewed as a goof, but Clark explains this later in the series. The suits are only indestructible while he's wearing them. This is due to an "aura" of power that extends a few millimeters out from his body. See more
[Martha and Clark finally pick a good disguise for Clark
Well, one thing's for sure. Nobody's going to be looking at your face.
Well they don't call them tights for nothing!
Two versions of this episode aired. The first, the two-hour premiere, aired in September 1993; and the second was the two-part version which aired that December. The two-part version has a number of scenes that were not in the original version aired in September. Finally, the version aired in the U.K. and now available on Columbia House video features scenes not seen in any version originally aired on ABC. See more
Referenced in Smallville: Rogue
Holding Out for a Hero
Performed by Bonnie Tyler See more