Lois Lane wrapped in Superman’s cape and Superman dressed in his Daily Planet shirt sends the powerful message that the ordinary can be extraordinary. The Superman shield and the Daily Planet globe are powerful icons associated with the heroics of a superhero and the equally valuable heroics of a reporter.

What’s so poignant about the Superman/Clark and Lois Lane relationship, and in many ways the Superman myth as a whole, is how neither their individual characters or their relationship can exist without this dichotomy. Furthermore, the expression of the super and human, and the conflict between both within them as individuals, as a couple, and to a broader extent the entire society in which they live, illustrates the challenge we all face to see beyond the superficial and to appreciate that the only power that truly matters is the power within.