USA (possibly Kansas)
First Appearance
Action Comics (vol. 1) #16 (September, 1939)
Notable Residents
Superman, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen
Points of Interest
The Daily Planet, S.T.A.R. Labs

Metropolis is a city in the DC Universe and is most notably the home of Superman.

History[edit | edit source]

  • This history is based on various explanations of the history of Metropolis.  However, some exist in different continuities, so there may be some discrepencies.

Founding and Growth[edit | edit source]

The land that would become Metropolis was originally occupied by the Algonquin Native American tribe and would be known to European settlers when Italian navigator/explorer Vincenzo Gnanatti found the area in 1542 while in the employ of the Netherlands. Dutch settler Paul De Vries established the first settlement in 1634, called De Vries Village which would become the "Old City" in the Queensland Park area of Metropolis today. During the 17th and 18th Centuries, De Vries Village became a prospering seaport and during the Revolutionary War it became an important strategic location for General George Washington.

In 1775, the city became home to a number of publishing houses and most memorably began the publication of the Daily Planet. During an attack during the revolutionary war (known as the Devil's Winter Seige), the city was defended by the soldier known as Tomahawk and his army, with Dan Hunter often noted for his bravery in this battle. Out of respect, Dan Hunter was honored for his heroism by renaming the settlement Fort Hunter, which later transitioned into Hunterville and later still Hunter City.

In 1783, Hunter City opened the First Metropolitan Bank, which remains open to this day (though corporate headquarters are now located in New Troy).

In 1847, Hob's Bay, one of Hunter City's boroughs, had become a bustling merchant centre.  Around this time was a rise in bigotry against the Irish immigrants, which was countered by missionary worker Edna Luthor, who preached love and understanding to Hunter City.  By the turn of the century, her grandson, Wallace Luthor, operated the Luthor Steelworks.

Early 20th Century[edit | edit source]

By 1905, Hunter City was home to noted scientist and adventurer Waldo Glenmorgan, who had a big impact on the city.

References in Other Media[edit | edit source]

References in Real Life[edit | edit source]

There is literally a town named Metropolis in Illinois, United States. The town features several points of interested centered around the character of Superman.

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