It certainly is a puzzle. On the one hand, Clark Kent’s alter ego, the first and mightiest superhero, is the father of them all: the George Washington, if you will, of superpower possessors. Yet on the other hand, let’s face it, he’s become the least sexy superhero of them all.
The guy gets respect, yes, but not love. He may be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, but his Q rating is about the same as Ben Bernanke’s. Superman’s first in war, first in peace, and last in the Justice League (so to speak).