Clark Kent was named after actors Clark Gable and Kent Taylor.
But Superman’s teenage creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, fashioned Kent’s nebbish personality after themselves.
Siegel said he was never able to “get the girl” and always felt inadequate handling life.
If Kent personified their fears, though, the character’s super-persona fulfilled the adolescent boys’ dreams.
He was invincible, handsome, and always got women’s attention.