Originally Posted by TheBat812
He actually didn't start out nearly as strong as today. One of my favorite depictions is the Fleischer cartoons, which had the perfect amount of incredible strength, but tangible vulnerability. He always overcame whatever the issue, but they added to the tension.
Couldn't agree more.
By the same token, I've always felt that Superman should be depicted more as not really knowing exactly how strong or invulnerable he is to a certain degree. Confidence in one's strength is arrogance. True heroism is having the courage to walk (or fly) into a challenge not really knowing if you're capable of succeeding. Obviously as logic would dictate, Superman would already know that he's invulnerable and super strong to a point of course. But when the chips are seriously down, I think it creates drama to depict even Superman a bit fearful that he could fail or die.