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Due to baby Kal-El's super powers, Earth clothes didn't last long on him. So, Martha Kent used Kryptonian blankets to make a costume for him. If you can see the second image of the attached answer, the baby costume also had a cape (not just the original Superman costume).

So, I can assume that it was either Jonathan Kent's or Martha Kent's idea. Why did Jonathan and Martha Kent (who weren't good at physics, I think) attach a cape to the costume? What was its purpose?

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In the first pictures, Supertoddler (sorry) was attacked by a bull, so that probably gave them the idea. –  Mr Lister Oct 24 '12 at 7:01
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Surely the answer is in the second image, Superboy states 'I had mom add a cape with a pouch...' –  AlasdairCM Oct 24 '12 at 8:22
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@AlasdairCM ... with a pouch, where I could stash my Clark Kent cloths ~> Not applicable on baby Kal-El as he started his dual identity ju-ju after starting Superboy career... –  Sachin Shekhar Oct 24 '12 at 11:13
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@SachinShekhar True. I'm inclined to think that they added a cape because it was cool... But that's a bit daft isn't it? –  AlasdairCM Oct 25 '12 at 9:35
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Over the years, Superman has had many versions of his origins and his costume but almost all versions had Martha Kent involved in one way or another. I think in Secret Origin, Martha created the costume using red and blue blankets Kal-El was wrapped in when Martha and Jonathan found him. Jonathan also discovered that the blankets protected some baby items during fire whereas everything else was burnt. So they decided to keep the blankets and eventually make a costume using the blankets. Obviously Martha's design was inspired by Kryptonian style that she has seen. Overall, I would say it is for protection from fire and various hazardous substances such as the radiation in space, which Jor-El knew about because he was a scientist.

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I am asking about Cape... not why they used blanket to make costume. Another flaws: 1. Martha didn't know about Kryptonian style when Kal-El was baby. 2. Jor-El's costume didn't have Cape! –  Sachin Shekhar Oct 27 '12 at 2:31
    
I forgot to mention what it was the red blanket that shielded some baby items during fire and Jonathan told Martha about it. The red blanket became the cape to protect him from fire, radiation, etc. Clark was little and most definitely liked the idea of a cape (I liked to wear a cape when I was little). His baby costume does not look Kryptonian. I was referring to the superman costume and I did not say Jor-El's costume had a cape. –  glebovg Oct 27 '12 at 2:46
    
I did not say Jor-El's costume had a cape. ~> You said Obviously Martha's design was inspired by "Kryptonian style" that she has seen. –  Sachin Shekhar Oct 27 '12 at 2:58
    
I liked to wear a cape when I was little ~> Its because of Superman or similar Superheroes, I guess.. :) –  Sachin Shekhar Oct 27 '12 at 2:59
    
And, his blue part of costume is also fire-proof.. –  Sachin Shekhar Oct 27 '12 at 3:09
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