Superman, since his first appearance in the late 1930's has been a symbol of Truth, Justice and the American way etc.

Looking back at his representation and the characteristics the writers have used over the years to describe Superman, this would seem a little far-fetched. But has Superman ever been depicted (in the comics) smoking cigarettes and/or consuming alcohol?

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    Do depictions of Clark Kent meet your requirement or must he be in costume as Superman? – Josh King May 23 at 19:46
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    Well, i'm looking anything related to Superman. Not really restricted to him being in Superman persona only; Clark works too. – Shreedhar May 23 at 19:55
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    There was the joke with the punchline, "You're a mean drunk, Superman." – Nu'Daq May 24 at 1:50
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    @Jenayah Check out the following link, pretty conclusive I think!… – jim May 24 at 12:23
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    Back when Superman was first written, smoking and drinking were the American way. – Paul May 24 at 13:20
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TL;DR: drinking yes, and willingly, smoking is debatable.

Drinking — yes

The first two images are courtesy of the answers to this question.

In this one, Superman is powerless after using the "Super Flare" power (basically unleashing all his energy, rendering him powerless for some time after). So the getting drunk part is because of the powerlessness, but Clark Kent/Superman presumably still has all the ideas about the American Way etc, and is drinking alcohol willingly. (comic: Superman (2011) #40)

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Then there's this one, where it's not always exactly pictured, but clearly stated. Superman gets picked by a boat the crew of which thinks he's Bruce Wayne, poses as him, and drinks several glasses of champagne while doing so (one of them was drugged by Deathstroke).

Agreed though, you could say that in this issue he wasn't Superman yet (as in, still "constructing" himself). (comic: Superman: American Alien #3)

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(that's probably not orange juice)

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(that, either)

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(two glasses, both almost empty)

There's a couple other pictures in this comic, but posting them all would be posting the entire issue, ahah.

Smoking - no, but...

Stumbling across Google Images, you could encounter this: (comic: Superman #163)

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So, not smoking for the thrill of it, but merely as a cover method. But, he was also under the influence of Red Kryptonite at the time, making him goofy. (and also, it was the 50's-60's...)

So, no smoking, and there are instances of him campaigning against tobacco ("Never say yes to a cigarette", and the Nick O'Teen villain). On the other hand, early on, he sometimes used heat vision to light up cigars:

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(these three images taken from this source)

Then again, one could argue that the first one was for show, and the second one was an act of kindness for a guy who was already dying. Also, as said earlier it was the 50's-60's, when there was not as much "public awareness" of the dangers of nicotine/tobacco/etc as today.

Bonus section: Superman drunk in movie

While not included by the question, it is worth mentioning "evil Superman" (poisoned by pseudo-kryptonite) who among other vices becomes drunk in Superman III.

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    Awww, I wish my parents had ever called me "super-convenient." :,( – MissMonicaE May 23 at 20:50
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    @MissMonicaE that's what you get when parents conceive their child the usual way, rather than wandering through Kansas, picking up stray babies who fell from the skies. :p – Jenayah May 23 at 20:57
  • That was from an actual movie? I always thought it to be some sort of parody on Superman 😆 – Shreedhar May 24 at 7:54
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    @jim yup, "never say yes to a cigarette", and the (ridiculous) villain was Nick O'Teen. It's already on the answer, under the picture of him smoking all those cigars :) – Jenayah May 24 at 9:01
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    Lighting a cigar while that guy is on oxygen... That's not an act of kindness, that's murder^^ – Dakkaron May 24 at 11:22

Additional - there was a cover (Action Comics 869) that depicted Clark and Pa Kent sharing what is presumed to be a beer in a father and son moment.

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After publication, DC (I believe at the request of Paul Levitz, but can't confirm that) recalled the cover, and asked all retailers to destroy any stock they had. The book was re-printed a week or two after, with the label (poorly) edited to read "SODA POP".

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Needless to say, the original cover is worth quite a bit more than the second version.

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    Strange, because it looks like the original version actually says "ROOT BEER." – Nathan K. May 24 at 15:14
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    It could just as easily say Draft Beer, or be deliberately blurry enough that it could be either. It wasn't sufficiently clear for someone in DC. It woulnd't be the first time they erred on the side of caution - Look up "Marvel douche ad" – VBartilucci May 24 at 18:24

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