Superman has always had the 'S' emblem on his chest. When was it added to his cape? How long has the Superman emblem adorned his cape? I seem to remember his cape with and without.

  • "It's not an S!" – Möoz Feb 3 '15 at 19:26
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    lol. Sorry @Mooz. I had to make do. I don't have the El family crest on my keyboard. – Major Stackings Feb 4 '15 at 19:55

Superman's symbol first appeared on his cape in the 1940s, when Paul Cassidy redesigned Superman's suit. It premiered in Action Comics #26. This included a redesigned symbol that was more diamond-shaped than the previous two symbols, and the addition of the symbol to his cape instead of just on his chest.

Since then, it has appeared on and off his cape, with it typically not on his cape in live action movies. It's been suggested that in the newer movies Superman Returns and Man of Steel, the symbol has been absent to make the CGI animation of the cape easier to render. Whereas only some of the prop capes in the Christopher Reeves films lacked the symbol, because they weren't going to be shot from behind (see "The Cape" section). One could make the assumption that the symbol is sometimes left off of other animated or illustrated versions of Superman's cape for a similar reason: to make the artwork easier to complete.

However, Superman merchandised clothing, such as costumes or children's pajama's with removable capes are likely to have the symbol on the cape regardless of the costume of the current incarnation of The Big Blue Boy Scout. This makes the product more marketable and recognizable.

A great example of having the symbol when it doesn't fit the costume is "Man of Steel" style pajamas. In the movie, there is no S shield on his cape. However, in these pajamas there is one. The unique design of the "Man of Steel" S shield lets us know that this product is indeed meant to be designed after the styling of the movie, and thus the cape's symbol is erroneous or at the very least superfluous.

Pajama backPajama front
Man of Steel licensed pajamas, back and front
Man of Steel cape view
Still image of Superman's cape from Man of Steel. No symbol present.

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    I know I always prefer my pj's to have sculpted muscles on them. – Monty129 Feb 3 '15 at 9:22
  • @Monty129 It's the cape, for me! Or pockets... (I'm so mundane) – user31178 Feb 3 '15 at 15:41
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    @CreationEdge: "NO CAPES!" -- Edna Mode – Codes with Hammer Feb 3 '15 at 18:06
  • I updated with a few more reference. My original answer said that Superman typically doesn't appear with the symbol on his cape, but that appears to only be true in certain types of media. None of this affects when the symbol appeared. – user31178 Feb 3 '15 at 18:50

Justice league: Throne of Atlantis from 2015 is the first cartoon I saw it in.

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    The question is when did the emblem first appear on Supe's cape, not when you first saw it. – Monty129 Feb 3 '15 at 15:44
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    The answer by @CreationEdge claims that superman's 'S' first appeared on his cape in the 1940s. If that's true, it reduces your answer to meaningless noise. If you don't respond to 1940s claim, you'll likely get downvoted to oblivion and the answer will probably be deleted. Nice pictures though. – Mark Rogers Feb 3 '15 at 15:46
  • I haven't seen it in any of the previous Justic league cartoons that come out yearly. the black S is very intrusive on the Eye and im sure I would have seen it before. ty for the downvotes btw. – Cherubel Feb 4 '15 at 7:06
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    @Cherubel - Sorry man, I was little harsh earlier, I was just hoping to warn you before you received more downvotes. You can delete the answer to prevent receiving more downvotes. I think the answer looks good, but because its essentially incorrect, voters are compelled to downvote it. According to the culture of the site unlike say reddit, if something is knowingly incorrect, a voter is expected to downvote. Sorry again. – Mark Rogers Feb 4 '15 at 23:25

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