The 7 Generations of Clark Kent Glasses

There’s something going on behind mild-mannered citizen Clark Kent’s glasses. It’s almost like he’s hiding something! Since the early 1930’s, Superman has needed a way to protect his identity and his lady love Lois Lane from evil-doers. But how do you hide out when you’re the most powerful being on the planet? Well, it’s starts with a great pair of glasses.

The 7 Generations of Clark Kent Glasses

Clark Kent is arguably the most famous alter ego out there. Thanks to tv and movies, we have seen our straight-laced hero evolve to fit every generation. With the release of the new movie Man of Steel we see a grittier, edgier Superman than ever before.

So lets take an xray-vision powered look all the great Clark Kents (and their glasses!) to fly across the silver screen…

1. Kirk Alyn

In 1948, the Superman franchise saw it’s first incarnation on the big screen. In the film serial titled Superman, Kirk Alyn became the first actor to don the iconic hat and glasses of Clark Kent.

Clark Kent Glasses Kirk Alyn

It would also be the first and only time we see him in wire frame glasses.

2. George Reeves

A favorite of many, George Reeves starred in the 1950’s television series Adventures of Superman. Styled in round, tortoise shell glasses.

Clark Kent Glasses George Reeves


This Clark Kent was an assertive and authoritative approach to the character.

3. Christopher Reeve

If you think all of these Kents have looked the same so far, you are sorely mistaken. Christopher Reeve’s star-making portrayal sees our hero in large frame “Clark Kent” style glasses that were popular in the 70’s and 80’s (though that might be the same hat!).

Clark Kent Glasses Christopher Reeves

Reeve’s immensely popular movies were the first to have us see Clark Kent as more awkward and bumbling…setting up a modern geek stereotype.

4. Dean Kane

How could Lois resist this guy! In the 90’s Dean Kane charmed us all with his dashing, fresh take on Superman and some stylish horn rimmed glasses.

Clark Kent Glasses Dean Cain

The Adventures of Lois and Clark…Talk about a love story!

 5. Tom Welling

Smallville showed us a look at Clark Kent’s early days spent growing up in his hometown. The show made us wait nine agonizing seasons before he donned his iconic disguise, now modern and sleek for the new millenium.

Clark Kent Glasses Tom Welling

Let’s hope his (maybe) best friend Lex Luthor isn’t too jealous of his new look.

6. Brandon Routh

In a performance that channeled the late Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh took up the cape in 2006’s Superman Returns. Both retro and nerdy, his glasses were a perfect fit for this installment of the series.

Clark Kent Glasses Brandon Routh

The blue contact lenses, not so much.

7. Henry Cavill

The weekend box office is no match for him! Though his glasses may be similar to our last two, this movie is anything but. Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill plays our hero as a grittier, darker character and it is channeled through Clark Kent as well.

Clark Kent Glasses Henry Cavill

It’s a shame these glasses don’t get more screen time. I guess we will have to wait for the sequel!

Well there you have it. A look back at over 7 decades of super men (pun intended!) and their “Clark Kent Glasses”.


Which one was your favorite? I want to hear all about your favorite Superman in the comment box below.

Feel free to show off your super style with a pic of your Clark Kent Glasses :)

6 Responses to The 7 Generations of Clark Kent Glasses
  1. Graham
    May 19, 2014 | 12:40 pm

    I’m actually in the market for some Clark Kent-esque glasses but I don’t know what they’re called. They’re not horn-rimmed, are they? I like the ones Cavill had in MoS.

    • Kieran Hunt
      May 24, 2014 | 5:11 pm

      Hi Graham,

      This style is usually referred to as a Wayfarer nowadays, though it does still fit under the horn-rimmed category.

      Kieran Hunt

  2. Zack
    October 18, 2014 | 11:48 pm

    What kind of that glasses Brandon Routh wearing?

    • Jim
      February 9, 2016 | 9:19 pm

      Took me a while to figure out. They are DRUMS XS (PL5769)
      $9. I just ordered my pair.

  3. Mitchell Wick
    December 29, 2015 | 8:29 am

    In season six of The Adventures of Superman Clark Kent(George Reeves) glasses had lens for the first time in episodes 1 through 5 or 92 through 97.In The atomic Captive and The Superman Silver Mine they used empty frames for close ups and Reeve’s own glasses for regular shots due to cAmera glare in the lenses.As the season continued more and more shots were with empty frames and even in the same scenes you could see Reeve’s glasses switching back and forth which looked strange .By the end of the sixth and final season only one distance shot with Reeve’s in profile had him wear his own glasses.The same empty frames were used with PhilSilvers in Sargent Bilko and Joe Flynn in McHalesNavy.I liked the lens better with the glarea as it made the characters more human.

  4. Greg White
    July 6, 2016 | 11:16 pm

    I have perfect vision so I don’t need glasses but
    If and when I ever need them I want to get the same kind Clark Kent wears.

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