Lex Luthor (full name: Alexander Joseph ''Lex'' Luthor) is a fictional supervillain from the comic books published by DC Comics. He is the main enemy of Superman. He is also an enemy of Batman and other superheroes in the DC Comics. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. He first appeared in Action Comics #23 (April 1940). He has been adapted into movies, tv shows and video games as well. Several actors have played Lex Luthor in motion pictures as well as in TV shows such as Lyle Talbot, Gene Hackman, Clancy Brown, Michael Rosenbaum, Kevin Spacey, Jesse Eisenberg, Jon Cryer, and Nicholas Hoult.