Before Henry Cavill burns up theater screens as the latest Superman in Man of Steel, I thought I’d highlight one of the hottest men ever to don the superhero costume. Not going to lie, Tom Welling is definitely my type and I can’t believe it took me this long to feature him in my Man Crush series. If you thought the Smallville actor was cute back in the day, he’s even hotter today. The slight salt-and-pepper buzz cut really works for him. WOOF.

Welling was born in Upstate New York. Before landing his breakout role in the WB series, the 36-year-old actor guest starred in Judging Amy and Undeclared. He’s appeared in the Cheaper By The Dozen films and the 2005 remake of The Fog. Since Smallville ended, Tom tried his hand behind the scenes. He executive produced the short lived cheerleading series, Hellcats.

He’ll return to the big screen later this year, appearing with Zac Efron and Paul Giamatti in Parkland. The Tom Hanks-produced film follows the events that occurred at Parkland Memorial Hospital after JFK’s assassination. It’s scheduled to hit theaters in November 2013 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the historic event. Check out photos of Welling then and now below.