Had to go with the Fortress. The apartment has rarely if ever been associated with Superman. And the farm only holds for Post-Crisis.
For most of his history the Kents have been part of his past and the farm has played no real role. The Golden Age Superman never spent time on the Kent farm. The Silver-Age Superman's parents had sold the place before he started school. It was only the Byrne-Flashpoint version that even had a farm to go back to.
We are mainly defined by our actions. What we do, not where we're from. Clark's apartment is his home and Superman's Fortress is everything about him. It has all kinds of cool things from his adventures and his life. It's a hideout. I would assume he'd feel most comfortable there.But the Fortress isn't a home. As a grown man, Clark left the nest, got a job in Metropolis, rented an apartment, and pays the bills for that place. If we're assessing what sort of place demonstrates his maturity and masculinity the most it would be the home he keeps through an honest day of work.
Must we define the character so narrowly? No one is represented only by one place. We are defined best by looking at the whole picture of our lives not just one part of it. There's more to Superman than the Fortress, the Farm, or the Metropolis apartment.
He may not go "home" to the Fortress every night but that's because he's also Clark Kent and he wants to have his city life too.
I think the Kents, particularly depression era, would want Superman to make his own place in the world. Superman's story is as much about leaving home, Krypton and the farm, as it about remembering where he's from. I have a pre crisis view of Superman. To my mind Pre Crisis Superman had interests, hobbies,experiments, even his journal, that only took place at the Fortress. A place where he could unabashedly be Superman. Plus Kandor, his ties to Kandars were much more natural and relaxed than recent interpretations of the character. When Earth Two Superman, Golden Age Superman finally married Lois, the final Wedding Ceremony was traditional Kryptonian and at the Fortress.
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If you really want to get into semantics, the place that "best represents" the character should be the place he built with his own hands. Of course that doesn't discount the influence Kent farm had on his development, or the fondness he has for it, but Kent farm is the legacy of at least two other people, whereas the Fortress belongs to Superman and Superman alone.
LTTP here, forgive me for bumping the thread.
To me, it depends on what era we're talking about (thus, I didn't vote). I have very, very little knowledge of the Golden Age & where he hung his hat, so I'll leave that alone. But I look at it like this:
Silver Age: The Fortress. These stories depicted a very sci-fi, cosmic adventure-type Superman (who treated 'Clark' like a disguise); the giant key, the giant "Superman Diary", all of those things fit this version of Superman. In the Silver Age, I would vote Fortress.
Post-Crisis Byrne era: I won't even count this has he had no fortress. I suppose if I were forced to choose, I'd pick Clark's apartment because 'Superman' was the disguise.
Post-Crisis Jurgens Era: I'd probably say the Kent farm. It was a place where he could go to be himself, get a homecooked meal, and seek advice like humans do. The Eradicator built the era's first fortress, buried beneath the ice, containing relics of Krypton's past. Clark commented more than once how "cold" and "alien" that fortress was (I believe he even once told the fortress robots "You know what? This place gives me the willies. I'm outta here!").
Post-Crisis Loeb (I think?) era: The Fortress was the tesseract one. I vote Farm here as the tesseract fortress just seemed too sci-fi for THIS particular version of the character. I think this would have well-suited Silver Age Superman, but it seemed out of place in the early 2000's.
Post-Infinite Crisis: I vote Fortress. There was a big surge here to incorporate the Donnerverse into the comics, and it led to my personal favorite fortress making its debut. Superman would come here to work on Mon-El's cure, he conversed with Jor-El about Kryptonian/human pregnancies,earned about Zod & the true Brainiac. Granted, he was married, but the writers often played with the L&C marriage outside their home more than they did inside. It should be noted, too, that during Busiek's run (I think), while Chris was living with L&C, Clark built a teleporter in their apartment that specifically transferred you to the fortress.
New 52: I suppose Fortress, because we've seen Superman hang out there, but it's a bit too early to tell.
So yeah...in my opinion, it varies based on the era that we're talking about.
In the new 52 he actually calls it his home more than once and he even ended up living there for a time when his Clark ID died. He tell Batman that he has a "house in space". Then in Supergirl he tell Superboy that he's been locked out of his "home".
In the new 52 a lot of aspects about his Clark Kent identity (aside from writing) are just him going through the motions of what he remembers a normal life to be.
New 52 it's FOS all day.
Kent Farm. Superman is Clark Kent, not Kal-El. Kal-El is only who he would have been had he stayed on Krypton (as well as being dead).
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Does New 52 Superman even have a Fortress?
All of them. He's got a Superman side, Clark side, Clark in the city side...
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