Superman is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in publications by DC Comics, widely considered to be an American cultural icon. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born American artist Joe Shuster in 1932, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and ...

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Is the Golden Superman canon, and what were his exact powers?

In Superman one million, Superman spends 15,000 years, I think, inside the sun. I'm just wondering how powerful he is compared to other characters in the DC universe, and if it's canon.
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Lock Superman Underground, how long till he loses his powers?

If we were to take superman, and hide him from a yellow sun by any means (underground, too far, block the sun, perpetually staying in night regions), how long would it take for his powers to be lost? ...
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What is Superman's metabolic rate? [closed]

Is it possible to calculate (or approximate in a reasonably scientifically credible way) the metabolic rate of Superman (be it in his prime, or at least at when he still keeps his ability to fool ...
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How does Superman's heat vision work exactly?

When Superman uses his heat vision, can he measure exactly where he wants to hit someone? And how far can he expand his heat vision? Is his heat vision invisible to the human eye? I know we see it in ...
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Is Superman's strength related at all to his muscles?

Superman is generally shown in most appearances with a single iconic physique: buff as hell. He's also super-crazy-ultra-mega-strong. But as any fan knows, the two aren't generally related: he draws ...
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What does Superman have to do to maintain Kandor's vitality while he searches for a way to restore the city?

How does Kandor maintain it's equilibrium while Superman searches for a way to restore the city back to it's original size? What does Superman have to do in order for Kandor to thrive? A city without ...
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1980s Superman comic where he fights a blonde mutant

I was hoping you could help me identify a Superman comic I read. The main thrust of the comic is that Superman battles a blonde, mutated man who grows bigger and larger. A scientist is involved who ...
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Superman vs. a wrestler comic book name?

I am trying to identify a comic book that shows Superman going up against a mutated wrestler wearing green?
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Does Superman have a son?

In the movie Superman Returns, Lois Lane's son is shown to be the result of Superman getting his super on in Lois' Lane at some point in the past. Is there any comics reference to this? Do Superman ...
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What did Adventures of Superman use from the comics and what was later added from the series?

This question asks about the villians from the Superman comics (or "magazine," as it is called on air), but beyond that, there are a number of other elements in the comics and a limited number of ...
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Why No Traditional Villains in Adventures of Superman?

At the end of each episode of the TV show The Adventures of Superman, credit is given to the comics with the line, "Superman is based on the original character appearing in Superman magazine." By ...
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Can jutsu affect superman?

So this question is partially a two parter. 1. Do chi-powered abilities act like magic in the world of Superman? And if so... 2. Given that superman is known to be weak to magic, is Superman ...
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X-ray vision of superman: Is lead the only element stopping the ability?

I know that in the fictional Superman universe "X-ray"s does not work like real X-rays (color, translucence etc.), but for the reader's sake the authors invented the inability to see through lead. ...
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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.
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Can the Green Lantern make kryptonite? [duplicate]

Kryptonite is green.... Can the Green Lantern defend himself against Kryptonians? Or can the ring not make something that acts sufficiently like kryptonite?
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Has Superman ever escaped a black hole?

Reading a DC wiki (yes, wikipedias are bad...), it mentions in the Super Speed section for Kryptonians that Superman can travel at the speed of light or faster than light when in space. I'm guessing ...
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What is Doomsday and where did he come from?

The infamous Doomsday Vs. Superman battle in the Death of Superman saga from DC is among the most famous of all comic books. I personally own most of the saga and always counted it among the legends. ...
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Why, exactly, does kryptonite hurt Superman?

To my understanding, kryptonite is a rock that is from the planet Krypton. Superman is also from planet Krypton. Yet somehow kryptonite weakens Superman and can even kill him. How does this work? Why ...
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Is Superman's Kryptonite vulnerability common knowledge in the DC Universe?

Lex Luther and Batman (among others) both know and use Kryptonite against Superman. But what about the man on the street? Has the Wikipedia of the DC verse figured it out yet, or has it somehow been ...
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How do we know the Flash is faster than Superman?

I have heard from many people that the Flash is faster than Superman. But how do we know this? Can you give me the comic issue/continuity and the basic plot summary?
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Why is superman still bruised at the end of the dark knight returns?

After the battle between Superman and Batman in The Dark Knight Returns, Superman goes to Batman's funeral. However, Superman still has his face all bruised. We have seen that Superman regenerates ...
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Can Kryptonite affect Superman's mind?

I was watching Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and Lex Luthor framed Superman for killing Metallo by stating that the gigantic asteroid made of kryptonite that was approaching Earth, was affecting ...
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Why doesn't Superman lose his powers at night? [duplicate]

I'm sure there are storylines in the comics and/or Smallville TV series where Clark's powers are grossly affected - sometimes weaker, sometimes stronger - due to events such as eclipses, sunspots, ...
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Can Superman see in the dark?

We hear all about how Superman has "super vision," which apparently includes microscopic vision, long-distance vision, X-ray vision, etc. But can Superman see in the dark? That is to say, could he ...
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How intelligent is Beppo, the supermonkey?

Krypto is said to be as intelligent as an average human being. Does that suggest Beppo is a genius? That would make him one of the greatest heroes (or villains, if he ever goes evil) on Earth.
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How can Superman be so weakened by Kryptonian air?

In the recent movie Man of Steel, we can see Kal-El beeing weakened down by Kryptonian atmosphere.. there isn't any question about a red sun or Kryptonite.. he got weakened by the air breathing on his ...
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How many Kryptonians survived the destruction of Krypton?

Superman is often touted as the "Last Son of Krypton," but that's just all the way not true. (Unless they mean "Final Son of Krypton," as in the last child to be born on the planet, which is an ...
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What Superbaby adventures are there?

When I was a child (around 30+ years back) I read a comic or two about Superbaby. I never found more stories/adventures of Superbaby. Is there a significant number of comics about Superbaby? If there ...
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How does Superman avoid deafening everyone with his sonic booms?

I recently read that military jets don't normally go supersonic over land because their sonic booms would cause disruption, which I didn't know. It got me thinking about how fast Superman goes. He'd ...
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Are Kryptonians affected by Kryptonite if Earth's sun turns red?

Kryptonians get their power from Earth's yellow sun, however when they are on a planet that has a red sun, they are essentially human. Kryptonite was irradiated by Krypton's explosion, it's not ...
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Are there any comics where Superman is influenced by several types of Kryptonite in the same time?

I've seen and know some types of Kryptonite and know what its effects are, but is there something canon (or even non-canon) that shows what effects can happen when various different types of ...
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Where do we get the idea that Superman changes in phone booths?

I have heard many references to the fact that Clark Kent will enter a phone booth and change into Superman. But, in all my experience with the Superman comics, I have yet to see this take place even ...
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How do Superman and Lois Lane leave the North Pole?

In Superman 2, how do Superman and Lois Lane make it back from the North Pole after Superman removes his powers in that 'power removal machine'? A few minutes after this scene, Clark and Lois are ...
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Who is the huge soldier among Zod's retinue in Man of Steel?

In Man of Steel, when Zod attacks the Council, we get a glimpse on some of his soldiers. One of them, seems to be a physically huge guy (I don't think it is a matter of perspective in the screen) ...
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Why is General Zod more powerful than Jor-El in “Man of Steel”?

In the movie Man of Steel, General Zod is shown as being more powerful than Jor-El, father of Superman. Why is General Zod more powerful than Jor-El in Man of Steel?
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In story, how did Clark destroy the truck in Man of Steel without being caught?

On January 12, 2012, we received one of our first glimpses of an intriguing visual from the set of Man of Steel. It was one of the first released materials and likely earlier in production. In the ...
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In Man of Steel: where did the codex come from?

In the movie, the codex appears to be an old skull, and it doesn't look like it's from a homo-sapient like creature. So, where did it come from? Why a skull? Is there any canon information about it?
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Did Kryptonians in Man of Steel know they were doomed when they imprisoned Zod?

In Man of Steel: After: So, when they do this, did they know that it was "pointless" because the planet would be destroyed and still did it (in accordance to their laws and traditions, to ...
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Superman time-travels to red Sun age

I have a rather vague recollection of this comic book. I believe I read this in early 70's. Superman time-travels back to the time when the Sun is a red star. The Earth is (rather strangely) inhabited ...
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Is this written in Kryptonian?

I spotted this in my local book store and it piqued my curiosity. It is part of the cover of The Superman Files, ISBN: 9781449447151. I can't find any where that explains the text on the cover. ...
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Batman: The Dark Knight returns part 2 - Superman draining the life force [duplicate]

After taking care of the nuke he looked... old and (or) decaying, then superman did something and got his strength back up. What did he do, does he normally have this power? This is the first time I ...
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Who’s the child with the soldiers in Man of Steel?

In the scene where Clark surrenders to the Kryptonians, among the soldiers behind him is a child in military armour. Does anyone know who that is?
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In which comic issue was Superman ruler of hell?

The Wikipedia page for Lucifer (DC Comics) has the following to say: Two angels, several demons, a human, and briefly Superman have taken his place as ruler of Hell... This is, I believe, after ...
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How would Red Kryptonite affect an evil Kryptonian [closed]

Red Kryptonite brings out the rebellious and immoral personality of Kryptonians and rids them of their inhibitions. However, how would the Red rock affect a Kryptonian like Zod, who was already ...
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Can Aquaman's trident cut through Superman's flesh?

Zack Snyder sort of intervened in a radio show stating the following: [...] The cool thing is, with Aquaman his trident (people don't realize this) that could cut the flesh of Superman, if they ...
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Is Batman's Kryptonite ring enough to stop Superman if he ever went rogue?

It's well-known that Superman has entrusted Batman with a Kryptonite ring, in case if he ever went rogue. He even believes that he's entrusting his life to Batman, as can be seen in the scan below ...
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Why are the lights still on in Metropolis in Man of Steel?

While Zod and Superman are duking it out across Metropolis, you see them destroying building after building. What surprises me is that the lights are on in all of the buildings. You'd think that ...
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Does Clark Kent need to get a new shirt every time he turns into Superman? [duplicate]

I was recently watching an episode of Smallville where Clark rips open his shirt and a button pinged off a wall. Besides making me laugh, it made me think: shirts don't open that easily without the ...
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Green Lantern Corps and Krypton

I was wondering if the issue of "why the Green Lantern Corps did not do anything to save Krypton" has come up in the DC Universe. I don't really know enough about the Green Lantern mythology to know ...
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Superman withstanding the vacuum of space?

Superman is often seen floating or flying near Earth's orbit or in outer space. What type of physiology would Superman or any humanoid life-form require to be able to withstand the vacuum of space? ...