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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First popular illustrated hero with a prominent logo or distinct symbol on the character?

I think the mind immediately goes to Superman's shield, but I wonder if any other character's prominent symbol predates him? The Phantom might be a contender with his Death's-Head belt buckle and ...
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Has Superman ever been defeated immediately and easily by a new foe?

Given Superman's great power and few vulnerabilities, it seems that he cannot be defeated without considerable preparation or effort. But - in any official comics - has Superman ever been defeated ...
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Does Kal-El have documented pastimes or hobbies beyond fighting as Superman for “truth, justice & the American way” & being Clark Kent?

Beyond passing himself off as mild mannered Clark Kent and fighting for "truth, justice and the American way" as Superman, does Kal-El have any documented pastimes that could be considered as a hobby? ...
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When did Superman stop leaping and start flying?

As I understand it, the famous tag line regarding Superman - "Able to leap over tall buildings in a single bound" - was meant to be taken literally. That is to say, Superman didn't "fly", he simply ...
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Which one of Superman's powers was the last Superpower to fully develop?

Assuming that all of DC comics Superman's powers have completely and totally matured, which one of them was the last power to fully develop? I haven't read each and every universe, but I'm pretty ...
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Who Started Fighting Crime First Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne?

I know Superman predates Batman as far as first appearances in the comic books (1938 v 1939), but as far as the different universes go its not clear to me which character started vigilantism first. ...
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Is it canon in DC universe that it is widely known that Superman is an alien?

In the Supergirl pilot episode, Supergirl herself argues with a coworker about whether or not aliens exist. But that wouldn't make sense if Superman is widely known to be an alien in the DC universe. ...
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Why not make “supermen” on Krypton?

As a scientist and a father, Jor El wouldn't send his son to a planet with an environment that could potentially kill him, so he had to test what the yellow Sun's rays would do to the Kryptonian body. ...
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Do Kryptonians know about the effect of yellow suns and how did they use it?

Kal-El/Superman has been sent to Earth by his parents to protect him from Krypton's destrucion. On Earth, he develops superpowers and become the Eath's protector. Kryptonians don't have superpowers on ...
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Does Superman's Heat Vision have a Maximum Range?

Does something have to be within Superman's line of sight to hit it? Or can he just look out into the cosmos and shoot heat vision beams that cross the universe? According to one source, the answer ...
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Does Superman have any “normal” academic/professional/military achievements?

Has Superman ever been awarded any kind of official certifications or recognition of achievements from Earth? I'm thinking about things such as honorary degrees from colleges, professional ...
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What are the Aerodynamic Advantages for a Superhero Flying with a Cape?

In the new Supergirl trailer for the CBS TV Show there is a quick line about how she needs a cape because it would help with the aerodynamics. As far as I can tell its just a piece of material that ...
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Darkseid's Omega Beam vs Superman's heat-vision

They've battled a few times as far as I know, but have their beams ever directly collided? And if so, who came out on top?
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In the 2015 Supergirl pilot, why do they avoid saying “Superman”?

They call him "the other guy", "the guy in blue", "my cousin", "him", "the male", etc. but they are clearly avoiding referring to him as "Superman". Is it a production choice to keep focus on this ...
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Can the Flash and Superman converse at supersonic speed?

If they're both moving faster than sound, obviously they shouldn't be able to talk to each other. But have they ever? And is it ever explained?
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How long do Superman's powers last without access to the Sun's radiation? [duplicate]

Superman gets his powers from the radiation generated by our sun, but once he no longer has access to this radiation, how long do his powers last? I'd be looking for examples from comics or the ...
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Is Superman affected by muscle loss by staying on earth's lower gravity for too long? [duplicate]

So, people can only stay on the Internation Space Station for months at a time because of the fear that the lack of gravity can affect their bone density and muscle loss. Does this affect Superman ...
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Superman has the strength of how many men? [closed]

Like 100? 1000? And was it said anywhere in the comics? (The modern age)
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Why do Kryptonians become disoriented when they use heat vision?

Whenever Clark used heat vision, he became dazed after he close his eyes and had to shake it off. This is shown when he melts through the steel beam Zod hits him with and when he melts through the ...
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In the Man Of Steel movie where could have the kryptonians gone after being sucked by the black hole?

In the Man Of Steel movie, the way Superman gets rid of the kryptonians aside from General Zod was by having them sucked into a black hole . Now we know after the destruction of Krypton , the phantom ...
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Man of Steel Kryptonian Symbols?

If General Zod had a son, would the symbol on his chest be the same as seen in the film or would he have his own?
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How do Superman, Batman and Justice League cartoons fit together? [duplicate]

In Justice League and Superman cartoon TV series, lots of things are common and looks like they are in the same universe. For example, Darkseid exists in both. Also, Superman didn't know about ...
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What exactly is Mongul from (pre-Crisis) Superman comics, and is he stronger than Superman?

In the Superman comics all the way up to 1985 (when the writers re-did Superman all over again), exactly what is Mongul? Is he stronger than Superman physically? I mean if they fought without each one ...
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What is the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman?

What is the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman? Is it strictly professional or does Official Canon state that these two are now together?
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Which comic first shows how Superman built his “Fortress of Solitude”?

Can anyone tell me which classic Superman comic (from the 60s & 70s) was the very first time that showed how Superman built the Fortress of Solitude?
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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.