I was playing with my son and when Superman got knocked off a castle I had him say, "Ouch!"

Then I realized, he probably never says ouch. But, I thought maybe there's a chance that he had!

Has Superman ever said "ouch", "ow", or a similar exclamation of pain?

I'm asking for when he's actually in his Superman persona, not Clark Kent, or any other appearance where he may be trying to hide his identity.

I'd also prefer if it were a fully-powered Superman. I have a feeling that a Superman being affected by green Kryptonite has probably said ouch. I really want to know if anything or anyone has been harmful to Supes to actually make him exclaim in pain.


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Superman has indeed said "Ouch!", on the cover of Superman #106.

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Lex Luthor creates an alloy that picks up energy Superman uses in his super-feats and transmits it to a suit of electronic armor he has invented. The suit gives Luthor all of Superman’s powers, but Superman defeats him by exposing himself to Kryptonite, which also transmits weakness to Luthor’s suit.

In Supergirl #002, when Supergirl punches Superman right in the face.

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And in Superman: The Man of Steel #90, when a ghost flies through him

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    Not bad, but I do find that it's a cover dissatisfying. Cover events often don't actually seem to take place as depicted inside the book.
    – user31178
    Jan 9, 2016 at 18:01
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    It seems he's really hurting himself, by punching something super strong. Reminds me of that time Batman tried to punch him and he replied, "Do that again and I won't move, and you'll shatter every bone in your hand." Except, that was cool. (Nothing wrong with this as an answer! Just saying.)
    – user31178
    Jan 9, 2016 at 18:05
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    @CreationEdge - I've found a non-cover example.
    – Valorum
    Jan 9, 2016 at 18:28
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    I think it's not Superman's body which is in pain here, but rather his ego :)
    – Philipp
    Jan 9, 2016 at 21:56
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    @Philipp: Oh....looks like a bit of both, really. :-) Jan 10, 2016 at 14:58

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