It's well known that Superman's X-Ray Vision can see through solid objects, except for lead, similar to real-world x-rays. Would lead paint prevent Superman's X-Ray Vision from working? It's not solid lead, but it does have a fair amount of the mineral in it.

  • I'd say that it would either fully block his x-ray vision or at least partially block it. I mean, why wouldn't it?
    – RedCaio
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 6:26
  • I don't think any serious canon allows that limitation but for some reason I vaguely remember an old cartoon that mentioned it. Possibly season 1 episode 28 of the 1960s New Adventures of Superman? Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 19:21
  • @TheIronCheek Any chance you could look into that? I don't own that series. Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 22:02
  • @Thunderforge - I don't either. I got the season/episode reference from a Google search. Looks like you can watch the episode on YouTube for $1.99, though. youtube.com/watch?v=cHWe0riWMAs Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 22:09
  • @Thunderforge - I'm sure there are dubious ways to watch it online as well. Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 22:10

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By process of elimination, no. No such limitation was ever shown in the early Superman comics, and in the 40's and 50's lead paint was the norm.

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    What about a tank of leaded gasoline? :-p
    – iMerchant
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 6:09

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