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Does Hobbes ever do anything that Calvin himself could not do?

So this question got me thinking that, except for pure Calvin fantasy (i.e. Spaceman Spiff, where nothing is real), is there ever a comic where Calvin claims Hobbes did something and Calvin could not ...
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Did Calvin ever realise that Hobbes was not real?

In the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, was there any moment where Calvin realised that Hobbes wasn't real?
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Is Thor the only Avenger who can't die?

Thor is supposed to be a god, so he should be immortal. Does this mean that there will come a time when he is the last remaining Avenger?
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What makes the world so oblivious to Clark Kent's secret?

Superman's alter ego is Clark Kent. Unlike many other superheroes, Superman dresses up as a human to fit in. What makes the world so oblivious to Clark Kent's secret; Superman? (In regards his poor ...
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Does the death penalty exist in comics? [closed]

This question is about comics in general, but is focused on Marvel and DC since I know only those two universes. Hence, "comics" in this question refers to those two universes. Everyone knows (...
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In which Deadpool comic does he kill over liking Star Wars prequels?

I read somewhere that Deadpool once killed a man just because he said the Star Wars prequels are better than original series. I know he's really insane but did he really kill a man over this? When ...
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Do all 'Far Side' cartoons take place in the same universe?

I've always wondered about this. Do all of Gary Larson's Far Side comics take place in the same universe? (Note that I self-answered the question, as I finally purchased 'The Complete Far Side'. If ...
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Has Galactus ever been depicted as anything other than a humanoid?

Galactus, the Devourer of worlds, is depicted as a humanoid in the comics and according to Wikipedia: His true form cannot be perceived by most beings; each species sees Galactus in a form they can ...
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Can Superman get drunk?

Is Superman able to get drunk? A lot of characters in comics, like Captain America or Wolverine, are shown not being able to get drunk, but what happens when a Kryptonian starts to drink? Has he ...
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Were all titans as powerful as Thanos?

In Guardians of the Galaxy we learn that only someone with great power can touch an Infinity Stone, yet we see Thanos pick them up with no issue. Even without the stones, Thanos is shown to be ...
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Did the writers of Wonder Woman have some kind of fetish for bondage, in the early comics?

I've been reading the golden age comics of Wonder Woman, and she was completely different than she is today. She used to become powerless when chained by a man (by Aphrodite's law) and there were ...
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Why aren't there more Gauls like Obelix?

Given that the effects of Getafix's potion are permanent on Obelix since he fell in it as a child, why didn't the Gauls throw all of their children in the potion? By doing so, in about 15 years they ...
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Why is Magneto vs Iron Man not a simple victory for Magneto?

In Avengers vs. X-Men #2, Magneto clashes with Iron Man. According to the comic, "if you think this is no contest, you've never met Tony Stark.". I freely admit never meeting Tony Stark, so why isn't ...
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Who do these helmets belong to?

A recent image presented by none other than SQB in Mos has arisen, and it's my turn to post. There's a shirt currently available on Busted Tees which features several helmets from the SFF genre. ...
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Who are the Avengers avenging?

When you name your group "The Avengers" presumably you are avenging something (or someone) right?
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Comicbook short story where a man inherits a clock that tells when you die

The story was in an anthology comic book, possibly something like Tales From The Crypt but not necessarily. An escape stunt artist reveals to a young man that the secret for him surviving his ...
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What does the Spider-man symbol on 1980's comic covers mean?

I've noticed a Spider-man symbol on several of my Marvel comics from the 80's. Any ideas on what it could mean?
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Why did Superman hold back against The Flash in Justice League?

In the New 52 issue of Justice League, issue 2, Superman, Green Lantern, Batman and Flash all meet for the first time. Due to poor writing, they all start fighting Superman. Flash is shown to be much ...
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What is the context for this panel of Captain Marvel(Shazam) and a vibrating mechanical horse?

So, I ran into this panel on a search some months ago, and got curious about the context. So I tried a Google search. Big mistake. There exist a completely different assortment of Marvel vibrators ...
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Late 1960's Comic Book with H shaped space ship

In a period approximately from 1967 - 1971 I remember reading a space adventure comic book with an unusually shaped spaceship with a crew of, I think, scientists-explorers. I cannot remember the ...
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Who in the DC Universe can stop Superman if he has a breakdown?

Is there anything or anyone in the DC universe that can defeat Superman just in case he goes berserk on everybody? Maybe Batman stores kryptonite in his Cave or something. I don't know if Batman ...
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What is the significance of Tales of the Black Freighter?

Alan Moore and David Gibbon's classic graphic novel masterpiece Watchmen contains an incidental character who, over the course of several parts of the series, is seen reading a comic entitled "Tales ...
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In Peanuts, do the human characters know what Snoopy's thinking? [closed]

In Peanuts, are the humans aware of what Snoopy is thinking? I know that Charles Schulz was very careful to always place Snoopy's thoughts in a thought bubble as opposed to a speech bubble, but did ...
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Has Superman ever said, “Ouch!”?

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 ...
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In which comic was it revealed that Alfred was the Joker?

There was a comic book where Alfred is shown sitting alone in a room, putting on the Joker make-up, thereby revealing him as the Joker. It was probably an alternate universe, but in which comic book ...
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How was Thor able to dent Captain America's Shield?

I was reading about Adamantium on the marvel.wikia Proto-Adamantium This is the original Adamantium created by Dr. MacLain. Proto-Adamantium is the official name for the metal that makes up ...
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Who are these people at Deadpool's wedding?

Who are these people, and what universes are they from?
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How much of Wolverine has to be left to heal?

Clearly, if Wolverine bleeds on the ground, a new Wolverine doesn't reconstitute himself from the drop. Presumably, if somehow his arm could be severed, that wouldn't happen there, either. If his head ...
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Why so many pancakes, Deadpool?

So Deadpool seriously likes pancakes, but does he have any reason to make these? Is he eating them, feeding them to someone?
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Why are Wolverine's teeth not Adamantium coated?

Wolverine's skeleton is fully coated with Adamantium, even his Claws. But his teeth don't seem to be Adamantium coated, or at least he doesn't have Jaws's smile. Why?
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Teen girl refuses to wear skimpy superhero costume. Probably a 90's X-Men comic

I'm struggling to locate a comic panel in which a teen girl in casual clothes is being offered her choice of superhero costumes by an older teen girl. She's appalled by the first choice (some sort of ...
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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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Is Superman always holding back?

This is a quote from the Justice League Unlimited cartoon: That man won't quit as long as he can still draw a breath. None of my teammates will. Me? I've got a different problem. I feel like I live ...
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In comics, how many people have been killed by Superman?

The recent Man of Steel film there sparked some controversy with the diehards fans of Superman because of one of the last scenes of the film where So in the comic canon how many people have been ...
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Why is Wolverine the only one able to remember “reality” after M-Day?

After Scarlet Witch changes reality in House of M, Wolverine is seen to be the only person to remember the Earth-616 reality. Why is this so? Everyone else's memories were changed by Wanda's power, ...
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Has Superman ever been depicted to smoke and/or consume alcohol?

Superman, since his first appearance in the late 1930's has been a symbol of Truth, Justice and the American way etc. Looking back at his representation and the characteristics the writers have used ...
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Does Batman whisper/change his voice in the comics?

In the Christopher Nolan movies we saw Batman whisper/rasp his way through them, presumably to conceal his voice to stop people recognizing him as Bruce Wayne. Having people recognize his voice is ...
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Comic book short story where a couple of robots take off their metal skin and get eaten by bugs

I've been looking for this sci-fi comic book / graphic novel for years with no luck. The book is made up of a number of short stories. These are the storylines that I remember: Two robots walk into a ...
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Are the edges of Captain America’s shield blunted or sharp?

When Captain America throws his mighty shield, does it hit things with a razor-sharp edge that can cut or a blunt edge that can bludgeon/bruise? Or is it some sort of modified edge that could do one ...
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Identify a comic where Scrooge McDuck was protected against a beam because he went swimming in his money

I remember reading a Donald Duck magazine or comic once (at least a decade ago, but the comic was already old by then) where Scrooge McDuck had built resistance against some kind of radiation or ray ...
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Did Captain America actually illustrate his own comics at some point?

Part of my long-running series of calling out TV Tropes. The TV Tropes page Recursive Canon says this: At various times, Captain America has been the artist for the in-universe Captain America ...
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Has there ever been a member of the X-Men who wasn't a mutant?

In the Marvel Universe there are humans, mutates (humans bestowed with powers), gods, aliens, Homo Superior Superiors (evolution's solution to the mutant problem), and mutants. Are the X-Men an ...
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Has Batman ever fought Superman (and won) in the mainstream continuity?

I'm aware of only two times that Batman has defeated Superman in a fight: The Dark Knight Returns (Which is an alternate universe). Batman: Hush (Where Supes was under Poison Ivy's mind control). ...
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What was the name of the magical robot from Dr. Strange?

When my father was a teenager in the 60’s, he and his friends loved Dr. Strange more than any other comics. Then one day, Dr. Strange was attacked by some kind of magically powered robot. Issue after ...
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How does Steve Rogers treat Tony Stark post Civil War?

I have a question about the aftermath of the Civil War crossover story-lines in Marvel Comics. I have been out of the loop for a long time and my Google Fu has failed me! Please Sci-Fi, you are my ...
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Superman computes pi

My father remembers an old Superman comic in which Lois Lane is kidnapped and her return is conditioned on Superman computing the last digit of pi (you know, 3.1415926535...) Or perhaps this is just ...
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Why was Rorschach willing to forgive The Comedian's “moral lapse” with Sally Jupiter?

I do not have the book with me now so I cannot get the direct quote but when Laurie Juspeczyk confirms that The Comedian sexually assaulted Sally Jupiter, Rorschach dismisses the incident saying that ...
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Has the Hulk ever refused to do this in comics?

In Avengers: Infinity War, the Hulk We can only speculate as to the reasons and wait for sequel to come out; but has this ever happened in the comics? If yes, what was the reason?
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How Does Superman Propel Himself?

After reading the question How Does Superman Fly? I find I'm still left with a major question on the same topic (and the answer to the question doesn't touch on this). How does Superman propel ...
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Is there a depiction of Superman as an Asian?

Along the lines of Is there a depiction of Superman where he is an African American? Was there ANY depiction of Superman as an Asian in the comics or even elsewhere?