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For use when asking questions about comics or comic books when a more appropriate specific work tag doesn't exist. For example, if asking about the comics canon of Marvel use this tag but if asking about the specific The Infinity Gauntlet comic use the work tag [the-infinity-gauntlet] instead. Use to either identify the media on a [story-identification] question or disambiguate works where the tag covers the comics and its form in other media.

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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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What is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)?

Thaddeus's comment got me wondering about what exactly is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)? After all from what I've seen of ...
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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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In comics does Batman have a rule against killing?

Inspired by this question, I have to admit I don't know a lot about the Comic Book Batman, but I know a fair amount about his other incarnations. I know for example, that the 1989 movie had him kill ...
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Why Are There So Many Double Initials in Comic Books?

Not being a comics expert, I can't be sure, but I think this applies mostly to Marvel comics. Why do so many characters have double initials? There's Pepper Potts, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Peter ...
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Does Superman need to breathe?

While researching for this question, I came across a couple of conflicting images of Superman in space. First we have him in space with no helmet - and talking to another character. As far as I can ...
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If Wolverine regenerated a limb, would it be covered in adamantium?

We've discussed Wolverine regenerating his body after nuclear explosions, but his adamantium-laced skeleton was left in tact afterwards. After Magneto ripped the adamantium from his body, Wolverine ...
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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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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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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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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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How have Superman comics dealt with the Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex problem?

When I was a teen and Superman II came out, when Superman realized he and Lois were in love, he de-supered himself in the Fortress of Solitude so he could be with Lois. Right after he emerged from ...
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Is there a difference in the Red Hulk's and Green Hulk's powers?

I get that the two Hulks are different characters, but is there a difference in the Red Hulk's and Green Hulk's powers?
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Has Superman ever been attacked by changing our sun?

Superman allegedly gets his powers from "our yellow sun" (feel free to correct me on that as I'm a Superman newbie, but that was the impression I had). Has he ever been attacked by someone attempting ...
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In the DC Comics Universe, What Happens to Earthlings Under a Red Sun?

I know in the earliest versions of Superman, his powers weren't from the yellow sun, but that was changed and, in general (at least as I understand it), Superman's powers are because he was native to ...
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Do comic characters sometimes get drawn like the actor playing them?

I noticed in Spider-Man's recent cameo in Captain Marvel, he appeared an awful lot like Andrew Garfield who is playing Spider-Man in the recent movie. Irrelevant of whether it is just my imagination, ...
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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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X-Men Story/Chronology 2000 - 2010

I used to be a big fan of the comics, and I am really interested in getting back in. Where should I start reading from 2000 to 2010, there are so many different side stories now I find it really ...
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What Marvel Comics are Accessible to a New Reader? [closed]

If I don't want to be lost, but want to be able to pick up a Marvel comic book at the start of a story arc and just enjoy reading that story, without having to look up references in the Wikipedia ...
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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 are bamfs?

Bamfs appear in Wolverine & the X-men comic. But I can't find a single scrap of evidence for their origins on the internet. Where are they from? Edit: I'm increasingly convinced that when ...
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Why doesn't Mjolnir give Captain America Thor-like armor?

Throughout Marvel's comic history, many characters have lifted Mjolnir, and most appear to gain some Thor-like armor when they do. Cases in point: Storm (yes, I know this image is technically ...
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Who has been dead (and gotten better) the longest?

In super hero comics it's not unknown for a someone to die, then a few issues later get better. But who holds the record for being dead for the longest time (real world time) and coming back?
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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 Back In Black, did the Kingpin really underestimate Spider-man in a pure hand-to-hand fight?

In the Back In Black story arc (right after the Civil War), I understand that Peter's probably never been this angry before, but wouldn't Fisk (Kingpin) have anticipated an epic beatdown? The way he ...
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When has Wonder Woman died?

I know Wonder Woman has died in canon before, but in which issue did this happen?
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When did "The Batman" become "Batman"?

In Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics No. 27, he is referred to as "The Bat(-)Man" exclusively. In the issue, characters say "It's the Bat-Man" rather than "It's Batman". For example: ...
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Has Charles Xavier ever exhibited the ability to freeze minds/time in the comics?

In the X-Men movies, Professor Charles Xavier exhibits the ability to freeze minds, effectively stopping time for people on a fairly large scale, freezing everyone in the Oval Office and an entire ...
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How did Punisher kill Wolverine?

Of all the characters to kill off, Punisher, in a one-shot comic book called 'Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe', manages to finish off Wolverine. The wiki article is vague; how does Punisher kill ...
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Been trying to find graphic novel for decades - at least I think it's a graphic novel

When I was a kid I had a book that I loved, as I think about it I'm pretty sure it would be characterized as a graphic novel although I was unfamiliar with that term at the time. It was a large ...
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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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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 that Calvin could not ...
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Where to start reading The Batman?

I've recently gotten into comic books and I'm interested in reading the Batman comics. I have no idea where to start. I've seen all of the live action Batman movies so I pretty much know origin ...
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Where do the X-Men get all their money/funding?

Charles Xavier's father was a "wealthy nuclear scientist". In the beginning, Charles personally bankrolled the Xavier Institute/X-Men using his family's money. This included, but was not limited to ...
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What are the webs under Spidey's arms for?

In the older Spider-man comics (although it pops again every now and then) he is almost always drawn with webbing in his arm pits as part of his costume. Have these things been given any function in ...
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Why was Superman made practically physically invulnerable?

Everyone knows Superman is physically invulnerable to pretty much anything except kryptonite. To my mind, this makes for a fairly dull superhero because it takes a lot of danger out of the comic. I ...
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What, of the planets he consumes, provides Galactus with sustenance?

Galactus is pretty big on the world eating. It's more or less his thing. It's well known that he has an insatiable hunger that he must obey, and when he gets peckish he just chows down on a world that ...
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Who else is both an X-man and an Avenger?

I know that Beast is both a member of the X-men, and a (Secret) Avenger. Is there anyone else who is a current Avenger member as well as being a current X-man? Ex-members of either don't count ...
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For how long can a will construct of a Green Lantern survive?

In the Green Lantern (2011) movie, Hal Jordan constructed a necklace on the neck of his ex. Could he gift the necklace to her? Can a construct survive indefinitely or only until the death of the ...
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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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Are Skrulls always evil in Marvel Comics?

It is my understanding that in Marvel Comics, Skrulls are considered evil. For instance, in The Skrull Invasion, the Skrulls are the bad guys kidnapping people and such. I thought the Skrulls were ...
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What did Nick Fury say to Thor in Original Sin?

In Original Sin #7, Nick Fury whispers something to Thor. As you can see in this panel, what Fury said was obscured, but it had a significant effect. Has it been revealed anywhere what Fury said to ...
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Is Wolverine an alcoholic?

Wolverine's love of beer is fairly well known. According to Wikipedia, he can even suffer the effects of intoxication if he binges. However, does he have an actual alcohol dependence? Considering ...
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Actor with the most comic-book movie roles?

When Ryan Reynolds starred in Green Lantern (2011), I recall seeing jokes based on the fact that he'd recently appeared in another comic-book adaptation, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Even before ...
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Has Wolverine ever had his claws ripped out?

Wolverine's claws are coated in adamantium just like his skeleton, but there is no direct adamantium connection between the two - the claws are attached to muscle & tendon, not bone. It seems to ...
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How has Magneto aged so gracefully?

Magneto currently resides with Cyclops on utopia and is barely showing any signs of aging, despite being born in the 1920s. I realize that this is also the case for many other characters in cartoons ...
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In what issue did Batman survive the vacuum of space?

In what issue did Batman survive the vacuum of space? I heard this a long time ago while watching Death Battle.
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When did comic crossovers start?

I've been reading through some Marvel Masterworks collections and the one featuring the Sub-Mariner starts with a cross-over with Namor and Daredevil, but, when I started reading the Fantastic Four ...
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In Flashpoint Paradox, how did Flash saving his mother cause multiple unrelated changes in the timeline?

In Flashpoint Paradox, we see an alternate timeline where Bruce Wayne is the one that was gunned down in the alleyway, and Thomas Wayne survived to become a darker, gun-toting Batman. Cyborg has ...
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When did the Avengers have their first confrontation with the Phoenix Force?

I have been a long-time reader of the Avengers and cannot actually remember the first time the Avengers had a direct confrontation with the Phoenix Force. Have the Avengers ever directly confronted ...