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Whose underwear is this?

Okay, this is a bit different.... My son recently got underwear for his birthday. The underwear came in a set of 5, packaged as Justice League underwear. On the packaging, you can see The Flash, ...
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Does Batman use Linux?

While reading a Windows 8.1 tips & tricks blog, I came across this conversation in the comment section where they were joking about the possibility of Linux being Batcomputer's choice of OS. Could ...
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Is Lex Luthor's 40-cake theft canonical?

In The Super Dictionary, Lex Luthor took 40 cakes (as many as four tens). I couldn't find any information specifying if that dictionary has a designated universe, or if it was considered canon at ...
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Was Rorschach's Pagliacci joke a real joke?

In Watchmen, Rorschach is reminded by The Comedian of a joke he heard once: “Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a ...
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Has an injured Flash ever used super-speed to walk on his hands?

While watching flashpoint-paradox the Flash—in the typical way speedsters are often rendered nigh-useless—suffers a leg injury, therefore preventing him from running. However, a bum leg doesn't mean ...
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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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What is the Joker's real name?

Most villains who take on an alias do so to hide their real names or to show they have become the villain or whatnot. What about the Joker? I know he has a real name because he wasn't always the ...
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Why did Batman do so much better in his second fight with Bane?

In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman's first encounter with Bane goes rather badly. In short, Batman gets utterly destroyed, and does no apparent damage to Bane. Later, they meet again, and Batman ...
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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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Why does the Batmobile have a “NO STEP” sign?

This (silent) video shows the Batmobile in the new Batman v Superman movie: However, 14 seconds in we see: Why would the Batmobile need to have "NO STEP" on the ...
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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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Why doesn't anyone run a DNA test on Batman's blood?

So I was watching The Dark Knight Returns again and after his fight with Joker I noticed he was dripping blood eveeeeeerywhere. Why hasn't anyone ever collected a sample and tried to find out who he ...
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How does Superman shave?

I've seen several times when Superman is sporting a beard. How does he shave his indestructable hair? I remember once in Superman the Animated Series that he used his heat vision, but that doesn't ...
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What was the origin of the meme where Batman slaps Robin?

I have seen the meme of Batman slapping Robin so many times. I really want to know the origin of it. When did it occur in the comics, and why did he even slap him? Note: Spoilers are welcome.
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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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Why does Superman wear his underwear outside his pants?

As the title says. Just curious, this has been an ongoing joke along with Donald Duck and Pooh not wearing pants but when they bathe they put towels on their waists.
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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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Have there ever been 25 or more stars on Wonder Woman's “panties”?

In Epic Rap Battles of History: Wonder Woman vs Stevie Wonder, Stevie Wonder (played by T-Pain) concludes his first verse with I'm the ceremony master blaster with the bars And I got more ...
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Where was the first appearance of the idea that Batman is the real personality and Bruce is the mask?

Similar to the idea that Superman has three personas, Clark Kent bumbling reporter, Superman worlds greatest superhero, and the real Clark whom he only shows to those who truly know him (the Kents, ...
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Why doesn't The Flash's speed kill the people he saves?

This question is prompted by the new television show, but I'm open to any sources for explanation. With reference to this particular scene from the season's trailer, The Flash saves a person from ...
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Who are these Lego superheroes?

Recently my wife bought me this amazing gift: it's a frame with a set of Lego superheroes/villains from the Marvel and DC universes. Image below. Now, I know most of them, but I'm not able to place a ...
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What happened to the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises?

By the end of The Dark Knight (2008), the Joker's fate is left open. Yes, he was arrested, but he is still alive. His fate is never completely explained. More precisely, in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)...
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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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Why isn't The Flash unstoppable?

I've recently gotten into The Flash (TV-Show) and so I've been reading about his powers. What I don't understand is why his typical rogues pose a threat - it seems like there should be very little ...
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Could Dr Manhattan have cured Janey's cancer?

In the comics as well as the movie, we see that Dr. Manhattan gets so upset about having given his ex-girlfriend Janey Slater cancer that he decides to remove himself from the equation and abandon the ...
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How does Bane eat?

Bane has to wear a mask, I'm assuming at all times, because it helps him withstand the severe pain. So how does he eat? Most forum questions are filled with wildly speculative answers, including ...
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When did Batman’s leather thong get teeth marks in it?

If you've been on the Internet, you've probably seen the following comic panel, shown devoid of context: Was the context ever provided, and if so, what is the story? Theories I've heard: Biting ...
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What language is Raven using for her attack in the new 52?

In the New 52 (Teen Titans #6, 2015) when Raven cast a spell, she uses some strange language, but I can't find out what this language means.
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Has Batman ever said he hates the Joker?

One of the running gags in the Lego Batman movie is that Batman never said he hated the Joker, and Lego Joker is very upset by this. Based on what little Batman continuity I am familiar with, this ...
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Is the Joker based on anything?

Is the Joker based on another character, or a real life person?
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How does Batman fit into the timeline of Watchmen?

In the 2009 live-action version of Watchmen, the intro shows - among other things - the original Nite Owl saving Thomas & Martha Wayne from the mugger on that fateful night. In the background, you ...
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Is Sheldon right that Superman would have killed Lois when he caught her? [closed]

Quoted from The Big Bang Theory: Penny: Yeah, I do like the one where Lois Lane falls from the helicopter and Superman swooshes down and catches her, which one was that? Leonard, Sheldon ...
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Where is Gotham City located?

Has there ever been a definitive location cited for Gotham City in the DC Universe United States? I remember hearing somewhere that it is close to New York (the DCU has a New York), but how close?
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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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Does Harley Quinn ever have children?

Does Harley Quinn ever have children, either with the Joker or with someone else? We see her have them in a dream sequence in the 2016 Suicide Squad film.
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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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What does Superman do with his regular clothes after changing in the phone booth?

We all know that Superman changes in the phone booth. But where does he put his regular clothes while he's on a mission? He doesn't throw it out, because he changes back. But we don't see him carrying ...
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Has Batman ever defeated Superman without kryptonite?

Batman always seems to surprise him with kryptonite. Has he ever defeated Superman without it? By defeat I mean incapacitate, not just talk him around. This answer fails to list an instance of ...
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Hulk vs. Superman - did they ever fight? Who won?

Many people extremely underestimate Hulk. They don't know that Hulk's strength grows the more he fights. It doesn't matter if you are x100 stronger, he soon will be just as strong and then some. It ...
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Who are these DC superheroes?

Besides Batman, Superman , Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, who are these superheroes?
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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 did Comedian mean by this comment about the American dream in the Watchmen movie?

In The Watchmen movie, during the scene where The Comedian and Nite Owl are clearing a group of protesters the Nite Owl says: "What the hell happened to us, what happened to the American dream?" ...
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How does the Flash perceive time?

Under the assumption that Barry Allen can think as fast as he can run, how does he perceive things around him? Is everything else just moving at a minuscule rate to him? How does that not drive him ...
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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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How/Why did Wonder Woman gain the ability to fly?

From what I remember, Wonder Woman couldn't fly, but now that I think about it, I watch Justice League the animated series and she does have the amazing ability of flight. A little research showed ...
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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 does Supergirl get her ears pierced?

I watched the first episode of Supergirl last night, and one thing leapt out at me during the final battle: Supergirl has her ears pierced, and I can't figure out how this could have happened on Earth....
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Does the Joker care about Harley Quinn?

The Joker seems to care little about anything other than himself (and to some extent, Batman), whereas Harley Quinn is quite literally mad for the Joker. Has the Joker ever shown any genuine concern ...
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How does Superman fly?

If I remember correctly, Superman's powers come from the fact that Earth's sun is yellow and Krypton's sun was red. So he is supercharged by our sun's solar energy or something like that. While this ...