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In mainstream post-Crisis continuity, when did Luthor boast to Lois about how he could end cancer and famine?

In Action Comics #837, the second issue of the 2006 storyline "Up, Up, and Away!", Lois alludes to a past conversation with Lex Luthor. "He once told me that he believed he had the ...
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What are the new powers given to Superman in the animated TV series "My Adventures with Superman"?

In the animated TV series My Adventures with Superman, there is a reimagined version of Superman. He has some special abilities compared to the normal Superman we know. What are these additional ...
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Was this poem about Superman and Robin inspired by a specific comic?

I'm wondering if eight-year-old boy-genius Gerald Bostock was inspired by an actual comic with his poem Thick as a Brick (written on the 3rd of March 1972). Here is the relevant passage: Won't you ...
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Can Superman cut himself with his heat vision? [duplicate]

Can Superman cut himself with his heat vision? Can Superman cut an alternate version of himself (e.g. clone, parallel universe) using his heat vision?
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Comic where Kara and Kal-el are sent to Earth in pods, Kara comes late

What is the comic where both Kryptonians, Kara and Kal-el, are sent in pods to Earth; Kara's pod is hit by debris from Krypton exploding and goes off track and into cryo and ends up orbiting a star? (...
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Can Superman get high? [duplicate]

Someone already asked on this site if the Man of Steel can be effected by alcohol, but does anyone know whether he could be affected by narcotics as well?
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1970s (?) JLA story with Superman frozen

I'm looking for a comic, probably published in the 1970s, where the Justice League of America was captured by a group of villains and Superman was frozen solid. Villains included Gorilla Grodd, ...
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What are these weapons in My Adventures with Superman s1e7 "Kiss kiss fall in portal"?

Without getting to specific on spoilers, we see a rack of weapons and arms in My Adventures with Superman s1e7. I recognize a few of these, and from that I can assume most if not all reference ...
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How did Martha and Jonathan Kent have the information needed to take care of Superman?

When Superman’s human parents first encountered Superman at the crash site, he was an infant. It can be inferred from the comics that Superman is able to eat human food normally even though this would ...
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Why couldn’t Lois drive Clark back to the North Pole in Superman II?

In Superman II, many people ask how Clark got back from the North Pole with Lois by car. He knew he needed to go back to try and get his powers from Jor-El, if at all possible, after he got his ass ...
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In Superman (1978), did two Supermen exist at one point in time?

In the movie Superman (1978), Superman flies around the world in one direction to make the Earth go back in time, and then he stops and then flies around the Earth in the opposite direction to restore ...
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Does Superman have finger/palm prints?

Some years ago an article appeared in Wizard Magazine, asking/showing how certain comic artists would have done Superman's costume differently. One of them said he'd give Superman gloves because ...
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First instance when Clark Kent worked as something other than a journalist

Clark Kent, in most of his appearances, works as journalist for the Daily Planet. As far as I can remember, he has always worked as a journalist in all of his incarnations except when he did different ...
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DC comic featuring an entire planet terraformed by blind people so it looks like Superman's head

I have a very faint (probably from the 1960s) memory of reading a DC comic and there was Superman flying past an entire alien planet that looked just like Superman's head. I got zero memory of the ...
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Is Superman smart?

So I tried searching this on Google but I found the answer inconclusive. Anyways here by smart I simply mean smarter than the average human, like I have never seen Superman display a feat of his &...
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What is the context of this Superman comic panel in which Luthor is saying "Yes, sir" to address Superman?

I asked this question where a user posted an answer containing this - So what is the context of this and why is Luthor calling Supes "sir"? I did ask in the comments section for the context ...
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Lex Luthor invents a device to transfer his hate to Superman

Pre-Crisis, probably mid-1970s, Curt Swan art. In this story, Luthor invents a machine (looks like a crowbar with some tech-looking appendages) than can absorb hate. He uses it himself, wrecking a ...
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Why does Superman wear a cape (in-universe?)

Superman has worn a cape since his first appearance and was perhaps the man who made the concept of capes popular. A scene from The Incredibles, specifically the one with Edna and her general dislike ...
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If Superman's blood came in contact with a human, would this be dangerous?

Since Superman does not bleed very often, this may never have come up. My thinking is that components of his immune system might attack human skin, etc. as being foreign with perhaps catastrophic ...
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Does Superman have fireproof eyelashes?

Superman's heat vision obviously has a lot of 'heat', so how does it not burn his eyelashes? Do his eyelids have a high burning temperature or does he apply too much Lakme? For clarification, I am ...
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What is the context for this panel of Superman tossing a cross at super-speed?

I accidentally stumbled on this while browsing trivia about Superman. Some people seemed to suggest this would be silver age Superman, but so far I was not able to find any context for it yet. Which ...
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Has Modern Age Superman run out of his superpowers from excessive use in the comics?

Superman I think gets his powers from the solar energy of a yellow sun. Energy is not infinite, unless the superpower in the DCU is infinite energy. Superman must get his energy from the sun in order ...
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Are Superman's powers somewhat like a battery?

Often we are told he gets his powers from our sun, but he also flies interstellar distances so he is sometimes very far from our or any star. If he does store energy from our sun, how long does this ...
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When Superman transitioned from leaping tall buildings to actual flight, was this commented on?

For example, did Superman himself find his ability to fly a surprising discovery or did he simply start flying in one comic book and no one said anything about it?
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Has Superman ever crushed a piece of coal into a diamond?

I listened to a recent episode of the podcast Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend where Conan off-handedly refers to Superman being able to crush a piece of coal into a diamond. Instead of simply enjoying ...
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What utility does Superman derive from his secret identity?

Why does he need Clark Kent? What if he just wanted to be a reporter or columnist? I am sure he could get a job – I mean as Superman. I can see initially when he left the family farm he wanted a ...
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Superman story where he makes Jimmy Olsen forget his secret ID

As a follow-up to a comment I posted on another question, I'm trying to identify a Superman story where Jimmy Olsen accidentally discovered his secret identity. As Jimmy was worried that he might be ...
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What did Superman's creators think of his evolution from their vision to the very different modern superhero?

The original Superman had fewer and more limited powers (and more vulnerabilities) when Shuster and Siegel first created him. He could not fly and while bullets could not hurt him, a "bursting ...
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Has Superman ever been beaten to death?

Has a physical being killed Superman by beating him to death? Is there any instance in canon where this happened?
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Fanfic where Clark Kent is befriended by Lex Luthor, who slowly nudges him into criminal acts

While reading a very different fanfic involving Lex Luthor (a silly series involving Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer winding up as the character and completely wrecking continuity in the interest ...
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How long was Kal-El learning in the Fortress of Solitude?

I’m assuming the Christopher Reeve films from the '70s/'80s were not canon or very accurate to canon. However, in the first classic film, Superman: The Movie, we see that he spent approximately 12 ...
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Why did Superman relinquish his powers before pursuing a sexual relationship with Lois?

In Superman II (1980), and I am guessing in some other sources, Superman relinquished his powers prior to engaging in sexual intercourse with Lois Lane. Why though? Was it because he couldn't have had ...
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What does the phrase "fully fueled, in gander" from the Superman story "City Under Siege" mean?

When I was a child, we had a LP record with four Superman stories. My favorite was "City Under Siege," about a group of terrorists who threaten Metropolis with a homemade nuclear weapon. (...
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Does Superman also have a no-kill rule?

We all know Batman practices a No-Kill policy (though he still kills in the movies), so does Superman also have a no killing rule? After all, Superman is supposedly a sign of hope, so it's just not ...
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Physics of Kryptonite -- atomic number, half life, etc.?

How deeply have the comic books gone into what sort of radiation Kryptonite emits, whether it decays, and its useful properties besides injuring Superman. I saw that its atomic number is 126, so it is ...
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In the DCAU continuity, when did Superman go rogue?

In the Justice League Unlimited episode 6 of season 1, titled Fearful Symmetry, when they reference that Superman went rogue before, when did this take place? Was it ever on screen? I've been ...
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Identify almost-Superman novel about "The Man in Crimson & Cream"

I read this novel probably in the 1980s or 1990s. The POV character is a reporter who investigates an almost-Superman character referred to as "The Man in Crimson & Cream". He has ...
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Superman given a stroke -- how could this happen? [closed]

Looking at Manchester Black's Wikipedia page, I see that via telekinesis he gave Superman a stroke. I assert that, while bathed by a yellow Sun, Superman could not suffer ill effects even from ...
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Is it canon that Superman became stronger than Zod because he spent more time exposed to our yellow sun?

Many posts on different websites mention that Superman became stronger than Zod because he spent more time exposed to our yellow sun. Is general Zod more powerful than Superman - Quora How is Superman ...
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Why doesn't Darkseid always use kryptonite on Superman? [closed]

Darkseid and Superman have fought on several occasions and Superman, I think, always turns out to be a major pain for Darkseid. Darkseid is not stupid and surely must have known about the kryptonite ...
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How did Kryptonite get to Earth so fast?

In this question it is suggested that the planet Krypton is somewhere between 27 and 2000 light years from Earth. And in this question it is suggested that it took Superman between 2 and 20,000 years ...
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When is the "Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey" mini-series set, in relation to the mainline Superman books?

In April-through-June of 1994, DC Comics published the three-part Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey mini-series, featuring the first rematch between the titular characters, since their initial conflict ...
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Superman poisons his son with kryptonite to make him "normal" after son was enhanced by mad scientists

About 55 years ago, I recall a comic book in which Superman's son is genetically enhanced by a mad scientist or something and becomes super-intelligent and a villain. The story ends with Superman ...
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Superman vs. The Cyclotronic Man; what was the story arc?

I once studied at a cyclotron laboratory (mid 1980's) and an already-old comic book circulated amongst the students with a cover showing "Superman vs. the Cyclotronic Man". I think that the ...
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True motivation of Superman in Man of Steel

Man of Steel develops the Superman mythos in a very interesting way. The film asks a question on why Clark should save humanity, why should he choose to be Earth's champion but it never truly answers ...
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Has either Batman's or Superman's identity been accidentally revealed by someone in the comics?

In the recent animated movie Batman: The Long Halloween Part 1, Selina Kyle accidentally calls Batman Bruce, and thereby revealing his identity to Alberto Falcone (this is obviously different from the ...
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Which comic issue does Superman fight someone powered by prayer?

I read a comic once, long since given away, where Superman fought someone who was powered by prayer, without using force. I'm hazy on the details, and there wasn't much to the story besides the '...
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What is the name of this Superman enemy?

I read the comic in 1980s but not in English so it could be before the 80s in English. This enemy is an evil spirit that kills people and eventually kills the host (yes, it requires a host) and when ...
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How old is Kal-EL/Superman?

I was watching the Flash TV series, and I was wondering how old Superman/Kal El is supposed to be in that series.
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Has Superman ever turned against humanity and been stopped?

Superman is one of the most powerful DC characters. If he ever tried to harm humanity (with full strength), he would be very hard to stop. Are there any records of Superman turning against humanity ...
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