Questions tagged [superman]

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Is there an in-universe reason why Superman is not flying all the time?

Superman's flight ability seems second nature to him. It seems like flying for him does not requiremore effort than walking. Since it seems to be all the same, it there a canon reason why does Kal-el ...
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Criminal manages to cross state border before Superman gets to him, but is caught in a twist

This one, I didn't read. I got it narrated to me by a friend, who found the ending twist rather amusing. Maybe it isn't even a comic. Fleischer cartoon? George Reeves TV series? Well, anyway. The ...
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1970s team-up comic in which Superman nonchalantly kills a sentient brain?

Pre-Crisis, late 70s. (Or maybe early 70s since, in Brazil, translated comics from the USA tended to be released with a big delay.) The main antagonist of the story was Sinestro. He was more powerful ...
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Has Superman ever revealed his weakness to magic to the public?

My question is has there ever been a comic where Superman tells the public about his weakness/vulnerability to magic, and if he has, what comic issue is it? I have looked through some old Silver Age ...
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Canonically, how much older is Batman than Superman? [duplicate]

I know this may depend on the continuity, but generally, Bruce Wayne has been shown to be a few years older than Clark Kent. This has been portrayed anywhere between 4 to 15, depending on the story, ...
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Elseworlds comic where Superman was the richest athlete in the world

I vaguely recall a 1990s comic where something happened differently, and Clark Kent ended up not becoming a hero who rescues people and inspires Hope, but a sports hero and one of the richest, most ...
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How is Superman able to judge the fragility of things or the weight of objects?

Did he have to specifically train himself for this?
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Is this scene from Kiki's delivery service reference to Superman?

At the end of the movie Kiki's delivery service there is a scene where reporter shouts: "Is it a bird? No, no it is a girl. A witch!" At least it is this way in English subtitles on Netflix. That ...
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What was the “Fuel” for Tangent Superman [Harvey Dent's] powers?

The Tangent Superman is a high level psychic and even reality warper from a different reality (Earth 9). However, he started off as a normal human, that earth's Harvey Dent, who got his powers from ...
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Is there proof that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Superman was directly inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's Übermensch?

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were born in 1914, met in 1931, and in 1933 produced their first published work using the name Superman in The Reign of the Superman. It was a lightly-illustrated short-...
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How does a “Super Kiss” work?

I just watched Superman II with my little nephew. At the end of film Clark basically removes over a week's worth of knowledge from Lois's mind (including his identity as Superman) by kissing her. My ...
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90s (or earlier) film or TV show that featured a prison ship whose inmates believed Superman would liberate them

I remember watching a live-action TV episode or film on TV (English, USA) sometime in the early to mid 1990's that featured a prison starship. The prisoners all live in a single "room" on one of the ...
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Is Superman beating up the human bully in Superman 2 consistent with his personal code? [closed]

Superman, after being reduced to being a human, was humiliated by a bully. He later returns with his powers fully restored and beats up the bully. While it looks like he was careful not to cause ...
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Who first said this iconic Superman line?

The famous Superman line is It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's Superman! Who was the first person to say that in a Superman story?
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Is there an early 90s DC series or tales about a race of aliens that could transform and give others powers accidentally?

After the Death of Superman in 1992, comics changed, and DC got a lot of stories out of it. Subsequent to Superman's demise, 4 new "Supermen" appeared to take his place; one was John Henry Irons (...
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Can Xenomorph Blood possibly get through Superman's skin? [closed]

The reason I ask this is because of this Because Science video. It basically states that Xenomorph blood is so acidic, it can essentially corrupt any Earth-based chemical... ...
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Superman as a teenager long before Smallville — was this in the George Reeves version?

I remember being thrilled as a youngster myself seeing a young Superman I think being frustrated by the necessity of hiding his powers (like while playing football). I am sure this has since the 1950s ...
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Who are the daughters of Superman?

In Batwoman S01E09 aka "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two", we see old Clark Kent (From Smallville) without powers talking to Lois about daughters. Who are these daughters? I only know about one ...
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Whose mother's name was known first?

What was the first instance for both Superman and Batman of the reader learning the name of their human mother? I am looking for a rough idea of real life time (year) as well as issue number.
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Has a reason ever been given for the decision to use the name Martha?

Superman and Batman mother’s both have the same name, has any writer of these comics ever discussed the reason for this or is it just chance?
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Comic story where Superman builds a telescope to see Krypton's destruction

Looking for the story-arc where Superman (with the help of some scientists I presume) builds some sort of super-high resolution telescope. He then uses this telescope to see his home planet Krypton's ...
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Has Superman ever willingly revealed his identity to Lex Luthor?

Lex Luthor, the arch-nemesis of the Man of Steel has tried to find out the secret identity of Superman several times and was successful quite a few times. For instance, in Superman #2, Lex built a ...
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How did Superman learn to control his super hearing and super sight? [closed]

In the comics, how did Superman learn to control his super hearing and super sight? Did they work perfectly when they first started, or did he have to learn how to handle them, perhaps being ...
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Why can Superman break the kryptonite handcuffs in Injustice?

Kryptonite makes Superman weak, so why was he able to easily break the cuffs with kryptonite on them?
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Even with his powers, doesn't Superman train and work out?

Part of the reason Superman doesn't always get the respect he deserves is because people find he is both "over powered", and thus things are never a challenge for him, and that he has things "too easy"...
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How did Superman get his electrical powers in Superman Blue?

I just read the Superman Blue volume 1 trade paperback (collecting Superman #122-125, Adventures of Superman #545-547, Action Comics #732-734, Superman: The Man of Steel #67-69, and Superman Annual #9,...
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Does anybody know any specifics about Torqasm Rao or Torqasm Vo?

These are both mental (as in psychic) and physical martial arts made on Krypton, currently the only two martial disciplines we have any info on from Superman's home world. One deals most ...
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Did Superman ever attend Sunday School in Smallville?

In the comics, did Clark as a boy ever attend Christian Sunday School (or any religious schooling) growing up? You would think that this would be probable given it's a small town in America, and the ...
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When did Clark Kent [post-Crisis and New 52] meet and become the inspiration for the Legion of Superheroes?

This is more a question of story identification, rather than checking on canon. Pre-crisis, Superboy is noted for becoming friends with the Legion's main trio, Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy and Saturn ...
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Do Kryptonians possess psychic abilities?

Kryptonians are noted for their incredible physical and mental abilities, due partly to their greater evolution, and partly to their adaptation to Krypton's harsher environment. More emphasis has been ...
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Outside of the DCAU, does Post-Crisis/Pre- New 52 Superman have a “super mobile”, ship or other form of protective transport?

In various media, we have seen Superman occasionally use a mechanical form of transport, more for its anti-Kryptonite protective properties than for travel. Most instances of this have been pre-Crisis ...
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How do Homelander's powers differ from Superman?

I've only watched the first three episodes of The Boys on Amazon Prime, but we have Homelander who is an obvious analog to Superman. As far as I recall, so far we've seen him employ: (presumably) ...
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What storyline do the characters in “The Death and Return of Superman” game follow?

This was a SNES game from the late 90s, where you get to play as several different Supermen. Superman Superboy Man of Steel The Eradicator Cyborg Superman Superman in Black Was this game following ...
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Does Batman know he's Superman's boss since he owns the Daily Planet?

Well, after it was mentioned in a quiz TV show, I suddenly discovered that Bruce Wayne owns the Daily Planet, and so I wanted to ask. In any comic has it been shown that Batman knows that Superman's ...
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Superman comic where he fights a progressively stronger alien creature

In which comic issue does Superman fight an alien creature with greyish-mud coloured skin that progressively grows stronger the longer it remains on Earth? The creature was very strong, making ...
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Superman watches as the Earth is disassembled by aliens

The Earth is being disassembled by aliens, and even Superman can't stop them. The aliens' ships mark ground with long red lines before cutting, and the pieces are taken away, no one knows where. No ...
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What happened to Silver Age Superman?

So back in the late eighties DC decided to reboot Superman by making him less powerful and making changes to his back story. Specifically, that he never had been Superboy, didn't meet Lex Luthor ...
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70s (?) Superman adventure in a world where everyone dresses like Superman

Of course, I'm asking about a comic book, I think from about 1970. In this comic Superman has an adventure in a world where everyone dresses like himself. I think I remember that it also involved a ...
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What would happen if a human was exposed to the red sun of Krypton? [duplicate]

In most incarnations of Superman, Kryptonians gain their superpowers from exposure to a yellow sun (primarily our own), and do not receive such benefits near their own, red sun-dominated Krypton. Is ...
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Did Krypton have contact with other civilizations? [closed]

In every incarnation of the Superman story I've ever seen (comics, movies, cartoons etc), Krypton is depicted as a technologically and culturally advanced civilization. In some cases it is outright ...
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Can Superman fly through solid rock?

Can Superman fly through solid rock? (using force and destruction) If so, when was he first portrayed doing this? in a comic in a movie Ideally I'd like a picture of Superman flying through solid ...
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Are there any significant omissions, deletions, or differences between Superman Returns and its novelization?

Is this book a strict novelization? Do it show any significant divergence from the final version of the film? Was it written based on the theatrical releases or earlier scripts?
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Was there a story where Superman defeated Brainiac by forcing him to fly into his own shrinking ray?

When Supergirl meets the Legion of Superheroes for the second time (Action Comics #276, "Supergirl's Three Super Girl-Friends") she is introduced for the first time to Brainiac 5, Brainiac's 30th ...
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Was there a midnight launch for the death of Superman in 1993?

I happen to remember where I was when Superman "died." As a teenager, I was at a planning meeting for an organization I was involved in, and as it broke up, somebody noticed that it was past midnight,...
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Is Superman more powerful than the Greek gods?

In DC's Justice League, Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) explains to Bruce Wayne the origins of the Mother Boxes and Steppenwolf. So Steppenwolf has come before and has ...
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What is a Class-B crime and its punishment in Superman?

In Man of Steel, Jor-El goes to the Genesis chamber and steals the codex. Before he goes in, Kelex states, Jor-EL: Can you see the codex? Kelex: Its just beneath the central hub sir. But I am ...
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When did Superman first use his super breath and freeze breath?

I mean there is this general idea of it being introduced in the time period of 1950s to 1970s, but exactly in which issue did he use it for the first time?
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How did Superman know that he was dead?

In Justice League (2017), just after Superman came back to life and knocked down the other Justice League members, he and Batman had this conversation: Superman: You did this! Batman: I had to. ...
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Can only one organ of Superman be made weak using Kryptonite or Red Sun rays?

I stumbled upon this fan-made image: It got me wondering if Superman's urinal would really work. Can only one organ of Superman be made weak using Kryptonite or Red Sun rays? Only canonical answer ...
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What does the circular symbol mean that is worn by many men of the House of El?

If you look at images of members of the House of El (Jor-El, Zor-El, Zim-El), they all seem to have a circular symbol on their chest instead of the S symbol. Is this the symbol for Krypton or did they ...

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