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Has a human ever beaten Superman without any superpowers or weapons?

Has a human ever beaten Superman without any attributes or entities outside normal experience? If so, how was this accomplished?
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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 too have a no kill rule?

So we all know Batman practices a No-Kill policy(he still kills in the movies tho), so does Superman too have a no killing rule? After all Superman is supposedly a sign of hope so it's just not right ...
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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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Bar fight: would Superman's moral code allow him to take vengeance like that? [closed]

In the 2013 Man of Steel, Superman stops a lout from abusing a waitress. The lout pours beer over him and then pushes him and discovers that he is actually supernaturally solid but throws a can at ...
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What are the specialty of these Superman suits?

In Zack Snyder's Justice League when Superman goes into his ship after his resurrection he sees 4 different suits. What is the specialty of these suits?
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Have we ever seen an African-American version of this character in the comics?

In Season 1: Episode 1 of the new CW's show Superman & Lois, we see that an unknown assailant in a mech-suit is trying to kill Superman. The assailant is later revealed to be: Has there been an ...
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Superman comic book with an alien villain who was frozen and dumped in deep space, rather than being executed

I just remembered a Superman comic book that I read, which seemed apropos to a conversation I was having about alternatives to capital punishment. So now I would like to find that issue again. ...
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What Superman story was it where Lois Lane had to breathe liquids?

Way back in the 1960's I regularly got DC comics and in particular Superman. There was one story where I can only recall a few squares of the comic strip. For some reason something had been done to ...
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Is the Superman/Aliens crossover canon to Post-Crisis DC comics continuity?

In 1995, DC Comics collaborated with Dark Horse Comics to produce the first, three-part Superman/Aliens crossover, scripted and penciled by long-time Superman comics writer, Dan Jurgens. Are the ...
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When was the last time Superman's 'electro-chemical aura' was mentioned in comics?

When John Byrne started writing Superman comics after the continuity reboot in 1986, he established that Clark's body was surrounded by an invisible 'electro-chemical aura', which prevented any fabric ...
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Superman comic story where he wears a different costume and has an actor pretend to be him

I vaguely remember this Superman story. It involves Superman being in disguise in a different costume with a helmet I think... while an actor pretending to be Superman wears a ring that allows him to ...
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Why does Le Guin say that Superman's mother was a 'funnybook'?

In an academic study of SF, Ursula Le Guin, who herself is a pioneering SF and fantasy author is quoted as saying: Superman is a submyth. His father was Nietzsche and his mother a funnybook. Why the ...
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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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