Questions tagged [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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could superman gain powers by eating LED lights

(definition) Superman gets his powers from the yellow sun. (physics) Sunlight has about 1kw per square meter of incident energy. (observed) Superman does things that require vastly more energy than ...
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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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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 ...
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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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