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The Invisible Man - H. G. Wells, 1897 In discussing the process used to turn the protagonist invisible, Wells writes: ...the essential phase was to place the transparent object whose refractive index was to be lowered between two radiating centres of a sort of ethereal vibration, of which I will tell you more fully later. No, not those Röntgen vibrations—...


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1915: The Mystery of Lucien Delorme, a novel by Guy de Téramond (pseudonym of François-Edmond Gautier de Téramond), translated into English by Mary J. Safford from the 1914 French L'Homme qui voit à travers les murailles ("The man who sees through walls"); available at the Hathi Trust Digital Library. From Bleiler's review: The common factor is Lucien, ...


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This is "The Random Man" by Marc Laidlaw. “No particular reason, it’s yust happening. Given a random universe, it’s perfectly plausible, though the florts are against it.” “The whats?” “I meant ‘odds.’ It’s hard to get all the words right when everything is just a fluke.” .... “Sure,” said Milt. “Why not? If I’ve been chosen at random, why not?” ...


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Though the legends are unclear, it is rumored historically that Heimdall is a member of the Vanir, a race of fertility gods gifted with powerful magic and the gift of foresight. They were enemies of Odin and his people, the Aesir, and once they were defeated, absorbed into the Aesir to became part of the Asgardian pantheon of deities. In Norse Mythology: ...


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Well, there was a scene in an issue of Justice League of America, (vol. 1, from the late 1970s) written by Steve Englehart where Flash, Wonder Woman, and (I think) Batman were in a snowy area in some mountains (maybe the Himalayas). I think it was during his "Manhunters" story, so probably issue 140 or 141. Flash is running in place and rubbing his arms to ...


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I don't think the books ever went into much detail, but from this... Book III, ch.10: ‘Be­hold, I am not Gan­dalf the Grey, whom you be­trayed. I am Gan­dalf the White, who has re­turned from death. You have no colour now, and I cast you from the order and from the Coun­cil.’ He raised his hand, and spoke slowly in a clear cold voice. ‘Saru­man, ...


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I submit that it was Atomic-Man, at least in comic books Atomic-Man was created in 1945. Yes, the same year as the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and indeed the first year that any comic book writer who was not also a nuclear physicist would likely conceive of creating a radiation-influenced character. He made his debut in Headline Comics #16. ...


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Unsurprisingly, most of the White Walker (The Others) abilities revolve around ice and cold. I am going to draw on some back story from the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, but only where it is relevant to what we also see in the Game of Thrones show-verse. Create swords and other items from ice (seen in show): Shaw: Do you know what substance an Other ...


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Your question doesn't state a specific canon or universe so specifically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999) Spider-Man originally only has one type of webs, his normal ones. He creates the mixture himself and does improve on it but it is generally just the same webbing. He is up to at least version 3.01 as we see his doodles in class when he is ...


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Anakin was the chosen one. He was supposed to destroy the Sith and later on become the most powerful Jedi ever. Palpatine got to him too early before he knew what was good for him. Everyone was testing him at once, the council, obi-wan and the force (his dreams). The only reassurance he got was from Palpatine. While training Luke, Yoda explained that ...


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No, Iron Man's repulsor technology and Cyclops' optically-directed ruby beam (called his optic blast) are not the same effect even though there are potential similarities in the types of damage they may both produce. Iron Man's repulsor is a particle beam. Iron Man repulsor technology is a particle beam weapon with explosive and concussive effects. These ...


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Harry Dresden has described himself as 'easily in the top 40, world-wide, for raw power'. What he lacks is precision, experience, and technique. His power has never really 'spiked' without outside assistance. Rather, his technique and precision have improved and he has gained experience. He's gotten more powerful as well, but that is because magical ...


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In the DCAU - Justice League Unlimited: The Balance Diana and Shayera (Hawk Girl) have this exchange: Shayera Hol: Aren't you cold in that outfit? Wonder Woman: Not really. Shayera Hol: Of course not. The Princess doesn't get cold. The Princess doesn't even sweat in the Fire Pits of Tartarus. Wonder Woman: I do too sweat. Shayera Hol: Please, you ...


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I would suggest it was Dollman that debuted in Feature comics #27 (1939) Dollman was Darrel Dane, a chemist that discovered a way to shrink to the size of about 15 cm while keeping his original strength. He went on to be the first superhero publicized by Quality Comics and had a long running series. Dollman's powers were shown in his first adventure "...


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Yes. Time Lords have possessed psychic ability as demonstrated going all the way back to the 2nd Doctor, Patrick Troughton, when in "The War Games", The Doctor sent an emergency message* to Gallifrey upon discovering the true nature of the Games. DOCTOR: The only people who can put an end to this whole ghastly business and send everyone back to their own ...


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Spidey has been able to make webs in a number of different ways. Okay, actually, technically, two different ways. He can make it with web shooters or without web shooters. But the sheer number of ways he's varied on these two options is pretty impressive. First, there's the original way, his web-shooters: Ben Reiley, the maybe-clone-maybe-original-dear-...


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The Hogben series by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore. Here is a video ad by Neil Gaiman for The Hogben Chronicles. Here is the list of stories from the ISFDB: "The Old Army Game", first published in Thrilling Adventures, November 1941. (The ISFDB notes that this one "features a hillbilly character named 'Hogben', but the story is not SF and is not otherwise ...


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The only possible explanation is that spider man has some kind of re-tractable micro structures which allows him to climb wall and is sharp enough to pierce through his clothing. This offers him control while climbing wall and he can retract this structures into his skin so that he does not harm others with them (while giving handshake ). Moreover there is a ...


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In the 2002 Spider-Man film we learn that he has retractable thorn-like structures that seem to emerge from his fingertips. These are extended when Peter tries to grab onto something like a wall and retract when they aren't in use. As you can see from the images below, these are easily long enough to penetrate lycra gloves with a thickness of less than .5 ...


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No he's not an illusionist. The issue is Uncanny X-Men #273, and a breakdown of what actually happened was Wolverine and Gambit were dueling in the Danger Room. Gambit used a robotic doppelganger of Lady Deathstrike to distract Wolverine while he was injured by Reavers to beat him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambit_(comics) After wandering around the ...


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Peter Pan predates Sub Mariner by a good three decades with flight that matches the parameters you describe, in his first appearance in "The Little White Bird" (1902).


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The short answer is "he very well might lose his power". The longer answer requires understanding how DC structures their comic book stories, so buckle up. The terminology is a bit confusing here, because Marvel and DC don't have "universes", they have "multi-verses". Since you're specifically asking about "in another universe", it's important to make that ...


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We have not seen what the real limits of the Avenger's powers are in the MCU, but Hulk seems to have an edge so far. He was shown to beat up Thor (and previously, Loki) with relative ease until Thor's thunder-god powers began to emerge. Even then, it's not clear if Thor could have actually won that fight, or merely stood his ground against Banner. I don't ...


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I haven’t been able to find any discussion by Stan Lee describing the deliberations over what Spider-Man’s exact powers should be. Specifically on “was natural webbing too much for a single hero in the 60's?”, looking at the original comics it seems more likely that it wouldn’t have been enough. Academic intelligence and scientific aptitude is sometimes as ...


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If you consider sleeping for five hundred years without dying to be a superpower, then the earliest such character would be Anthony "Buck" Rogers. He was introduced in the 1928 novel Armageddon 2419 A.D.. Buck's long slumber was due to being trapped in a cave full of radioactive gas.


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Yes, there is definitely some supernatural entity that works through Stephen Grant, a.k.a Moon Knight. It was shown very clearly in Moon Knight #36 1984 when Dr. Strange first met him. Earlier that day Stephen's girlfriend Marlene accidentally got possessed by an ancient Egyptian sorcerer. Dr. Strange witnessed it and made some research about the two before ...


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As Marvel's own site explains, the metal doesn't "go" anywhere - his organic tissue is literally transformed into a steel-like substance. Colossus can transform his body tissue into an organic, steel-like substance that grants him superhuman strength enabling him to lift/press up to 75 tons and makes him impervious to most injury. His armored form can ...


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Because using her abilities harms her / is incredibly painful. It was shown in Season 3 that using her powers causes "micro-fractures" in her bones. Eventually, Simmons created "gauntlets" that minimized the damage caused (but not eliminated it AFAIK). Daisy/Quake apparently no longer has those gauntlets and, instead, is relying on S.H.I.E.L.D. drugs for "...


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Others See Us by William Sleator. Not a short story, but a short book. Sixteen-year-old Jared falls into a toxic swamp just before the yearly summer reunion at Grandmother's house. He comes away with the ability to "visit" other people's minds, and things get very complicated very quickly. He discovers that his beautiful cousin Annalise is a sociopath, ...


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Intervention by Julian May. It's the novel linking the first series (Saga of Pliocene Exiles) and the second series (Galactic Milieu). It shows the childhood of the Remillard family who are all powerful psychics and the key players in both series. Earth is watched over by four alien races, who are debating whether or not to allow humans to join their ...


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