85 votes
Accepted

Has Superman ever said, "Ouch!"?

Superman has indeed said "Ouch!", on the cover of Superman #106. Lex Luthor creates an alloy that picks up energy Superman uses in his super-feats and transmits it to a suit of electronic ...
Valorum's user avatar
  • 685k
68 votes
Accepted

Has Superman ever crushed a piece of coal into a diamond?

Superman's done this trick on multiple occasions, notably in the movie Superman III and Adventures of Superman Season 2 Episode 14 "Jungle Devil" (1953) ...
Valorum's user avatar
  • 685k
67 votes
Accepted

Why does Lex want to discredit Superman?

The quote you mention is the only motivator we're given but it should be enough to go on. Lex's full quote reads: See, what we call God depends upon our tribe, Clark Joe, 'cause God is tribal; God ...
TheIronCheek's user avatar
  • 13.4k
67 votes
Accepted

Can Superman get drunk?

Superman can't normally get drunk when he has his powers. Under the effects of a Yellow or Blue star, Kryptonians don't have to eat or drink anything and they can't get drunk. I'm not even sure they ...
DisturbedNeo's user avatar
  • 20.2k
63 votes
Accepted

Has Batman ever defeated Superman without kryptonite?

Yes In the Red Son universe (Earth 30), the soviet Batman fought against Superman using Red Sun lamps, weakening Superman enough for him to beat him up. However Wonder Woman, who was used as bait, ...
Recycle's user avatar
  • 937
55 votes

Is there a depiction of Superman as an Asian?

Dean Cain, who played Superman in the 90's TV show Lois and Clark, is actually 1/4 Japanese, and does identify as Asian American. However, by looks, I could see the audience not necessarily reading ...
Kai's user avatar
  • 7,188
50 votes
Accepted

Does Superman ever go sunbathing?

Yes. In "Whom the Gods Destroy #1" we see Superman sunbathing. On the Moon, obviously. Because he's Superman.
Valorum's user avatar
  • 685k
50 votes

Can Superman get drunk?

In Superman: American Alien #3, Clark Kent is mistaken for Bruce Wayne by an assassin (Deathstroke). Deathstroke slips him a neurotoxin in a glass of champagne that would kill a human, but just makes ...
Michael Seifert's user avatar
49 votes
Accepted

Is there a depiction of Superman where he is an African American?

There are at least five. (and an unnamed one) Sunshine Superman First appeared in Animal Man #23 (1990), as an illusion of sorts (generated by Psycho-Pirate's mask), along with other twisted versions ...
Jenayah's user avatar
  • 56.3k
45 votes

Could a recording be used to send Mister Mxyzptlk back to the Fifth Dimension?

Within Supergirl: The Girl of Steel (1984), the second Which Way book in the Super Powers series, Supergirl records Mister Mxyzptlk saying his name and plays it backwards, dismissing him.
FuzzyBoots's user avatar
  • 221k
44 votes

What does Superman do with his regular clothes after changing in the phone booth?

He used to hide it nearby: Later on he shrunk it, and put it in his pocket: The modern era has it as a self-changing supersuit: Thanks to Li hei Bao on Quora for referencing this for a different ...
TheAsh's user avatar
  • 24.9k
44 votes
Accepted

Has Superman ever been depicted to smoke and/or consume alcohol?

TL;DR: drinking yes, and willingly, smoking is debatable. Drinking — yes The first two images are courtesy of the answers to Can Superman get drunk?. In this one, Superman is powerless after using ...
Jenayah's user avatar
  • 56.3k
42 votes
Accepted

Is there a depiction of Superman as an Asian?

Yes! At least three of them. Kong Kenan The recent New Super-Man comics feature Kong Kenan as the "Superman of China". Note that he was some kind of replacement after the "usual" Clark Kent ...
Jenayah's user avatar
  • 56.3k
41 votes

Has Superman ever used his heat vision to cook food?

There are two examples that I know of: In the epilogue of Kingdom Come, the Trinity meets in a cafe. Bruce orders "Steak. Well-done.", but the steak he's brought is not even "a shade over medium". ...
Gallifreyan's user avatar
  • 20.5k
41 votes

Has Superman ever been beaten to death?

This is essentially how Superman's most prominent canonical death occurred, back in 1993. It's how Doomsday killed Superman—and, simultaneously, how Superman killed Doomsday. They just pounded each ...
Buzz's user avatar
  • 96.6k
40 votes
Accepted

What utility does Superman derive from his secret identity?

The special edition of Superman: The Movie included a scene deleted from the theatrical cut, where Jor-El explained to his son that it was important to maintain his secret identity so that he wouldn't ...
LogicDictates's user avatar
39 votes

How did Superman and Spider-Man meet if DC and Marvel heroes don't exist in the same universe?

It turns out that this comic does not exist in normal continuity with either universe. Although they look identical to the DC Comics' Earth-One Superman and the Marvel's Earth-616 Spider-Man, they are ...
Thunderforge's user avatar
  • 51.5k
38 votes
Accepted

What Superman story was it where Lois Lane had to breathe liquids?

This is Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane Vol. 1 Issue 60 (1965), in particular the "The Amazing Hydro-Girl!" story line. Lois Lane takes an experimental serum that will let her breathe ...
TheLethalCarrot's user avatar
  • 143k
37 votes
Accepted

Can Superman fly through solid rock?

Superman flies (down) through solid rock and metal in Superman Vol. 1 #43: The Molten World Probably the earliest instance of his "burrowing" through rock and soil is from Superman Vol. 1 #11: The ...
Valorum's user avatar
  • 685k
32 votes
Accepted

Could a recording be used to send Mister Mxyzptlk back to the Fifth Dimension?

Superman accomplishes precisely this in Superman Vol 1 #131 (1959) "The Menace of Mr. Mxyzptlk!". Superman takes a recording of Mxyzptlk's voice and plays it backwards, shunting the hapless villain ...
Valorum's user avatar
  • 685k
32 votes
Accepted

Why couldn't Henry Cavill simply shave his mustache for his Superman role and use a fake mustache for his other role?

According to user LDN_Films on Reddit (posting anonymously, but "checked out" and vouched for as genuine by Reddit's own AMA team), the issue was that Cavill was already in pre-production ...
Valorum's user avatar
  • 685k
32 votes
Accepted

1970s team-up comic in which Superman nonchalantly kills a sentient brain?

This is George Dyke (AKA 'Gorilla Boss'). Sinestro blew his brain up to the size of a planet in World's Finest #251 - "Invasion of the Deathless Brain" and Superman and Batman teamed up to ...
Valorum's user avatar
  • 685k
31 votes
Accepted

How does Clark Kent get his job at The Daily Planet in Man of Steel?

Clark was hired as a freelance "stringer"... Clark gets his job at the Daily Planet at the very end of Man of Steel, after Lois already knows he is Superman: MARTHA KENT: What are you going ...
Praxis's user avatar
  • 111k
31 votes
Accepted

How did Superman and Spider-Man meet if DC and Marvel heroes don't exist in the same universe?

This comic appears long before either DC or Marvel were regularly dealing with inter-dimensional chicanery on the order of naming different Elseworlds or dimension designations such as Earth-616. ...
Thaddeus Howze's user avatar
31 votes

Has Superman ever used his heat vision to cook food?

In the (rightfully) maligned Superman IV, Superman and Clark Kent somehow end up on a sort of double date with Lois Lane and Lacy Warfied (played by Mariel Hemingway), at the latter's apartment. He ...
Buzz's user avatar
  • 96.6k
31 votes
Accepted

Has either Batman's or Superman's identity been accidentally revealed by someone in the comics?

Huntress calls Batman Bruce in Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1 Issue 25 when surrounded by other members of the Insurgency without knowing that others around the table don't know this. Click images ...
TheLethalCarrot's user avatar
  • 143k
30 votes

Can Adamantium cut through Superman?

We don't know. Superman has never been shown encountering adamantium. However, in the crossover comic Superman/Fantastic Four: The Infinite Destruction, Superman is able to shrug off a beam that "...
Rogue Jedi's user avatar
  • 66.9k
27 votes
Accepted

Is Superman a murderer in Superman II?

Yes, and no, and yes, and no and yes. Yes Superman clearly disposes of Zod when he's de-powered. This would appear to be the very definition of Excessive Force given that he's not an immediate ...
Valorum's user avatar
  • 685k
27 votes
Accepted

When and where was the name "Kal-El" first used?

It's already in the earliest newspaper comics from 1939, though back then it's "Kal-L": According to this site: This is the extended origin of Superman story which was told only in the ...
BCdotWEB's user avatar
  • 10.5k
26 votes
Accepted

How Does Superman Propel Himself?

Superman's powers are almost NEVER completely explained in the DC Universe. The last time anyone made an effort to explain his powers scientifically was during the Golden Age of Comics. To be ...
Thaddeus Howze's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible