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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 armor he ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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When did Superman stop leaping and start flying?

He started flying in the 1940s right after the creation of the Fleischer films. This was because it became difficult so show him leaping from place to place. The Fleischer films used a form of ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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How do we know the Flash is faster than Superman?

It's already been established that all of the Flashes can move past light-speed via the Speed Force. As for Superman, he's never shown to move at light-speed while running inside a planetary ...
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Does Superman ever go sunbathing?

Yes. In "Whom the Gods Destroy #1" we see Superman sunbathing. On the Moon, obviously. Because he's Superman.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Green Lantern Corps and Krypton

That's Tomar-Re's Space Sector! Tomar was a scientist before joining the Green Lantern Corps and becoming the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2813. Here's an excerpt from his Wiki entry: Tomar's ...
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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.
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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 ...
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Is this written in Kryptonian?

No, it is not Kryptonian. The language is the Pre-Crisis 30th century shared galactic language of Interlac. It is a direct cypher made for comic readers of the Legion of Superheroes. I recognized it ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why, exactly, does kryptonite hurt Superman?

No, Krypton was not made of Kryptonite - at least, not initially. Kryptonite is a radioactive mineral from Krypton. The most common form is Green Kryptonite, but it comes in other forms, including ...
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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". ...
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When was Superman's backstory and the fate of his parents revealed?

Our first exposure to Jor-El and Lara being shown sending baby Kal-el to Earth was in 1948 in Superman #53 by Bill Finger and Wayne Boring. This is almost a decade after Superman has been saving the ...
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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 ...
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When was Superman's backstory and the fate of his parents revealed?

The fate of Superman's parents was revealed on February 12, 1940, with the broadcast of "The Baby from Krypton", first episode of the Superman radio serial. It is quite clear from the broadcast, which ...
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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 ...
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Why, exactly, does kryptonite hurt Superman?

Kryptonite is a transuranic element or compound (we are never told which for certain) whose inherent radioactivity inhibits the absorption of high-energy solar radiation which Kryptonians use to power ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is the Golden Superman canon, and what were his exact powers?

Superman Prime (One Million) is arguably one of the most powerful versions of Superman to have ever existed (canon or not). He was so powerful, he was responsible for lending a portion of his ...
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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: LOIS: What are you going to do ...
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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 ...
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