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Superman Vs Silver Surfer

Updated on February 28, 2015


Welcome! Today in Fantasy Fight, Superman from DC Comics faces Silver Surfer from Marvel Comics. These two are some of the strongest heroes Marvel and DC have to offer. Which one can conquer the other? Today we analyze their abilities, skills, and strategies to decide who will emerge victorious!

Superman, the Man of Steel.
Superman, the Man of Steel. | Source

History and Analysis: Superman

Born as Kal-El on planet Krypton, Superman now spends his time fighting evil on Earth. To disguise himself when not in costume, he works under the name Clark Kent. Kent's journalistic duties allow him to both be on the scene when evil attacks, and protect his love interest, reporter Lois Lane. Superman works tirelessly to defend his new planet from the likes of Lex Luthor, General Zod, and several other villains.

1. Strength. No one knows the exact extent of Superman's power, but we do know he can easily lift over 100 tons, has incredible endurance, and has been seen moving entire planets. His prowess waxes and wanes with exposure to sunlight or radiation, which unlock his strength due to his Kryptonian physiology. Superman's heritage also accounts for his other capabilities listed.

2. Invulnerability. It takes a *lot* to hurt Superman. His nearly indestructible body resists blunt trauma, energy beams, the vacuum of space, disease, and even nuclear attacks. He also heals injuries much quicker than a human, and doesn't require food or water. Superman even ages slowly as long as his body absorbs sunlight.

3. Speed/Flight. Superman can not only fly, but fly incredibly fast. Some sources cite him exceeding the speed of light.

4. Super Breath. Superman can excel enough pressure from his lungs to create hurricane-like gales. Also, he can chill his breath to freezing temperatures to disable enemies.

5. Enhanced Senses. Superman possesses advanced senses of smell, hearing, and sight. In particular, his vision capabilities include powerful beams of heat called Heat Vision, X-Ray Vision, Microscopic Vision, and Nuclear Fission Vision. Okay okay, you caught me, I made up that last one.

6. Intellect/Will. While not the smartest hero ever, Superman still possess a sharp mind and a pure spirit, incapable of being bribed or corrupted.

1. Kryptonite. Superman's body and powers become drastically weakened by this crystal-like material.

2. Magic. One of the few elements that can damage Superman is magic. He won't fall to a single magical attack, but he can be weakened and harmed with the right sorcery.

3. Lack of Sunlight. If Superman goes too long without absorbing normal yellow sunlight, he weakens considerably. Absorbing non-yellow sunlight also induces a loss of his powers.

Clark Kent. Totally not Superman.
Clark Kent. Totally not Superman. | Source

While it might not take a genius to discover Superman's identity (come on Kent, you're not even wearing a mask), no one can deny that he packs one heck of a punch.

Silver Surfer.
Silver Surfer. | Source

History and Analysis: Silver Surfer

Norrin Radd lived in a utopian society on planet Zenn-La. However, he grew unsatisfied with the culture over time, believing no goals were left to accomplish; hunger, disease, and war all had vanished. Matters worsened when both of his parents, also discontent with society, took their own lives. Radd vowed to find a way to improve the galaxy. Unfortunately a terribly powerful being, Galactus "Devourer of Worlds", threatened to destroy Zenn-La by absorbing all its energy. Desperate to save his home planet, Radd bargained with Galactus. The Devourer of Worlds agreed to spare Zenn-La in exchange for eternal service. Thus, Galactus bestowed upon Radd amazing and mystical powers, but Radd was forced to find other worlds to sustain Galactus. Radd, as the Silver Surfer, eventually escaped his bonds. He now works to atone for past sins and spread justice throughout the galaxy.

1.Endurance/Healing. Silver Surfer's body is exceptionally tough, and demonstrates the capabilities of withstanding space, enduring intense temperatures and pressures, and even passing through black holes unharmed. Silver Surfer has incredible durability, only needing to rest once every several years, and he is able to absorb certain energies, such as light. He can even regenerate pieces of himself and his board using his energy source, the Power Cosmic.

2. Strength. Often overlooked as one of Surfer's attributes, the Power Cosmic bestows amazing physical strength.

3. Phasing. Silver Surfer can turn himself intangible, allowing him to pass through physical matter, or avoid physical attacks.

4. Flight/Speed/Time Control. More helpful attribute from the Power Cosmic. Silver Surfer can fly faster than the speed of light, and his mind works just as rapidly. He may push time forward or backward by traveling fast enough. He also may levitate, even without his signature board.

5. Energy/Matter Control. Silver Surfer can generate powerful force fields and rearrange molecules. For example, he could manipulate a liquid into a gas. That may not sound terribly impressive, but it offers a way to attack opponents on a molecular level.

6. Super Senses. Silver Surfer's advanced senses include super vision and hearing. Try saying "Silver Surfer's Super Senses" 5 times fast! Preferably not in public.

7. Telepathy. Silver Surfer can read minds. Hey, if the whole defender of the galaxy thing doesn't play out, he'd make a great psychic medium.

8. Silver Surfboard. Though the name of this equipment may be silly, it offers a nearly indestructible shield or battering ram. Additionally, Surfer can control it mentally, should the two become physically separated.

1. Board Dependent. Evidence suggests Silver Surfer must stay within a certain distance of his board; however, the exact connection between the two remains an enigma. However, Surfer's abilities to control and move the board mentally, and even create a whole new one nullify this potential weakness.

Who Should Win?

After examining the strengths and weaknesses of each titan, which do you think should claim victory?

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Each combatant will fight in a one-on-one match until one is killed, rendered helpless, or surrenders. For the setting, our combatants will take their large-scale battle into space, away from bystanders. And now, for all fans, Fantasy Fight!

And The Winner Is..

Silver Surfer.
Superman And Silver Surfer both possess incredible powers of flight, speed, strength, healing, and can withstand space. Each have several methods of attack, from punches to laser beams to energy manipulation. The deciding factor for this clash was Superman's weaknesses. As the two battle across space, eventually one of three possibilities would cripple Superman. The pair of heroes perhaps encounter fragments of Kryptonite (spread throughout space when planet Krypton exploded), find non-yellow sunlight, or simply venture too far away from yellow sunlight. Any of these situations result in Superman weakening, allowing Surfer to finish him off. Also, even if Superman had managed to destroy the Silver Surfboard during the battle, Surfer could create a new one. Finally, Surfer can phase in and out of tangibility, avoiding Superman's blows while scoring some of his own. Today, Marvel claims the victory. Come back next time for another Fantasy Fight!

Don't worry Superman, at least you're not bald.

Silver Surfer. Way to make Stan Lee proud!
Silver Surfer. Way to make Stan Lee proud! | Source


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    • Jeremy Gill profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeremy Gill 

      2 years ago from Louisiana


      Hopefully we can agree to disagree without being condescending . Batman outsmarts Superman in nearly every encounter they have. Regardless, we're deviating from the actual match in this article.

      Superman Vs Silver Surfer could be argued all day long, but because Silver could easily access materials to strip Supes of his powers, I gotta give it to Marvel's character.

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      2 years ago

      @Jeremy. I anticipated much of your typical response when it comes to comparing Superman and Batman. My remarks regarding Superman stand. As I explained, Superman's intellect is at the very least equal to Batman's, I'd even say greater. Your defense of Batman is an echo of many due to the greatly exaggerated characterization, and abilities, of the nigh-infallible, always "prepped", human being we call the Dark Knight. The fact that Batman is shown to "far exceed" Superman in intellect in most media is the very problem at hand. It's the ultimate forced, and specious argument, a physical/mental tete-a-tete between to extremely mismatched opponents. Something done more so for masturbatory fan boys than common sense, even by comic book standards. As far as which version of Superman is represented in the Silver Surfer battle, it's the current one. The pre-52 DCU Superman, who is one and the same as the DC Rebirth Superman. Who most recently melded with the New 52 Superman to make a single "original" Superman, the one who experienced all the "Crises", fought Doomsday, and lived the New 52, as though there were no break in his history. My point being, there's only one Superman for our Earth. When we speak of Superman's battles, accomplishments and such, we are speaking of the Superman of the past 40 years or so. Maybe longer.

    • Jeremy Gill profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeremy Gill 

      2 years ago from Louisiana


      While it's clear you have lots of knowledge about DC, I must disagree. Maybe some rare iterations of Superman display staggering intellect, but Batman far exceeds him there in 95% of media.

      And really, this clash depends on what version of Superman we're looking at, as some are much stronger than others.

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      2 years ago

      Under Intellect/Will you say Superman is not the smartest hero ever. Absolutely wrong. Superman is as smart, even smarter than Batman, who is often portrayed as nigh-clever. He has all Batman's investigative abilities and foresight. Superman has knowledge of the Universe from first hand experience. All the sciences, and mathematics. All human and some alien languages. After all, he would need this to employ his abilities. Surgery using his heat vision requires knowledge of human anatomy. Precisely knowing how to express his strength doing normal everyday things so not to cause damage to people or objects. Also like the Flash, can comprehend and learn anything in seconds. Superman builds Kryptonian weapons, robots, has tech no one else understands. As Clark Kent, he's a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter. As far as Superman's will, it's been said he has the strongest one there is. Kal El was chosen to be a Green Lantern before Hal Jordan, but was denied the ring because he was not originally from the sector. Also, during the Emperor Joker storyline, it was Superman who had the will strong enough to carry all of Batman's tormented memories so Batman would not go insane. The lack of sunlight is not as big an issue as you imply. Superman can absorb the light of most any light source. Traveling through space he absorbs starlight. Blue Sun energy powers him up even greater. It's only red sunlight that effects him negatively. He also can absorb energies. He's absorbed the power of a being powerful enough to destroy galaxies. Superman can vibrate fast enough to turn himself invisible and vibrate through solid objects. During the Brightest Day storyline, it was said Superman, in space, held back an invading Green Lantern Corps all on his own for 50 years. Superman, though DC's top dog, is often treated like a bitch to shine the light on lesser heroes. In doing so, many forget that Superman is #1 in most everything. But when they need to up the anti for, or bring another hero out of his shadow, they often illegitimately dumb him down. This is most often done in the case of Superman vs Batman, where there really is no challenge to Superman. It's usually just incompetent writing and bad story ideas.


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