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Is Superman Too "Super?"

Updated on March 27, 2015
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James is an avid reader with a book collection in the hundreds and growing. He enjoys wildlife, wilderness and the many simple things life

Just what am I talking about?

For years people have watched Superman battle the forces of evil and save the day sometimes worried if he will make it. Well I haven't been reading about the man of steel all my life, I only just started since the new 52. But I don't think we have to worry about Superman's health to much, as he seems like a god and therefore as no real limits to what he can or can't do. Don't follow? Well allow me to break it down so you can see just what I am talking about. And if you still don't agree then let me know by voting. now lets see just what we are working with.

Superman

Superman overlooking the city he protects, Metropolis.
Superman overlooking the city he protects, Metropolis.

The Man of Steel! Superman!

Real Name: (Birth) Kal-El (Adopted) Clark Joseph/Jerome Kent

Height: 6'3''

Weight: 235

First Appearance: Action Comics #1

(June, 1938)

Creators: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster


In case you didn't know. During the last few hours of the dying planet krypton, Jor-El (in a desperate attempt to save his son's life) sent little Kal-El on a rocket to earth, where he was then found and adopted by a Jonathon and Martha Kent and was named Clark. However Clark was not like other boys, under the yellow sun he would grow up to become the godlike being none as Superman. Seeing his powers as a means to help those in need, Superman fights a never ending battle of truth and justice. sometimes he defends the world from threats from afar and sometimes he must defend the world from itself but wherever it may come from you can trust that Superman will stand tall and defend those in need.

Power 1, Invincibility

Superman's full fury can be very scary, if you are on the wrong end.
Superman's full fury can be very scary, if you are on the wrong end.

Okay to understand what I mean we need to look at his powers, so lets start with the one that complements the photo above. Superman is without a shadow of a doubt impervious to nearly anything on earth, having preformed such impossible feats such as flying through the sun and coming out unharmed, surviving impacts equivalent to that of 8 nuclear warheads and coming out of it unharmed. His body his immune to all viruses and toxins. And he been seen to skirt the photosphere of the sun (100,000,000 degrees F). It would seem even alien weapons have little effect on him. Superman has even been shown withstanding Darkseid's Omega Beams, a feat that was previously considered impossible. Superman was able to survive the nuclear destruction of the entire moon in the year 2995 when he was stuck in the future. The moon had been lined with sufficient nuclear devices to disintegrate it in one shot and Superman was in the center and survived without being hurt at all. Most likely his greatest feat of durability recently is that he was able to withstand the destructive power of a sun going nova and exploding, which was a result of Brainiac’s technology; this blast was at point-blank range to the planet he was on, which was eradicated by the force of the explosion with the rest of the surrounding system, and he survived without any visible physical damage, though the explosion did knock him out. However if in the rare case he is hurt, he can heal nearly instantaneously. So you can see he is one tough nut, but we have only scratched the surface.

Power 2 and 3, Super Strength and and Stamina

There seems to be no limit to what Superman can lift.
There seems to be no limit to what Superman can lift.

The limit to Superman's strength is unknown. Although it seems well excepted that it exceeds that of 1,000,000 tons. So from that alone he should be able to lift even Godzilla and throw him around. Shoot, he even has been seen pushing the entire earth away from the sun when the cosmic entity called Starbreaker was pushing it toward the sun. I could go on like this but we have other powers to cover.

Another power that fits right in here is his stamina.. Most recently Superman has been seen bench pressing the weight of the Earth (approximately 6 sextillion tons) for 5 days, while inside the Earth itself (and thus deprived of replenishing his reserves of solar energy). Enough said.

Power 4, 5 and 6, Speed, Sight and Hearing

Superman issue 1, after the new 52 relaunch.
Superman issue 1, after the new 52 relaunch.

One of the oldest questions in the DC Universe is "Who is faster Superman or the Flash". According to official sources the Flash is faster. However Superman can still run faster then the speed of light, and if he can not run fast enough then surly he can fly fast enough. he was seen running steadily alongside the Flash at a speed of 2000 miles per second (around Mach 9350). He has been seen flying from the Moon to the Earth in less than 2 minutes. Superman is so fast that he is even able to vibrate his molecules and through punches akin to what the Flash can do as seen in his fight with Doomsday.

Now we move on to his sight. Superman has many different sights, including his famous Heat vision which is able to rival the heat of a star. The area of effect can be consciously determined by Superman, down to the microscopic level. Recent stories imply the precision is so exact it can bypass a target's outer shell, not causing damage to a person's skull for surgical purposes. He also has, Microscopic, Telescopic, Ultraviolet and X-ray vision. but I doubt he spends much time looking at women naked through there cloths.

Let think hear, aw yes Superman's super hearing. let put this quickly and simply. He can hear a man drooping a pin on the other side of the planet. good luck escaping this guy.

Check out Superman in The Man Of Steel

Why not Supergirl

Of course Supergirl has all the same powers.
Of course Supergirl has all the same powers.

Naturally Supergirl has all the same powers as her cousin Superman, however Supergirl does not have the same level of focus that Superman possess. Also She may not be as smart has him. Not really a power but Superman has demonstrated vast intelligence capable of not only maintaining his fortress of solitude but also able to build highly sophisticated robots. Supergirl has never preformed these feats of the mind and has even blundered and been quick to anger. Thus this kinda makes her more human then the man of steel.

I like Supergirl more than Superman for her great power but extremely relate-able personality and problems. I haven't been reading ether of them for to long now but Superman is a little harder to follow mostly because he is part of so many different comics like Action comics, Superman Unchained, Justice League and more, Supergirl on the other hand doesn't jump between all these different series, and is more focused on trying to figure out her own life and less about trying to save the world like her cousin. This makes her more human still since we all have that struggle trying to figure out just where we stand and where we should go in our busy lives as apposed to Superman who seems to have everything ether laid out for him or figured out within a very short time.

What do you think?

Am I right? Is Superman too super?

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Final words

don't get me wrong, I like Superman, and I have only started reading his comics since the new 52. But it takes away much of the drama when he can survive and do anything. Supergirl can't do anything, which is why I enjoy Supergirl more and why I say Superman is just to "Super".

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      This has been an ongoing discussion since the late 60s / early 70s. Why not just take away all his powers and abilities and call him Average Man? Or Hu Man?

      The point is...he is a being with fantastic powers and abilities who could be a god (small "g") but chooses to walk among us. Superman was fine as he was pre-New 52. The problem is getting writers who can write short, tight stories with really good (okay bad!) villains instead of decompressed pablum for the trades.

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      I've been reading comics, and Superman comics in particular, since 1965. I basically learned to read from those comics. Superman represents a heroic ideal and it seems like all people want to do anymore is tear down heroes and the heroic ideal. I feel that, by making our heroes/heroic characters more "relevant" we are actually failing to live up to our full potential. Why should we strive to better ourselves? Instead, let's lower the bar. If students are doing poorly, forget working with them and expecting them to excel, let's lower our standards. That is a downward spiral. Soon, there is nothing and nobody to look up to and what are we left with? Mediocrity.

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      James Hagseth 3 years ago

      Wow I was not expecting comments at all, let alone so soon. Thank you for your thoughts. Also reading this from a fan who has been reading about him for years is great to see, and it allows me to know just what the devoted fans think of this. Thank you.

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      Thank you for writing an interesting Hub.

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      Geekdom 3 years ago

      Great Hub! I like Superman as a god amongst men. Trying to find himself and be part of a society that he could easily conquer. Character story holds a comic. Action is fun, but no matter how powerful or weak you know they are going to win.

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      James Hagseth 3 years ago

      Geekdom I am sorry it took me so long to say something here. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      James Hagseth 3 years ago

      Hah hah. Yeah you might be right about that, and what better name then Superman for a god like being. Thank you for the comment.

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      colbeyfreddie 2 years ago

      I think you do raise some very valid points.

      But I can't help but feel that Superman's over-the-top amount of super powers is what separates him from the other superheroes.

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      James Hagseth 2 years ago

      Culbayfreddle. You are right about that although shouldn't his personal problems and personality separate from the rest more then his god like power?

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      true 2 years ago

      greater power of superman is boring.

      much power in one character

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