i remember one time when Pilosopong Komikero posted a survey on his twitter regarding one's all time favorite superhero.. i am one of the first batch who joined in the survey saying that Superman will always top my list.
--here's some thinking aloud:
yes, i love Superman.. i adore Superman... i believe i learned to love him more when dean cain played the part. i was inside a cab last night when suddenly the thought of superman came into picture. i started to recall his weaknesses as a superhero and tried to go beyond what i knew about it.
i woke up this morning having the urge to google and read some more about him. here's what friendWiki offered me..
Superman is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in publications by DC Comics, widely considered to be an American cultural icon. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born American artist Joe Shuster in 1932 while both were living in Cleveland, Ohio, and sold to Detective Comics, Inc. (laterDC Comics) in 1938, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games. With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book. The character's appearance is distinctive and iconic: a blue, red and yellow costume, complete with cape, with a stylized "S" shield on his chest. This shield is now typically used across media to symbolize the character.
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- X-Ray Vision
- Telescopic/Microscopic Vision
- Heat Vision
- Super Breath/Freeze Breath
- Eidetic memory
- Superhuman Olfaction
Despite his incredible superpowers, Superman's powers come with 5 notable flaws:
- Kryptonite: His most known weakness. Radioactive fragments of the planet Krypton created by fusion during the explosion that destroyed it. Superman's cells store electromagnetic radiation (such as sunlight) and convert it into energy, manifesting as his super-powers. When Superman is exposed to kryptonite (within roughly ten feet or less of any size or amount), its high-band radiation rapidly interferes with this process, causing severe physical pain and the loss of his powers, though lead can be used to block it out.
- Red Sun Radiation: Natural in Krypton's planetary system, red solar radiation replaces the higher-yield yellow solar energy in Superman's cells, robbing him of the fuel for his powers. This process does not have the painful, crippling and fever-like symptoms of Kryptonite, and essentially leaves him with the normal health and abilities of a human in his size and shape, as it did for the entire population of Krypton during its existence. Exposure to Yellow Sunlight causes his powers to return. Other than Red solar radiation, using up his yellow solar energy before having a chance to recharge also causes Superman to lose his powers.
- Magic: It varies from writer to writer. While not so much an actual weakness, Superman's invulnerability offers no protection against magic. As a result, spells cast on Superman affect him the same as they would anyone else. This sometimes goes so far as enchanted weapons being able to subvert his invulnerability as well. Generally, he suffers the vulnerability provided he is directly attacked with magic. But there exists a number of exceptions, such as Justice League of America (version 1) #49, where Superman faces an ogre. Superman's direct attacks have no effect on the ogre, however Superman is able to harm the ogre through the usage of a stick.
- Massive Physical Forces: While Superman is extremely resilient to most physical harm, he is not quite completely invulnerable and is susceptible to temporary injury from physical forces usually delivered to him by some of his super-powered inter-galactic enemies (during a story where the JLA faced an insane J'onn J'onz, Superman admitted "I can count on one hand the beings I would genuinely be afraid to face. J'onn is top of that list."). Superman's ability to gain energy from sunlight may be counter-acted if he is badly beaten so quickly that his body doesn't have time to heal (as happened in his battle withDoomsday). In some spin-off media, he has been shown to be similarly vulnerable to electricity, a weakness exploited by nemeses Conduit and Live Wire.
- Lead: While Superman's X-Ray Vision enables him to see through solid objects, Lead prevents him from being able to see items or objects that are either encased or surrounded in the material.
--here's some thinking aloud:
all superheroes, like all normal human beings, have their weaknesses.
i told you i know you...
but i never meant i understand you...
it is two different things..
and i guess,
like all other human beings,
it may take forever to stare at the same gray area..
at the end of the day,
i can only keep wondering..
but still say,
you got me.
i can live with that.
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