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Superman is Stronger Than Thanos, Even With the Infinity Gauntlet

Moving planets is no problem for Superman. In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos showed off the true power of the Infinity Gauntlet by grabbing a moon on Titan and hurling it at Iron Man and the Avengers. While Superman hasn't used a planet as a weapon, the Man of Steel has shown that he doesn't need an Infinity Stone-powered gauntlet in order to move planets and moons, as he can do it with his pure strength.

One of the coolest moments from Avengers: Infinity War is when Thanos grabbed a moon with the Infinity Gauntlet and literally threw it against the heroes. The move showed just how powerful Thanos was in possession of the Infinity Gauntlet - even if he didn't yet have six stones. However, without the Infinity Stones, Thanos, who's still quite a powerhouse as a villain otherwise, wouldn't be able to come close to accomplishing the feat and move planets in the absence of the cosmic gems. Superman, on the other hand, has proven time and time again he can move planets with nothing more than his super-strength.

Related: DC's New Superman Honors The Original In The Perfect Way

In Superboy #140 by Jim Shooter, Al Plastino, and George Klein the comic opens up with Superboy (a younger Clark Kent) in deep space. He's seen carrying a chain that's connected to multiple planets. He reveals he's moving the planets to the other side of the universe, to protect its inhabitants from a dying galaxy and saving billions of lives in the process. While the panel is inherently silly, as having a chain that could hold planets and sustain Supermans' strength opens up a whole other can of worms, it showed Superman is in fact capable of moving multiple planets at the same time.

Superman has actually used a chain to move planets in more than one tale. He's also moved Earth countless times, as well as other planets across the solar system. Superman even bench-pressed the weight of Earth for five consecutive days with barely breaking a sweat and once even became so powerful he lifted 200 quintillion tons with one arm. To put it lightly, Superman can move planets when he wants to and he has on numerous occasions in the DC Universe.

The difference between Thanos and Superman is their intention with the god-like powers. Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to accomplish his own quest of restoring balance in the universe in the MCU - and threw a moon to prove how strong he was. Superman used his own strength to help save people and moved planets to make sure those living on them could continue to survive. Although, if Superman wanted to do, he likely could throw a planet just as Thanos did without the assistance of the cosmic gems.

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Superboy-Prime
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General Information
Real name:Kal-El
First Appearance:DC Comics Presents #87 (November 1985)
Created by:Elliot S. Maggin
Curt Swan
Affiliations:Formerly:
Legion of Super Villains
Sinestro Corps
Black Lantern Corps
Red Lantern Corps
Abilities:Magic Resistance
Kryptonite Immunity

History

Origin

Superboy was born Kal-El, son of Lara and Jor-El of the planet Krypton. When Kal-El was still a toddler, his scientist father made a grave discovery. He learned that a massive solar flare from Krypton's red sun threatened to engulf their home world, ultimately destroying it. Jor-El brought his concerns to the Kryptonian science council, but rather than offer solutions, they politicized the pending travesty and locked themselves in committee.

Pre-Crisis

In the meantime, Jor-El labored to find a way to save the people of Krypton. Working alongside his scientist wife, Lara, they developed a technology which would enable them to teleport samples of living tissue (weighing less than fifty pounds) across intergalactic distances. He presented his transportation device to the science council, but it was too late. Krypton was already beginning to suffer from the effects of the intense solar radiation. As Krypton shook in its death-throes, Jor-El placed his son inside of the teleportation device and transported him across the universe.

Kal-El rematerialized on the planet Earth. In a New England seacoast town, Jerry and Naomi Kent were hiking through the forests when they discovered the abandoned toddler. They decided to adopt him and raise him as their own. Naomi chose to name him Clark, despite the fact that Clark Kent was the name of a popular comic book hero known as Superman. Unlike his namesake however, Clark Kent grew up without the benefit of super-powers. His classmates at school would tease him and refer to him as Superboy. However, Clark took the ribbing in stride and soon cultivated a small circle of friends. As Clark grew older, he became romantically involved with a fellow student named Laurie Lemmon. One evening, Clark, Laurie and several other friends decided to attend a costumed beach party. Being of good humor, Clark donned a Superboy costume similar to that worn by the fictional comic book hero. They drove down to Hampton Beach and sat by the ocean waiting to catch sight of Halley’s Comet.

Suddenly, a tremendous tidal wave rose up on the beachhead threatening to flood the small hamlet. At that same moment, a cosmic vortex opened up above them discharging the Earth-One super-hero known as Superman. At that critical moment, a bizarre transformation took hold of Clark. The physical characteristics of his Kryptonian heritage manifested for the first time and he discovered that he was gifted with flight and super-strength. Superman quickly introduced himself to his alternate Earth counterpart, but there was little time for pleasantries. He gave Superboy a crash course in the use of his powers and together, they were able to divert the course of the deadly tidal wave. With the immediate disaster abated, the newly crowned Superboy aided Superman in returning him to his proper world. He followed Superman through the cosmic vortex to Earth-One. Little did Superboy realize that he would never again see his adopted world.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

The multiversal catastrophe known as the Crisis on Infinite Earths began as a deadly wave of anti-matter consumed parallel dimensions. Superboy aided heroes from hundreds of different worlds, but none of them were able to save the Earth of his home dimension from destruction. The Crisis finally culminated with the destruction of the multiverse. In its place existed a solitary static universe with only one version of the planet Earth. Superboy remained as the sole survivor of not only his birth world, but his adopted world as well. He united with an aging version of Superman from the late Earth-Two as well as his wife, Lois Lane. Along with Alexander Luthor Jr. of Earth-Three, they traveled into the antimatter universe and forged a quiet, peaceful existence for themselves in a paradise realm.

Infinite Crisis

Eventually, Superboy, Superman, Lois Lane and Alexander Luthor broke free of their paradise realm and returned to Earth of the Post-Crisis reality. The weight of the destruction of his core reality finally took its toll on Superboy and drove him insane. He first stopped at Earth's moon and destroyed the Watchtower, the headquarters of the JLA. He then flew to Smallville, Kansas where he encountered the Superboy of this reality. He chastised the clone Superboy and accused him of being unworthy of his name. The two fought one another and their epic battle raged across the state, eventually culminating in Keystone City. Members of the JSA and the Teen Titans arrived to lend a hand, but the power-mad Superboy-Prime thwarted even their efforts. He brutally attacked the heroes, killing several including Pantha, Bushido and Wildebeest. Jay Garrick, Wally West, and Bart Allen, grabbed Superboy-Prime and used their combined super-speed to propel him into the kinetic dimension known as the Speed Force. However Kal-El Prime escaped from his imprisonment and built a battle-suit based on the Anti-Monitor's armor that constantly supplies his body with yellow sunlight. Kal-El Prime arrived at Alexander Luthor's tower to battle with Nightwing, Superboy and Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark). The heroes succeeded in releasing the metahumans powering the machine. After a brief fight, Connor grabbed Superboy-Prime and flew into the tower destroying it. But the planet moving Superboy-Prime beat Connor to death in retaliation for destroying the machine as his chance for reforming his source Earth-Prime was now lost.

Kal-El Prime then was seen at the Battle of Metropolis, killing the heroes with ease. He continued his killing until he was met with resistance by Bart Allen in his grandfather's, Barry Allen, uniform. He was pulverized by Bart, but left Earth to destroy Oa in an attempt to cause another Big Bang and reform the current universe hopefully closer to his original Earth-Prime reality. On the way to ignite this universal rebirth, Kal-El Prime killed 32 Green Lanterns. Then, while passing the Krypton solar system, Kal-L and Kal-El forced Kal-El Prime through Krypton's red sun to depower the vastly overpowered Kal-El Prime to levels where the elder Supermen could handle Kal-El Prime directly. The three crash landed on Mogo, where they continued to fight. Kal-L's power levels were intact, but was still no match for even the power fading levels of Kal-El Prime who was able literally beat Kal-L to death with his bare fists and was able to fight against the New Earth adult Kal-El whose own superpower levels had completely faded. But the time and effort Kal-El Prime used to attack Kal-L whose strength and endurance was still superhuman was enough to completely drain off Kal-El Prime's own power level to where the fully adult Kal-El of New Earth was able to beat the still only teenage Kal-El Prime.

Kal-El Prime was then taken into the custody of the Green Lantern Corps. Too powerful to be placed in a regular Sciencell on Oa, the Guardians of the Universe imprisoned him inside a Sciencell near what is alternately described as a red sun or a Red Sun-Eater, constantly being guarded by fifty Green Lanters. Members of the Corps were often assigned to "Prime Duty" as punishment. While in prison, Kal-El Prime carved a bloody "S" on his chest using his fingernail, saying that he had always found a way out (referring, presumably, to his escape from the Speed Force and his future prison).

Sinestro Corps

Superboy-Prime was freed, along with Cyborg Superman, by a strike force of Sinestro Corps members who turned the red sun to yellow, presumably thereby restoring his powers. Kal-El Prime was brought to Qward, where he was made into a herald of the Anti-Monitor, along with Henshaw and the Parallax-possessed Kyle Rayner.

Now calling himself Superman-Prime, Kal-El Prime joined in the battle to attack most of the major heroes of Earth as part of the strike force of the Sinestro Corps. And again, due to the massive power difference between himself and the others, Kal-El Prime was able to cut a path of destruction throughout the known universe, once again successfully defeating Kal-El of New Earth but this with Power Girl and Supergirl all at the same time with them charged up as well, ending the debate of who was the most powerful of the Supermen as well as many other high powered heroes in his role as the herald of the Anti-Monitor.

However Kal-El Prime was shown that his main goal is to still gain his revenge on the Anti-Monitor who he accidentally revived during his time in the Paradise Dimension and somehow recover his lost universe, or at least the recognition as the so called "real" Superman over weaker incarnations such as the adult Kal-El of New Earth.

Towards the end of the Sinestro War, Kal-El Prime was confronted by the Guardians of the Universe, who introduced the new Ion, the Daxamite Sodam Yat. Kal-El Prime and Sodam Yat battle each other in a brutal and fierce fight though it is clear that Prime is clearly overpowered to Yat though Yat refuses to yield in anyway. But when the battle is taken inside a nuclear power plant (with its walls lined with lead), Ion is obviously weakened by lead poisoning to the point that he can not even really fight back against Kal-El Prime. Kal-El Prime spears Ion with several uranium rods, then beats him unconscious and leaves Yat for dead until the Guardians interrupt him from actually finishing Yat.

Later on, during the final battle between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps, The Anti-Monitor is severely injured when the Green Lanterns throw Warworld at him like a grenade. Prime takes this opportunity to turn on him and throws the Anti-Monitor into deep space. Prime is then attacked by both Corps and kills several members from both sides. Before any more lives can be lost, one of the Guardians uses himself as a living bomb and explodes himself to kill Prime. The explosion does not kill Kal-El Prime but merely transports him far across the cosmos. An unexpected result of the transport was that Kal-El Prime's atoms are infused with a large portion of the Guardian's own energies that the Guardian thought would destroy Kal-El Prime. The infusion of the Guardian's energy as part of his energy absorption and processing ability restructures his body to now appear as a fully adult man rather than his actual age of only 19.

Countdown

During the "Countdown" adventures the now adult looking Kal-El Prime has started a murderous rampage against all of his other dimensional counterparts and their supporters while searching for Earth-Prime. Kal-El Prime was shown killing the Superman of the Earth-15 dimension and his wife and unborn child. After killing that world's Justice League, Kal-El Prime destroys Earth-15. Returning to his new base of operations, the Source Wall, Kal-El Prime is shown torturing Mr. Mxyzptlk to recreate Earth-Prime using his super-science/magick abilities or at least show him its locale. During his torture, Mxyzptlk reveals to Prime that his aging to adulthood was from him absorbing the cosmic Oan powers of the Guardian that blew himself up to kill Prime. He also tells Kal-El Prime that the cosmic energies will wear off very soon, and then he will turn back into a boy. After he escapes, Prime is angered and gives up on the use of magic to achieve his goals. After finding out about the so called perfect universe which he thinks is his original source universe, Kal-El Prime heads off to the Monitor's satellite headquarters, threatening the brutal Earth-8 Monitor Solomon to help him find this recreated Earth-Prime. Superman-Prime demands to know where this "perfect universe" is. Seeking to manipulate the infinite powered Superman Prime to defeat Monitor's forces against those of Monarch for the Monitors, Solomon sends Kal-El Prime to Earth-51. And as Solomon predetermined, the successfully manipulated Prime flies to the battlefield to challenge Monarch, in order to keep him from destroying Earth-51. Superman-Prime goes into a rage and attacks Monarch, with his cosmic powers seemingly beginning to dissipate. Prime then tears off the chestplate of Monarch's containment armor. The energies inside Monarch's armor are released, resulting in an explosion of quantum energy so massive, it destroys the entire Earth-51 universe.

Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds

The Time Trapper has brought the young Kal-El Prime to the 31st century in his never ending scheme to destroy the Legion of Super-Heroes. He crashes into the 31st Century a little bit outside of Smallville. Prime was brought from the time just right after the Monarch War. His stolen Oan energy at this point had faded reverting him to his actual young age as well as returning his power to their previous levels, which was what Mr. Mxyzptlk had foretold.

Upon arriving he is encountered by a old farming couple, who thinks he's superboy, which makes him extremely mad. He considers himself a man not a boy and he kills the couple. When he flies to Smallville he comes upon the Superman Museum, further fomenting his fury at how beloved Superman is in the future; then becomes even more enraged when he sees the hall of villains, only to find out that he is not even considered a villain of Superman's, but no more then a nuisance and his statue is kept in back storage. Further more history retells that he was defeated by Conner Kent and Sodam Yat, totally contrary to what really happened. He proceeds to wreck the entire museum and kill whatever security or police officers he comes across. The Museum tour guide (a holographic recreation of Jimmy Olsen) tells Prime of the Legion of Super-Villains.

When Prime learned that the Legion followed a code of evil, inspired by a dark being whose "name was never spoken." he got the idea to be the greatest villain Superman had ever faced. Prime, then went to the prison planet Takron-Galtos, and frees the imprisoned Lightning Lord, Saturn Queen, and Cosmic King. When they see Prime they immediately know him and hail him as the inspiration of the Legion's evil code, making him the dark being in question. He then burns an S shield into the planet, that can be seen from space. When the Legion of Super-Heroes learns of the prison break they decide they need to bring Superman from the 21st Century. Superman and Brainiac 5 decide to bring in two other versions of the legion to combat the Legion of Super-Villains. Superman believes the only way to stop the carnage is to try to redeem Prime. Prime later makes his way to Sorcerer's World where he recruits Mordru to his legion and kills the "last" active Green Lantern Rond Vidar. Legion members follow Vidars ring back to Oa and find that Sodom Yat is still alive and had been monitoring the last green lanterns. They convinced him to battle Superboy Prime once again. With Yat, Superman of New Earth, and the Legions of two other dimensions as reinforcements, the Legion was able to turn around the battle with the combine forces of all their major villains in metropolis.

Superboy-Prime burned a hole through Superman's hand and broke through Yat's ring construct just in time to be informed that there was something happening at Legion headquarters. At the headquarters, three Brainiac 5s, Lightning Lads, Lightning Lasses (on of whom actually being Light Lass, and XS Used a combination of living lightning and a Cosmic Treadmill to bring a young version of Bart Allen out of the speed force. Prime is seemingly distraught at the thought of Bart's return, since he is the only person that was able to defeat Prime twice. Not long after fighting Kid Flash, Element Lad arrives and and turns the surrounding debris into kryptonite, which actually causes harm to Prime. but Prime then kills Element Lad by throwing a piece of kryptonite right through him. Cosmic King then turns the kryptonite in Prime's body into yellow sunlight. When the LOSH head to the north pole to regroup, Prime and the LOSV follow them to the Fortress of Solitude. He attacks the three Brainiac 5's and cuts off Polar Boy's ice hand. Wildfire then uses his powers to fuel a kryptonian regeneration chrysalis inside the fortress. From the chrysalis emerges a resurrected Conner Kent, aka. Superboy, his corpse having been placed in the chrysalis by the LOSH when they time-traveled to the 21st century as part of Brainiac 5's plan to recall Superboy-Prime's greatest enemies to the future to stop him. Superboy and Superboy-Prime clash with the rest of the Legion joining in. During the latest battle with the Time Trapper, Superman of New Earth pulled off the Time Trapper's hood to reveal an aged Superman-Prime as the Time Trapper's real identity.(Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4) Presently it is unclear how Superman-Prime came to control the powers of the Time Trapper and succeed the original one or if the Time Trapper has multiple counterparts same as the 3 different Legion of Super-Heroes and Prime is thus merely one Time Trapper among many from different realities.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Power Levels

Kal-El of former Earth-Prime literally has no limitations that are not self-imposed onto himself and his powers as his own arrogance, lack of patience and unwillingness to learn to refine his power mastery. Kal-El has repeatedly shown that he prefers to batter through his problems rather than think the matter completely through, which has allowed others of obvious lesser powers to his own to still overcome him long enough to survive and escape Kal-El's attacks.

Kal-El of former Earth-Prime is one of the most powerful beings in the DC multiverse and has no limitations in his ability to directly use or overwhelm other physical or energy sources, as shown in him breaching higher dimensions (going into and out of the 5th dimension at will) and even the Source Wall itself and surviving the annihilation of an entire dimension.

He was formerly empowered by the energies of the Guardian of the Universe he sacrificed his life to get rid of Prime. These Oan energies aged him to adulthood, increasing his powers even more then normal. Though they weren't to last, as he used them all up to fight against the Monarch. Since that battle he has reverted to his former physical age and his powers have returned to that previous level.

Kryptonian-Prime Powers

Kryptonian Physiology: Kal-El Prime's cellular structure is more dense, resilient and biologically more effective than human tissue. Strangely enough, he does not seem to possess superhuman strength levels despite his enhanced cellular ability without constant exposure to yellow solar energy. Without such charging, his strength seems on par for a human of his height and weight who engages in regular physical activity. As an alien he possess several organs whose functions are not yet disclosed or understood but are believed to be part of and perhaps even the source of his biomatrix force field and reclamation aura. Kal-El Prime's body also stores energy actively within his bio-cellular matrix as an energy pattern that is linked to his body's electromagnetic field. This energy powers most of Superboy's electromagnetic capabilities such as flight and heat vision. It also supplements his physical strength by a factor of 12,000 times or so.

Energy Absorption: Technically, this is the primary source of Kal-El-Prime's powers. Because Kal-El Prime's powers are mostly the result of his ability to absorb and process yellow sun energy, his powers have been affected by extreme absorptions of solar power, whether voluntary or involuntary. Prime seems either unique due to his hailing from another dimension or maybe this may be an unknown advancement of this ability that other kryptonians have yet to achieve. Prime's body is not limited to processing only yellow sun energy as the energy of the Willpower-manipulating energy of the Guardian's is completely compatible to his body's energy processing ability. It is unclear what other energy sources Kal-El Prime's cells can effectively process. But presently only these two seperate and distinct known sources (yellow solar energy and Guardian mental energy) are the most effective.
Superhuman Strength: Kal-El Prime has near infinite physical strength under his own original superhuman levels, which are present in all of his other physical abilities as long as he is charged by yellow solar radiation. Fully charged, Kal-El Prime has repeatedly shown himself to be able to move entire planets out of their orbits at will and has defeated multiple attacks by fully charged other dimensional Kryptonian counterparts to himself at his regular "charged-up" levels.
Invulnerability: Fully charged in a yellow star solar system, Kal-El Prime is impervious to all known physical attacks and has directly survived traveling through a sun.
Superhuman Stamina: Kal-El Prime has the ability to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an undefined period. Theoretically, most incarnations of the character has unlimited stamina as his enhanced nourishment is produced from the solar energy his cells process; however his base physical structure still does need to process food stuffs as well as has the psychological need to eat and drink just as Earth humans do, despite the fact that his superhuman powers receives the majority of that power from a yellow sun.
Flight: Through an act of will, Kal-El Prime can fly without the aid of wings or other navigational devices. His recorded speed while flying under yellow solar energy only has been noted to be well beyond light speed being able to do independent time travel by exceeding the light speed barrier as evident during the Infinite Crisis saga, rather than the slower vibrational matching technique that Wally West, Bart Allen and Jay Garrick use to move in time.
Superhuman Speed: Kal-El Prime possesses the ability to move at an incredible speed, like the Flashes. This includes running at speeds that are beyond supersonic, but usually engages in flying as that is usually less strenuous and more versatile. As stated above, his flight speed is beyond light speed and is able to time travel by exceeding the light speed barrier.
Enhanced Senses: Kal-El Prime possesses super enhanced senses that allow him to detect vibrational movements at least in the sub-atomic motion level. Some of his known super-senses include
Super Breath: Kal-El Prime can generate a concentrated gust of wind from his mouth capable of freezing matter within a limited range, as evidenced by him freezing several Green Lanterns to death while fighting them off in space.
Vision specific powers
  • Telescopic Vision: Kal-El Prime can perceive objects at great distances. The range of his telescopic vision is unknown, but he can see objects from several hundred miles away. This ability operates independently of normal vision and can be activated or deactivated by an act of will.
  • X-Ray Vision: Through an act of will, Kal-El Prime can perceive items in the electromagnetic spectrum. He can see through solid objects of varying depths and thickness. The exact range of Kal-El Prime's X-ray vision is unknown.
  • Microscopic Vision: The ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level (normal optical microscopes can only see objects down to the size of chromosomes).
  • Infrared Vision Kal-El Prime can see in total darkness
  • Electro-magnetic Spectrum Vision: can see well into most of the EM Spectrum. He can see and identify radio/television and any and all broadcast/transmitted frequencies, allowing him to avoid detection through radar or satellite monitoring methods.
  • Heat Vision: Kal-El Prime can generate beams of intensified heat from both of his eyes. His heat vision is strong enough to melt through Titanium steel and other durable metals. His heat vision also generates concussive force, which can repel opponents away from him.
Other Super-Sensory Powers
  • Superhuman Hearing: Kal-El Prime has the ability to hear any sound at any volume or pitch from vast distances. This power is suggested to be a form of mental telepathy that corresponds to sound as he has been shown to hear sounds in outer space where there is no air for the sounds to travel through.

Abilities

Magic Resistance: Kal-El Prime has a high resistance to magical based attacks as he was only minimally effect from a blast from Black Adam, stating that it only "tickled" him. As the same effect happened when he was attacked by Mordru.

Kryptonite Immunity: Krypton of Earth-Prime's universe—unlike other versions of the planet—was swallowed up by its sun Rao, rather than destroyed in an explosion that might have created kryptonite, so there is no known kryptonite that can affect Kal-El Prime. Kal-El Prime, as well as Kal-L, has been shown to be immune to the Kryptonite of the New Earth Universe. Presently there is no known variant of Kryptonite that originates in the current reality that can effect Kal-El Prime. It is unknown at this time if Prime can be affected by variant of Kryptonite from other dimensions. However, artificial Kryptonite conjured by Element Lad from the Legion of Super-Heroes has been shown able to harm him.

Strength

Prior to discovering his Kryptonian heritage, Kal-El Prime possessed the strength level equitable to that of an average healthy human male teenager. As Superboy Prime, Kal-El Prime's strength level is in the high end superhuman range Powers as he can literally move entire planets out of their orbit barehanded with no other supplementary power or aids. Presently Kal-El Prime has not been shown to overwhelm black holes on his own power like the similar Earth-One Superman though it is suggested Kal-El Prime is able to do so as well.

Weaknesses

Solar Energy: Kal-El Prime's superhuman powers all result from his ability to store process and convert compatable energy sources in his body for effect. His primary and most accessible energy source is yellow solar energy. In order to function at peak capacity using solar energy, Kal-El Prime must remain within the accessible area of such yellow solar radiation or his powers fade to greatly reduced levels, some disappearing entirely if his solar reserves are empty. It is presently unclear what other solar energy sources Kal-El Prime can directly use though it is known red sun energy will NOT empower him.

It is thought that he can not process energy from the lower frequency orange O-class stars and cannot process the higher-frequency White K or blue F classes, as that is the case in some other dimensional Kryptonians such as Kal-El of New Earth. But this limitation is presently unconfirmed.

Unlike most other dimensional Kryptonians such as the current primary Superman, Kal-El Prime loses his charging very fast, though likewise can charge up very fast (was shown being able to charge up to near full strength withing a few seconds while being beaten by a mass of heroes on Earth and recovered almost completely, within seconds, when he entered into sunlight). However Kal-El Prime has to remain within direct exposure of that charging yellow sun radiation, or he begins to lose his abilities. This is very different from the current Primary Earth dimension Kryptonians whose bodies process, store and dissipate yellow solar radiation much more slowly.

Kal-El Prime can easily survive conditions in deep space, but he does need to breathe, eat, sleep, and excrete. Kal-El Prime can hold his breath for an unknown amount of time. However it is suggested that he needs to sleep in order to allow his mind to dream. Unlike humans and Earth-Two dimension Kryptonians who were directly shown to need sleep, Kal-El Prime has been shown to be more like the former Earth-One dimension Kryptonians who when charged did not experience the psychological effects of sleep deprivation as would any other person who missed a night of sleep. Kal-El Prime has been shown that while wearing his solar charging armor on Qward he did not sleep for an extended amount of time without losing any of his concentration effects.

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Superman's 20 Most OP Feats Of Strength

Superman is one of the strongest superheroes ever conceived! See why with some of his most over-powered feats of strength!

An important thing to understand about the history of superheroes is that they did not just spring out, fully formed, from nothingness. There were clear influences on the creation of every major superhero, and Superman was no exception. While the idea of super strength was a relatively novel one at the time, there were some notable precursors that directly influenced Jerry Siegel. The Edgar Rice Burroughs pulp fiction character, John Carter of Mars, gained superpowers when he traveled from Earth's atmosphere to Mars'. Phillip Wylie's novel, Gladiator, featured a baby who was born with super-strength.

Those were the influences when it came to fictional depictions of super-strength, but people have been fascinated with the idea of great feats of strength long before there were such things as pulp novels and comic strips. Circuses routinely featured so-called "strongmen," who would wear colorful costumes and ply their muscular trade to gasps from the attending audience. Superman's original costume, as designed by Joe Shuster, was clearly designed to look like a circus strongman. All of these influences combined to form the most important superhero in comic book history. So, as you can see, there is a long history of strength in pop culture, and with respect to Marvel's resident Hulk, Superman is really the strongest there is! Here, then, are his most impressive feats of strength from the comics!

20 200 QUINTILLION TONS... ONE-HANDED

Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's iconic masterpiece, All Star Superman, is, in general, a love letter to Superman's past, with Morrison coming up with new takes on lots of classic Superman stories. However, the framework of the story is based around the basic idea that Lex Luthor sabotaged a mission of Dr. Leo Quintum and his team from the D.N.A. P.R.O.J.E.C.T. (a variation on the classic Project Cadums) to the sun, knowing that when Superman entered the sun itself to save Quintum and his team of scientists, that the sun would overcharge Superman.

The process of over-charging Superman's cells is that he will ultimately die from being effectively poisoned by the very sun that gives him his strength in the first place.

The strange effects of the over-charging, however, is that Superman temporarily becomes more powerful than he ever was before he ultimately succumbs to the effects of the poisoning. So, for a while, Superman gained a new superpower with regularity. His strength also tripled, as Quintum notes here, he is easily lifting 200 Quintillion tons with just a single arm! He barely seems to even need to brace himself, as his strength is just off the charts. Sadly, Superman does die at the end of the series, as he merges with the sun to save it from exploding. Since we see the Superman from the future in the story, however, we know that he will eventually re-emerge from the sun some day.

19 PUNCHING TIME AND SPACE ITSELF

At the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the various worlds of the Multiverse were combined together such that there was only a single Earth that the heroes from the various other worlds were merged into. So instead of there being an Earth-1 and an Earth-2, there was just one Earth with the characters from both worlds merged together. However, at the end of the story, a few distinct people survived in a sort of pocket universe. Those survivors were Superman and Lois Lane of Earth-2, Superboy of Earth Prime and Alexander Luthor, Jr of Earth-3.

As it turned out, they could monitor the combined Earth from their home/prison and they kept getting irritated that Earth was "wasting" the sacrifices that they made in saving this world for them. Superboy would get so angry that he would often punch the wall of the pocket dimension, which would alter reality in minor ways. For example, Jason Todd was dead, but Superboy punched the pocket dimension and suddenly, Jason Todd was alive. When they escaped from the pocket dimension to "fix" things, the Post-Crisis Superman fought Earth-2 Superman and their battle was so powerful that it caused many ripples in time and space itself.

18 BENCH PRESSING THE EARTH (FOR FIVE DAYS)

One of the side effects of the creation of the New 52 was that the Wildstorm was merged into the DC Universe. Recently, DC walked that decision back and gave the Wildstorm characters their own universe again, but in the early days of the New 52, the DC heroes suddenly had to interact with Wildstorm heroes and villains. One of the major Wildstorm villains was Helspont, who was part of the Daemonite invasion of Earth that was the centerpiece of the early WildC.A.T.s comic books back in the early 1990s. Early in the New 52, Superman found himself matched up against Helspont and he was shocked to learn that the villain might be too much for him to handle!

Superman felt that he had to increase his power so, basically, he started to work out.

Therefore, in Superman #13 (by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort), he went to go visit his friend, Dr. Shay Veritas, a scientist who specialized in superhuman research. So much of her work was theoretical until she finally met Superman and Supergirl and thus, some of the machines that she had built were given practical use for the first time. In any event, Superman felt that he had to increase his power to make him a stronger threat against villains like Helspont, so Veritas built, in effect, weight machines to help Superman get stronger. He hit his peak when he was able to bench press the equivalent of the Earth's weight for five days straight!

17 MOVED THE SUN

During the Silver Age, one of the most amusing aspect of Superman's great feats of strength is just how seemingly mundane some of them were. What we mean is, Superman was so strong in this era that he would do some of the most amazing things ever and he would do them nonchalantly. One of these examples occurred in an amusing story in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #33 (by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and Ray Burnley), where Jimmy Olsen appeared on a popular TV game show. The show was watched live by over 60 million viewers. The category that Jimmy was answering had to do with mythological creatures.

As it turned out, lightning had struck a nuclear dump and created a special prism that was powered by the imagination of the viewers on the show. So when Jimmy gave an answer about one of those mythological creatures, the prism would turn them into physical beings. So Jimmy and the viewers made Jack Frost a reality. Superman had to stop Frost from starting a new Ice Age, so Superman simply flew into the sun and moved it closer to Earth, forcing Jack Frost to run away from the heat. Yes, to make Jack Frost run away, Superman moved the sun closer to Earth!

16 HELD A BLACK HOLE IN HIS HANDS

In JLA #77, Rick Veitch, Daryl Banks and Wayne Faucher did a fill-in issue of the series that introduced a powerful new villain called Mnemon. Mnemon was an artificial being who was created by a scientist on a distant world who believed that the best thing about any given world is its memories, so he built a being who could collect the memories of the world. However, since he was built to value memories above everything else, Mnemon soon turned on his own creator and destroyed their world after collecting all of their memories.

Superman's body was almost torn apart while he held it together.

He would continue to do this to other planets until he encountered the Justice League. He fought against them by stealing the memories of how their powers worked or, in the case of Batman, his memories of how to speak. Firestorm thought that he had succeeded in destroying Mnemon, but he only unleashed Mnemon's power source, a miniature black hole! Superman used his hands to contain the black hole, but the force was insane, as Superman's body was almost torn apart while he held it together. Green Lantern enclosed his hands in a force field and they transported the black hole to a safe place in the galaxy to unleash it into a wormhole created by Green Lantern.

15 CREATED A SUN

As we know, Superman's powers come from the fact that he lives on Earth. Back on Krypton, he would be an ordinary person. However, what has changed over the years is the reason why Superman gained powers from being on Earth. Currently, it is because of Earth's yellow sun that charges Superman like a solar battery, while the red sun of Krypton had no such effect on Kryptonians. Previously, though, the reason for the change was the difference in the atmosphere of Earth versus Krypton. In Superman #58 (by artists Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye), they played with that notion by having an Earth baby rocketed to a planet with a weaker atmosphere than Earth, so this little kid grew up to become Regor, the equivalent of Superman on the constantly cold planet Uuz!

Regor, though, was driven from his home by a new villain on Uuz who figured out a way of countering Regor's powers. He landed on Earth and met Superman. The Man of Steel agreed to train him to make him stronger and then return with him to Uuz. After they defeated the bad guys together, Superman then smashed some moons together and formed a sun to warm up their chilly planet!

14 DRAGGED A GALAXY

Generally speaking, we are keeping our list to feats performed by Superman, but we have to make an exception for this one feat that Superman performed when he was younger. While we prefer not to use Superboy feats, the fact of the matter is that Superboy is Superman, just younger, so it really should count. In any event, this feat from Superboy #140 is especially amazing due to how it was presented in the story.

Talk about treating amazing feats like they were just commonplace!

The story (written by Jim Shooter and drawn by Al Plastino and George Klein) is about a gambler who begins an operation in Smallville where he creates threats and then has underworld figures bet on how Superboy will stop them. For example, will Superboy figure out which vial has a deadly contagion in it before the vials explode and engulf Smallville? Plus, of course, you could bet on which of the vials has the contagion in it. That doesn't sound like the sort of thing to involve a whole galaxy being moved, right? That's because it is just what Superboy is up to at the start of the issue while the gambler arrives. Yes, that's right, Superboy moving an entire galaxy of planets was just a throwaway bit at the opening of an otherwise unrelated story!

13 DESTROYED A SUN

There is a certain trope called "Superdickery," which refers to the fact that Superman stories in the Silver Age were often designed so that it would seem like Superman is a total jerk, until the readers discovered that there is a very good reason for why he is doing what he is doing. These stories would result in striking covers that would practically dare readers to pass the issue over. "Why is Superman killing Aquaman and Jimmy Olsen? Why is he burning Batman at the stake?"

One of the most notable examples of this trend was Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #33 (by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and Ray Burnley), which saw Superman decide to adopt Jimmy Olsen and then, abruptly, become so cruel to him that Jimmy asked a judge to void the adoption. Superman then explained to Jimmy that a computer had made the prediction that Superman would destroy his son, so he wanted to save Jimmy's life. Why he didn't tell Jimmy about this is a great question, but as it turned out, Superman misheard the computer. It was referencing his "sun," as Superman had recently created a sun for a solar system to help the planets there after their original sun died out. The new sun was malfunctioning, so Superman had to destroy it and replace it with a new one. Superman destroys and replaces suns like it is no big deal!

12 DESTROYED A GALAXY WITH A SNEEZE

This list is generally about feats of sheer physical strength, but there are interesting areas of Superman's history where it is unclear, exactly, how you would classify a certain act. For instance, if Superman used his heat vision to tremendous effect, you wouldn't consider that a feat of strength. Similarly, when Superman flies so fast that he travels through time, that's amazing, but it's not really a feat of strength. Where, though, do you classify super-sneezes? We think that it is enough of a gray area that we couldn't bring ourselves to pass up one of the most shocking feats in Superman's history.

Even for the Silver Age Superman power level, this was crazy!

In Action Comics #273 (by Jerry Siegel and Al Plastino), Superman grows so sick of Mister Mxyzptlk's stunts that he decides to travel to Mxy's dimension and give the mischievous imp a taste of his own medicine by pulling a number of the same pranks that Mxy would play on Superman! The prank by Mxyzptlk that drove Superman to this drastic course of action was creating a bunch of super-powerful sneezing powder and so Superman had to unleash a super-sneeze. The Man of Steel knew that would be devastating, so he flew to a solar system that was uninhabited and then destroyed the entire solar system with a sneeze!

11 DRAGGED THE CONTINENTS APART

The fascinating thing about Superman's feat in World's Finest Comics #208 (by Len Wein, Dick Dillin and Joe Giella, with a stunning Neal Adams cover that we used for the featured image for this entry) is how Superman was disappointed in himself over it! The issue opened with Superman noting that his vulnerability to magic was beginning to cause a problem for him, so he sought out some of his magic-using friends to see if they could make him invulnerable to magic. Zatanna could not do it, but she sent Superman to see Doctor Fate on Earth-2. Doctor Fate actually was willing to help him, but first he wanted Superman's help against a new group of villains.

These magical villains had begun to push the continents on Earth-2 together, with the idea that when the continents finished colliding, they would unleash a great power that the villains could absorb and make them omnipotent. Superman helped Doctor Fate stop them and then Fate gave Superman some magical chains to drag the continents back to their normal place. Here's the thing, though -- Superman had recently lost a sizeable chunk of his power as part of a quasi-reboot of the character when editor Julius Schwartz took over the Superman titles, sort of like how Schwartz had Batman change his costume when he took those titles over. So Superman was disappointed that he could "only" drag the planets around, as he was used to being able to move planets easily.

10 MOVED THE EARTH

Superman #220 (by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan and George Roussos) was an odd comic book. Most of the issue involved Superman and Flash suffering from amnesia. Since they were wearing each other's costumes for some reason, they convinced themselves that they were each other. The Flash created a special Clark Kent mask to deal with the fact that Barry Allen obviously didn't look like Clark. Superman just remains in the Flash costume during the whole issue.

The seed was about to hit Earth when Superman smashed himself into the planet.

When they finally met up with each other, they slowly regained their memory. They had set off to stop an evil alien race that had shot a special giant seed that was going to land on Earth and quickly grow into a giant plant that would slowly destroy the planet. Superman came up with the costume switch idea because his costume could protect Flash in outer space (because it was indestructible). They were defeated by the aliens, who then gave them amnesia so that they couldn't try to stop them again. The seed was about to hit Earth when Superman smashed himself into the planet enough that he moved it out of the path of the seed, which instead landed in the sun and was destroyed!

9 LIFTED WARWORLD

During the crossover event, Our Worlds at War, the whole universe was at risk when the dreaded Imperiex, a giant being with a powerful suit of armor, sought out the destruction of the universe itself because he saw a flaw in the universe that he wanted to fix by creating a new "big bang." He had to destroy Earth to do so, because Earth is apparently the center of the DC Universe following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Imperiex would send powerful probes that would destroy whole worlds ahead of Imperiex's journey to Earth. In some instances, he would destroy entire galaxies in a similar way that he planned to destroy the universe.

Ultimately, the combined forces of Apokolips, Earth and Brainiac's gigantic Warworld managed to defeat Imperiex. Brainiac-13 then betrayed his allies and absorbed Imperiex's powers for himself. Superman could not let this stand. He had just been super-charged by a visit to the sun so Superman managed to somehow lift Warworld itself, a planet that dwarfed both Earth and Apokolips and sent it and Imperiex back in time to the original big bang. It was there that Imperiex realized that the flaw he saw was actually his own presence at the first big bang!

8 BROKE GREEN LANTERN CONSTRUCTS

During the crossover "Sacrifice," we learned that Maxwell Lord had slowly been expanding his mental powers to the point where he was able to take control of Superman's mind. He would cause Superman to see hallucinations of Darkseid, Doomsday and other villains killing Lois Lane. This led to Superman being willing to use methods that he normally would never use, like lethal force. Lord finally unleashed his secret weapon when Batman was getting close to uncovering Lord's plans, so Superman nearly killed Batman. The only thing saving the Dark Knight was the Justice League's defense system realizing that Superman was a threat, so they attacked him long enough for the rest of the Justice League to show up and rescue Batman. Superman then turned on the rest of the League.

His strength was so much that he was able to break through John Stewart's force field easily!

Later, when DC's continuity was rebooted with the New 52, we saw the first meeting of Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Superman in Justice League #2 (by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Scott Williams) and Superman easily destroyed Hal Jordan's ring constructs, just as easily as he destroyed John Stewart's constructs earlier.

7 MOVED THE EARTH (AGAIN)

After the power-draining villain, the Parasite, debuted, he tried to absorb all of Superman's powers. However, he learned that only a Kryptonian like Superman could handle those powers, so it overcharged him and he was defeated. When he attacked Superman in a story in Superman #320-322 (by Martin Pasko, Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte), Parasite came up with a clever way to defeat Superman. First, he made Superman think that his powers had increased to dramatic levels. He tricked Superman into artificially reducing his powers through a sort of "red sun cream" he put on his body. Superman thought that he was bringing himself back to his normal levels, but in reality he had dampened his powers to half of his normal levels.

With Superman's powers now reduced, Parasite safely absorbed most of them without it negatively affecting him. Superman almost died, but he survived and once he removed the cream, he was back to half his normal power level. He then used the sun to charge himself up. He was only at 75%, though, when Parasite launched a laser attack on Metropolis from outer space! Even at his reduced levels, Superman was able to move the Earth so that it was out of the beam of the satellite!

6 THREW A GIANT APE THROUGH TIME!

During the 1950s, a common theme in the Superman titles was that they would introduce more and more "super" characters. There was Supergirl, Superman's dog Krypto, Supergirl's cat Streaky, Supergirl's horse Comet, and then, there was, of course, Titano the Super-Ape! Introduced in Superman #127 (by Otto Binder, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye), Titano began life as Toto, a highly intelligent chimp who befriended Lois Lane. He was sent into outer space for an experiment but his capsule was exposed to strange radiation from a collision between two meteors.

When his capsule landed, Toto mutated into a giant super-ape, now dubbed Titano.

The major problem with Titano is that he somehow also developed the ability to shoot kryptonite rays out of his eyes, which meant that Superman couldn't even come close to him! The army planned to just kill him. However, Lois came up with a plan that tricked Titano into putting on lead-covered glasses. This allowed Superman to then throw him through time, back to the pre-historic era, where he could interact with dinosaurs. Yes, Superman is so strong that he can literally throw things threw time! He's also thrown Jimmy Olsen through time before, but that was less impressive than throwing a giant super-ape, we think you'll agree.

5 DRAGGED MAGEDDON

Before Grant Morrison's JLA run began, there was first a miniseries by Mark Waid, Fabian Nicieza, Darick Robertson and Jeff Johnson that established why the "Big Seven" formed, as they were the only heroes to break free of a spell created by the villainous Know Man. It gave superpowers to a bunch of people on Earth while erasing their knowledge of any previous heroes. When they defeated Know Man, he mentioned that he was trying to prepare Earth against a future threat. That threat turned out to be Mageddon, a giant sentient machine of destruction that made the sun look like a tennis ball.

It had been behind the destruction of the Old Gods that predated the New Gods and it was now on its way to destroy Earth. It first poisoned people's minds ahead of its arrival, to make the populace weakened. It sort of broke Superman's mind, while at the same time, forcing him to move the chains that caused the long-dead cogs of Mageddon to move. So Superman helped move a machine that was many times larger than the sun. Later, Superman absorbed the anti-sun energy powering Mageddon and used it to destroy him, along with the people of Earth, who the Justice League had temporarily empowered, as they remembered Know Man's earlier strategy.

4 FOUGHT HIS WAY THROUGH THE BIG BANG

Years before he helped re-define Lex Luthor as a villainous man of industry, Marv Wolfman had done the same basic idea with Vandal Savage in the pages of his Action Comics run. The immortal villain had positioned himself as a titan of industry and fought against Superman from being a boardroom, using public relations to sometimes turn the people of Metropolis against the Man of Steel. One of his plots involved using these mysterious power pyramids that had popped up around the Earth to trick the public into thinking that Superman was working against the Earth.

Superman fought his way through the big bang itself to fix time, itself!

Savage put a bunch of spores onto Superman that would spread throughout Metropolis, causing prehistoric plants to grow quickly and engulf the city, with Superman getting the blame. Superman figured it out and burned the spores away. They then learned that one of the power pyramids was loose in time, set at the big bang itself! It was wreaking havoc with time, so Rip Hunter took Superman back in time in Action Comics #553 (by Wolfman and artist Gil Kane) and Superman fought his way through the big bang itself to destroy the pyramid and fix time! Since we saw that the big bang could destroy Imperiex and Warworld, that was quite a feat!

3 CREATED AN ECLIPSE

For many years, one of the most common types of Superman stories was about Lois Lane trying to prove that Clark Kent was secretly Superman. In Superman #110 (a story by a mystery writer with art by Ruben Moreira and Al Plastino), Superman learned that there was another person out there suffering from the same problem! You see, Superman had visited the town of Highville in the past and he dropped a note that he had written to himself and a local man named Hal had picked it up. People saw him with it and assumed that he was Superman.

Hal decided to add some chemicals to a volcano nearby that would shake the town enough to bring out those who lived there into the street. He assumed that they would all see Superman fly out to save the day and know that Hal was not Superman. However, the chemicals he used accidentally activated the volcano. Superman has to save the day, but Clark Kent and Lois Lane were in the town on assignment, so Superman had to also prove that Clark Kent isn't Superman. So Superman grabbed a man suffering from amnesia and put makeup on him to make him look like Clark Kent and then flew into outer space and threw a planet past Earth so that it would cause an eclipse precisely at the time that "Clark" would be outside and Superman was saving the volcano. As you can see, this was a weird and really confusing story.

2 MOVED A PLANET (YET AGAIN)

In the early 1970s, college student Elliot Maggin got his first story published by DC Comics. He was given the chance to pitch other story ideas. If this failed, he probably wouldn't have a future at DC Comics. He had a few ideas of his own, but when having dinner with a family friend, he talked with their teenage son and the kid came up with a great idea. Maggin did his pitch and DC passed on all of his ideas. So he used the idea that the kid had suggested and they loved it. Maggin then went on to write for DC for the next decade. That kid? A young Jeph Loeb!

That story became "Must There Be a Superman?" from Superman #247 (art by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson), which saw the Guardians causing Superman to question whether he was hurting the development of Earth by causing them to rely on him to solve their problems. People forget, though, how Superman got to that point in the story. You see, he had to stop a dangerous pod of spores despite it being next to a red sun. So he formed a planet to block it. He did all of this despite being weakened by the red sun! It was an amazing display of strength, which left him nearly dead when he finished. The Guardians rescued him and then made him question his role on Earth.

1 BROKE HIGHFATHER'S STAFF OUT OF THE SOURCE WALL

An interesting addition to the Fourth World mythology that was not actually part of Jack Kirby's original stories was the idea of the Source Wall. Kirby had noted that there was a "final barrier" keeping us from the Source, the sort of supernatural unifying force of the universe (some people think George Lucas was inspired by the Source to create the Force). The actual wall was not introduced until Walter Simonson and Chris Claremont featured it in the Uncanny X-Men/New Teen Titans crossover that they did together. In any event, the idea of the Source Wall is that anyone who tried to pass through it to get to the Source itself are trapped in the wall and cannot escape.

Superman managed to pull out the staff from a wall that had trapped old and new gods alike for generations!

In the Superman/Batman storyline, "Torment," by writer Alan Burnett and artists Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs, DeSaad helps free Darkseid from the Source Wall by first taking control of Superman's mind via a partnership with the Batman villain, Scarecrow, and his mind-altering drugs. DeSaad sent Superman to the Source Wall to free Highfather's staff from the Wall so that DeSaad could use it to free Darkseid.

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Superman Destroyed An Entire Solar System By Sneezing

Superman can move faster than a speeding bullet, leap tall buildings in a single bound, and apparently destroy solar systems with a sneeze.

Few superheroes have abilities as impressive as those of Superman, but the further back you look in the Man of Steel's history, the more ridiculous his feats become. For instance, there was that one time Superman destroyed an entire solar system...by sneezing.

Published back in 1961, Action Comics#273, titled Superman: The World of Mr. Mxyzptlk, pits the Man of Steel against the meddlesome Mr. Mxyzptlk, an imp from the fifth dimension. This issue was not their first encounter - Mr. Mxyzptlk first appeared in Action Comics #80published in 1944. Being from the fifth dimension means Mr. Mxyzptlk is not bound by the physical laws of our three-dimensional world and can manipulate reality at will. Despite his god-like powers, Mr. Mxyzptlk is little more than a trickster who normally uses his abilities for practical jokes, like giving the mayor the voice of a donkey or turning the moon into cheese. His favorite person to prank is Superman, but messing with a being as strong as the Man of Steel can be dangerous.

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Such was the case in Action Comics #273. While Superman is on his way to visit a local orphanage, he detects a meteor-like object heading towards Earth. He destroys it before it can collide with the planet, but in doing so, causes the object to explode into sneezing dust, which rains down on Metropolis. When Superman inhales all the dust to protect the people, Mr. Mxyzptlk appears, revealing that the meteor was his doing and the dust is magic, which Superman is vulnerable to. Superman feels a powerful sneeze coming on and quickly flies to a distant solar system to let it loose.

Good thing he did, because his sneeze wipes out the entire solar system, which was conveniently uninhabited. To get back at Mr. Mxyzptlk for making him miss his appointment at the orphanage (and, you know, for making him almost eradicate humanity), Superman travels to the fifth dimension and plays some practical jokes of his own while Mr. Mxyzptlk is running for mayor. Superman's pranks cause Mr. Mxyzptlk to lose the election; probably for the best considering what a troublemaker he is.

As absurd as Mr. Mxyzptlk's encounters with Superman are, their conflicts did have a lasting impact on Superman's character. It was through Mr. Mxyzptlk that readers first learned of Superman's vulnerability to magic, a weakness that became crucial in later Superman comics.

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Moving planets superman

DC heroes tended towards the near-omnipotent; Flash routinely exceeded lightspeed; Green Lantern has the mightiest weapon in the universe, one that can move worlds; and Superman--partly because of Golden Age competition with the even-more popular Captain Marvel--went from Hulk-level strength, leaping ability, and Quicksilver-like speed--to able to bathe in the sun's core, exceed lightspeed, travel through time--and move worlds, by sheer strength and his powers of flight.(Captain Marvel may have moved worlds first.)


It was ridiculous, but it also made for some interesting food for speculation, for fun thought experiments, for trying to figure if he had ANY limts.


And once...JUST once...they made it quasi-believable.



Sometimes they made it too ridiculous, like in the story that introduced the Legion of Super-Pets (would I kid you?) where alien Brain-Globes built a machine to move Earth to their solar system. After the super-pets flew off, Superboy noticed something a little...off.


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Blew the earth back in position. Oy. Maybe it was off by just a few millimeters?


In an even more ridiculous story, Superboy is showed supposedly dragging a long chain of worlds out of a "dying galaxy".


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Personally, I choose to believe the planets invented an inertialess, reactionless drive (like the one that moved the Puppeteer worlds in Ringworld) and just needed Superboy to steer the planets to the next galaxy. That's my story/rationalization and I'm sticking to it.


Because when Superman does move the Earth, it's more often shown as to be near the limits of his strength. Even a few inches...as shown in an Adam Strange team-up in DC COMICS PRESENTS when Rann and Earth exchanged solar systems.


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The Silver Age Superman was so powerful, that when Superman was being tortured by a supersonic siren that was filling his super-hearing, he flew to a white dwarf/neutron star and...


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...assistant editor E.Nelson Bridwell had to EXPLAIN why Superman was straining to lift MILLIONS of tons--because the Earth weighs SEXTILLIONS of tons. (ENB explained the huge gravity of the white dwarf made it all the more difficult.)


(One has to marvel at Superman's control. Walking around the Daily Planet, with millions of tons in his ears, he most have been "flying" enough to offset the weight. Too much flight, and he would have gone through the ceiling. If he had relaxed the flight at all, he would have immediately fallen through the floor, the foundation, and probably most of the earth's mantle, doubltess taking a sizable chunk of the Daily Planet with it.)


There was also a Justice League where Superman had to stop Hawkman's Thanagarian ship from crashing into a neutron star, lifting it from its gravity well before the crash, and he said, "I never felt so exhausted." He has limits.

They're just ridiculous ones.


I'd like to say this was only a facet of the Silver Age Superman, and that the Nu52 Superman had more realistic, saner limits. But that...would be a lie.


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That's Dr. Veritas talking. Where she got machines that could simulate the pull of the entire Earth I've yet to figure out. She did make Superman sweat a little, though.


Of course, anyone who thinks about this realizes how impossible this is. Superman in the DC COMICS PRESENTS might have flattened the mountaintop he was pushing on, or even pushed it right through the earth, but there's no way he could move the entire Earth, right? It doesn't matter if he has the power. A bacteria as strong as a grown human being could punch through a human being, making a pinpoint puncture, but wouldn't have the sheer size to push the entire human. Similarly, Superman shouldn't be able to move the entire Earth.


Was Superman's earth-moving ever portrayed in a plausible manner?


Not quite. But one was a better effort than others. In fact, by trying to give it some semblence of realism, they added to the drama.


Jim Shooter, in the mid-to-late sixties, plainly influenced by the Marvel comics at the time, made the Legion of Super-Heroes much more dramatic, introduced new Superman villains like the Parasite, and foes for the Legion like the Fatal Five (one of which, Validus, who was even stronger than Superboy/Superman) or the Sun-Eater (clearly influenced by Fred Hoyle's THE BLACK CLOUD) and in one really odd story where Superman was convinced he was the Flash, and Flash was convinced he was Superman...


...At the end faced the REAL menace...and he and Flash came up with a unique solution.


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Justice League members ROUTINELY faced Galactus-level threats. Even when they're Galactus-level house plants.


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So how much of the Matto Grosso did Superman destroy? Hopefully he and Flash reseeded it afterwards. Between the two of them, reseeding a hundred square miles of Matto Grosso would have probably taken ten minutes.


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Okay, yeah, that wouldn't work. Unless he made a solid surface all the way through the Earth's core and beyond...but Shooter tried. The bit when the Earth had tremors all over the globe emphasized the sheer scale of the power we're talking about.


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This was before the JLAers revealed their IDs to each other, so this was the first time Barry knew Clark was Superman, and the first time Clark knew Barry was Flash. This was the best part of a goofy story, and the most "realistic" portrayal of Superman moving the Earth...


It wouldn't work in real life, but it was better than seeing Superman just push against the dirt and supposedly moving a world...


Hmm. Maybe Superman's flight is a biological intertialess, reactionless drive, a la Larry Niven's Puppeteers?

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#1 Vegitoblue

Superman remembers moving a planet today in Superman Red and Blue 1 with flashback showing him moving the planet.

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This was earlier mentioned in Batman/Superman 6 that Superman could move worlds.

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#2 Heatforce

Cool but did it matter? He shattered a planet in a highly-weakened state while in the 6th dimension.

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It's not a great feat for him unfortunately, the planet is about 80% weight of our Earth and it took everything from Superman just to move it 13 meters, he is confirmed to be sub-Earth level in strength according to this at least.

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Cool but did it matter? He shattered a planet in a highly-weakened state while in the 6th dimension.

Well it does matter in the way that it's his best strength feat in Rebirth so far, although below Earth level. Yea but that planet was also very, very small. More recently Superman with almost a dozen other characters couldn't destroy an Earth like planet while hitting it with everything they got.

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#5 Vegitoblue

@underfire47: Its also very early in his career and he has grown stronger than that time. He has been stated to be born with power to move worlds in Batman/Superman 6. Moving a planet is always a great feat.

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@chainslaves said:

@underfire47said:

It's not a great feat for him unfortunately, the planet is about 80% weight of our Earth and it took everything from Superman just to move it 13 meters, he is confirmed to be sub-Earth level in strength according to this at least.

@heatforcesaid:

Cool but did it matter? He shattered a planet in a highly-weakened state while in the 6th dimension.

Well it does matter in the way that it's his best strength feat in Rebirth so far, although below Earth level. Yea but that planet was also very, very small. More recently Superman with almost a dozen other characters couldn't destroy an Earth like planet while hitting it with everything they got.

size of planet means nothing, different planets are made of different materials. earth usually has plot armor in comics.

but none of that matters, superman could bust basically any planet he wanted just by blitzing through it, unless the planet was particularly tough or made of some special material. its basic physics and is why flash, superman and speedsters are as powerful as they are

Size of the planet means everything if nothing else about it is stated like what materials it is made of.

No he can't as evident by the fact that he failed to bust an Earth like planet recently and the fact that his own writer confirmed he can't bust planets.

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@vegitoblue said:

@underfire47: Its also very early in his career and he has grown stronger than that time. He has been stated to be born with power to move worlds in Batman/Superman 6. Moving a planet is always a great feat.

Of course i expect him to get better feats eventually. Well he moved a world here as well, the problem is worlds can be as small as our Moon(Even smaller) and as big or even bigger than our Jupiter, so it really depends.

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@underfire47: This planet was only slightly lighter than the Earth, its a great feat considering post Crisis Superman always needed help to move a planetary body or even moon which is 80 times lighter than Earth.

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@vegitoblue said:

@underfire47: This planet was only slightly lighter than the Earth, its a great feat considering post Crisis Superman always needed help to move a planetary body or even moon which is 80 times lighter than Earth.

It's 80% of Earths weight, so not slightly but 1/5th of it. I mean it's definitely better than post-crisis Superman, the problem is it's massively below New-52 Supermans strength feats.

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@chainslaves said:

@underfire47said:
@vegitobluesaid:

@underfire47: Its also very early in his career and he has grown stronger than that time. He has been stated to be born with power to move worlds in Batman/Superman 6. Moving a planet is always a great feat.

Of course i expect him to get better feats eventually. Well he moved a world here as well, the problem is worlds can be as small as our Moon(Even smaller) and as big or even bigger than our Jupiter, so it really depends.

if its said theyre moving worlds youd have to assume its earth sized otherwise saying its moon level is as valid as saying its jupiter level. worlds always means earth sized unless said otherwise.

And here we saw him that it took everything out of him to move a world that's 80% the weight of Earth, so i guess those worlds were not Earth size. Also that's a statement... As cool as statements are at the end of the day they are just that, not actual feats. And anyone can make any statement.

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Superman can't bust a planet by blitzing through it kek

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@underfire47: 80% is 4/5 not 1/5. And even new 52 Superman never moved a planet solo.

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@vegitoblue: I meant 1/5th of it is missing, which is not a small amount. New-52 Superman benched Earths weight for 5 days and moved(together with MMH) Braniacs ship which was larger than Earth.

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@underfire47: Benching Earth weight and moving a planet back into orbit are two different things. The momentum of the planet would be much harder to overcome. Superman has to overcome the angular and linear momentum to move the planet back into the orbit.

The ship thing was done with J'onn so doesn't qualifies. J'onn later said that moving a planet is impossible in Justice League United so I don't think that feat is above planet moving.

But anyway this feat confirms Rebirth Superman is stronger than post Crisis Superman at least.

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5 Sextillions tons, this is 83% of Earth level. Its fine.

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@vegitoblue said:

@underfire47: Benching Earth weight and moving a planet back into orbit are two different things. The momentum of the planet would be much harder to overcome.

The ship thing was done with J'onn so doesn't qualifies. J'onn later said that moving a planet is impossible in Justice League United so I don't think that feat is above planet moving.

But anyway this feat confirms Rebirth Superman is stronger than post Crisis Superman at least.

That depends entirely on how much there was gravitational pull and we don't know that, the feat only says how much weight he needed to move. Also 1 is him moving something 13 meters the other is him doing something for 5 days.

Being doe with J'onn doesn't disqualify it.

Yea but weaker than Nuperman.

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#19 Underfire47

Eh not quite you are missing a whole Sextillion.

The weight of that planet 4824 x 10^24 kg

The weight of Earth is 5.972 × 10^24 kg

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@underfire47:

More recently Superman with almost a dozen other characters couldn't destroy an Earth like planet while hitting it with everything they got.

rly?

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@underfire47said:

Eh not quite you are missing a whole Sextillion.

The weight of that planet 4824 x 10^24 kg

The weight of Earth is 5.972 × 10^24 kg

I know, that's why I said basically.

And edited long time ago. But my Internet is bad.

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@presley989 said:

@underfire47:

More recently Superman with almost a dozen other characters couldn't destroy an Earth like planet while hitting it with everything they got.

rly?

Yea it was during the Death Metal event.

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@underfire47: Planets don't stop rotating randomly, it's what putting it into orbit means anyway. It's easily better than Benching Earth weight.

Not really, unless Nuperman moved a planet solo. Anyway this is just my opinion.

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@namelessmonster said:

@underfire47said:

Eh not quite you are missing a whole Sextillion.

The weight of that planet 4824 x 10^24 kg

The weight of Earth is 5.972 × 10^24 kg

I know, that's why I said basically.

And edited long time ago. But my Internet is bad.

Sure, although 80% of Earth when you are dealing in this much weight is something i personally wouldn't describe as "basically" Earth.

But sure.

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@vegitoblue said:

@underfire47: Planets don't stop rotating randomly, it's what putting it into orbit means anyway. It's easily better than Benching Earth weight.

Not really, unless Nuperman moved a planet solo. Anyway this is just my opinion.

I don't know what that has to do with anything.

Nuperman moved more weight.

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@underfire47 said:

@namelessmonstersaid:
@underfire47said:

Eh not quite you are missing a whole Sextillion.

The weight of that planet 4824 x 10^24 kg

The weight of Earth is 5.972 × 10^24 kg

I know, that's why I said basically.

And edited long time ago. But my Internet is bad.

Sure, although 80% of Earth when you are dealing in this much weight is something i personally wouldn't describe as "basically" Earth.

But sure.

And that's why I said I edited before. You don't need to quote everything you find wrong, you don't even know if is the person final response or final thought. Calm down a bit.

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@namelessmonster said:

@underfire47said:
@namelessmonstersaid:
@underfire47said:

Eh not quite you are missing a whole Sextillion.

The weight of that planet 4824 x 10^24 kg

The weight of Earth is 5.972 × 10^24 kg

I know, that's why I said basically.

And edited long time ago. But my Internet is bad.

Sure, although 80% of Earth when you are dealing in this much weight is something i personally wouldn't describe as "basically" Earth.

But sure.

And that's why I said I edited before. You don't need to quote everything you find wrong, you don't even know if is the person final response or final thought. Calm down a bit.

Well i can't read minds i can only reply to what i see is written down, i can't know if you want to later edit your post. I don't see a reason to get worked up over any of this.

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Another good feat for the good guy. Let us wait an see the comic to see what is up.

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@tensorsaid:

Another good feat for the good guy. Let us wait an see the comic to see what is up.

The comic is out, pretty good feat for Rebirth Superman, he can move planets bigger than Mars around at least. Hopefully some day he upgrades to Earth level but this seems to be his limit for now.

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@underfire47 said:

Well it does matter in the way that it's his best strength feat in Rebirth so far, although below Earth level. Yea but that planet was also very, very small. More recently Superman with almost a dozen other characters couldn't destroy an Earth like planet while hitting it with everything they got.

Well he does have the feat of breaking out of chains used to move stars. Also new52 feats still apply to rebirth superman.

Also we know that prime earth must have had higher durability to not be destroyed by all of them. Since later Superboy prime beats BWL and i think destroys planets from his punches on BWL or his universes or something.

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@underfire47 said:

Well it does matter in the way that it's his best strength feat in Rebirth so far, although below Earth level. Yea but that planet was also very, very small. More recently Superman with almost a dozen other characters couldn't destroy an Earth like planet while hitting it with everything they got.

Well he does have the feat of breaking out of chains used to move stars. Also new52 feats still apply to rebirth superman.

Also we know that prime earth must have had higher durability to not be destroyed by all of them. Since later Superboy prime beats BWL and i think destroys planets from his punches on BWL or his universes or something.

Yea the problem is it's not certain how canon that run is, also we don't know how many chains it takes to move what kind of stars, it's kind of a nebulous feat. In that same run Superman also struggled to stop a building sized meteor, got KO'd by WW2 mortar fire(although he was confused at the time) and got KO'd by a nuke that can sink the east coast. I like to treat Rebirth as it's own thing, rather than give him feats of new-52 Superman.

The problem is Prime was disinterested at first, he actually went all out and used his retcon punches, so there was nothing to indicate the planet was of higher durability.

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#35 Vegitoblue

@underfire47: Mass of Mars is only .6*10^24 Kg. This planet is more akin to Venus who has mass of 4.87*10^24 Kg.

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Another factor is that smaller planets have a larger angular and orbital velocity so moving those are more difficult.

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This is all pure speculation and now people are trying to find any way to justify and make up for the feat.

All we ever get from the feat is that it was planet that weighed 4824 x 10^24 kg and that Superman gave it his all to move it 13 meters, thats it we don't get any more information, there are actually ways to argue for this feat to make it 2000 times less impressive than it is... but we shouldn't do that either.

As it stands, Superman moved a planet that is roughly 80% of Earths weight, which ironically is his best strength feat in Rebirth, considering he has struggled to move 6 mile wide objects in Earths core, was unable to stop a turtle falling at 1 megatons of force and was moving country sized chunks of Moon as well as neded Dianas help twice to move spaces ships(one almost as big as a city one as big as a large building), this is actually the first "planetary" strength feat he has gotten in Rebirth.

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Pretty sure that moving an actual planet is not just about its mass because planets move at a certain speed as they travel through universe, very fast speed, hypersonic

"30 kilometers per second

As schoolchildren, we learn that the earth is moving about our sun in a very nearly circular orbit. It covers this route at a speed of nearly 30 kilometers per second, or 67,000 miles per hour."

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-fast-is-the-earth-mov/

Pretty sure to move them in another direction you would need to overcome that KE as well, it's not the same thing to stop/redirect a stationary object and one that moves at a fast speed, so this feat seems pretty good to me

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Pretty sure that moving a planet is not just about its mass, planets move at a certain speed as they travel around the sun, very fast speed, hypersonic, pretty sure to move them in other direction you would need to overcome that KE as well, so this feat seems pretty good to me

The problem is we have none of those information's, going by the basics it's about 3x10^22 newtons (3 OOM lower than its mass under 1 G) since stars pull on the planet shouldnt be too much. For energy its 4x10^23J or about 100 teratons and due to low gravity about 2000 times less than benching earth under normal gravity.

In case people are wondering what 100 teratons means it's basically the force of the Dino killing meteor.

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@vegitoblue: The basic science still indicates this is below an Earth level feat, no matter how you slice it, for it to be above Earth level feat the planet would need to be so close to it's star it, it would literally be on fire.

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@underfire47:

The problem is we have none of those information's

dont know about your genius logic/calc here lol but we know its size thanks to its mass, its around earth level(80%) that is what we need to know to get how fast it moves across the universe, and since here we here have its weight, we literally have its weight in kilograms, we have mass, we know speed based on this, it must be hypersonic at least, so when you put all that in KE you will get far above 100 teratons lol

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@eredin12said:

@underfire47:

The problem is we have none of those information's

dont know about your genius logic/calc here lol but we know its size thanks to its mass, its around earth level(80%) that is what we need to know to get how fast it moves across the universe, and since here we here have its weight, we literally have its weight in kilograms, we have mass, we know speed based on this, it must be hypersonic at least, so when you put all that in KE you will get far above 100 teratons

It wasn't my genius/calc logic it was @nwname and i don't see what's the problem with it. The problem is it didn't move normally across the universe. But maybe @nwname can explain it to you better.

Also we don't even know if Superman pushed in the direct opposite of the path planet is going on or if he pushed it just to realigned it on it's path, since he needed to move it just 13 meters to put it back on it's orbit, which would suggest he just moved pushed it slightly back on it's path.

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@underfire47 said:

Yea the problem is it's not certain how canon that run is, also we don't know how many chains it takes to move what kind of stars, it's kind of a nebulous feat. In that same run Superman also struggled to stop a building sized meteor, got KO'd by WW2 mortar fire(although he was confused at the time) and got KO'd by a nuke that can sink the east coast. I like to treat Rebirth as it's own thing, rather than give him feats of new-52 Superman.

The problem is Prime was disinterested at first, he actually went all out and used his retcon punches, so there was nothing to indicate the planet was of higher durability.

That's true but the batman version of that book was considered cannon so it would make sense if it was. And i think with the current dc continuity it would be. Though im not sure 100% either. I do consider it cannon. And agreed it was inconsistent.

Im pretty sure though that it was meant for one chain to be that strong. Though it doesn't really matter if it takes 1 or 1000 it is still greater then earths mass.

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Well we cant say for certain he wasn't trying either. And we do have some more evidence based on what was said:

  • if prime earth is destroyed the entire multiverse is destroyed with it.
  • That all of the crisis energy and its opposite flow through that earth to BWL. That amount of energy can create universes. So it would have to be strong to handle the energy. At least it should be based on logic.

It just wouldn't make sense that if superman who can destroy a planet, of unknown size while weaker, indirectly. And has destroyed moon sized objects. Couldn't do more damage then that with 8 other people on his level and some above.

Not saying he can one shot a planet of earths size.

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@underfire47: Maybe, we'll see, to me, this seems to be lowballed estimate of KE planet had, that he would need to overcome to change its direction so drastically , this energy is very much above earth busting level

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"Also we don't even know if Superman pushed in the direct opposite of the path planet is going on or if he pushed it just to realigned it on it's path, since he needed to move it just 13 meters to put it back on it's orbit, which would suggest he just moved pushed it slightly back on it's path."

Back yeah, he siad he moved it back, this was moving toward the sun or something it seems, to me, it seems clear he had to overcome its KE as well, that would make it far harder than if the planet was just stationary

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@underfire47said:

Yea the problem is it's not certain how canon that run is, also we don't know how many chains it takes to move what kind of stars, it's kind of a nebulous feat. In that same run Superman also struggled to stop a building sized meteor, got KO'd by WW2 mortar fire(although he was confused at the time) and got KO'd by a nuke that can sink the east coast. I like to treat Rebirth as it's own thing, rather than give him feats of new-52 Superman.

The problem is Prime was disinterested at first, he actually went all out and used his retcon punches, so there was nothing to indicate the planet was of higher durability.

That's true but the batman version of that book was considered cannon so it would make sense if it was. And i think with the current dc continuity it would be. Though im not sure 100% either. I do consider it cannon. And agreed it was inconsistent.

Im pretty sure though that it was meant for one chain to be that strong. Though it doesn't really matter if it takes 1 or 1000 it is still greater then earths mass.

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Well we cant say for certain he wasn't trying either. And we do have some more evidence based on what was said:

  • if prime earth is destroyed the entire multiverse is destroyed with it.
  • That all of the crisis energy and its opposite flow through that earth to BWL. That amount of energy can create universes. So it would have to be strong to handle the energy. At least it should be based on logic.

It just wouldn't make sense that if superman who can destroy a planet, of unknown size while weaker, indirectly. And has destroyed moon sized objects. Couldn't do more damage then that with 8 other people on his level and some above.

Not saying he can one shot a planet of earths size.

Yea Batman was according to Bendis who wrote it but we never got a confirmation about Superman, especially considering there are heroes that die in Supermans book that are still alive in DC it makes it even more dubious.

The book constantly uses the plural form of chains, so i dunno about it meaning 1 chain. It does matter because it can depend on the star itself and the number of chains. Also even if that feat were to be legit it would still be an outlier for him, since it's far above anything else he has displayed kinda like when Hulk held a mass of a star that was at least 8 times the mass our own.

Prime was literally sitting on the side as everyone else was fighting, he literally needed to get motivated to fight.

It depend son the size of the planet he destroyed, the one he destroyed in JL seemed tiny and he never destroyed any Moons in Rebirth yet, in fact he failed to destroy a 1 mile wide meteor with a single punch and was unsure how to destroy a device that could survive being inside Earths core.

He certainly can't one-shot a planet of Earth size nothing he has done so far indicates that, there are plenty of things to suggest otherwise in fact.

Sours: https://comicvine.gamespot.com/forums/gen-discussion-1/superman-rebirth-planet-mover-confirmed-2140297/

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The powers of the DC Comics character Superman have changed a great deal since his introduction in the 1930s. As the character developed, his abilities were enhanced in order to maintain the interest of his audience. The extent of his powers peaked during the 1960s and - albeit to a lesser extent - the 1970s and 1980s, to the point where it became difficult to create suitable challenges for the character. As a result, his powers were significantly reduced when his story was rebooted by writer John Byrne after the Crisis on Infinite Earths series. After Byrne's departure, Superman's powers were gradually increased again, although he still remains weaker than his Pre-Crisis incarnation.

Golden Age Superman

As presented in the original 1930's comic strip, Superman's powers were innate to all Kryptonians, whose "physical structure was millions of years advanced of [humanity's] own." In the origin stories of the comic books and comic strip, Kryptonians were shown using the same powers that Superman would have on Earth. Later, Krypton's larger size and gravity was given as an explanation for the character's powers.

When introduced in the late 1930s, Superman had the following powers and limitations:

  • Super Strength: The character was depicted as having the ability to move large vehicles, including cars, trains, and ships.
  • Super Speed: Superman could run faster than an express train.
  • Enhanced Leaping: could leap over an 8th of a mile or over a tall building.
  • Super Durability: Superman was highly resistant to injury. However, he was not so invulnerable as in his modern depictions; although immune to conventional firearms, heavy artillery could injure and possibly kill him.
  • Super Senses: Superman’s eyesight and hearing were far in excess of a human being’s.

Silver/Bronze Age (Pre-Crisis) Superman

Superman's powers were enhanced and added to from the 1940s until the mid-eighties. His powers were explained as a result of two factors: the comparatively weaker gravity of Earth, and the intensity of Earth's yellow sun. As such, Superman's powers were negated if he entered an environment similar to that of Krypton, such as the bottle city of Kandor, or if he was exposed to the solar energy of a red sun. In Silver Age stories, the powers and limitations of Superman were instantly possessed by any Kryptonians exposed to Earth or Earth-like conditions. Individuals from the planet Daxam, such as Mon-El, possessed identical powers, but were invulnerable to Kryptonite and highly susceptible to lead poisoning.

  • Super Strength: Superman's strength was increased to the point where he could move entire planets.
  • Flight: The character gained the power of true flight.
  • Super Speed: Superman's speed increased to the point where he could travel faster than light. Several stories depict him traversing great distances through space to other solar systems and distant galaxies and even other universes. He could cross our own solar system in minutes. He could also use this power to travel through time, as shown in his boyhood visits to the 30th century as a member of the Legion of Superheroes. Superman can also swim at speeds approaching Aquaman's speed as well as run at speeds similar to that of the Flash. Superman is unable to beat Flash in a race.
  • Invulnerability: By the 1970s, Superman became able to withstand an atomic explosion and even fly through the core of a star. He was also immune to non-Kryptonian diseases and all radiation except for that of a red sun or Kryptonite.
  • Vision: In addition to X-ray vision and heat vision, Superman was also given telescopic and microscopic vision. The character could see across interstellar distances and observe events that occurred on a microscopic and even atomic level. He could also see across the full electromagnetic spectrum, including infra-red and ultraviolet light.
  • Hearing: Superman could hear sound at almost any wavelength and at great distances. His hearing is use for people calling him for his help as for distress calls.
  • Super Breath: Superman's breath was capable of freezing objects and generating hurricane-force winds. His super breath can extinguish fires or freeze things. He could also hold his breath indefinitely, allowing him to travel underwater or in space without breathing apparatus.
  • Mental Powers: Superman possessed genius-level intelligence and an eidetic memory. These enhanced mental capabilities were a direct result of his exposure to a yellow sun, as evidenced by the depiction of Superman's dog, Krypto. While under a yellow sun, Krypto's intelligence was boosted to that of a typical human. Superman also possessed the mental ability to screen out the enormous amount of information received by his enhanced senses, and to focus on a single detail, such as a particular voice or location. As well, his speed reading abilities were much like that of the Flash. He was able to absorb large amounts of information quickly; whether it entered his short term or long term memory is hazy. Under a yellow sun, a Kryptonian gains the ability to speak and understand all languages.
  • Super Ventriloquism: Superman could throw his voice across great distances. This power was used to confuse enemies or protect his secret identity by tricking others into believing that he (or Clark Kent) was in a different location.
  • Super Hypnotism: This power enabled Superman to hypnotize anyone. He could make people forget incidents or obey his commands. This power was often used to safeguard his identity.
  • Stamina: Superman could survive indefinitely without food, water, or rest due to the yellow sun's radiation sustaining him.
  • Healing factor: Superman could regenerate physical damage to his body at an accelerated rate. He was able to regenerate when Wonder Woman slit his throat with her tiara in Wonder Woman #219. In the series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Superman regenerates his body after being reduced to near a skeleton by a special nuke that was designed to blot out sun light and disrupt energy. Superman's healing rate has been inconsistently portrayed, however. In the first issue of the "Superman/Batman" comic, Alfred is able to remove a Kryptonite bullet from Superman's body without fear of the wound closing (probably because the Kryptonite was affecting his ability to heal).
  • Memory-wipe kiss: Superman could wipe people's memories by simply kissing them. This ability was first demonstrated in Action Comics #306.
  • Other Powers: Writers of Superman would occasionally experiment with new powers for the character. In general, the abilities that proved popular and useful became part of his regular repertoire, while others would be discarded after a single use. In addition to his other super senses, Superman was occasionally shown as having highly-enhanced senses of touch and smell.

Post-Crisis

When the Superman character was revised by John Byrne shortly after Crisis on Infinite Earths, it was decided to place restrictions on his abilities. This was designed to make it easier for writers to come up with suitable challenges for the hero, and to eliminate or reduce those powers that had become too sensational or unbelievable for modern audiences. Emphasis was placed on yellow sun energy as a source for the character's powers. Superman's origin story was altered so that his powers developed gradually as his body absorbed yellow sunlight, and stories such as the Final Night series depicted the character gradually losing his powers when deprived of the sun's energy. When Superman's reserves of solar energy were depleted, as in Infinite Crisis or the Death of Superman story arcs, he required an extended period of time under a yellow sun, or some type of artificial solar enhancement in order to recharge.

Power Reduction Superman's strength was reduced to the point where he could still move tremendous amounts, but the character no longer had the ability to move planets. His speed was also reduced so that he could not exceed the speed of light. While still capable of surviving a nuclear explosion, such events would severely weaken him. Superman's sight, stamina and breath powers were also similarly reduced, and the character was also shown as requiring an oxygen mask for prolonged travel in space or underwater. His mental abilities were also curtailed to the point where intelligent humans, like geniuses Lex Luthor or Batman, could possibly outsmart him. The powers of super-ventriloquism and super-hypnosis were not generally used during this period, although it was never stated whether they had been eliminated or not.

Tactile Telekinesis An attempt was made to explain Superman's ability to fly with large objects through the introduction of tactile telekinesis. Objects that Superman touched were enveloped by an invisible telekinetic field that allowed him to move them with the force of his will. The ability also explained Superman's ability to fly. This power was the only ability originally duplicated in the Superboy clone, allowing him to emulate Superman's strength, speed, and flight capabilities, but none of his sensory powers. Over time, Superboy, or Kon-El as he came to be known, would eventually develop the same set of powers as the original.

Modern Era

After Byrne's departure from the series, Superman's powers and abilities were once again increased over time. He regained the ability to travel interstellar distances and to hold his breath for the amount of time required to make such journeys. His strength, speed, and sensory abilities were again increased, although not to Pre-Crisis levels. Superman's heat vision power has a variant use where he can project destructive heat energy from all over his body as a massive solar flare when an attack in all directions is needed. However, this use will drain Superman's internal solar energy reserves, leaving him powerless for the roughly 24 hour period necessary to recharge in a yellow sun environment.

The comparative weakness of the Superman character to his Pre-Crisis incarnation was definitively shown during Infinite Crisis. The Superboy-Prime character, endowed with nearly the same power levels as the Silver Age Superman, was capable of defeating large numbers of DC universe heroes, including the Teen Titans and many members of theGreen Lantern Corps. The Modern Era Superman and his Earth 2 counterpart were only able to defeat Superboy-Prime after plunging him through Krypton's red sun, thereby reducing his powers.

Comparative strength

While Superman is frequently assumed to be the strongest hero in the DC universe, following the Byrne reboot, his strength tends to fluctuate depending on the amount of solar energy his cells have absorbed and the writer of the particular story. He has received a temporary boost in power after surviving a plunge into the Sun, and has had his powers depleted when deprived of such energy. The limits of how much energy Superman can absorb, and by extension the maximum limits of his power, has never been stated. Additionally, because of the solar energy that empowers him, he has often been depicted as being potentially immortal, as well as having a different ageing process, as seen in the Grant Morrison written series set in the far future of the DC Universe, DC One Million.[1] The canonicity of this series is unknown.

Characters such as Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Martian Manhunter have been described variously over time as equals, at least equal (possibly superior), or, in the last case, even superior.[2] Captain Marvel has been able to knock him out with 1-2 punches by taking him by surprise,[3] and Superman has stated outright that the latter has the advantage in a fist-fight due to his magic-derived powers.[4] When the Modern Era Supergirl was introduced, it was suspected that she was stronger than her cousin, but this was due to the fact that Superman had learned to restrain his strength through years of living with weaker individuals, an ability that Kara Zor-El had not yet learned.

It is important to note that while Superman is among the strongest DC heroes, there are many who match his strength, most notably Darkseid, Bizarro, Lobo, the Cyborg Superman, Eradicator, the original Mongul, General Zod and Black Adam, while Doomsday and Despero have occasionally been shown as stronger, the former being able to effortlessly stand his ground against the entire Justice League,[5] and the latter defeating Superman, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Power Girl at the same time.[6] Heroes and villains with magical capabilities, like the Spectre, Zatanna, and Doctor Fate, have displayed cosmic level power vastly beyond Superman's capabilities. The Flash possesses the ability to travel at the speed of light, shunting his mass towards infinity, and enabling him to perform such feats as defeating a white martian with one punch,[7] or almost overcoming the Anti-Monitor singlehandedly.[8]Hal Jordan, with the will-fueled power of the Green Lantern ring, has also been cited as being a match for Superman, being able to lay him down with one punch while possessed by Parallax.[9] The Guardians of the Universe allegedly possess abilities dwarfing those of regular Green Lantern Corps members. Kyle Rayner, inhabited by the benevolent symbiote "Ion", was recently touted as the most powerful of Earth's superheroes. Maxima, has many powers such as telepathy and psi-bolts that have knocked out Orion, who is on equal footing to Superman, effortlessly. She also possesses Matter Manipulation, Telekinesis, and possession abilities that would make her a threat to the entire Justice League. Maxima also can hold her own against Doomsday in strength and can increase her physicallity to infinite levels.

One villain that is often portrayed as vastly superior to Superman in every way is the five-dimensional entity Mr. Mxyzptlk. While the limits and nature of Mxyzptlk's powers is unclear, he is often portrayed as being, for all practical purposes, 'omnipotent,' and his encounters with Superman often amount to him simply toying with the Man of Steel.

Alternate versions and timelines

Over the years, many alternate versions of Superman have appeared, in Elseworlds books or other timelines. Many of these were limited series' and one shots, so the extent of Supermans abilities is not always explored in great detail.

The Dark Knight continuity

Frank Miller's Dark Knight continuity, which includes The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and All-Star Batman and Robin, has depicted Superman's powers in a variety of ways. All-Star Batman and Robin, for instance, depicts a younger Superman traveling from the U.S. to Paris by means of running fast enough to cross the ocean surface, possibly implying that he has not yet developed the power of flight. The Dark Knight Returns depicts him as having the usual super speed, heat vision, flight, and strength, but it also depicts him as being vulnerable to several things. Kryptonite still harms him, and he is nearly killed at one point by a massive nuclear detonation. Whether this was the result of the blast itself, radiation, or the bomb blocking out the sun, or a combination of those factors, is not made clear. He is also shown to be susceptible to a sound wave device, which causes him temporary pain. In some lines, Batman hints that these weaknesses may be related to him being older, although this is never substantiated.

Superman: Red Son

The Elseworlds book Superman: Red Son features a massively powerful Superman, akin to his Silver Age version. Flight, super speed, super intelligence, and massive strength, are all depicted, although other powers associated with the Silver Age, such as time travel, are not depicted, and no real limitations are placed on his powers themselves. He is unable to see through lead in this version, and his powers are affected by red sunlight radiation. He is never stated to be immmortal, but it is revealed that he lives for an extremely long period of time. Kryptonite is never mentioned in the story.

Kingdom Come

Superman's powers and weaknesses in Kingdom Come are similar to many of his other incarnations. Strength, flight, and heat vision are all depicted. He does not seem to any more or less intelligent than an average human in this continuity. His vision is portrayed as being able to easily scan a continent for signs of trouble in a matter of moments, from orbit. During the story, he is caught in a large nuclear blast, and while it does not state that he was unharmed, it does not seem to have affected him at all. He is not exposed to Kryptonite at any point in the story, but Lex Luthor says that it "does not pack the punch it used to", and that Superman is at "the height of his invulnerability." His speed seems somewhat limited, as he is shown speeding across the U.S., from Gotham to somewhere in the heartland, but it is depicted as taking him a few moments to arrive there, placing some potential limit on his speed. It is also worth nothing that Captain Marvel is regarded as equal to or more powerful than Superman, and a potential match for him in battle. Superman is shown as being susceptible to harm via Captain Marvel's magic lightning bolt. Another sequence in the story portrays Superman as accidentally cutting his finger on Wonder Woman's sword, to which she responds; "you always were a bit susceptible to magic."

All Star Superman

Grant Morrison's depiction of Superman in the All-Star Superman title portray his abilities as similar to that of Silver Age Superman.

Earth One Superman

In J. Michael Straczynski's Earth One trilogy, Superman is depicted as having the powers typically seen in most continuities. However, in this universe, Kal-El gained his powers almost immediately after arriving on Earth. As an infant, he is seen bending a tire iron in the Kents' car after being taken from his space craft; in the first issue, he experiences physical pain for the first time as an adult. As a result, Clark is very familiar and adept with his powers and has developed a fighting style that takes full advantage of them. Superman is showing fighting on par with Tyrell and General Zod, experienced military men with strength to his own.

However, this long experience with his powers burdens Clark psychologically. Unlike most depictions of the character, this Superman feels alienated from humanity, possibly suffering a form of depression. Clark was frequently bullied as a child and developed an introverted, isolationist personality, unable to get close to the people around him. This initially made him reluctant to publicly use his powers, as he believed it would doom him to permanent loneliness. Even after becoming Superman, Clark struggles trying to discover how best to use his powers, balancing his own ability to change the world without terrifying humanity at large or world leaders, at times failing at this to his detriment.

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