Superman couldn't fly?

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#1 Posted by Ms. Invisible (3331 posts) - - Show Bio

In the original comic, Superman couldn't fly. I'm surprised and I only knew about this recently. Did you guys know cos this sure jumped up out of nowhere.

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#2 Posted by Walkingstone (10637 posts) - - Show Bio

Was it something to do with him working out how to? Like something he grew into?

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#3 Posted by Ms. Invisible (3331 posts) - - Show Bio

Walkingstone says:

"Was it something to do with him working out how to? Like something he grew into?"

I really have no idea. I'm not really into that Superman.

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#4 Posted by ScoodleDaddle (748 posts) - - Show Bio

No, it was just an editorial thing. Back then, stories weren't nearly as complex or convoluted as they are now. It all came down to this: Superman was pretty popular. He jumped, he was strong, he was fast. Then, Fawcett created Captain Marvel. He could fly, was faster, and was stronger. He became phenomonally popular. Then, Superman mysteriously developed the ability to fly (however, this could also be attributed to the George Reeves show/serials).
Post Edited:2007-03-21 07:47:46

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#5 Posted by Ms. Invisible (3331 posts) - - Show Bio

ScoodleDaddle says:

"Then, Superman mysteriously developed the ability to fly (however, this could also be attributed to the George Reeves show/serials).
Post Edited:2007-03-21 07:47:46"

I love it when writers do that.

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#6 Posted by gmanfromheck (42501 posts) - - Show Bio

There was the whole "able to leap tall buildings in a single bound" thing. He had soooo many crazy powers that writers would just put in.

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#7 Posted by Jack Rabbit (200 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh dear god, that's just insane! Steel hair as a mop? It would scrape through to the foundations. Talk about dated isn't in it

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#8 Posted by Walkingstone (10637 posts) - - Show Bio

Super-mathematics? Woah, y'know I think I've done some of that in the past. Corr, didn't know it was a super-power. Huh, I was a superhero all along ;)

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#9 Posted by fesak (8619 posts) - - Show Bio

He also has Super-Friction:

Super-Weaving:

Super-Mathematics:

Super-Landscaping:

Super-Ventriloquism:

and Super-Makeup:

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#10 Posted by Walkingstone (10637 posts) - - Show Bio

Oiya-bugger-man! They wanted him to be a god then. Not that he's not but still, woah.

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#11 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (82985 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought I heard that before, the whole not flying thing. There's a great page in Wizard, about some of the crazy powers characters used to have. Did you know, Superman used to be able to shoot smaller Superman out of his finger's? Me either.

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#12 Posted by Walkingstone (10637 posts) - - Show Bio

Lots of wee supermen flying around? Eepness

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#13 Posted by gmanfromheck (42501 posts) - - Show Bio

Gambler says:

"I thought I heard that before, the whole not flying thing. There's a great page in Wizard, about some of the crazy powers characters used to have. Did you know, Superman used to be able to shoot smaller Superman out of his finger's? Me either."

Hilarious. I love what he was thinking, "A shower of meteorites heading for Metropolis and one of them contains Kryptonite- a substance that can kill me! I...I'll order my image to save the city from the meteors! And if the Kryptonite should destroy him- well that's his tough luck!"

What a jerk!

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#14 Posted by Ms. Invisible (3331 posts) - - Show Bio

Imagine what kind of things he could do around the house. Combine them with the little Supermen from the fingers and you've got an instant cleaning business.
Post Edited:2007-03-21 17:10:42

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#15 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (82985 posts) - - Show Bio

Leave it to a woman to turn Superman into a slave. The kitchen aint gonna clean itself.

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#16 Posted by Constantine (16127 posts) - - Show Bio

what was that rainbow power thiung

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#17 Posted by Ms. Invisible (3331 posts) - - Show Bio

Lil Lucky says:

"he can do everything... lets just forget about him and get on with our lives"

This thread is old, let it die.

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#18 Posted by zero edge (3991 posts) - - Show Bio

reviving the dead is what comics are all about.

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#19 Posted by Ms. Invisible (3331 posts) - - Show Bio

zero edge says:

"reviving the dead is what comics are all about."

Not threads though.

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#20 Posted by Superkitty (1273 posts) - - Show Bio

Walkingstone says:

"Super-mathematics? Woah, y'know I think I've done some of that in the past. Corr, didn't know it was a super-power. Huh, I was a superhero all along ;)"

Instead of an "S" logo, you can have a (

                                   | f(x)dx   : that alone strikes fear in people                                   )Some of my "math tricks" amaze people, like 20% tip is just 10% (move decimal over) times two. People think I'm one of those math computers, when I just do a little trick. I have a degree in math, so people assume I can multiply numbers like 9285 x 723.So maybe we can form the "Mathtice League" and save the day when there's a bomb and it can only be diffused by factoring X^4 + 2X^3 - 11X^2 -12X. Just as plausible as cutting the red wire - that's just the color of the coating around the wire. It's what the wires are connected to is what matters.
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#21 Posted by Rotten gun (2577 posts) - - Show Bio

eh? what?

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#22 Posted by Nny (253 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman is so overpowered it's actually pathetic. I mean, honestly . . . bad writing or what?
Post Edited:2007-06-17 00:36:29

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#23 Posted by Doomhunter (308 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh,GOD! that cracked me up.....Super-MAth!!XD...Super-landscape!!XD...Super-Makeup,you gotta be KIDDING!XD....I think I just pissed.....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...and that, ladies and gentlemen,is why Supes SUCKED..(notice the past tense)....

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#24 Posted by crazy spidey (3474 posts) - - Show Bio

Ms. Invisible says:

"In the original comic, Superman couldn't fly. I'm surprised and I only knew about this recently. Did you guys know cos this sure jumped up out of nowhere."

able to leap tall buildings kinda gave it away

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#25 Posted by Barry Flash (1696 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, cos' overtime DC realised how Popular Superman was so they started to make him stronger, faster etc. But it actually makes sense because the longer he is exposed to the Yellow Sun the stronger and faster he gets

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#26 Posted by Ultra-Patriot (8 posts) - - Show Bio

Andferne says:

"Only way I could remember that Supes origanlly couldnt fly was the old saying. Faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a locamotive, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Now I alwasy though WTF does he need to leap for when he can fly? Then I remembered."

I believe it was The 1940's Fleischer Cartoons that had Superman flying for the first time.

Shuster(the origenal artist) liked to show superman leaping(was prolly one of his favorite poses to draw).

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#27 Posted by Knightwing (376 posts) - - Show Bio

Walkingstone says:

"Oiya-bugger-man! They wanted him to be a god then. Not that he's not but still, woah."

Not exactly writer's constantly tested Superman with new powers to see if it fits him in a story, if it doesn't work they just retcon it, those that fit Superman was kept. The Super makeup and hypnotism was to help him hide his identity.

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#28 Posted by Superboy-Prime 10000 (413 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman original powers.

Basically,writers in the Golden Age make him less powerful,but then,after Max Fleischer want him to make Superman to fly because leaping is very hard to be amde in the animations those days.
Post Edited:2008-02-16 02:32:50

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#29 Posted by King Saturn (221092 posts) - - Show Bio

Gambler says:

"I thought I heard that before, the whole not flying thing. There's a great page in Wizard, about some of the crazy powers characters used to have. Did you know, Superman used to be able to shoot smaller Superman out of his finger's? Me either."

What the Hell ? I never heard of that Superman ability. Well, you learn something new everyday

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