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  • #16
    Re: Man of Steel

    Originally posted by JRM
    Originally posted by Marlow
    aside from his kryptonitephobia, he can beat anyone at anything, so what's the point?
    Nah. The Hulk would give him a run for his money!
    Ha! Perfect fanboy grist. Sman can hurt Hulk; Hulk can't hurt Sman. QED.

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    • #17
      Re: Man of Steel

      Originally posted by Marlow
      Originally posted by JRM
      Originally posted by Marlow
      aside from his kryptonitephobia, he can beat anyone at anything, so what's the point?
      Nah. The Hulk would give him a run for his money!
      Ha! Perfect fanboy grist. Sman can hurt Hulk; Hulk can't hurt Sman. QED.
      Nah, not a fanboy, just that Hulk was always my favorite growing up... long ago.... Based on what I saw in the Avengers, however, the new take on Mr. Banner is that he's more or less invincible, and can literally move mountains.

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      • #18
        Re: Man of Steel

        Originally posted by Brian
        ...the pulp hero Doc Savage. This is actually ironic, as advertisements for Doc Savage in other pulp books described him as "an intellectual genius...a physical superman..."

        The Doc Savage pulp stories (the majority written by Lester Dent under the pseudonym Kenneth Robeson) were printed in the early '30's; Siegel & Shuster introduced "Superman" in 1939.
        One more thing: the Doc Savage character used to make a solo retreat periodically to a base in the arctic where he would then study up on new scientific methods and breakthroughs.

        The name of this base was his "Fortress of Solitude."


        [Maybe the Superman character should be called the "Man of Steal"...]


        Does anybody still believe gh & crew are being too sensitive about plagerism?
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        • #19
          Re: Man of Steel

          One last post on a probably "done" thread:

          A 1971 collection of short stories by Hugo Award-winning author Larry Niven titled "All The Myriad Ways" contains a hilarious (IMHO) piece on Superman's love life and potential inability to mate and reproduce, "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex."

          In mock clinical scrutiny, Niven explores the problems pertaining to reproduction with Lois ("LL"), including Kal-El's alien biological make-up and the physical mechanics of sex. At one point, Niven explains how, as Kal's semen would be as strong/invulnerable as the rest of his body and as even super-powerful ejaculatory muscles are involuntary, sex with LL would result in the top of her head being blown off like a shotgun blast. Niven first considers LL wearing a Kryptonite belt around her waist, then moves on to artificial insemination, but concludes the only life form capable of carrying a super-strong kicking fetus to term would be Superman himself:

          "...The mind boggles at the image of a pregnant Superman cruising the skies of Metropolis. Batman would refuse to be seen with him..."


          Despite being written in or before 1971, the piece holds up well.

          Available at Amazon.com.
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          • #20
            Re: Man of Steel

            Originally posted by Brian
            the only life form capable of carrying a super-strong kicking fetus to term would be Superman himself
            That is actually a brilliant observation. Superbaby, Jr. would tear an earth woman's uterus to shreds! There is, however, a viable solution. Implant the zygote into Kara, his cousin, who is also invulnerable, and let her carry it to term.

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            • #21
              Re: Man of Steel

              Originally posted by Marlow
              Originally posted by Brian
              the only life form capable of carrying a super-strong kicking fetus to term would be Superman himself
              That is actually a brilliant observation. Superbaby, Jr. would tear an earth woman's uterus to shreds! There is, however, a viable solution. Implant the zygote into Kara, his cousin, who is also invulnerable, and let her carry it to term.
              I thought the same thing when I first read it as a teenager in the early '70's (kind of; as Supergirl was a total babe, I thought: move to Tennessee--or wherever Jerry Lee went--and attempt things the more traditional way).

              All I can guess is that the literary agent and/or publishers back then vetoed any such "blasphemous" thought.
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              • #22
                Re: Man of Steel

                Originally posted by Marlow
                Originally posted by Brian
                the only life form capable of carrying a super-strong kicking fetus to term would be Superman himself
                That is actually a brilliant observation. Superbaby, Jr. would tear an earth woman's uterus to shreds!
                Science fiction author Larry Niven had a short story devoted to this very subject back in the 70s (although addressed by many other subsequently):

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_Ste ... of_Kleenex

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                • #23
                  Re: Man of Steel

                  Originally posted by JRM
                  Originally posted by Marlow
                  Originally posted by Brian
                  the only life form capable of carrying a super-strong kicking fetus to term would be Superman himself
                  That is actually a brilliant observation. Superbaby, Jr. would tear an earth woman's uterus to shreds!
                  Science fiction author Larry Niven had a short story devoted to this very subject back in the 70s (although addressed by many other subsequently):

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_Ste ... of_Kleenex
                  Now why didn't I think of that...?
                  ;]

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