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Would be Watcher

Location: Canada
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Location: Lancashire
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Subj: Re: According to your scan...
Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 at 04:25:44 pm EDT (Viewed 61 times)
Reply Subj: Re: According to your scan...
Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 at 02:51:38 pm EDT (Viewed 74 times)



      ...Flight is a "muscular power" but not "invulnerability". Hum...
      Still, like others have said, if gravity ever played any role in his powers, few writer, if any, were keen enough to portray it coherently. 
      For one, Superman should have weighted a lot more while on earth since he was taking the same space as an adult earthling but comprise of much denser material. Also, the ray of any star should never had any impact on his "muscular powers". At least never to make him merely human. At the very worst he would still have be made of much denser material. Even on Krypton... and any human setting foot on Krypton would be flatten like a pancake. 

    I think you might be reading too deeply into it, nobody has ever claimed the gravity explanation has been well defined, as clearly it hasn't. But what the page does show is that the original explanation (now forgotten) actually makes a good deal of sense in explaining what the gravity differential specifically does for him.
    I have no time for shallow nitpicks like "Then Clark should weigh three tons on earth!", not when we are talking comicbook science and the fact that we have an alien here who gets godlike power all because of the colour of the Sun. I was only posting the page as it is an interesting very early description and to me makes sense of what the rough cause & effect of his abilities actually are. If you are prepared to accept that the effects of sunlight can enable a man to fly and shove planets then a gravity differential should be equally as plausible a rationale to embrace...

I have no problem accepting whatever they will want to use to explain how the powers manifest. However, they should avoid explaining it in ways that makes the explanations subject to our knowledge on the matter. If they try that route, they have to expect the knowledge of the audience getting in the way. Saying you are stronger because of lesser gravity and denser tissues comes with some strings were as the color of a star, that we can't use to explain what he does, doesn't.

BTW, sorry if I offended you. It was not my intent.

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