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SUPERMAN AND HULK HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR INFINITE STRENGTH

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

At DC and Marvel, Superman and Hulk are the top two powerhouses in terms of super strength. Previously, we showcased five feats where Superman demonstrated the potential for infinite super strength. At the same time, Hulk has shown on many occasions feats of infinite power. To find out about Hulk’s time travel feat, visit THE Marvel Universe Strength Hierarchy Ranks The Top 10 Heroes And Villains By The Potential For Infinite Strength.

Over the years, flaming wars have raged over who is the stronger: the Last Son of Krypton or the Green Behemoth. Indeed, if Superman has near-limitless strength, the madder Hulk gets, the stronger he gets. Though they are in the same strength class, let’s list five reasons why Superman may be stronger.

5 REASONS WHY SUPERMAN IS STRONGER THAN HULK

5. GREATER WILLPOWER

In Action Comics (1987) #589, Superman increases the GL energy beam by 20 percent with his willpower.
In Action Comics (1987) #589, Superman increases the GL energy beam by 20 percent with his willpower. DC Comics.

To begin, one of Superman’s greatest strengths in his fights is his willpower. Despite overwhelming odds, Superman never backs down but continues fighting. Over the years, it has been explained that Superman has some of the strongest willpowers in the DC Universe. At one point, Superman was a candidate to receive a Green Lantern ring. In Action Comics (1987) #589, Superman and the Green Lanterns fight a mount of dirt. In an assault, Superman adds his willpower to the GL beams, increasing it by 20 percent.

Though Hulk also has unbelievable willpower. However, in most incarnations, he lacks the corresponding intelligence. And in a battle against such a savage foe, willpower is everything.

4. STRONGER ENEMIES

In ‘Superman/Batman’ (2004) #13, Superman is angry at the death of Kara Zor-El and battles Darkseid. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Notably, this argument is debatable. Indeed, Hulk regularly meets with top-tier and cosmic-level foes. Some of them include the U-Foes, Abomination, High Evolutionary, Silver Surfer, Thor, Sentry, Galaxy Master and even Marvel Zeus. However, Hulk has suffered from low-quality opponents. Due to his baseline strength being lower, Hulk has had trouble with street-level opponents. For example, Spider-Man once knocked out Hulk with a punch.

In the Post-Crisis continuity, Superman more often fights opponents in his strength class. Many are Superman-level, but others like Darkseid, Brainiac 13, Fernus, Imperiex, Dominus and Mandrakk are Planetary, Universal to Multiversal-level threats.

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3. BETTER LIFTING FEATS

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Perhaps, one department of super strength that truly separates Superman and Hulk is lifting feats. Unquestionably, Hulk has better striking feats. In fact, his punches often explode with the force of bombs, or turn back time.

However, Superman may outclass Hulk in raw strength. On two occasions, he has pushed past the boundaries of infinity. In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel/Shazam lift the Book of Limbo. Indeed, it contains infinite pages all occupying the same space. On another occasion, Superman lifted eternity. In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman lift Spectre.

2. SAVING THE DAY

In ‘Justice League’ (2019) #25, in a battle against the World Forger, Superman breaches the Sixth Dimension and shatters the Forger’s Multiverse creation with a punch. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In Superman, The Greatest Story, I argue that Superman is the strongest hero. Both on the strength of his story and by feats. What really makes Superman work, is that he is the quintessential American superhero. In fact, Superman always saves the day. In part, it is due to his willpower. Also, it is due to his humanity. Indeed, proving that super strength is also a matter of determination.

Though, Hulk also is a superhero. However, he lacks at times his humanity. In fact, a factor that may mean life or death in a crisis.

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1. BETTER FIGHTER

In Superman/Batman (2005) #23, Superman uses pressure points on a Kryptonite-Man-possessed Batman.
In Superman/Batman (2005) #23, Superman uses pressure points on a Kryptonite-Man-possessed Batman.

When it comes to fighting, both superheroes have had a bad reputation. Over the years, Hulk has been viewed as a mindless brute. At the same time, Superman has often fought like a brawler. Generally, Superman is the better fighter. Post-Crisis, he has received combat training from Mongul, Batman and Wonder Woman.

In Superman/Batman (2005) #23, Superman uses the pressure point technique against a Kryptonite-Man possessed Batman. In addition, Superman has mastered the Infinite Mass Punch. Recently, in Rebirth, Superman performed the speedblitz on Doomsday.

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REFERENCES

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 589 in DC Database.
Superman/Batman Vol 1 13 in DC Database.
JLA/The Spectre: Soul War Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 4 25 in DC Database.
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Battles Of The Week: Batgirl vs Catwoman Round I (Heroine vs Villain)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Maguire.

SYNOPSIS FOR “THE CAT AND THE BAT, PART ONE”

Barbara Gordon is working at the Gotham City Public Library. Suddenly, she notices her father’s notebook has been stolen. Quickly, she chases down the thief and finds out it is Catwoman.

In order to retrieve Commissioner Gordon’s notebook, she must beat down on Catwoman. However, it is easier said than done.

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BATGIRL TAILS CATWOMAN! CAT FIGHT!
In 'Batman Confidential' (2008) #17, Batgirl IDs Catwoman with her camera.
In ‘Batman Confidential’ (2008) #17, Batgirl IDs Catwoman with her camera. AP Photo/DC Comics

Enter the contestants in Gotham City. On the left side is Batgirl, and on the right side is Catwoman.

Let’s look at the stats.

BATGIRL – NEW EARTH
Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Athlete 8%
Durability: Athlete 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Combatant 33%
Intelligence: Genius 42%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Utility Belt.
  • Batrope.
CATWOMAN – NEW EARTH
Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Catwoman Costume.
  • Claws.
  • Whip.

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THE FIGHT

Catwoman has stolen Batgirl’s father’s notebook. Now, Batgirl is in pursuit. Urgently, Batgirl must fight Catwoman to retrieve it.

The battle to decide who is the true martial artist!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Batgirl gassing Catwoman with a smoke bomb. Then, she punches Catwoman.

BATGIRL EXPLOSION AND BLUNT FORCE ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE PT + 5 DAMAGE PTS = 6 DAMAGE PTS.


On the following page, Catwoman responds with devastating attacks.

CATWOMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x5): 1 DAMAGE PT x 5 = 5 DAMAGE PTS.




At the end of the fight, Batgirl is defeated and sits on the floor.

CATWOMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.

TOTAL


BATGIRL’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-6 DAMAGE PTS.

DURABILITY: ATHLETE

Durability: Athlete 8%
CATWOMAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-6 DAMAGE PTS.

DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

OUTCOME: CATWOMAN WINS. ROUND II ON NOVEMBER 15TH.

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CATWOMAN IN COMICS

‘Batman’ (1940) #1, the feature titled “The Cat” is the first appearance of Catwoman in DC continuity. In the issue, Catwoman is a thief that steals a $500,000 necklace worn by Mrs. Travers. To stop the thief, Dick Grayson goes undercover on the yacht. Then, Batman and Robin have to stop her.

'Batman' (1940) #1, the feature titled "The Cat" is the first appearance of Catwoman in DC continuity.
‘Batman’ (1940) #1, the feature titled “The Cat” is the first appearance of Catwoman in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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“Batman Confidential (2006-2011) #17” Review

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‘Batman Confidential’ (2008) #17. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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“The Bat and the Cat” part 1! Batgirl crosses paths with the Catwoman for the first time…and that’s bad luck, especially for Batgirl’s father: Commissioner Gordon!

To begin, “Batman Confidential (2006-2011) #17” is comedy about the Bat-family and superheroing. In order to retrieve an important family item, Batgirl engages Catwoman in pursuit. Indeed, a cat and bat fight!

Importantly, Fabian Nicieza’s handles comedy brilliantly whereas Kevin Maguire pencils nude bodies to anatomical correctness. In fact, Maguire’s panels are sulfurous and are all about action!

Certainly, this is a comic you do not want to miss. Indeed, share this comic to Batgirl fans and at comic clubs. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Batgirl! And Catwoman!

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  • “Batman Confidential (2006-2011) #17.”
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  • Language: English.
  • Print Length: 22 pages.
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  • Publication Date: May 14, 2008.

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To sum, the first encounter between Batgirl and Catwoman in DC continuity. When the two vixens meet, a featherweight fight ensues. In fact, a fight with multiple rounds where Batgirl finally earned her stripes.

The graphic novel is excellent for your collection. Fans of Batgirl and of cat fights will love Maguire’s seductive pencils. This is the graphic novel to own in order to build your Comixology collection.

This product has excellent reviews and has 5 ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.7 out of 5. There is a great satisfaction with the product.

One customer review said: “Batman Confidential # 17 – 21 was a excellent Catwoman – Batgirl story containing “catfights”, chases and a great ending.”

The reviews were overall very positive with no negative reviews.

Overall, this graphic novel was great.

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I recommend this comic as a comedic fight in the Bat-family.

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 2: Wonder Girl vs Superboy

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Round 2: Match-Up #10, Number fourteen ranked Green Lantern alias Hal Jordan is challenged by Number fifteen ranked Sinestro alias Thaal Sinestro.

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GREEN LANTERN (HAL JORDAN) VS SINESTRO

  1. First, ‘Green Lantern’ (1990) #50: Hal Jordan wins by death.
  2. Second, ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn II’ (1991) #4: Green Lantern wins by submission.
  3. Third, ‘Green Lantern: Rebirth’ (2005) #5: Green Lantern wins by battle field removal.
  4. Finally, ‘Green Lantern’ (2008) #25: Green Lanterns wins by submission.

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Battles Of The Week: Orion vs Darkseid (Hero vs Villain)

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SYNOPSIS FOR “DARKSEID EQUALS DEATH”

In an attempt to create the Fifth World, the Great Disaster has fallen. Not even the gargantuan might of Jimmy Olsen is sufficient to hold Darkseid in check.

Suddenly, Orion Boom Tubes in Metropolis. To this end, he has come to fulfill the prophecy of Darkseid’s death at his hands.

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ORION BOOM TUBES IN METROPOLIS TO DUEL TO THE DEATH WITH DARKSEID!
In 'Countdown To Final Crisis' (2008) #2, Orion boom-tubes in Metropolis to duel with Darkseid.
In ‘Countdown To Final Crisis’ (2008) #2, Orion boom-tubes in Metropolis to duel with Darkseid. AP Photo/DC Comics

Enter the contestants in Metropolis. On the left side is Orion, the Dog of War and on the right side is Darkseid, the God of Evil.

Let’s look at the stats.

ORION – NEW EARTH
Super Strength: Stellar 58%
Super Speed: Multiversal 92%
Durability: Universal 83%
Energy Projection: Universal 83%
Fighting Skills: Warrior Madness 83%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Mother Box.
  • Astro Harness.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Radion.
  • Berserker Rage.
DARKSEID – NEW EARTH
Super Strength: Stellar 58%
Super Speed: Multiversal 92%
Durability: Universal 83%
Energy Projection: Universal 83%
Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%
Intelligence: Cosmic 51%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Mother Box.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Radion.
  • Dependency on X-element.
  • Phobia: Fear of his father Yuga Khan.

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THE FIGHT

In the issue, Darkseid seeks to create the Fifth World on Earth no matter the cost. Suddenly, Orion boom-tubes on Earth. According to the prophecy, this is the day Orion kills Darkseid!

The battle to decide who is the New God

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Orion blasting Darkseid with the Astro Foce. Soon, it creates a giant blast in space.

ORION UNIVERSE-BUSTING + EXPLOSION ATTACKS: 12+ DAMAGE PTS + 5 DAMAGE PTS = 17 DAMAGE PTS.





Previously, Orion and Darkseid battled in the explosion. Then, Darkseid hit Orion on the head. On the following page, Darkseid hit Orion on the back with the Omega Effect. On the four next pages, Orion is incinerated and lies on the ground beneath Darkseid’s boots. On the next two pages, Orion frees himself and lands three punches on Darkseid. Pummeling him, Orion has Darkseid on the receiving end on the ground.

ORION BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x3): 1 DAMAGE PT (x3) = 3 DAMAGE PTS.
DARKSEID BLUNT FORCE (x3) + UNIVERSE-BUSTING ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE PTS (x3) + 12+ DAMAGE PTS = 15 DAMAGE PTS.




On the final pages, Orion rips out Darkseid’s heart. After, Darkseid disappears in a giant explosion.

ORION INTERNAL BLEEDING + EXPLOSION ATTACKS: 4 DAMAGE PTS + 5 DAMAGE PTS = 9 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the battle, Orion wins leaving behind Darkseid’s ashes.

TOTAL


ORION’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-15 DAMAGE PTS
Total Entropy Of The Universe = (3.1 × 10^104)(k) = 4.2800104*10^81 J*K^-1.
Temperature Of Universe = 2.73 K.

-(15 DAMAGE PTS * 4.2800104*10^81 J*K^-1 * 2.73 K * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -4.1730101*10^73 PTS * Ton of TNT. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0004-637X/710/2/1825/pdf

DURABILITY: GALAXY

Durability: Galaxy 75%

DARKSEID’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-29 DAMAGE PTS
Strong Force Of A Particle = 2.40326493*10^-7 J.
Strong Force Of Universe = = (2.40326493 × 10-7 J)(3.28 x 10^80).= 5.586709*10^81 J.

-(29 DAMAGE PTS * 5.586709*10^81 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -8.0678196*10^73 PTS * Ton of TNT. https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/a-strength-test-for-the-strong-force

DURABILITY: DEATH

Durability: Death 1%

OUTCOME: ORION WINS BY DEATH.

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DARKSEID IN COMICS

‘Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen’ (1970) #134, titled “The Mountain Of Judgment!”, marks the first cameo appearance of Darkseid in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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Battles Of The Week Preview: Orion vs Darkseid

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ORION BOOM TUBES IN METROPOLIS TO DUEL TO THE DEATH WITH DARKSEID!
In 'Countdown To Final Crisis' (2008) #2, Orion boom-tubes in Metropolis to duel with Darkseid.
In ‘Countdown To Final Crisis’ (2008) #2, Orion boom-tubes in Metropolis to duel with Darkseid. AP Photo/DC Comics

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Round 2: Match-Up #7, Number eleven ranked Captain Atom alias Nathaniel Adam is challenged by Number twenty ranked Doctor Fate alias Kent Nelson.

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  1. ‘Justice League of America Annual’ (1996) #10. Captain Atom wins against alternate timeline Captain Atom by knockout.

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IN MAD SCIENCE

“Reign Of The Supermen” showcased why Cyborg Superman was destined to be the Man of Tomorrow. Instead, he revealed himself as a supervillain and committed atrocity. Indeed, he is among the most notorious Superman rogues.

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 2: Wonder Woman vs Supergirl

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  1. ‘Supergirl’ (2006) #5. Wonder Woman wins.

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