Superman

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  1. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    So I was wondering, why does Superman have big muscles? Does he need them to be strong? Wouldn't he be just as strong as a skinny person with normal musculature?
     
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  3. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    fiction does not need logic, but if you want a reason why does wonder women were so little cloths, would she not be better served with body arm instead bouncing bullets of her bracelets? The answer is the same for superman: she looks hotter dress like that, and with that body, just as superman looks hotter covered in muscles.
     
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  5. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    So how did he get them? He didn't have to work for it.
     
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  7. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    He follows a strict work out schedule. (In fact, I remember an old Superman comic that gave a tour of his Gym at the Fortress of Solitude). This has some logic behind it. Just think, for his Kryptonian muscles, everyday human activities would be like no exercise at all. And what happens to muscles when they aren't used? They atrophy. Besides, a buff Superman would be stronger than a 98 lb weakling Superman, and when it comes to saving the world on a regular basis, every little bit helps.
     
  8. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    Thank you.
     
  9. swivel Sci-Fi Author Valued Senior Member

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    I remember a comic with him lifting his father's tractor and things like that. He definitely worked out, just as you say.

    I wonder why he didn't work out with a little bit of Krypton and work himself up?
     
  10. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    Is that working out really? It would be like me lifting a book.
     
  11. kwhilborn Banned Banned

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    I agree with OP. Since no earthly weights could be sufficient workout items, logic would suggest he either went to another planet where his powers were less effective to make himself more physically attractive, or he would be some skinny kid with no visible muscles. His muscle structure should be less developed than a skinny kid however, as skinny kids at least receive the benefits of daily living exercise.
     
  12. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    Aesthetics.

    Next!
     
  13. AlexG Like nailing Jello to a tree Valued Senior Member

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    Steroids.
     
  14. Balerion Banned Banned

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    Of course it does.
     
  15. kerse Registered Member

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    Obviously it doesn't apply anymore, but in the OLD SCHOOL Superman comics, he couldn't fly, he could only leap about 1/8 mile. Hence the phrase "leap tall buildings with a single bound." He couldn't survive a nuclear blast, he was actually bleeding from an artillery shell. And most important to this conversation: he couldn't lift mountains or buildings, at most he could lift a tank. I could totally picture the old Superman beefing up by bench pressing some Vdubs.

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  16. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    He got them because the cartoonist drew him with muscles.
     
  17. LoRaan Registered Senior Member

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    Remember though that it took a long time to build up to his current levels. Sure he could lift a truck at two, but he wasn't even a thousandth as strong as he is now. Plus there is the matter that ally kryptonains are gnetically engineered in the birthing matrix. Their muscle development is like programmed into their DNA.
     

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