Pop Culture
Sep 30, 2009, 08:52AM

We present to you: "The Grand Unifying Theory of Superman's Powers."

Complete with equations and poorly drawn diagrams. Extreme nerdage awaits. (PDF link)

Since Time immemorial, man has sought to explain the powers of Kal-El, a.k.a. Superman. Siegel et al. Supposed that His mighty strength stems from His origin on another planet whose density and as a result, gravity, was much higher than our own. Natural selection on the planet of krypton would therefore endow Kal El with more effcient muscles and  higher bone density; explaining, to first order, Superman's extraordinary powers. Though concise, this theory has proved inaccurate. It is now clear that Superman is actually flying rather than just jumping really high; and  His freeze-breath, x-ray vision, and heat vision also have no account in Seigel 's theory. 

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