Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WTF Wednesday: Superman's toughest game of rock-paper-scissors ever

As most comic fans know, Superman's invulnerability has been a slippery thing. Depending on who's writing him, what era he's from or even which Earth he calls home, Superman can sit and sip tea in the middle of an exploding star without burning his crumpets, or take a sock in the jaw hard enough to make little stars shoot out of it.

Over the years Superman's been battered, bruised, bloodied or just bemused by villains taking a poke at him. We even saw him beaten to death. (For a little while. Sorta. Mostly to let his Kryptonian locks grow out.)

In any case, there's no denying he can take some punishment. So whenever he's actually injured ... well, it can be a shock.

You seem a little snooty about your "invulnerable skin" considering you're holding a stump there, Lefty. Still, it can't get any worse than that, right?

Don't do it! Don't do it!!!

N-NO-OOO!!! And it's still smoldering!! BLARF!!!

Panels from The Adventures of Superman #439
John Byrne, writer; Jerry Ordway, penciller; John Beatty, inker


Sea_of_Green said...

Heck, Hal Jordan's power ring accidentally turned Hal into a robot once. He didn't even notice until he socked a bad guy so hard that his hand flew off(!). Even then, Hal seemed to think his transformation was pretty cool as opposed to scary.

Maxo said...

Ha! When I read this my first thought was, "Accidentally? How do you accidentally turn yourself into a robot?"

And then I thought: "Hal Jordan."

Actually, that's one GL has over Supes; this Superman is actually a Superman robot that was beat up so badly he forgot he was a robot. And like every Superman robot ever ... well, let's just say it's not a happy ending for the poor guy.

Sea_of_Green said...

Yep, that's right - "accidentally" and "Hal Jordan" go together like Shields & Yarnell. ;-)

Jon said...

Dude, thank you so much for posting this...I have been looking for this comic for years. It was the first comic I ever read and was a gift to me from my late grandpa who I loved very much. I was able to track down this comic book because of you.