#1 Edited by CODYSF (2053 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought the Sun get's him only stronger but not get him sick too.

#2 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (19883 posts) - - Show Bio
#3 Posted by chocobojam (288 posts) - - Show Bio

Really!? superman has a skin cancer because of the sun. Thats the funniest thing that i heard though.

#4 Posted by ImmortalOne (3256 posts) - - Show Bio

Well really, it's a non-canon story. That doesn't actually happen in canon.

But basically, his cells are solar batteries. They take the sunlight, and convert it into energy, giving him his power. However, in All-Star Superman, he got too close to the sun, and his cells couldn't handle that much energy, and started self-destructing.

#5 Posted by The Stegman (22735 posts) - - Show Bio

Too much of a good thing.

#6 Posted by JonSmith (3980 posts) - - Show Bio

I justify it as Lex having thrown a plan into action that we never saw prior to the All Star Superman story that screwed with Clark's ability to metabolize highly concentrated dosages of solar energy. Clark didn't know this, so he dived right to the sun to save the good guys thinking he'd just be a bit more powerful than normal for a few days. Upside: Screwed up metabolism results in more concentrated powers, i.e. SUPER SUPERMAN. Downside: Due to Clark's cells not being able to handle that level of radiation results in the aforementioned cancer.

Basically, think of it like what would happen if you ate a lot of food very quickly, and your body started trying to use it for energy before said food was digested properly. Not a perfect metaphor, but a reasonably close one.

'Course that's wild guessing with no displayed evidence beyond the fact that Superman's dying from something that hasn't killed him before. But it makes sense to me.