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Posted by AskaniSon295

No, His skin isn't always hard. Because if it was he wouldn't be able to move. His skin absorbs the light of earth's sun and then transfers that energy to his muscles than to his bones. He stores the sunlight in his bones and than when he uses the energy it's transferred to his eyes,muscles,breathe or skin.

Posted by feargalr

If there was ever a question for James Robinson!

Posted by deadpool25mm

No, His skin isn't always hard. Because if it was he wouldn't be able to move. His skin absorbs the light of earth's sun and then transfers that energy to his muscles than to his bones. He stores the sunlight in his bones and than when he uses the energy it's transferred to his eyes,muscles,breathe or skin.

Clark, Is that you?

Posted by Mucklefluga

Oh Jimmy ahahahaah

Edited by t3hLomb

I thought that his skin was impenetrable cause of some sort of thin energy field surrounding him or was that Pre-New 52?

Posted by KnightRise

@t3hlomb said:

I thought that his skin was impenetrable cause of some sort of thin energy field surrounding him or was that Pre-New 52?

Thats how I think of it, except more specifically the energy field sourrounds each cell.

Posted by kennybaese

@t3hlomb said:

I thought that his skin was impenetrable cause of some sort of thin energy field surrounding him or was that Pre-New 52?

I'm pretty sure that was the case at one point. I think that's how they justified his suit not getting torn up all of the time.

I personally subscribe to the density thing. The radiation of the yellow sun increases the density of his molecular makeup so that the kinetic energy of a gunshot or punch is absorbed more efficiently and therefore does less damage.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

That seems like a personal question to me.

Posted by SupremeHyperion

depends how excited he is doesn't it?

Edited by Jakkoaks

What if its like those soft pliable (putty like ) materials that only gets hard upon impact therefore its soft to the touch but you still hurt your hand if you (insanely) try to punch him or when bullets hit. ??

Edited by UltimateSMfan

@kennyshat: that seems plausible!

@jakkoaks:kind of like hitting water right?

........the red parts....hahahahaha!!

Edited by w0nd

@t3hlomb said:

I thought that his skin was impenetrable cause of some sort of thin energy field surrounding him or was that Pre-New 52?

It was like that Pre 52 in fact he saved someone from getting blown up and said something like "get as close as you can to me, good thing that worked, they were close enough for my bio aura to protect them as well" same explanation as to why his tights didn't rip, and in Allstar superman he evolved to the point where he could control it better and make bio force fields around other objects. I believe it is like super boy's Tactile Tk but a condensed version around his body for invulnerability. I try not to think about it too much it changes all the time. If it had to do with pure strength alone, he wouldn't be able to feel at all. He can feel a kiss, and the touch of another, but not bullets?


I also like to consider his powers are psionic like the Plutonians, who is pretty much a superman

Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf

It's fiction people. Let's try not to over analyze it.

Posted by w0nd

It's fiction people. Let's try not to over analyze it.

True but some things are fun to talk about. Not like anyone is upset by anything. It only sucks the fun out of it when people start arguing.

Posted by tim_mik
Edited by ArtisticNeedham

Perhaps Superman maybe he has regular skin cells but they are denser and made differently because he is alien. So each cell is still a cell, but compared to our human cells they are denser and stronger and steel like, but because each cell is individual and because he has millions of them, he has a lot of give to his cells. So that his skin still feels like skin and can fold and bend, but its much denser as to not break or be effected by hard blows from an enemies punches or bullets.

So, in the image here, imagine that each skin cell is hard as steel because they are made differently than ours. So his skin isn't a solid mass of steel.

I also like the theory that his skin is similar to that substance that is soft when standing still but because hard when there is force. That stuff you can run across but if you stand on it you sink. Similar, but not exact, because he is an alien. But maybe, another theory, is that each cell is like that substance and can become hard when needed. Like a reflex. Like Spider-Man's Spider-Sense. Maybe when his skin needs to each cell becomes more solid. But when he doesn't need it they are soft like normal humans.

Anyone see "The Science of Superman"?

Edited by RDClip

No, his skin isn't hard. I would guess that it seems as soft and flexable as human skin, but the molecular bonds or whatever holding it together is much stronger. So it stretches and flexes, but it is extremely difficult to break.

Posted by CitizenJP

Brian always has the best answers lol.

Posted by OfficialAlexJMercer

@askanison295: from data and alot of comic and even video game reading you are correct on this subject

Posted by Mezmero

This is the best one of these in a long while. I remember when Tony first brought it up, thinking that it was super interesting. Watching creators get embarrassed and intrigued at the same time was priceless. I lean more towards the soft exterior and solid insides. Keep doing these videos!

Posted by ravisher

thats what she said

Posted by AlKusanagi

I always thought he was basically an ultra powerful telekinetic that generated a field that protected him from danger, allowed him to fly and pick things up. I believe it was called "tactile telekinesis" in the Superboy comics of the 90s.

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

Hmm...I always thought his skin felt like skin, but also like very hard rubber and warm to the touch when he is fully powered by the sun. never gave much thought to how hard his skin really is

Posted by Tyrannotaur

I'm so glad I'm not the only one whose mind went straight into the gutter with this one. lol

I would imagine his skin looks and feels like human skin, except it has way more dense bonding to it on a molecular level. It's like all those "space age materials" we have now in infomercials that are somehow able to feel like cotton, but are stronger and stain resistant.

Edited by NICKXH

GIGGITY!

Edited by GalacticPunt

According to Lois, only 30 seconds at a time most nights...

Posted by lightsout

@w0nd said:

I also like to consider his powers are psionic like the Plutonians, who is pretty much a superman

This. You pretty much have to "frame" them in a telekinetic/psionic manner for them to make more sense in a pseudo-science manner & it unites the variety of powers well.

Posted by ARMIV2

Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh...

Posted by cfrehse

@kennyshat: ive heard about the energy field but he is also strong becasue the gravity on krypton was much greater so i think that makes him crazy durable as well

Edited by sbpart01

It may have already been said but I would think that superman's skin is like a non-Newtonian fluid. Meaning the harder/faster you hit it the harder the material becomes. So when a bullet hits him it bounces of but if someone shakes his hand it would feel like normal skin.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@w0nd said:

@t3hlomb said:

I thought that his skin was impenetrable cause of some sort of thin energy field surrounding him or was that Pre-New 52?

It was like that Pre 52 in fact he saved someone from getting blown up and said something like "get as close as you can to me, good thing that worked, they were close enough for my bio aura to protect them as well" same explanation as to why his tights didn't rip, and in Allstar superman he evolved to the point where he could control it better and make bio force fields around other objects. I believe it is like super boy's Tactile Tk but a condensed version around his body for invulnerability. I try not to think about it too much it changes all the time. If it had to do with pure strength alone, he wouldn't be able to feel at all. He can feel a kiss, and the touch of another, but not bullets?

I also like to consider his powers are psionic like the Plutonians, who is pretty much a superman

this, i like the whole forcefield thing better than just hard skin. like in new 52 when he cant feel hot water.

Brian always has the best answers lol.

Brian and Kyle give the best, and then theres scott trying to be funny or hes just weird...

Posted by drgnx

Well, Lois and Clark Superman swallowed a bomb once so it is not just his skin (non cannon example though). I think it is every cell as someone pointed out and that affects his whole body.

Edited by ssejllenrad

@drgnx said:

Well, Lois and Clark Superman swallowed a bomb once so it is not just his skin (non cannon example though). I think it is every cell as someone pointed out and that affects his whole body.

Well even in canon showings... For example, he tanked a supernova-level of explosion. No matter how hard the outer covering is, with that kind of shockwave, it will liquify every organ inside. So I guess he does have durable organs as well in canon.

Posted by iceslick

Oh man Tony @g_man, I honestly think everyone was thinking down there! XD Dirty minds....

Edited by Kiddevil

@allstarsuperman: That's not just a New 52 thing when he lost his abilities for a time right after he got them back he put his hand on a stove burner and Lois realized "hey your powers are back"

Posted by Herx

I was going to make some comment about sups' skin having both the properties of normal skin but with the indestructable qualities (being flesh soft to the touch that he knows when people are tapping him of touching him and what not but at the same time being able to make the "it tickles" comment when being shot at by multiple machine guns) as there are characters like commander&citizen steel who's skin is literally steal (and all the problems that has caused him: not being able to hug his nice and nephew for fear of crushing them)

BUT!!!! I suddenly just wet my pants after seeing Scotts' "sweet-innocent-blinky" face... Nightmare fuel for a good few weeks (i am not going to be sleeping well for some time now :P)

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@Kiddevil oh. I did not know that. I thought he had control over it

Posted by Kiddevil

@allstarsuperman: Nope, it's never been shown as a controlled ability. Glad to have given a little info bit. :P

Posted by bigboi100000

clashofthefinest

Edited by AmazingWebHead

Phrasing?

Posted by herrweis

I think DC comics needs to clearly define their characters powers

Edited by Raw_Material

...And he uses the word again "hard". Lol :P

Edited by jaminligo

Depends on what object or weapon he's going up against...but in general has pretty hard skin...

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

You would think he would be, but no I doubt it. "Hard" isn't so much the appropriate word to use I would think anyway. Dense is probably better. His muscle density is second to practically none, which would allow for a 'hard' consistency.

Edited by redhood21

no comment lol

Posted by DennisReads

Did Brian Buccellato say that it puts the lotion on the skin?

Posted by 2cool4fun

No, His skin isn't always hard. Because if it was he wouldn't be able to move. His skin absorbs the light of earth's sun and then transfers that energy to his muscles than to his bones. He stores the sunlight in his bones and than when he uses the energy it's transferred to his eyes,muscles,breathe or skin.

Well in All-Star superman it`s stated that he has like some aura over him and his suit that protects him from things, besides if he was as hard as steel all the time, people would notice it...