TIL in the original 1938 comics, Superman could not fly, but he could leap tall buildings in a single bound. Superman gained the ability to fly in the second episode of the radio serial in 1940

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  1. I found out his heat vision doesn’t have to be a beam he can pick a single spot to heat up pretty sure he or other Kryptonian can use this to labotanize people

    (Injustice superman is the only version I really find interesting tbh)

  2. I thought it was because of the cartoons. Not only did superman look silly bouncing around everywhere, it was also a pain to animate all that. With the rotoscope they invented, they could easily animate him flying.

  3. Original power set was like.. he was moderately resistant to being injured by conventional weapons, could run like 80mph, could jump a hundred feet in the air, could lift two tons.

    By the mid-80s he could freeze anything solid by breathing on it, fly faster than the speed of sound, melt steel by looking at it, throw his voice, hypnotize people, punch through solid granite, invulnerable to any kind of physical damage.. and whatever else the writers of any particular adventure felt like throwing in there, notably the time he lifted a tractor without touching it by rubbing his hands together very fast and mumbling about physics.

    And then there’s the movie where he travels back in time by flying circle around the Earth faster than the speed of light..

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