| > > Yes, this is clear, but it's not as if the universe was falling like the Spectre was. It also does not address how it could be a universal feat given that the Earth didn't crack (or how it could be a planetary feat, even).|
| > But why would the Earth crack? |
Because the universe is very, very heavy and to suggest that a planet could bear the weight of a universe without some sort of magic or other great force coming into play (which is not in the comic, yes?) is far more absurd than the building/ground example you give below -- too absurd for my tastes.
| > Thats only if real world physics are into play.|
Like the mass and weight of the firmament that Hercules held up? There's room to doubt the mass/weight of the feat if "real world physics" are not in play, then, yes?
| > In the fictional realms, depending the genre, real world physics wont matter. In fact, how do you show someone as actually that strong, if everything crumbles beneath him?|
Write magic into the comic to explain why the Earth doesn't crack. Without that, it's impossible to see this as a universe-level feat, in my opinion. I'm not asking for physics to be adhered to perfectly -- I freely accept math gaffs in most cases, but this one is too big to pass over, I believe. Same thing with the Spectre example. Spectre clearly wasn't depicted with lunar mass in that issue, in my opinion.
| > In this land, if you are strong enougth, nothing happens. Not unless its the porpuse of the writer to happen. The ground doesnt fall just because Superman is stopping a falling building, and it should. |
Will it? Buildings crumble to the ground and don't fell the ground. However, for the sake of argument, I will say you are right here. But it is much less believable that a planet could bear the weight of a universe than the ground could a falling building, in my opinion.
If you take this feat at face value, fine. It is extremely more far fetched than ground remaining intact when a character catches a falling building, in my oinion, thus it invites more scrutiny, in my opinion, and is far more dubious.
There's a double standard here (not saying with you, as you haven't said anything on it): The Spectre is debunked -- rightfully, in my opinion -- as a lunar mass because the Moon didn't crack/fall/etc.; but Hercules' feat is not debunked as a universe- or planetary-level feat because the Earth didn't crack/fall/etc.