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Subj: Re: Question about Ultraman
Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 at 10:26:58 pm CST (Viewed 143 times)
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As I understand it technically he is Superman's direct physical peer yes, with a 'but' attached to it... as the way his powers are granted and sustained means he is inherantly going to be variable.
Superman is kept stable and at an even performance level by his constant exposure to the Sun, Ultraman's power on the other hand is very different - being granted solely by regular exposure (or ingestion) of Kryptonite. Naturally then if he expends too much energy, or if he hasn't had access to Kryptonite in some time, he is weaker than Superman. On the other hand if he has recently binged on the green stuff, or if he has strategically implanted Kryptonite injections as he once did in Kurt Busiek's Justice League run, then he would be stronger that Superman.

If anything then a confrontation with Ultraman might well come down to a simple stamina equation - can the person in question match him long enough to tax his power and therefore begin to diminish it as he burns through his Kryptonite fuel...?

What is most curious is the fact that in the Pre-Flashpoint Continuity (Supergirl #7 to be exact), Ultraman is seen using machines to bombard him with solar energy in order to keep himself powered up in Kandor. So Liheibao is right, there is more than one version of Ultraman. Either that or the writer forgot that he's powered by Kryptonite.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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