What Kind Of Superman Are You?

Clark Kent gets a tip

It’s International Women’s Day and artist aleXsandro Palombo has done a series called “What Kind Of Man Are You?” featuring images of well-known cartoon characters in scenes of domestic violence.


Characters include Prince Charming and Snow White, The Flintstones, and The Simpsons, among others. I’m not sure what kind of statement he’s trying to make beyond the equivalent of flying a ribbon from your car antenna, but I think he missed the target here. This image, for example…

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…isn’t particularly striking, pardon the pun, since we’ve seen Homer do worse to Bart almost since Day One. If anything, Marge is getting off easy (and I seem to recall Maggie launching an unprovoked attack at Homer at one point).

As for the superhero images, they’re pretty tame (seriously, after being hit by Superman, Wonder Woman shouldn’t even have a head anymore). Even the Super Friends cartoon, which looks to be the inspiration here, was more dynamic and energetic. But more importantly, he didn’t need to come up with some new image to show Superman committing domestic violence – there’s tons upon tons of source material in the actual comics.

In The End, Superman Always Wins

In the end, Superman always wins [click to embiggen]

Those are way niftier ways of trying to murder the one you love, especially if you have super powers. Gotta put some style in your game. But I digress.

So it’s established that Supes was not very nice to his girlfriend. But domestic violence is not always one-sided. Often the woman is an aggressor as well. It’s not as well known because women are generally less likely to manage causing physical harm to the man, which is illuminated through the extreme situation of the Superman-Lois dynamic… what’s she gonna do to him without taking extreme measures?

Which she’s done. Repeatedly. It’s only fair to look at things from Superman’s side of the story and see how Lois has treated him.

Even Lex Luthor hath no fury like a Lois scorned

Even Lex Luthor hath no fury like a Lois scorned

Superman isn’t the only one to be the victim of his girlfriend turning on him. Batman’s crazy cat lady squeeze dropped a hurt on him something fierce.

Catwoman vs Batman

Pussy Riot!!!!

Another aspect of domestic violence that is not often mentioned is that there are times when the woman starts the fight, provoking him into retaliating or sometimes even forcing the man into defending himself. With his greater strength, he is more likely to visibly injure the woman.

Who Started It

Supes was just wanting to talk til he got bitch-slapped with a light pole. Amazons be crazy, yo

The unstated assumption here appears to be that those with power will abuse it unless shamed into restraining themselves. Delving into characters like these undermines the concept – comics and cartoons are loaded with Women Of Power. Aside from Superman, who is more powerful than Wonder Woman? In addition, unlike the caped Boy Scout, she was explicitly trained to fight and even kill. So should we expect a scene like this?

Power is exchanged through the physical medium of her fist

Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman engage in a little “super power exchange'”

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Posted on March 7, 2014, in ...The Hell Is This?, Hey! Comix! and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great comic NSR. The comic where Wonder Woman and Superman exchange blows is great. Nice to see a Supes’ who isn’t a total wimp.

    Aside from Superman, who is more powerful than Wonder Woman?

    Captain Marvel? I seem to recall he is usually considered Superman’s equal or near-equal.

    Oh, and I have always thought the Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman “thing” was rubbish. Given the power disparity between them, he would at best be a Beta Orbiter.

  2. Nice to see a Supes’ who isn’t a total wimp.

    The story still favors Wonder Woman, both physically (one punch from Supes and she should be a jello puddle) and morally… the book was written by an uber-feminist. But at least the writer let Supes keep his balls, more or less.

    Captain Marvel is like Wonder Woman – strength of Hercules. Superman pushed planets around. I’d say that trumps Herc and his 12 labors.

    Oh, and I have always thought the Steve Trevor and Wonder Woman “thing” was rubbish.

    I’ve thought that almost since I was old enough to read. Something about it just didn’t sit right with my 7 year-old self. Keep in mind WW was created by a polygamous female supremacist who was into bondage and other things.

  3. Sorry, missed your reply.

    Well, comics have been feminist havens for quite a while actually. So unsurprising, really, that WW should be favored.

    And I’ve always thought Superman the stronger as well, but Captain Marvel has his fans who insist otherwise.

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