Five years later I still fucking love this one.
You know, technically, Superman shouldn’t breathe in space either.
At least as far as the DCAU is concerned… he always had a breathing apparatus on in outer space.
In STAS, he’s also lost his breathing apparatus and been fine. It was mostly a precaution.
Do you remember the specific episode you saw that in?
Because the episode I’m watching right now, “Absolute Power”, establishes Kryptonians cannot breathe in space, as they nearly die from asphyxion after exiting the Phantom Zone into outer space (before they’re rescued by benevolent aliens, who they proceed to conquer), so now I’m curious which ep contradicts this.
“They” referring to Jax-Ur and Mala, ha ha I’m so absent-minded.
As far as I’m aware Kryptonians do need to breath, but can hold their breath for a very long time. The breathing apparatus on Superman would therefore merely be so that he can talk (No air, no vibrations, no sound). If a Kryptonian were to be dumped in space without a chance to take a really big breath, they would die (Although it might take a month or two).
Actually, holding your breath changes nothing. The main danger of space exposure is the lack of external pressure, which leads to ebullism. In other words, your blood would boil in space regardless of whether you held your breath or not.
He has a bio-electric aura that prevents that from happening. As long as he has enough sun energy the difference in air pressure won’t affect him.
He’s Superman. He’s probably stronger than all that.
I think we can assume that because Jax-Ur & Mala hadn’t been on a planet in orbit of a yellow sun before they were tossed out into space, they wouldn’t have all the abilities of Superman such as much stronger lungs.
Well, he’s also solar powered. We can probably assume that he can synthesize oxygen via sunlight, then use aerobic respiration to turn it back into carbon dioxide, which he then turns back into oxygen ad infinitum. In short, as long as he’s near a yellow sun and had some air in his lungs to begin with, he probably doesn’t need to breathe.
How much yellow sunlight did Jaxur and Mala absorb before being dumped out of the Phantom Zone into the vacuum of space?
I always just considered superman to be solar powered. Meaning even if he wasn’t on direct view of our yellow sun he stilled retained powers from it. These powers I always imagined is what kept him from dying from the -12 PSI on his body. Batman however, hes just a batman yo!
I’m enjoying the comments more than the comic.
Hey, I have to ask… how does Superman’s comm system work? I know he can either hold his breath in space or what ever, but the mic would pick up viberations which don’t exist in space. I could see if it was attached to his throat it could read his vocal cords directly but, not if its floating in front of his face.
Of course superman could just be talking and exhailing at the same time which would probably make the mike work…
well, if he is talking, then he’s vibrating. there might not be any air to vibrate through, but if the mic is right against his cheek, and the speaker right against his ear, it’s feasible, thought it would be mumbled.
The distance to the mic doesn’t matter because Superman has super-ventriloquism – he can throw his voice to the mic. (50% j/k)
You know, I got to this site by a link called “Batman can Breathe in Space”. But after the second panel, all I could think about was how superman could talk on his headset….
At least they gave a halfhearted attempt at a breathing apparatus for Batman.
Congratulations, Shortpacked! You’ve named another internet meme! *does the Linkara dance* Years later, it’s still awesome.
OH GOD THIS IS ALL SO CONFUSING.
I know! What happened to the comic?!?!
I know! Somebody help me!!! I suppose I haven’t assimilated yet…
I have been over and over again repeating this phrase to people I come in contact with and something really weird pops up in conversation.
The start of a classic meme
And thus started a great tradition.
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