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Superman vs. Hulk: Who Would Win in a Fight

Hulk Smash Krypton Man! You Decide.

By Chad Derdowski     September 17, 2009
Source: Mania.com


Superman vs. Hulk: Who Would Win in a Fight
© Bob Trate

 

Bruce Banner, on the run from the law and undercover, eventually makes his way to Metropolis. Working as a medic at a homeless shelter, he runs into trouble when Lex Luthor decides to demolish the shelter to make way for a LexCorp subsidiary or secret laboratory of some sort. It doesn’t really matter; the bottom line is that Luthor won’t like Dr. Banner when he’s angry. Gamma-powered blood begins to flow, pulse pounds and heart rate increases… next thing you know, we’ve got an eight-foot, 1,400 lb rampaging behemoth tearing up Metropolis. Looks like a job for Superman!
The Tale of the Tape

 Superman vs. Hulk

Superman’s Strengths (or Why Kal-El could KO Hulk)
Well, Superman sort of has a reputation for being the most powerful being on the planet earth. Not only that, he’s smart–not smarter than Dr. Bruce Banner, but definitely smarter than the Hulk. If Superman is going to win this battle, he’s going to have to rely on brains over brawn, which shouldn’t be too hard, considering the Hulk’s intelligence level is on par with the average 5-year old.
While the Hulk is just a big, strong monster, Superman is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. Even a nuclear explosion can’t put him down for the count, so he could definitely go toe-to-toe with the Hulk and give ol’ jade jaws a run for his money. But wait, there’s more! Superman possesses a smorgasbord of abilities far beyond those of mortal men. He could use his super breath to freeze the Hulk. He could bore a hole into the earth at super speed and bury the Hulk in it. He could use his microscopic vision to… OK; maybe that one wouldn’t be of much use.

 Superman vs. Hulk

Hulk’s Strengths (or Why Hulk Could Knock Supes for a Loop)
The Incredible Hulk definitely lives up to his name. His level of strength, endurance and healing ability is determined by his emotional state. Or to put it more simply, the madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets. When the Hulk goes on a rampage, the best we can hope for is that he eventually gets bored and leaves. He has withstood temperatures equivalent of those found in the sun’s core, been hit with a nuclear bomb and survived planet-splitting impacts. Heck, he’s gone 12 rounds with the God of Thunder and was barely breathing heavy. He took on the entire Marvel Universe a couple of years ago in a story entitled “World War Hulk.”
And you think a little solar-powered Kryptonian is gonna be able to beat him?

 Superman vs. Hulk

The Weaknesses
As far as weaknesses go, the Hulk has really only got one, but it’s a doozy: He’s as dumb as a box of rocks. If you can figure out a way to outthink the Hulk, you might be able to beat him.
Superman’s got a few weaknesses, but since the Hulk isn’t magical and he’s not likely carrying a chunk of Kryptonite in those ripped-up purple pants, there’s really only one flaw left for him to exploit: Superman’s heart. Superman might possess enough power to actually kill the Hulk, but would he do it? Unlikely. Add to that the distraction of saving the lives of innocents caught in the midst of the battle and Superman is gonna have his hands full. It might be just enough to give the Hulk the upper hand.

 Superman vs. Hulk

Historical Matchups
Perhaps the best way to compare these two combatants is to take a look at some of the more notable bouts they’ve had in the past. By taking a look at the caliber of their old rivals and their win/loss records, we can better determine who will come out on top.
The Last Son of Krypton has had his share of notable enemies, among them:
Bizarro–an imperfect clone of the Man of Steel. He’s all the brawn with half the brains. Superman has handed Bizarro his ass on many occasions.
General Zoda Kryptonian villain who possesses all of Superman’s powers but none of his morals. The Son of Jor-El has narrowly defeated this villain by trapping him in the Phantom Zone. It’s sort of like the superhero equivalent of hitting a guy with a loaded glove.
Doomsday–a genetically modified Kryptonian engine of destruction, Doomday is a lot like Clubber Lang in Rocky III, or more appropriately, Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. He’s not only defeated Superman, he killed him!
The Incredible Hulk has fought a number of heavy-hitting bruisers as well…
Abomination–sort of the Bizarro-Hulk, Abomination has gamma-powered muscles and a scientists’ brain. He’s one of the few folks who has actually managed to KO the Hulk!
Absorbing Man–Crusher Creel possesses the ability to take on the characteristics of whatever he touches: steel, rock, etc. He’s turned into stone and been smashed to pieces by the Hulk more times than we can count.
The Leader–gamma radiation gave this guy a big ol’ brain instead of muscles. Despite his impressive intellect, he’s never been able to get the Hulk down for the count, proving that sometimes might does make right!

 Superman vs. Hulk

The Outcome
So who wins? The way we see it, it goes down like this…
After doing a number on Metropolis and laying waste to the Science Police and a few minor heroes, the Hulk finally comes face-to-face with the toughest battle of his life: Superman. The two lock horns and create massive amounts of property damage. No matter how hard Hulk hits Supes, the Big Blue Boy Scout just won’t stay down, a fact that only serves to further enrage the Hulk. The adrenaline starts flowing and the Hulk “Hulks out,” to use a popular phrase. 
Hulk could care less about the puny humans who get in his way but Superman is determined to make sure there will be no collateral damage in this fight. This distraction allows the Hulk to get in a few cheap shots, weakening the Man of Steel. Just as it’s looking like we’re going to see another Doomsday scenario, Kal-El whisks the Hulk off to the Arctic Circle where the only ones in danger are a few penguins and a polar bear.
The battle rages on but before it’s too late, Superman manages to get inside the Fortress of Solitude and nail the Hulk with the Phantom Zone projector, sending the gamma-spawned behemoth to that netherworld between worlds. It’s a victory for the Man of Steel, but in the process, Hulk laid waste to Metropolis and trashed the Fortress of Solitude, destroying many of Superman’s personal items, historical Kryptonian artifacts and his prized stamp collection.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 9/17/2009 1:35:14 AM

I hate Superman but admit, he'd win because he's neigh invunerable, which is one reason that I hate him and the movies he's been in.  As a kid I didn't but now that I'm all grown-up I can't stand them.  All he would have to do - though - like you said - is throw him into the sun or something.  Your idead about the Negative Zone is a good one.  Probably the only one that - in relation to the Superman's ethics - could possibly come out.  Though didn't Doomsday kill Superman and he wasn't magic or made of Kryptonite either.  I dunno.

Chopsaki 9/17/2009 2:23:37 AM

Superman would use his heat vision at a long range attack luring the Hulk away from Metropolis. Once clear of the city Supes would use his super breath to freeze the Hulk. While only a temporary solution it's just long enough for Supes to toss the Hulk like a salad into outter space. The Hulk while in orbit explodes from his icey prison only to float helplessly in zero gravity. Superman then proceeds to give the Hulk a stern lecture about anger managment. After several minutes of Superman's corny speech the Hulk becomes bored and his anger disapates. He reverts back to Dr. Bruce Banner and before Supes can react he suffocates in the cold vacume of space. SUPERMAN B-I-T-C-H-E-S!!!

Chopsaki 9/17/2009 3:14:18 AM

Scenario #2

Superman wants to use his heat vision to lure the Hulk away from Metropolis but can't due to the amount of civilians caught in the cross fire.  Forced to close the distance Supes flys too close. The Hulk who screams "Bad Blue Boy" does a super jump snatching Supes in mid air sticking him in a rear naked choke MMA style. Hulk then jumps to about 30,000 feet holding Supes like a rag doll and colides with Oceanic flight 815. Supes cape gets caught in the turbine ripping off as a stunned Hurley remarks, "Dude". Free falling back to earth the Hulk atomic pile drives Superman's head straight into the roof of Lexcorp. Crashing through 100 floors before landing in a seceret labratory at the basement level. A stunned Lex Luthor looks up from his work bench tinkering with a bomb that apears to be laced with kryptonite. Hulk punches Superman's face into a bloody pulp infront of a giddy Lex. HULK SMASH  B-I-T-C-H-E-S!!!

Maelo13 9/17/2009 5:18:13 AM

HULK WINS!  He gets stronger the madder he gets.  If Doomsday can do in Superman then surely Hulk would have no problem.  Come to think of it let Hulk take on Doomsday and Superman at the same time.....he he

KillerTomato 9/17/2009 5:23:36 AM

This fight has bothered me since Marvel vs DC back in the day.  First off I've always disliked Superman...but I really try not be bias in my opinion.  Okay, so Superman has like every major power known to man and "super"man alike, and the Incredible Hulk...well he's big, green, dumb, and persistent.  The thing is Superman definitely has the advantage because of all his powers, so as long as Hulk never actually got his hands on Supes, Superman could win.  Though the minute Hulk got in a good hit, well that's when things change.  Superman has a peak strength, the Hulk doesn't...the madder Hulk gets, the stronger he gets...so every time Superman scored some pavement busting punches Hulk would slowly be getting stronger...eventually he'd be a raging green behemoth...and as long as Superman doesn't get to use his vast plethora of powers...in a knock-down, drag-out fight...Hulk beats Superman to a red-blue blur.

Darkknight2280 9/17/2009 5:40:53 AM

MRJAW..superman died when he was fighting doomsday becasue he allowed himself to die..he gave up because he knew if they kept fighting more and more innocent people would die. But im with you on SUPERMAN, although i like the movies. I dont like the fact that he is all powerfull and pretty much invulnerable. The Hulk is bad ass just because his powers are dictated by his state of mind. Well the level of his power that is.

I really need to get the trade paperback of world war hulk..will look for it at comic con in town this weekend :)

Matador 9/17/2009 5:41:44 AM

Agree with Killer Tomato.  Supes is at his highest peak from the begining since he does need recharge from the sun. A long drag out battle will eventually weaken supes of his energy but at that time while Supes is wiping Hulk around he is only getting madder & stonger. As we all know Hulk can and will adabt to his foes and evironment so he may act like he got rocks up in his head but its a matter of time before he polishes'em.

Hulk could pull it off; his had allot more training fighting brusiers than Supes.

Cabal 9/17/2009 5:56:38 AM

I'm going to ignore the whole business of Superman vs. the Hulk, and confine myself to saying, penguins in the Arctic? I'm sorry -- my suspension of disbelief can easily handle a solar-powered alien and a gamma-irradiated human having an enormous battle, but penguins in the Arctic is simply too much.

goldeneyez 9/17/2009 6:04:46 AM

Superman wins.  This really isn't a fair fight, Superman is too powerful.  Superspeed at times rivaling the Flash, Superstregnth on par with the Hulk, Heat vision, Cold Breath, Flight, Invulnerability... Plus, he is smart, has access to Kryptonian technology.

People keep talking about Superman is at his peak power... so.  Piss Superman off & see if he doesn't unleash.  On top of that how long would it take to get mad enough to be at Superman's strenght level? The way I look at it, Sups probably holds back most of the time he fights because he could pinky kill most folks.  If he were to unleash wel...

Ultimately, all Superman has to do is throw him into orbit wait for him to black out from lack of oxygen, & go up and save him at superspeed... Spiderman actually did this back in the Super-Spiderman days of the 90s.

I love both characters, but about the only way Hulk could win is with outside help (Luthor exposes the Hulk to green Kryptonite radiation) or Superman not being on his A game.

kow626_home 9/17/2009 6:07:45 AM

this article goes under the assumption that supes has already fought dooms and learned from it each time. also, there's many different hulks. so let's say this was supes, no doomsday fight. and this was rampaging hulk, no world war, no banner. supes would stand no chance if it was a straight up one-on-one.

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