Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex

Man Of Steel, Woman Of Kleenex

Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex

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"Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" is an essay in which science fiction author Larry Niven details the problems that Superman would face in having sexual intercourse and reproducing with "a human woman designated LL for convenience", using arguments based on humorous (yet logical) reconciliation between physics, biology and the abilities of Kryptonians as presented in Superman comic books. It was first printed in Niven's 1971 collection, All the Myriad Ways. It was also reprinted in the Niven compilation N-Space; as well, a comic book adaptation - illustrated by classic Superman artist Curt Swan, and with all identifying logos and names removed - was published in Penthouse Comix.

In 1986, the essay was reposted onto Usenet; this led to what is thought to be the of copyright violation.

In 2007, a YouTube video adaptation of the essay was made, with the permission of Niven. It was adapted by "JackDanyells" and starred him as Superman, Rachel Gorton as LL, and VenetianPrincess as Supergirl.

Other uses

Many of the points given in this essay are reused and paraphrased in Kevin Smith's 1995 movie Mallrats.

In Frank Miller's comic The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Superman touches on the theme of the essay when asked about sex by Lara, his teenage daughter by Wonder Woman.

In issue 6 of The Boys, Butcher mentions that his human wife was killed when, after being impregnated by a super-human, the super-powered fetus kicked its way out of her stomach.

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