While Superman and Shazam’s rivalry goes back decades outside of comics, fans have also wondered who is the most powerful within the comics, as well. So who is the more powerful hero: Shazam, Earth’s Mightiest Mortal, or Superman, the Man of Steel?
Who would win in a fight? It’s a battle that’s raged on for 80 years, a question that every writer wants to take a crack it. It seems that Shazam! and Superman can hardly cross over without fighting each other, whether its in the comics, or in their animated series. I imagine that one day, we’ll even see it in the DCEU.
The answer isn’t nearly as clear-cut as you might think. Both Superman and Shazam have a similar lineup of powers. They’re both incredibly strong, invulnerable and have the ability to fly at great speeds. And where Superman has heat vision, cold breath and other useful powers, Shazam can call down lightning and even bestow part of his power to other heroes. It’s a pretty even match-up, all things considered.
But in a one-on-one fight, it’s a different story. That’s because Shazam is powered by magic, one of Superman’s few weaknesses. Magic isn’t as foolproof a weapon against Superman as kryptonite, but it can cut through his defenses and cause him pain. If Shazam is determined to finish the fight quickly and make the most of his lightning, he can and has gotten the better of Superman.
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