Poll Position: Superman vs. Galactus

With many thanks to frequent commenter McKnight57 for the idea, I present the following "Versus" matchup for your consideration:

What I love about this is that Galactus is (appropriately enough) a galactic-level threat, a being of such immense power that only one item in the Marvel Universe can threaten him. Superman can punch things real hard, but no matter how strong he is, can he really affect someone like Galactus?

On the other hand, Galactus has been defeated on numerous occasions by Earth's super heroes. Granted, those are Marvel guys, but Superman surely is faster, smarter, stronger, and mightier than most of them.

So what do you think, who would win in an all-out confrontation between these two titans of their respective universes?


McKnight57's vote counts twice since he's the one who thought of it, by the way.

Now have at it!

28 Responses to Poll Position: Superman vs. Galactus

  1. John says:

    Galactus, obviously.

    However, if it was Batman, Wolverine or Deadpool, then obviously, Galactus loses within 10 minutes of the start of hostilities.

  2. Erez says:

    I want Galactus to win, but superman never loses. he might die, fall out of reality but will always win…and i hate him so very much for it…

  3. McKnight57 says:

    I just realized it’s already been done before in a DC/Marvel Crossover event. Thanks to the Fantastic Four and Franklin Richards’ Superman action figure in particular, Superman won.

    Let’s forget that for a bit and just look at their abilities.

    Galactus is the wielder of the Power Cosmic. Basically, aside from devouring planets, he could use that power to crispy fry the Man of Steel himself. I mean, I just see him walking into the Cosmic Kitchen and dunking Kal-El into the deep-fat fryer and in 10 minutes . . . DING! Supes is done cakes. Of course, he’s also ridiculously slow and incredibly freakin’ ginormous. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

    Unless you go with the All-Star Superman who is somehow even stronger than usual, immune to Kryptonite and can destroy Solaris in like 2 punches, he’s kinda SOL. I mean, Doomsday was basically just as strong and beastly on pretty much every level. Superman couldn’t kill HIM until he actually gained intelligence and therefore doubt in what he could do. If we’re talkin’ a fight to the death, Superman loses because he will never consciously cross that line. However, if it’s just to incapacitate the opponent, Superman wins. He single-handedly sparked the Golden Age of Superheroes.

    With lives on the line, Superman always wins. You can’t put much more at stake than the fate of an entire solar system.

  4. Aaron says:

    Does galactus have access to Kryptonite?

  5. Myro says:

    Superman wins, on account of his Convenient Plot Contrivance power, wherein Supes gets whatever ability or power he needs at the time to win the day against anyone but Batman. Okay, this was usually something that ended up happening a lot with Pre-Crisis Superman, but, hey, with the New 52, Superman might have more of this same B.S. in store. You just never know.

  6. Joel says:

    I’d say superman wins (as much as I dislike him as a superhero and person). Superman is the most broken superhero ever, let’s just face it. I’d say he wins because Galactus would be arrogant enough to think his own powers could crush superman, so he wouldn’t snag some Kryptonite. As we all know, if it ain’t Kryptonite, superman ain’t dead.

  7. Frevoli says:

    Supes at no limit, full power (where he can knock Darkseid through a dozen buildings)… still gonna be close, but I give it to the man of steel

  8. William A. Peterson says:

    Superman wins, every time, for the exact same reason that Reed Richards always does… Superman has a Presence rating of Shift Preposterous! He’ll just talk the Big G to death, or at least until he decides to give up and go eat something else…

  9. @Joel(6): I hear ya. Not voting in this one because I don’t care for either. Maybe Galactus chokes when he tries to swallow Superman. Superman asphyxiates in Galactus’ esophagus.

  10. McKnight57 says:

    Aaron (4): Sure, let’s say he has access to a decent amount. At that point it’s a matter of which incarnation of the Big Blue Boyscout we’re talking about.

    Wait, holdup! I just realized something. Galactus basically feeds on energy right? And Superman is essentially a solar battery. Assuming Supes is dumb enough to get that close to his mouth, Galactus will basically vamp out on Superman. If that occurs, our bets just went back to being 50/50.

  11. Gregg says:

    It depends which Superman, obviously. Full-on Silver Age Superman wins in a walk. Byrne-era Superman wouldn’t stand a chance…except that he’s the good guy, and good guys always win somehow, right?

  12. ams says:

    Superman wins. Why? After trying to punch the crap out of ol’ Galactus and not making a dent, Supes calls Batman to give him the cheat codes on the battle and slides to an easy victory. Hey, it’s not “what” you know, it’s “who” you know.

  13. TOOL says:

    Gosh there are a lot of Batman lovers on this site. I swear even if the post isn’t about him he still gets thrown in there somehow. It’s almost as bad as how John Madden has to bring up Brett Favre anytime he can. I voted Superman because I always liked him growing up and I seen him do a lot of cool stuff and beat some tough people. Galactus I don’t honestly know too much about besides what my marvel encyclopedia says. He loses to bad clothing for sure.

  14. Chuck. F***ing. Norris.

    He always wins everything because he has mustache, denim vest, cowboy hat powers….unless he’s fighting Batman, Wolverine, or Deadpool. I just had to add that since I know next to nothing about Galactus or Superman. I know I just willfully sacrificed like 20,000 geek points, but Superman was always a bit too all powerful and boy scouty for my taste. I was never into Fan 4 as a group period.

  15. Blazing Tornado says:

    I love how people are all “I HATE SUPERMAN HE ALWAYS WINS!” then turn around and say Batman would win instead. Batman wins all the time too.
    I also hate the people on here who say they hate the kind of person Superman/Clark Kent is… because people who try to do good are SO deserving of scorn. Do you people spit on firemen and paramedics too?

    In any case, I’m giving this one to Superman. He’s defeated galactic threats before, including Darkseid, so I don’t see how Galactus can defeat the man of steel. His earth-devouring track record isn’t exactly stellar as Earth-616 still stands. 😉
    Reed Richards has the Ultimate Nullifier, Superman has the Phantom Zone Projector.

  16. McKnight57 says:

    Just thought of something for consideration. If Superman breaks the Big G’s antennae things, will the power start to seep out? If so, that’s a huge advantage for Big Blue. He could also just burst through Galactus’ abdomen and then cauterize the wound with his heat vision. I’m actually seeing far more winning scenarios for Superman without resorting to lethal measures.

  17. Sean Murphy says:

    Realistically (Hah! I crack me up sometimes…) Superman has no powers that approach what would be needed to defeat Galactus, but he is the Hero and would win through plot contrivance, the same as Reed Richards keeps doing. I decided to ignore that and vote based on actual abilities though. And Superman’s lifeforce would be a crumb of sustenance for the World Devourer, potent enough for Galactus to notice.

  18. TopHat says:

    Galactus wiped out three solar system while at his weakest. Modern Age Superman would only be able to destroy a really large planet at best, when sufficiently enraged.

    Also, Galactus ‘body’ so to speak, is only what we’re able to percieve with our limited senses. He’s an energy being, who exists beyond the dimensions we know of. The equal to Death and Eternity.

    With no plot armour in place (And I’m assuming such is the case), Galactus babyshakes Superman.

  19. TopHat says:

    It should also be noted that the times Galactus has lost could be linked to three things.

    1) His enemies were aided by an outside source (Most notable example being his first appearance where the Watcher helped the FF).

    2) He was hungry and therefore not at full power (Most times Galactus is on Earth)

    3) He was beaten by a cosmic being of equal or greater power (His battle with Tenebrous and Aegis)

  20. Patriot_Missile says:

    Well… Assuming the battle is Superman BY HIMSELF; and the only reason I can think of is that Galactus not only ate Earth, but Earth-hero friendly beings’ systems as well, and the floating leftovers are disabled (you know how even Luthor would rally to his side in such times); then that would mean Galactus confronts Superman at full power…

    I say Galactus wins because he’s far too experienced to not only bust out surprise cosmic level amounts of Kryptonite on Superman, but he’d take out the Sun thanks to Superman’s super-disadvantage of telling the truth. Sorry, Lois.

    Anywho, howzabout Galactus versus Green Lantern Mogo? Nevermind…

  21. Corran Horn says:

    You know, I kinda want to know what DOOM has to say about this, but I haven’t seen him around for a while.

    I went with Superman because I know him better.

  22. kryptkal says:

    I am resisting the temptation to retaliate against all of the biased Superman-haters on this site and obsessive Batman-lovers because everyone has their own opinions; but seriously guys, you don’t have to love Superman like me and other fans do but I think you’re seriously missing the core of the character.

    ANYWAY…I’d like to point out that Superman has faced an almost exact version of Galatactus in the DC universe: IMPERIEX. The dude destroyed Galaxies in a blink. No matter how strong Superman is (I’m going with the “current” Superman, ignoring the new reboot since it’s so fresh) he can’t face that kind of threat with brute strength, but thankfully Supes isn’t a mindless brute. He’d call in experts to help, consult the fortress, or figure something out since at this point he’s got a lot of experience with mega threats and lets face it, Galactus has a large ego and arrogance befitting his size. He has great power but he also wouldn’t take Superman seriously enough.

    Supes figured out how to beat the power of Imperiex TWICE and since Galactaus is less fanatical then him, I’m sure Superman could figure something out, even if it involves making a hard choice (a deal, the lesser of two evils or something).

    Alternatively, Superman could just dump him into the Phantom Zone and Galactus could feed on General Zod for all eternity. 🙂

  23. Patriot_Missile says:

    Bravo, KryptKal! The Imperiex reference seals the deal on what others have said about Supes trapping Galactus into the Phantom Zone.

  24. Joe says:

    KryptKal, I believe that is the mst logical answer for who would win in this fight. Nice job.

  25. Noah says:

    Galctus freaking eats planets for appetizers, Superman can do a lot of cool stuff and has solved many problems, but they are both incredibly strong, but Galactus can just eat the sun and poof, no power for supes, and since superman is pretty much a flying solar battery (no disrespect) Galactus can pretty much drain him, and eat him, I admit Galactus can be defeated by supes if its a long prepared battle, but if its just a instant random attack alone(1 on 1) Galactus wins.

  26. TopHat says:

    Good luck finding people who can help Superman learn about someone from a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT UNIVERSE. And Superman didn’t beat Imperiex alone, it took all the heroes of earth, various supervillains (Including Darkseid and Doomsday) along with a big bang to kill him. All things he won;thave access too here.

    And Galactus could pretty easily break out of the phantom zone. Just saying.

  27. Brad says:

    Kind of late in the debate here, but I did want to point out something that people tend to forget: Kryptonite is not Superman’s only weakness. He still needs to breathe. He can hold his breath for an incredibly long time but he does need it occasionally. And while most people don’t have the strength to hold Superman underwater long enough to drown him, I’m very sure Galactus could.

  28. knight1192a says:

    Which version of Superman are we dealing with? That’s really the key here for me on this one. At some point Pre-Crisis he was supposed to have become so extremely powerful that he could fly into space and blow out a star with a short burst of air, was able to fly faster than the speed of light, and even was strong enough to move whole planets. Post-Crisis his powers were scaled back for a time but since then they’ve begun going back.

    I mean you if you’re pitting Galactus up against “god” Pre-Crisis Superman then I don’t care what kind of a threat Galactus is as he wouldn’t last more than a couple issues. But against a weaker version then Galactus might win after a couple issues only to have Superman end up coming back a dozen issues or so later and trounce him with new found knowledge of how to beat him (that or some new kind of kryptonite that supercharges his powers to a thousand times their normal level for a couple hours after which it leaves him in a coma with everyone thinking he’s dead for a few months).