I grew up reading Superman comics in the ’80s. I see art from Dan Jurgens or Jon Bogdanove and I immediately get all misty. So, being a huge dweeb, I found this breakdown of what it costs to be Superman to be fascinating. But, being a huge dweeb, I also have a few objections.
Let’s start with the most basic: According to the research done, Superman spends about $8555 on being Clark Kent, which is actually a fairly realistic total on a reporter’s salary. The bulk of that is actually sending money home to Ma, which actually makes sense, although it’s not like the guy needs to use a wire service; in fact he probably doesn’t. The next cost is suits and other clothing items: Clark has to leave his suits lying around in various locations, so it’s likely he’s replacing them on a fairly regular basis.
I do, however, have some objections to other items on the list, starting with protein bars. First of all, Superman doesn’t need to eat. He’s basically a plant, powered by the Sun. He’s also got a super-metabolism, so he can pretty much eat whatever he wants for pleasure.
Secondly, Superman does not use hair products. I don’t say this because the idea of Superman using hairspray enrages the nerd in me. In reality, Superman has made a litany of questionable decisions about his hair over the years, like that awful Supermullet he sported in the ’90s. No, it’s a scientific question: This is a guy who flies at supersonic speeds and his hair is always perfect. Nothing has that kind of hold. Forget off-the-shelf products, if Superman is using anything to style, it’s probably adhesives they use on fighter planes.
In other words, it’s not a bad idea, but they needed to do more research. But hey, unlike Gilette, they got his method of shaving right.