Correct me if I'm wrong. I read somewhere that there's some sort of "invisible force field" emitted by his body that only extends out quite thin. This is enough to protect his costume but not his free flowing cape. And if this is b.s. I think its quite rosy b.s.
Actually, I don't think there's a "force field". His costume is made from the blankets he was wrapped in as a baby. Alien-based thread under the yellow sun, is inpenetrable, just like Superman's skin. How the cape rips? I dunno.
The force feild comes from his cells. Cloth doesn't have it.
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Not so much a force field, as an aura. At least post crisis. The aura didnt extend much past his skin, which explains why his cape would rip. That, and Byrne liked drawing the ripped cape.
If you saw his costume ripped, it meant he'd suffered serious damage.
Pre crisis, the alien blanket scenario is spot on. Ma Kent sewed the costume under a red sunlight simulating bulb of some kind.
Supes also used to "dry clean" his suit...by flying through the sun.
DCnu, not sure if the aura exists anymore, though it probably does. The armored suit (which he wouldnt need) i chalk up to artistic preference, in the same vein as Byrne's ripped capes...
No, you're thinking of Superboy, Conner Kent, from the New 52. He was Superman's and Lex Luthor's clone, and had nearly the same abilities as Superman. However, Superman's abilities were physically given to him by absorbing yellow solar radiation, and Conner only had similar abilities because of a TK force field that surrounds his body, giving him invulnerability, super strength, TK and other abilities later on. In fact, he's pretty much a normal person baring the TK.
That's also why he didn't need solar energy to use his powers when one of the lords of chaos basically turned off the sun.
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