With Krypton debuting on Syfy March 21, all eyes are turning to Superan's home planet. I'll be writing something about it, but right now I don't know what. In the meantime, let's talk Krypton. What's your favorite Krypton story? Or tidbit? Or revamp? Or whatever?
As for me, I have more than a few comments and questions.
* Every time I read a story about the Thought-Beast, I wondered what kind of evolutionary advantage could possibly come from advertising your thoughts on your forehead.
* I know Krypto had to get to Earth somehow, and no doubt the writers simply took the most expedient route. But even as a child I thought Jor-El sending Krypto into space as a test animal was cru-el.
* Commander Benson has a three-part kryptonite series on this site that is required reading.
* Speaking of kryptonite, I remember green, red, gold, blue, white, jewel, x-kryptonite (Streaky) and anti-kryptonite (Argo City) from the Silver Age off the top of my head. And silver and black came along post-Crisis. (I do not count pink kryptonite, which Peter David mentioned in order to make a gay joke in his Supergirl run.) Oh, yeah, there was red-green kryptonite, but I've forgotten why I know that.
* If I were living in the Bottle City of Kandor, I think I'd rather take my chances outside where I'm invulnerable, no matter how tiny. Inside the bottle I could die slipping in the shower.
* When was Rokyn established? Was that pre-Crisis?
* whenever I think of the legions of people who visited Krypton before it exploded via time travel, this is always the story I think of first.
Way to turn the central tragedy of Superman's life into a punchline, DC.
* Who else visited Krypton? Lar Gand, of course, but it wasn't by time travel. Brainiac was also a pre-explosion tourist. Superman famously went back in time and dated Lyla Lerrol, but I'm sure there have been more occasions than that, although none are occurring right now. Lois Lane tried to date Jor-El. (Ew!) Lex Luthor did, or maybe he did -- now that I think about it, I think it was an Imaginary Story. Did Lana Lang ever make the trip? Superboy? Supergirl? I'm drawing blanks, although I'm pretty sure returning to Krypton was practically a cottage industry in the Silver Age.
* There was a Superboy story once where he found Lara and Jor-El alive and well, but by the next issue they were gone. I don't remember the particulars now. Were they meant to return, and then some editor thought better of it? I feel like I should set alight the Mopee-Signal.
* After Rokyn, were there any other in-continuity embiggenings for Kandor? I know there was the fairly recent war between Krypton and Earth, when Zod and company were on a planet on the other side of the sun, but I don't remember how they got there. Allura was there, too, and I think Zor-El was, but got killed.
* Other major Krypton stuff comes from the two World of Krypton miniseries (one on either side of the Crisis) and the Krypton Chronicles mini. I think those established that Jor-El's father's name was Jor-El also. On TV he will be Seg-El, which sounds familiar but I don't know why.
What Krypton stuff is rattling around in your heads?
"Superman's Day of Truth!" from Superman #176 introduced the idea that Krypton was conquered for a period by the Vrangs.
That story was expounded on in, I think, Krypton Chronicles. There were a whole lot of Els in that series -- who, as Phillip points out, invented everything.
If I were living in the Bottle City of Kandor, I think I'd rather take my chances outside where I'm invulnerable, no matter how tiny. Inside the bottle I could die slipping in the shower.
But the Kandorians were super-tiny: they needed to take enlarging gas to grow to figurine size (and may not have had enough of that to enlarge everyone). Therefore they would have been vulnerable to low levels of red or green sun radiation or small particles of kryptonite dust in the environment. Earth's sun emits green and red photons.
Philip Portelli said:
To Luke etc.
Thanks, Philip. I corrected my post when I saw your first one.
Luke Blanchard said:
"The Fabulous World of Krypton" shorts appeared in Super-titles in the 1970s and 80s.
One of those explained why the Green Lantern Corps failed to prevent Krypton's explosion.
An interesting one is from Starman #51, where Jack Knight and Mikaal Tomas end up on Krypton when Jor-El was a teen.
I wondered about KRYPTON before!
Captain Comics said:
There were a whole lot of Els in that series -- who, as Phillip points out, invented everything.
In the Silver Age Superman had a set of statues of his great ancestors. They appeared in Superboy #136, but the net tells me that wasn't where they first appeared. In The Krypton Chronicles they were portrayed as having been placed in the El family vault.
Philip Portelli said:
Plus there were flame dragons, talking apes and werewolves on Krypton as well!
The "Fabulous World of Krypton" story from Superman #286 was a riff on The Exorcist. Take a wild guess what baby was possessed. (The possessor was a criminal imprisoned in orbit.)
I just re-read that thread, Phillip, and it covers a lot of Kryptonian ground!
Superman first visited Krypton in phantom form in the Swami Riva kryptonite story in Superman #61. He visited the planet through magic in Superman #123. The newspaper strip did an alternative version of the Lyla Lerrol story.
In Superman #132 Superman, Batman and Robin watched a computer projection of what Superman's life would have been like if Krypton had not exploded.
Batman and Superman learned that Batman was shown images of life on Krypton when he was an infant by an Earth scientist in World's Finest Comics #146.
On Facebook recently, someone brought up Superman Annual #11, the classic "The Man Who Has Everything!" and I pointed out why Superman's fantasy went so wrong. In order for him to have a normal life on Krypton, Jor-El has to be wrong, he has to be the crackpot that he was derided as being. So "Kal-El" gets his fondest wish whether it's living on Krypton, having a family or simply not having to be Superman at the expense of his belief in Jor-El's greatness! To be a father, he had to tear down his father!