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The Lost World of Krypton
by Chris Robersonon Superman
When first introduced, Superman’s home planet of Krypton was a fairly notional place. It was originally presented in very little detail, and served as little more than a backdrop for the unfolding drama of the lone scientist Jor-El who, unable to prevent the destruction of his world, launches his only son, Kal-El, in a small rocket ship bound for Earth. Readers were shown very little else of the planet, its culture or its history; it was simply a place to be destroyed so that Superman’s story could begin.
For many years, Krypton fared no better. It was handled in a haphazard manner by a number of different creators, all working at cross-purposes and without a central unifying vision.
Almost twenty years after the planet was first introduced, though, all of that changed. A strong editorial vision, with an eye toward consistency and invention, led to drastic improvements. Over the course of decades … read more»
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