Friday, January 11, 2013
Action Figure Nexus had a sale going over the weekend, and I ordered a figure I stupidly passed on buying the one time I saw it: a Justice League Unlimited Superman! Wait, not him; his accessory, the Bottle City of Kandor! It's had multiple versions over the years, including the execrable "War of the Superman" New Krypton one; but I prefer the classic. As seen here! "Let My People Grow!" Written by Len Wein (from a suggestion by Marv Wolfman), art by Curt Swan, inks by Frank Chiaramonte. I read it first in Best of DC Digest #59, but also now have the original (and more scannable!) Superman #338.
didn't go so well. Superman needs to test it, and while there are Kandorian volunteers, Supes plans to do it himself.
Superman is mortified to realize the enlarging ray did fine on "animate objects," but not inanimate ones. Head scientist Van-Zee tells Supes not to sweat it, though: the Kandorians had been living as basically pets for years at that point, and needed to make their own way again. In that vein, they had unbeknownst to Superman and Supergirl, picked a "phase-world" that would shortly rotate out of that universe; because they didn't want the Supes constantly bailing them out of trouble. Van-Zee slugs the powerless Supes, in order for Supergirl to get him out of there; leaving the Kandorians to their future. That I don't think was ever seen again, so maybe it didn't go over so well...
I've probably looked at Kandor any number of times over the years, but man, there seems like a lot of room in that bottle. Like there's more atmosphere than I remember, but that probably makes sense. As much as a shrunken city can, anyway.