The origin of the bottle city of Kandor is unknown. One story has it that the city was an alien ghetto from Krypton, stolen by Brainiac before the planet exploded. Another story claims that the city was first created by the alien wizard Tolos to hold beings whose bodies he hoped to possess.
The bottle city was not actually shrunk, but was placed in a side dimension, with the bottle acting as a bridge between the two dimensions. It was divided between aliens of various species, including human-like aliens with Kryptonian-like physiologies and ruled over by a council of elders who tried to keep the populace from raising the dangerous ire of Tolos. The environment simulated a red sun, which rendered Superman powerless within its environment. Superman vowed to restore the city to its rightful size, but was unsuccessful.
Years later, Superman returned to the bottle city, only to discover that time flows faster within it: at least a century has passed, during which time the story of Superman’s promise to look after the city and restore it had become the legend of a loving, all-powerful god, watching over the bottle city. When Preus escaped from the bottle city, Superman moved the bottle city to a secure sub-basement of the Fortress of Solitude.
Their actions drew the attention of Supergirl and Power Girl, who started operating in the city like the crime-fighting duo Flamebird and Nightwing. Saturn Queen tried to bring them down by mind-controlling Supergirl, but the Girl of Steel managed to break free and rescue her counterpart. When both girls took Ultraman down, Saturn Queen tried to bribe Supergirl with false information about the fate of Argo City, but when this failed, she brainwashed them and they never entered the city again.
The Third Kryptonian
The city was cast adrift from reality by Amalak, who came looking for the original Kandor, and felt cheated when he found the alien ghetto. He smashed the bottle, severing the link between New Earth and the "bottle city". Because he warp collapsed, Superman didn't know if the Kandorians were alive, dead or hurt and in need of his help. Superman promised himself that he would try to re-establish contact, but he was distracted by the arrival of Brainiac and the true Kandor.
Points of Interest
- Hall of Elders: The ornate round hall from which the city was traditionally governed.
- Kara Zor-El (formerly)
- Power Girl (formerly)
- Saturn Queen (formerly)
- Ultraman (formerly)
- Kandor was known to Lex Luthor, who mentioned that it had been named for the original Kryptonian city stolen by Brainiac.
- The city is remarkably Earth-like, having within tattoo parlors, alley-ways, criminality, movie theatres, and motorbikes.