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"Let My People Grow!": Superman, at great peril to himself, absorbs the energies of a supernova into a power canister, and returns with it to Earth. He and Supergirl intend to use it to power an enlarging ray with which to restore Kandor to


Quote1.png It's too late! The cosmic axis has finished shifting-- And our people are gone! There's nothing more we can do but to wish them good luck... And godspeed! In a way I envy them, Superman! They've begun a great adventure-- A journey of cosmic discovery! I only pray they some day find whatever they're looking for! Quote2.png
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Superman #338 is an issue of the series Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1979. It was published on May 24, 1979.

Synopsis for "Let My People Grow!"

Superman, at great peril to himself, absorbs the energies of a supernova into a power canister, and returns with it to Earth. He and Supergirl intend to use it to power an enlarging ray with which to restore Kandor to its normal size. To test it, Superman arranges to have himself shrunken by Zor-El shattering the bottle and restoring the Kryptonians within to normalcy. The Kandorians thank their two benefactors and Supergirl has an emotional reunion with her parents, Zor-El and Allura. However, she tells them she has chosen to live on Earth.

Shortly afterward, the city itself crumbles into dust, since the enlarger ray only works permanently on living matter. Superman is grief-stricken, but Van-Zee tells him it is for the best; the Kandorians were without initiative, being cared for by Superman for years, and now they have a chance to build a new city through their own efforts, and even conquer a world. Superman asks to be allowed to stay and help them build. Van-Zee, regretting what he must do, knocks Superman unconscious, loads him in the spacecraft, and has Supergirl fly them both into space. Seconds later, since the world the Kandorians have chosen is a phase-world, it slips into another dimension with the shifting of the Cosmic Axis.

Appearing in "Let My People Grow!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Locations:

Items:

  • Specially Insulated Spacesuit (Destroyed)
  • Fortress of Solitude Key
  • Kandor Scope
  • Stellar Energies (from a Supernova)
  • Illium 349
  • Shrink Ray Gun
  • Enlarging Ray Gun
  • Beeper (emitted ultra-sonic signal connected to Brainiac's electronic brain-waves)
  • Traction Beam
  • Brainiac's Force Field
  • Brainiac's Shock-Wave
  • Birthday Cake (in the shape of a typewriter with candles on the letter keys)
  • Solid Gold Plaque (of Perry White's first published article)

Vehicles:

  • Brainiac's Spacecraft
  • "Superman-made Spacecraft"

Notes

  • 40th Anniversary of Superman issue.
  • "With thanks to Marv Wolfman for suggesting it."
  • Chapter Two The Lilliput Problem!
  • Chapter Three All Creatures Great and Small...!
  • Perry White celebrated his 40th year in the journalism field from a newsboy to the editor-in-chief with the Daily Planet.
  • Kandor was enlarged but the buildings soon turned to dust due to the Enlarging Ray only worked on "animate objects". In Krypton Chronicles 1 It was revealed in that the damage to Kandor from the enlargement was much less than it initially appeared.
  • A previous attempt at restoring Kandor to normal size almost destroyed the Kandorians.[1]



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