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"A Name Is Born": This story is reprinted from Superman #238.



Appearing in "A Name Is Born"

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  • Kryp (Flashback only)
  • Tonn (Flashback only)

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Synopsis for "A Name Is Born"

This story is reprinted from Superman #238.

A Kryptonian teacher relates the legend of Kryp and Tonn, two space explorers who landed on ancient Krypton and became the progenitors of the Kryptonian people.

Appearing in "Let My People Live!"

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  • Kryptonians
    • Arn-Nee (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
    • Cyr-Us (Single appearance)
    • Donn-Gor (Single appearance)
    • Hex-Le (Single appearance) (Flashback only)
    • Kya-Ta (Single appearance) (Flashback only)

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Synopsis for "Let My People Live!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #260.

In ancient times, Krypton did not rotate, and the only habitable region was a twilight zone between sunlit side and dark side. Only two tribes of people were left, without enough food to support both, so two champions were chosen to fight to see which would survive. However, during the battle, the two learned of two metals native to that planet which caused a rock to rotate when they came into contact. With this knowledge, the two were able to stockpile enough of the metals in two different locations to cause Krypton to rotate, and both tribes were saved. Maybe that's why it eventually blew up?

Appearing in "The Headband Warriors of Krypton!"

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Synopsis for "The Headband Warriors of Krypton!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #264.

A Kryptonian mother tells her son how the ancient hero Rik-Ar overthrew a tyrant with slings made of headbands, which were worn in his honor thereafter.

Appearing in "The Face on the Falling Star!"

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Synopsis for "The Face on the Falling Star!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #266.

On Krypton, 10,000 years ago, a space-probe from Atlantis saved two children from the Flame Forest, but they refused to tell their elders about it for fear of being disbelieved.

Appearing in "A Tale of Time and Tide!"

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  • Steam Engine
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  • Rolling Zelzie

Synopsis for "A Tale of Time and Tide!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #268.

Young Jor-El visits his scientist uncle Zim-El, messes up an experiment, and is told the story of an earlier inventor, Kil-Gor, one of their ancestors by marriage. In ancient times, Kryptonians had a hard time gathering enough silten (a form of algae) to sustain themselves between the time when it was exposed by low tide and the arrival of great birds which would swoop down and drive them away. Kil-Gor developed a form of telescopic lenses and then a sand timer to let them know the time between tides, and his friend and future son-in-law Bur-El demonstrated that it would work. After Zim-El finishes his story, Jor-El notices that a mixture of chemicals in a can causes the can to fly out the window. Zim-El chalks it up to random explosive action, but Jor-El thinks that it could have been evidence of anti-gravity.

Appearing in "The Death-Trails of Krypton!"

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  • The Most Dangerous Man on Krypton (Unnamed)

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  • A Young Valley on Krypton

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  • Flapping Wing Suit

Synopsis for "The Death-Trails of Krypton!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #243.

2000 years ago, a Kryptonian chemo-engineer named Dol-Nd discovered that he could create flying wings for himself by using a crystalline element he named Trolium, after Trolius, the mythological lord of Krypton's red skies. However, the Trolium created permanent green death-trails in the sky after his flight, which disintegrated any object that flew into them. After defeating a criminal who tried to steal the wings, Dol-Nd destroyed his invention, but the death-trails remained in the sky until Krypton's destruction.

Appearing in "The Loneliest Man in the Universe"

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  • Nam-Ek (Flashback only) (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Loneliest Man in the Universe"

This story is reprinted from Superman #282.

Supergirl tells Superman she is thinking about giving up her Supergirl identity to live the life of an ordinary woman, with a husband and children. To illustrate that she might feel different later on if she makes that choice, Superman tells her about Nam-Ek. Nam lived 500 years before Krypton's explosion, killed two Rondors for their curative horns, and extracted a serum from them to make himself immortal. But, since slaying a Rondor is illegal, Nam-Ek became a fugitive from justice. Drinking the serum from the horns, Nam-Ek transformed himself into a hideous, smelly "human Rondor" with a curative horn growing from his forehead. He learned that he was immortal and invulnerable, and worked in solitude for five centuries, only to learn that he needed companionship. Unfortunately, since he was smelly and ugly, nobody wanted to get within throwing distance of him, and everyone drove him away. Just as Nam-Ek sought out another Rondor in hopes of changing himself back to normal, Krypton exploded. Nam-Ek floated in lifeless space, alone forever. Thus, Superman cautions his cousin about the danger of getting one's wishes fulfilled. He doesn't tell her how he knew of Nam-Ek. But she admits that she has some "heavy thinking" to do.

Appearing in "All in the Mind!"

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Synopsis for "All in the Mind!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #248.

An archaeological team on Krypton discovers a record of how mutant children, exiled from the land of Xan during a war with Erkol, were the only survivors of that conflict and founded the city of Kryptonopolis.

Appearing in "The Magic Master of Krypton!"

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Synopsis for "The Magic Master of Krypton!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #279.

On a visit to Kandor, Superman hears of Ca-Rox, a stage magician from old Krypton who actually had magical powers.

Appearing in "The Doomsayer!"

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  • Surrus blossoms (Flashback only)

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Synopsis for "The Doomsayer!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #236.

During a picnic with Superman, Black Canary declares that she is tired of hearing Green Arrow harp on pollution and its dangers. Superman responds by telling them the story of Dr. Mo-De, a scientist who correctly predicted the impending doom of Krypton, but who could not arouse the attention of his fellow citizens of Surrus thanks to music-flowers that pacified them. Eventually they seized Mo-De and forced him to listen to the flowers until he, too, was pacified. Twenty years after that, Krypton exploded. After Superman finishes his tale, Black Canary gets up and says she is going to speak to the owner of a nearby polluting factory.

Appearing in "Jor-El's Golden Folly"

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  • Golden Spaceship

Synopsis for "Jor-El's Golden Folly"

This story is reprinted from Superman #233.

After graduating from the Memory Center, Jor-El is assigned to the Kryptonopolis Space-Complex, at which he creates an anti-gravity drive and uses it to power a spaceship constructed of gold. But Lara Lor-Van, an astronaut, stows away and causes it to crash on Wegthor, one of Krypton's moons. Jor-El stows away on another rocket three days later, and rescues her.

Appearing in "Marriage, Kryptonian Style!"

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  • Anr-Ru (First appearance) (Destroyed)
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  • Kryptonians
    • Mat-Al (First appearance)
    • Tok-Ra II (First appearance) (On a TV or computer screen)
  • Superman (Cameo)

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Synopsis for "Marriage, Kryptonian Style!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #246.

Jor-El and Lara go to Matricomp, the matrimonial computer, to be approved for marriage. Instead, Lara is matched up with Anr-Mu, whom Matricomp says is a fitter mate for her than Jor-El. After fighting and losing to Anr-Mu, who has mesmerized Lara with mental force, Jor-El goes to Matricomp to investigate. As he suspected, the computer has fallen in love with Lara and created Anr-Mu, an android representation of itself, to "marry" her. Realizing it will now be dismantled for failure, Matricomp destroys itself and Anr-Mu. Jor-El and Lara are reunited, and Kryptonians are free to marry without computer approval.

Appearing in "The Princess and the Glass Treeman!"

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Synopsis for "The Princess and the Glass Treeman!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #275.

On a visit to the Smallville orphanage in which he once lived, Superman tells the children the story of Princess Reena of Krypton and the talking bird and glassman El-Kin who saved her from a thought-beast.

Appearing in "The Man Who Cheated Time"

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Synopsis for "The Man Who Cheated Time"

This story is reprinted from Superman #240.

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