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« on: August 03, 2006, 02:44:32 AM »

Was the source of his powers soley kryptonite?
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006, 08:22:40 PM »

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Was the source of his powers soley kryptonite?


Yes, but there's more to it than that. Ultraman of Earth-3 was a Kryptonian who was sent to earth (his Krypton didn't explode). Kryptonians in the Earth-3 dimension gain powers when exposed to Kryptonite, and in this way, he gained his powers one by one (in addition to a few others that Superman doesn't have, such as Dimension Vision). Presumably, Ultraman only gains one power per Kryptonite lump, otherwise he'd just keep one and keep exposing himself to it until he gets nearly every power around. What Kryptonite IS, in the Earth-3 dimension is not clear, because Krypton-3 didn't explode.

If you mean the second Ultraman that lives in the antimatter universe of Qward that Grant Morrison wrote about and that Kurt Busiek used recently, Qward-Ultraman gains his powers from Anti-Kryptonite, which "powers" his superpowers like a battery. In the Busiek story, Ultraman kept some Anti-Kryptonite in micro-capsules beneath his skin, meaning he could fight for nearly weeks.
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006, 02:51:41 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006, 03:29:57 AM »

The only exposure I had to Ultraman and his Crime Syndicate allies apart from Crisis On Infinite Earths was a Justice League/All-Star Squadron crossover story with the Justice Society dealing with Per Degaton and his messing around with time and dimensional space to cause Earth-Prime be devastated and Earth-2 be changed in the present day of 1982.  His pre-Crisis costume was an interesting variant take on the Superman costume, though I think only George Perez could make it look so good in the few pages he got to show Ultraman off in.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2006, 05:43:18 AM »

He does have an entry:
http://superman.nu/wiki/index.php/Ultraman_of_Earth-3

it does need some help, if anyone has the DC Comics Presents annual, please add info on his appearance there.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2006, 02:51:18 AM »

One thing I may have neglected to mention that you may find significant,DBN: Earth-3 Ultraman, despite being from his dimension's Krypton, had no powers on arriving from earth. He gained them all gradually as a result of exposure to Kryptonite he finds periodically.
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2006, 09:00:19 PM »

I remember reading that little throwaway line by Roy Thomas, "A Krypton that never blew up, as it did in other realities..." and have my head go TILT!

Since he gains powers from kryptonite---and kryptonite is, by definition, the radioactive remains of Krypton---

TILT!---Al
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