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Author Topic: Is the existence of Kandor public knowledge on Earth-1?  (Read 15164 times)
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2007, 01:21:30 AM »

Is there any consensus on the population of Kandor? 
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2007, 03:37:30 AM »

Why keep the Kandorians in a bottle?  Wouldn't they just a little safer under a yellow sun and not in a glass container -- give 'em a chance to help out Earth? 

They are really tiny!
Plus not all of them are good, you know.

http://superman.nu/wiki/index.php/Category:Kandorians

I think Mxy asks a good question.  The bad ones could be kept in the bottle or sent to the Phantom Zone.  I think the real answer is that letting all those Super-powered Kandorians run free on the planet would change Superman's reality to be far too different from our reality.  The same reason he couldn't stop wars or toss all the nukes into the sun.  But I think it would be interesting to see a story that plays with this idea and lets us see how civilization would be altered - maybe give them an island or something to all live on.  A lilliputian race of Kryptonian Supermen.
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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2007, 03:41:41 AM »

Just how tiny are they?
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2007, 04:04:25 AM »

Super Monkey is right. They are really tiny. Microscopic, in fact. Look at the size of the entire metropolis compared to a normal-sized human being.

In the comics, when Kandorians escape, their size always seems to be tweaked "upwards", however, so that normal human beings can see them. But it's ridiculous, of course. Even at five or six inches tall, a city of such people would be FAR bigger than the Bottle City.

They are smaller than small bugs.

Why can't they be let out to do good deeds? Because the comic book world already has Superman and The Atom. The territory is covered. Then there's the question of just how strong a microscopic Kryptonian can be....
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« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2007, 07:19:00 AM »

So how many Kandorians can dance on a head of a pin?   Wink
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2007, 10:11:21 AM »

Is there any consensus on the population of Kandor? 

I seem to remember it being referred to as "eight million", which seemed to be the standard size of a big city in 1970s DC comics: Metropolis and Gotham City are also said to have eight million inhabitants.
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« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2007, 04:02:33 PM »

Super Monkey is right. They are really tiny. Microscopic, in fact. Look at the size of the entire metropolis compared to a normal-sized human being.

In the comics, when Kandorians escape, their size always seems to be tweaked "upwards", however, so that normal human beings can see them. But it's ridiculous, of course. Even at five or six inches tall, a city of such people would be FAR bigger than the Bottle City.
There's some sort of enlarging gas so the artist doesn't draw them using a tiny dot of ink (that would still be oversized). 

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They are smaller than small bugs.

Why can't they be let out to do good deeds? Because the comic book world already has Superman and The Atom. The territory is covered. Then there's the question of just how strong a microscopic Kryptonian can be....
Given the scale of strength demonstrated by Superman, a microscopic Kryptonian would still be hugely formidable...  heck maybe even moreso in some ways since they'd be so hard to detect.  And then there's those brains filled with advanced technology which become super under our yellow sun.  Let them out for a few minutes and their enhanced brain power plows through possible solutions that would take years otherwise.  They could potentially solve their size problem on their own, without Superman having to be their savior.

Of course, it's not as cool as a bottled city... 
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« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2007, 04:20:29 PM »

So how many Kandorians can dance on a head of a pin?   Wink
Specifically, Lois Lane's hairpin.  I can see the story now -- "The Secret Of Lois Lane's Invisible Friend".  Smiley

One counter-argument is that even minute portions of Kryptonite might be lethal, because they're not so minute to a Kandorian.  But, then again, they can probably feel the effects of relatively-vast amounts of Kryptonite at a relatively-great distance and avoid it by flying away at super speed. 

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