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'''Kandor'''
 
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The city proper is dominated by such institutions as the [[Museum of Kryptonian History]], a well-stocked library, the [[Kandor City Zoo]], and the majestic Hall of Justice, where, once each year, the [[Phantom Zone Parole Board]] meets to consider the pleas of [[Phantom Zone]] prisoners seeking parole.  Those prisoners deemed worthy of parole are released from the Phantom Zone to begin new lives as Kandorian citizens.
 
The city proper is dominated by such institutions as the [[Museum of Kryptonian History]], a well-stocked library, the [[Kandor City Zoo]], and the majestic Hall of Justice, where, once each year, the [[Phantom Zone Parole Board]] meets to consider the pleas of [[Phantom Zone]] prisoners seeking parole.  Those prisoners deemed worthy of parole are released from the Phantom Zone to begin new lives as Kandorian citizens.
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Outside the city is a neatly landscaped suburban region characterized by elegant mansions and fine houses, and beyond the suburbs are "strange forests" filled with Kryptonian wildlife and "weird vegetation."
 
Outside the city is a neatly landscaped suburban region characterized by elegant mansions and fine houses, and beyond the suburbs are "strange forests" filled with Kryptonian wildlife and "weird vegetation."
  
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By March 1959, the renegade scientist [[Lex Luthor]] has devised a set of ingenious belts capable of either reducing or enlarging people or objects. Superman, [[Batman]], and [[Robin]] ultimately apprehend Luthor and his henchmen and confiscate their size-changing belts (WF No. 100: “The Dictator of Krypton City!”).
 
By March 1959, the renegade scientist [[Lex Luthor]] has devised a set of ingenious belts capable of either reducing or enlarging people or objects. Superman, [[Batman]], and [[Robin]] ultimately apprehend Luthor and his henchmen and confiscate their size-changing belts (WF No. 100: “The Dictator of Krypton City!”).
  
By June 1959, the Kandorian “criminal scientist” [[El Gar Kur]] has perfected an elaborate body-switching apparatus that enables him to trade places with anyone who happens to be standing outside the bottle, so that the target individual finds himself suddenly reduced in size and trapped inside Kandor, while El Gar Kur is, in the exact same instant, transported outside the bottle city and enlarged to normal human size. Superman defeats El Gar Kur with the aid of [[Jimmy Olsen]], and the villain’s body-switching apparatus is apparently confiscated by the Kandorian authorities (Act No. 253: “The War Between Superman and Jimmy Olsen!”).
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By June 1959, the Kandorian “criminal scientist” [[El Gar-Kur]] has perfected an elaborate body-switching apparatus that enables him to trade places with anyone who happens to be standing outside the bottle, so that the target individual finds himself suddenly reduced in size and trapped inside Kandor, while El Gar Kur is, in the exact same instant, transported outside the bottle city and enlarged to normal human size. Superman defeats El Gar Kur with the aid of [[Jimmy Olsen]], and the villain’s body-switching apparatus is apparently confiscated by the Kandorian authorities (Act No. 253: “The War Between Superman and Jimmy Olsen!”).
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By January 1960, the Kandorian scientist [[Kull-Ex]] has devised an ingenious “exchange ray” designed to enable him to escape the bottle city while trapping Superman inside Kandor. By beaming “a flash of super-energy” at Superman as he stands in his Fortress of Solitude close by the bottle, Kull-Ex is able to reduce the [[Man of Steel]] instantaneously to microscopic size and transport him to his laboratory inside Kandor while simultaneously transporting himself outside the bottle and enlarging himself to normal human size. Moreover, because only human bodies—and not clothing—are affected by the exchange ray, Superman finds himself stranded in Kandor clad in Kull-Ex’s clothing, while Kull-Ex finds himself standing in Superman’s Fortress clad in Superman’s costume Superman ultimately escapes from Kandor and resolves his differences with Kull-Ex, but because “[[Zenium]],” the extraterrestrial element that powers the exchange ray, is exceedingly rare, it is questionable whether the apparatus can ever be used again (S No. 134: ”The Super- Menace of Metropolis!”; “The Revenge Against Jor. El!”; “The Duel of the Supermen!”).
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In February 1962, in an apparent reference either to El Gar Kur’s invention or Kull-Ex’s, Superman muses that “I can only enter Kandor by having my exchange ray cause me to switch places with a similar-sized Kandorian person or creature.” Indeed, when Superman visits Kandor during this period, he arranges to exchange himself for his Kandorian friend [[Nim-Zee]], and then to reverse the exchange once his business in Kandor has been successfully concluded (S No. 151/3: “Superman’s Greatest Secret!”).
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By July 1962, however, the “exchange ray” has been superseded by a more technologically advanced device. “Welcome to Kandor!” greets the Kandorian scientist [[Lon-Es]] enthusiastically after he has used the new invention to reduce [[Supergirl]] to microscopic size and transport her to his laboratory inside the bottle. “You have been reduced in size and transported here by a new ray we’ve developed which is better than the exchange-ray! Our teleport ray transports one person at a time. . . and it isn’t necessary to exchange a Kandorian for an Earth person during the transference, as before!” (S No.154/2: “Krypton’s First Superman!”).
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To enter Kandor in January 1963, Superman and Jimmy Olsen reduce themselves to microscopic size by means of the raygunlike “shrinking ray” once confiscated from Brainiac. The effects of the ray are apparently gradual, allowing the Man of Steel and his pal to clamber up the side of the bottle after they have been reduced to a few inches in height and uncork the metal stopper while they are still “large enough to handle it!” Moments later, after the metal stopper has been removed and Brainiac’s ray has reduced them to microbe size, Superman and Jimmy parachute down into the city. Sometime later, after departing Kandor, the Man of Steel and his companion use the apparatus invented by Zak-Kul, here referred to as an “enlarger” or “enlarging ray”—to restore themselves to normal human size. “This enlarger, once made by a Kandorian criminal, is powered by the element illium 349,” remarks Superman, “. ... and I have a tiny few grains of illium in the pouch of my cape just for emergencies like this!” (S No. 158: “Superman in Kandor” pts. I-III—”Invasion of the Mystery Super-Men!”; “The Dynamic Duo of Kandor!”; “The City of Super-People!”). The enlarging ray used here is probably the same as the raygunlike “enlarging force” with which Superman restores himself, Lex Luthor, and Brainiac to normal human size when the three of them have emerged from Kandor after being embroiled in an adventure there in February 1964. “This force enlarges us to normal size,” remarks Superman, “but there isn’t enough of the element that powers it to enlarge the people of Kandor you shrunk, Brainiac!” (S No. 167:
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“The Team of Luthor and Brainiac!” pts. I-III—”The Deadly Duo!”; “The Downfall of Superman!”; “The Hour of Kandor’s Vengeance!”).
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For yet another visit to Kandor, in March 1964, Superman reduces himself to microscopic size by means of an ingenious “shrinking ray,” apparently the one confiscated from Brainiac, and then parachutes, down into the city (Act No. 310: “Secret of Kryptonite Six!”).
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Inside Kandor, where “Krypton’s gravity-conditions are duplicated,” Superman becomes an ordinary human being, without super-powers, although he regains his powers the moment he exits from the bottle and reenters the earthly environment (Act No. 242, Jul 1958: “The Super-Duel in Space”; and others). “Where Krypton’s non-earthly gravity conditions are in force,” muses Superman in October 1958, “I have no super-powers! I... I’m just an ordinary man!” (Act No. 245: “The Shrinking Superman!”; and others). Indeed, even [[Kryptonite]] has no effect on Superman while he remains in Kandor, simply because he is only an ordinary mortal there (Act No. 305, Oct 1963: “Why Superman Needs a Secret Identity!”).
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Similarly, any Kandorian who emerges from the bottle city instantly acquires super-powers identical to Superman’s, along with vulnerability to the various forms of kryptonite (Act No. 245, Oct 1958: “The Shrinking Superman!”; and many others). For an ordinary earthling, however, a visit to Kandor can be a trying experience, for the heavy artificial gravity, designed to duplicate the atmospheric conditions that prevailed on Krypton, make it necessary to wear special “anti-gravity shoes” merely to walk in the alien environment (S No. 158, Jan 1963: “Superman in Kandor” pts. I-III—”Invasion of the Mystery Super-Men!”; “The Dynamic Duo of Kandor!”; “The City of Super-People!”).
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When [[Metropolis]] television station [[WMET-TV]] inaugurates its new “Our American Heroes” series with a program honoring Superman, “our greatest American hero,” the Kandorian [[Look-Alike Squad]] appears on the show along with Superman’s other friends and admirers to help pay tribute to the Man of Steel (Act No. 309, Feb 1964: “The Superman Super- Spectacular!”).
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In March 1964 Superman visits Kandor for the annual meeting of the [[Phantom Zone Parole Board]] (Act No. 310: “Secret of Kryptonite Six!”).
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In July 1964, during a time-journey he makes to the planet Krypton prior to its destruction, [[Lex Luthor]] witnesses the theft of Kandor by Brainiac (S No. 170/2: pts. I-II—”If Lex Luthor Were Superman’s Father!”; “The Wedding of Lara and Luthor!”).
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In August 1964 Superman joins forces with Batman, Robin, and Jimmy Olsen to combat a “metalloid” menace in the city of Kandor (WF No. 143: “The Feud Between Batman and Superman!” pts. I-Il—no title; “The Manhunters from Earth!”).
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In October 1964 Superman selects the Kandorian [[Ar-Val]] to serve as his replacement in the event of his own death or disability (S No. 172: pts. I-III—”The New Superman!”; “Clark Kent—Former Superman!”; “The Struggle of the Two Supermen!”). During this same period, the elderly Kandorian scientist [[Nor-Kan]] is struck in the brain and killed by “a fatal dose of radiation” while experimenting with the rare radioactive element illium-349 in hopes of finding a way to use the substance to power an “enlarger ray” with which to restore Kandor to normal size (Act No. 317, Oct 1964: “Superman’s Rainbow Face!”).
  
 
Inside Kandor, where "Krypton's gravity conditions are duplicated," Superman becomes an ordinary human being, without super-powers, although he regains use of his powers the moment he exits from the bottle and re-enters the earthly environment.  Kryptonite has no effect on Superman while he remains in Kandor, simply because he is only an ordinary mortal there.
 
Inside Kandor, where "Krypton's gravity conditions are duplicated," Superman becomes an ordinary human being, without super-powers, although he regains use of his powers the moment he exits from the bottle and re-enters the earthly environment.  Kryptonite has no effect on Superman while he remains in Kandor, simply because he is only an ordinary mortal there.

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