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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:
 
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:
 
“The Team of Luthor and Brainiac!” pts. I-III—”The Deadly Duo!”; “The Downfall of Superman!”; “The Hour of Kandor’s Vengeance!”).
 
“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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