austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

It seems the world's falling down around me

My old-time radio station picked up the Adventures Of Superman serial from its start in 1938 on the Mutual network. This take on the Origin Story starts on Krypton with Jor-El going to the Temple of Wisdom (not my joke) to threaten and insult the Krypton High Jerk Council into seeing things his way, which inexplicably fails to work (``Remember what I have said, gentlemen, when Krypton is shattered into a hundred million stars! When the glorious civilization we have built is no more! When you and your families are swept from the face of Krypton like dust!'' ``Yeah, yeah, and UN-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT information is ENCOURAGED, right, Jor-El?''), and this time around Krypton isn't exploding all on its lonesome. Instead it's suffering some gravity problem from its star where the extra gravity strain is going to blow it up like a bubble. Huh.

And as with early Superman stuff, Supes will be faster than a speeding building, able to support a long, long line of Superdickery examples, etc, because Krypton is so much better-developed than Earth, not because of any differences in the colors of the suns or for that matter Krypton being a higher-gravity planet than Earth. They're just all better physical examples than us which is why they can leap an eighth of a mile into the air. This is a good thing because in this take Krypton isn't orbiting a red sun: it's orbiting our Sun, on the far side of it from Earth.

Well, that makes the rocket ship a less challenging thing to build, certainly, but it leaves that gravity problem as all the more alarming. Oh, plus the rocket works by building up an electric potential and being shot off in one direction and going wherever it's pointed, which would seem to present problems with the whole getting-to-Earth thing. Oh, and Superman's mother has never heard of Earth even though it's in the same solar system and Kal-El knows about it.

Trivia: The Superman comic strip was initially placed in The Houston Chronicle, the Milwaukee Journal, and then the San Antonio Express. Source: Men of Tomorrow, Gerard Jones.

Currently Reading: How The World Was One: Beyond The Global Village, Arthur C Clarke.


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