Beating Kryptonite

One of the greatest thrill killers ever invented is Kryptonite. You know, the little green rocks that make Superman a lot less super, a lot more man. But it’s not just Clark Kent. Everyone’s got their own kryptonite. Their own Achilles Heel. The thing that makes you less than you.

Generally speaking, when the bad guy whips out the kryptonite, it’s all over for the Big Blue Boy Scout. He’s done. He’s defenceless against it. He winds up just lying there, whimpering in pain, wanting it to end, wishing he could better resist it. Sometimes he makes some Herculean effort of will, and manages to overcome the pain and the degradation of it for long enough to shut down the bad guy and get rid of the kryptonite. But only for now. The next villain, or the one after that, or the one after that – they’ll have another dose for him to deal with, and the whole messy saga will repeat itself. Like so much about Superman, beating kryptonite is a never-ending battle.

You have, in your life, a thing that is your own personal kryptonite. We all do. Maybe it’s an addiction, a habit you just can’t quit. Maybe it’s an emotion, an activity, a belief, or even a person. A thing you know isn’t good for you, a thing that makes you fail at being the best you that you can be. Everyone’s got at least one kryptonite. And everyone faces it the best they can.

By its nature, your kryptonite isn’t something you can ever really fix, unless you’re very lucky indeed. Maybe the right combination of happy thoughts, counselling and whatever else it takes will cure you. But until then, you’ll be facing kryptonite the way that Superman does: on a case by case basis.

We know how Superman does it. But I got to wondering, how would his fellow Justice Leaguers handle their kryptonite? What powers and abilities would they bring to bear on it? How well would that work for them? And what could we learn from their example?

Next week: Beating Kryptonite like Green Lantern.

1938 – Action Comics #1 introduces Superman

In 1938, two young men named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created not just a character, but an entire genre.

Their creation was Superman, a strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Although actually, he wasn’t that powerful to begin with – sure, he could leap tall buildings in a single bound, but a) buildings were generally less tall in the Thirties; and b) today he can fly between planets. He didn’t yet have his heat vision, his x-ray vision or his super-breath. He lacked many aspects of his background that we now all know: he worked for the Daily Star, not the Daily Planet; his arch-enemy was the Ultra-Humanite, not Lex Luthor; and the planet Krypton had yet to be invented (so he had no Supergirl, no Krypto, no General Zod and no kryptonite, among others).

He would become one of the top-selling characters of all time, and one of the most iconic characters in popular fiction, spawning comics, radio serials, tv shows, movies and even a Broadway musical.

Referenced in:
Superman Lover – Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson

I for one can’t believe either of the following facts:
1) that DC Comics isn’t attempting to revive the musical
2) that Freidrich Neitzsche has not been spinning in his graves for seven decades and counting now…