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How many Kryptonians survived the destruction of Krypton?

Different versions of Superman at different times in his 75 year history touted him as the last son of Krypton. And other versions of the character would literally include millions of survivors whom he initially didn't know were being held captive in the bottle town of Kandor.

In the golden age

Early Golden Age adventures of Superman left him the only survivor of his lost home planet, Krypton, for at least a while. But in the silver age of comics, nobody expected the popularity and longevity of this strange immigrant from the stars.

  • Eventually he would have a cousin ( Kara Zor-l / Power Girl, which debuted in All-Star Comics # 58, 1976). It survived Krypton but was sent to Earth on a slower rocket. She would not arrive on Earth until after Kal-L reached adulthood. He greeted her, trained her in her metahumanic skills, and even allowed her to replace him in the Justice Society when he retired.

  • His only other interaction with Kryptonians was in the form of the only Kryptonians he had ever fought with. U-ban, Mala and Kizo , three brothers who were formerly on the Krypton Science Council, were exiled (by Jor-L, of course) for trying to control all of the water on Krypton.

In the silver age

Silver Age Superman was an altogether different character. He would have an entire family of human, metahuman, and extraterrestrial friends who would become his surrogate family. Superman became family-friendly and the tragedy of Krypton's death was less in the spotlight. The stories were lighter, funnier, and often didn't always make a lot of sense.

  • Silver Age Superman also had a cousin, Kara Zor-El, and her origins were almost the same as Power Girl's, but she was a much less strict character and even took on variations on her cousin's costume. The Superman family included: The Kents, Jor-El and Lara, the Daily Planet journalist, the Superpets, Krypto the dog, Streaky the cat, Beepo the monkey and Comet the horse, Lori Lemaris, the legion of superheroes and the returning Non-threats Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bizarro.

  • During the Silver Age and beyond, Superman will confront the evil genius Brainiac due to various continuities. Brainiac managed to develop a device that could make an entire city and all of its residents small enough to fit in a bottle.

  • Later paraphrases will make Brainiac a machine intelligence spawned on Krypton. In any case, Brainiac was inadvertently responsible for ensuring that the entire huge city of Kandor and its 6 million people survived the destruction of Krypton. This becomes one of the most famous artifacts in the Superman myth: The bottle city of Kandor.

  • During the Silver Age, Kal-El even acquired a collection of Kryptonian Superpets (which looked exactly like their Terran counterparts ...) with intelligence and superhuman powers similar to that of Superman. This was only repeated in later eras with the creation of Krypto, Krypton's last dog.

  • In time, other survivors would be less welcome. Kal-El found out about this Phantom Zone- Projector and its White Zone, in which prisoners of the former Krypton placed the worst of their criminal element. These terrible villains would escape the Phantom Zone and wreak havoc on a regular basis. In some realities, they would escape the phantom zone and kill every living being on earth. The best known of these villains, commonly known as the "Phantom Zone", were General Dru-Zod, Faora Hu-Ul and Jax-Ur. There were easily two or three dozen of these reprisals in the Phantom Zone.

During the Silver Age: The Bottle City of Kandor will eventually be moved to a planet called Rokyn and reset to its normal size. The Kandorians renamed their city New Krypton. (v1 Superman # 338, 1979-08)

In the modern age after the crisis

In the early post-crisis stories, the editorial Fiat Superman was "Krypton's last son. There weren't any other Kryptonians during John Byrne's Man of Steel run. They stuck to it for about a decade.

  • The bottle city would reappear in the post-crisis universe. As in the previous continuity, the Kandorians were held captive by Brainiac and kept under a red sun emulator, preventing the Kandorians from developing superhuman powers unless released from the city.

  • In the pre-Flashpoint iteration of the DC Universe, the Kandorians are freed from the bottle and established New krypton , a planet on the opposite side of our sun. Let's just say this time it doesn't end well for the ex-Kandorians. (Please refer: Superman: War of the Superman )

  • Kryptonian artifacts would also play a role in the Superman myth. Devices like the eradicator would clone Superman and attempt to impose a more rigid Kryptonian dogma on Earth during the death of Superman Saga.

  • Finally, there were other descendants of Kryptonians in the DC Universe. The agricultural world of Daxam was full of ex-Kryptonians who had left generations before Krypton was destroyed. Daxam orbits a red star, so the Daxamites have no powers there.

  • Due to genetic instabilities, they are very susceptible to lead and require scientific intervention if they are to leave their world. Daxamites can become overpowering under the yellow or blue sun. Your current iteration in the DC Universe has decimated your civilization after multiple occupations by other alien species.

Superman's story is very long and has been guided through a series of rewritings, continuity changes, full universal restarts, and contingent parallel realities. Sometimes he really is the last son of Krypton ( see: Red Son and the nail ) and in some of them he is the head of a whole pantheon of god-like beings. ( See: DC: One Million )

Valorum

So then load. That's basically what you're saying. Hell, I knew I should have turned my comment into an answer :-)))

Thaddeus Howze ♦

I don't see you hurt by your reputation, Richard. If you vomit on the screen now, you are likely getting +200 reps for the day. As for the krypton genome, while krypton can be destroyed, there are many people who own working copies of this very impressive genetically engineered genome / technology. You don't look endangered to me ...

Emsley Wyatt

Did anyone mention the residents or Argo City? They may have perished later, but they survived the destruction of Krypton.