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260 pages. Text and illos. B&W. soft cover. Big Little Book. # on spine is 5780-2. 3 3/4 x 4 7/8. Cover price $0.79.
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Western Publishing's Big Little Books #5780-2
Western Publishing's Big Little Books » Western Publishing's Big Little Books #5780-2 - Superman in The Phantom Zone Connection released by Western Publishing on 1980.
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A portal leading to the Phantom Zone .
Kara Zor-El is taken into the Phantom Zone via a spinning, rectangular glass. This is a typical method of induction into the Zone.
Prisoners' hands pressing up against the portal in DC Universe Online .
Superman sends Zycree to the Phantom Zone in the Super Friends episode "The Evil from Krypton"
The Phantom Zone is a prison dimension used by Kryptonians . It was originally discovered by Jor-El and used by the Kryptonian Council as a humane prison. Although the zone is a barren wasteland, people trapped in the zone can never get old or die, and can see outside of the zone and watch the events of the outside world.
The zone first appeared in the silver-age comics of the 1960s. It was used frequently in the Superman comics before the continuity was rebooted in the 1980s, and has appeared occasionally since. It has also appeared in other adaptations of Superman.
- 1.1 Kryptonian Usage
- 1.2.1 In Smallville
- 1.2.2 Superman's Adult Life
- 2.1 New Phantom Zone Criminals
- 2.2 Innocent Phantom Zone Residents
History [ ]
Kryptonian usage [ ].
The Phantom Zone was first discovered on Krypton by Jor-El , a prominent scientist on the Science Council of Krypton and father to Kal-El . Jor-El created devices which could create passage into the Phantom Zone, and since then it has been used as a prison by the Council. Many of Krypton's most notorious criminals were placed in the Zone, including General Zod , his companions Faora /Ursa and Non , as well as Jax-Ur and many more.
Additionally, many non-Kryptonian criminals, as well as dangerous beasts, were placed in the Zone by the Kryptonians.
As the destruction of Krypton neared, Raya , a woman who worked under Jor-El, agreed to have herself placed in the Phantom Zone to escape the planet's destruction.
After the planet was destroyed, everyone who had been left in the Phantom Zone had to wait, seemingly for eternity.
Modern Usages [ ]
In smallville [ ].
A young Clark Kent first encountered the zone when two Disciples of Zod attempted to trap him in it shortly after arriving on Earth. He escaped the device meant to suck him in, and threw both disciples into the vortex instead.
Soon after, however, he did become trapped in the zone for the first time. As he explored its barren landscape, he was attacked by several phantoms who prowl the open wastes of the zone. Surviving the encounter, he met Raya , who told him of his father and of General Zod , another inmate of the zone.
She helped him to escape back to Earth, but this also released a collection of prisoners of the zone back onto Earth. After Clark defeated General Zod , he began a quest to round up and stop all the escapees of the zone.
As his quest continues, he's met all sorts of strange enemies who were imprisoned in the zone. The strangest of which, thus far, was the phantom who would soon become Bizarro .
Superman's Adult Life [ ]
In one episode of Superman: The Animated Series , Superman discovers a Phantom Zone projector and peers in. Inside, he sees a Kryptonian criminal whose sentence has long since expired. He releases her and learns that her name is Mala . After some deliberation, he decides the right thing to do is free her. Superman attempts to teach her about their Kryptonian powers and about the way to fit in to Earth society, but she proves too violent and ends up fighting Superman. After releasing her compatriot Jax-Ur, Superman is forced to return both of them to the Zone.
At the beginning of the movie Superman , Jor-El imprisons General Zod and his two cronies, Ursa and Non , in the Phantom Zone for their treachery. Much later, in the movie Superman II , Superman accidentally shatters the 'Phantom Zone glass' by throwing a hydrogen bomb into space, and in the process releases General Zod, Ursa and Non. This leads to a huge battle between the three criminals and Superman.
During the Superman: Last Son storyline, an army of Kryptonian criminals from the phantom zone escaped and took over Metropolis , briefly trapping Superman in the zone. However Superman escaped and teamed up with Lex Luthor to defeat the criminals and return them to the zone. Unfortunately, he also lost his newly-adopted son, Chris Kent , who was returned to the Zone.
Inmates [ ]
Among the Phantom Zone criminals were:
- Kru-El , the weapon's designer cousin of Jor-El, and thus a relative of Superman.
- Faora Hu-Ul , a Martial Arts expert and hater of males, was another criminal who was reproduced in a tamer form for the movie Superman II where her name was changed to Ursa.
- Professor Va-Kox , a geneticist who created monsters, was another Phantom Zone criminal.
- Nadira (last name unknown who was a telekinetic) and Az-Rel (a Kryptonian pyrokinetic) were two petty criminals from the Krypton Isle of Bokos (the Island of Thieves, much like Australia used to be here on Earth).
- Jax-Ur , a rocket & missile engineer who accidentally destroyed one of Krypton's two moons and a populated moon of millions and the only criminal sentenced to spend all existence within the Phantom Zone, without the possibility of any kind of parole and is considered Krypton’s worst criminal.
- Quex-Ul was the only innocent person sentenced to the Phantom Zone. Quex-Ul was put in the Phantom Zone for killing a herd of the sacred Rondors. Rondor horns had healing properties and were therefore sacred to Kryptonians. Quex-Ul was caught at the scene of the crime and was convicted and sentenced to 25 Sun Cycles in the Phantom Zone. Superman proved his innocence and released him and Quex-Ul in turn saved Superman from exposure to Gold Kryptonite.
- Ak-Var was a petty criminal who upon his release became the assistant and partner of Superman's cousin, Van-Zee. Van-Zee was a Kandorian scientist who was secretly Nightwing with Ak-Var as his partner Flamebird.
- Doctor Xadu (first name unknown) was a physician who killed dozens of patients while performing forbidden cryogenics experiments upon them.
- And finally there was General Dru-Zod , who created an army of clones in an attempt to take over as ruler of Krypton.
New Phantom Zone Criminals [ ]
Later others who survived Krypton's destruction became criminals. These criminals were also sentenced to serve time within the Phantom Zone.
- Jer-Em , who caused the destruction of Argo City , the birth place of Supergirl .
- A jealous Kryptonian female from the bottle city of Kandor named Zora Vi-Lar (who took on the name of Black Flame) escaped from Kandor to fight Supergirl .
- And then there was Nam-Ek , who was the Kryptonian who killed the Rondor herd and used their horns to become immortal. Superman found Nam-Ek floating in space and rescued him, but the transformation into an immortal being had turned Nam-Ek into a bipedal version of a Rondor and also drove him to insanity.
Innocent Phantom Zone Residents [ ]
Some were forced to put themselves into the Phantom Zone to save themselves from death or destruction. Among these are:
- Mon-El , a Daxamite who befriended Superboy but was accidentally exposed to lead, and had to be put in the phantom zone before he died.
- Raya , Jor-El's assistant, put herself in the Zone before Krypton 's destruction.
- Zoltar , a kindly old Kryptonian man trapped in the Zone, who helped Supergirl to escape.
- Chris Kent , aka Lor-Zod , is the son of General Zod and Ursa , born in the Phantom Zone. Although he's abused by his parents, he has a good heart, and was briefly adopted by Superman before becoming trapped in the zone again.
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Superman in the phantom zone connection (1980).
This “Big Little Book” was published the same year as the Superman 2 movie (you know, this one ) , and the plot is very similar. Lex Luthor tries to capitalize on the escape of three Phantom Zone prisoners out to get Superman. But there are significant differences. (I won’t tell you what they are, in case you want to read the book or watch the movie again.) It’s pretty exciting for a kid’s book. The artist is, unfortunately, uncredited.
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Superman's twisted prison is finally called out by marvel.
Superman's Phantom Zone is an ethically-dubious extra-dimensional prison, and it is now called out by Marvel Comics in Sabretooth #1.
Warning: contains spoilers for Sabretooth #1!
The Phantom Zone , the twisted extra-dimensional prison used by Superman , gets called out by Marvel Comics in a new comic. In Sabretooth #1 , on sale now in print and digital, the ferocious mutant is taken to Krakoa and put on trial for murder. When he is found guilty, Sabretooth is banished to the Pit, a special prison for Krakoa’s worst—and it bears more than a passing resemblance to Superman’s Phantom Zone.
First appearing in 1961’s Adventure Comics #283 from Robert Bernstein and George Papp, the Phantom Zone is an extra-dimensional zone, discovered by Superman’s father Jor-El, that was used as a prison for some of the universe’s vilest criminals, including General Zod. Beings exiled to the Phantom Zone were able to see and hear the outside universe but were unable to physically interact with it. The Kryptonians viewed this as a safe and humane form of punishment, but recent depictions of the Phantom Zone have called this into question. The Zone has been depicted as not the safe place it was thought to be, and its moral and ethical implications have been debated as well. In the Marvel Universe, there has been no real parallel to the Phantom Zone—until now. The irredeemable mutant Sabretooth has been exiled to the Pit, Krakoa’s darkest, deepest prison. The issue is written by Victor LaValle, illustrated by Leonard Kirk, colored by Rain Beredo and lettered by Cory Petit.
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Sabretooth, exiled into the Pit, lets his mind wander, running through various fantasies where he violently kills the X-Men. In one fantasy, Cypher and Warlock come to him, offering Sabretooth mental freedom, which would grant him both awareness and protect him from further mental manipulation. Sabretooth asks Cypher what happens if he says no, and Cypher replies then Professor Xavier’s original judgement stands, that Sabretooth be “alive but immobile…aware but unable to act upon it forever.” Sabretooth asks for the pen to sign his release forms.
Sabretooth’s description of the Pit makes it sound much like Superman’s Phantom Zone. Sabretooth was alive and aware of what was happening around him, but could do nothing about it, much like criminals who have been sent to the Phantom Zone. The X-Men take it a step further by manipulating the memories of the mutants they send to the Pit—something Kryptonians did not do. Much like Jor-El and the rest of Krypton, the X-Men view the Pit as a humane form of punishment, but readers see it is anything but.
People exiled to both the Phantom Zone and the Pit have had hellish times there, suffering untold mental agony and distress. In Sabretooth’s case, it has only hardened his heart further, cementing his hatred of Krakoa and the X-Men. DC has explored the ethical questions that Superman’s Phantom Zone raises on occasion, but Marvel directly calls it out, showing it to be the horrifying prison it truly is.
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The Phantom Zone May Be More Than Just a Kryptonian Prison
DC’s Monkey Prince May have once been trapped in the Phantom Zone, despite no connection to Kryptonians.
The following contains spoilers for Monkey Prince #4, on sale now from DC Comics.
Monkey Prince has mostly tangled with Batman and Robin, which makes sense given that his adventures so far have been in Gotham City. The magical monkey and his pig mentor have also mostly engaged in matters of the supernatural, feeling right at home alongside mystical characters like Wonder Woman. Ironically, however, the latest issue of the hero's series references a key science fiction element from another, much more super character's mythos.
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Monkey Prince #4 had the titular simian teaming up with Gotham City sidekick Robin . Unfortunately, the teenage sidekick thought Monkey Prince was actually a criminal upon meeting him. Together, they seek to face the Golden Horned Penguin a demon-possessed version of Batman's long-time foe, Oswald Cobblepot. Unimpressed by the children who came to face him, Penguin is soon fought by Batman himself. Unbeknownst to Batman and Robin, however, the crooks in Penguin's kidnapped possession are actually Monkey Prince's human parents.
Monkey Prince attempts to get them to safety instead of let them be taken into custody by the Caped Crusader. This leaves Batman open and vulnerable to being overtaken by a horde of Chinese demons. Monkey Prince's Sifu tells him that his true mission is to protect heroes of the realm such as Batman. Turning around, Monkey Prince swoops in to save Batman. This alerts the demons to his presence, and they reel and screech at the sight of him. One notes that Sun Wukkong the magical monkey should not be around, as the hero had been trapped in the Phantom Zone. This raises all sorts of questions as to who has access to the Phantom Zone, as well as what means are used to get there.
First appearing in Adventure Comics #283, the Phantom Zone is a concept associated with the Superman mythos. A hellish dimension in which Krypton's worst offenders were sentenced to live out their eternities, the Phantom Zone is an awful mix of both jail and Hell. Its prisoners are sent there usually through a Phantom Zone projector, though how this typically looks depends on the particular continuity.
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Given that Monkey Prince has not even interacted with Superman, it's a bit odd that he would reference the Phantom Zone. It raises several questions, but some of these were addressed by writer Grant Morrison in an earlier storyline. In the series The Multiversity , Morrison introduced the concept that the Phantom Zone was connected to the Underworld of Greco-Roman mythology. Thus, it's much more of a magical concept than a science fiction one. Kryptonians are vulnerable to magic , so even hearty warriors like Zoe being victim to the Phantom Zone (wherein Kryptonians' powers usually don't work) makes sense. This would also explain how demons know about it, and how Monkey Prince was seemingly trapped there.
It could also be ascertained that magical beings and gods themselves could trap others in the Phantom Zone. If so, Tartarus could also be a part of this Phantom Zone, given that Multiversity established it as the true Hell of Greek mythology in the DCU. Monkey Prince should not even be in the Phantom Zone. He might be mischievous and too precocious but he is otherwise a hero. The most logical answer is that some dark god or demon had previously trapped him there, preventing him from protecting the world's heroes and saints. Somehow, however, he's now free through likely through magical means. If this worked for Monkey Prince, then logically, magic could also help the Phantom Zone's Kryptonian criminals break free, too.
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