month, we are scoping out another green mineral favorite: Kryptonite.
Many of us are familiar with the name of this exotic extraterrestrial mineral. It
famous since it's discovery around 1943. Though it's properties don't seem to harm
(traditionally), until a discovery around the change of the millennium around a small town
Though I do not currently own a piece in my collection, I've been shopping eBay, the
and my local rock shops and retail stores for a small sample. No, I do not know a
though I am aware that he is a major collector of provenance.
I understand that a famous natural history museum has a large cabinet-sized crystal in
It was misidentified for years, until this summer. Before we pay our admission to
see it for
ourselves, we must learn a little more about this glowing green wonder. Let's
another Mineral Picfest!
This month, we
are featuring Kryptonite, which is a family of minerals, each possessing
markedly different properties.
Before we go further in this short article, I must admit, as many of you already know,
Kryptonite is a fictitious mineral. It was created as a plot device to give our
Superman, a weakness for the villains in his stories to exploit. This holds true in
blockbuster movie, Superman Returns, in which our hero faces his archenemy
again. I won't spoil the story for you, if you intend to see the film; but, I will
touch upon aspects
ofthe hero and the villain in their quest for crystals and geology.
The Superman character, created in the 1930s by S & S, is not a big fan of
is loathe to be in proximity of any sample from his home planet Kypton, as it affects him
various, unsavory ways.
Lex Luthor, on the other hand, loves to procure whatever samples he can get his nefarious
hands upon. His goal is to destroy Superman, usually with Kryptonite as a
agent, then kill him. May he succeeds this time, I won't tell.
This criminal genius also has a soft spot for real estate development. He likes
will even visit a museum to tour such collections. Enough said. It's a shame
that the bad guy
collects minerals. But wait, Superman has his own stash of high-tech crystals from
Enough about the new movie. I hope those of us who like geology films (not just in
go to see it. I did, and liked it, especially since it was "free popcorn"
night at my local theater.
I only got a fast glimpse at the museum
label on the Addis Ababa Kryptonite meteorite specimen.
It had a complex chemical name and formula which included fluorite. When you watch
see if you can spot and remember the name. But please don't do this at the expense
of your timely
enjoyment of the movie! Maybe you will want to check it out the second time you see
Kryptonite is known on Earth only from
meteoric sources, as it is purported to have been pulled
along Superman's spaceship draft, as he rocketed from the exploding planet Krypton to
Many theories abound as to why Superman is
affected by bits of his own planet. One might
think the he should be fine when next to pieces of his former home. One of the
suggests that the material is analogous to radioactive minerals here on Earth. It
would affect him
similarly to those atoms that would harm humans.
There are really no uses other than to be
exploited by villains as a weapon to weaken Superman
before destroying him.
It occurs as meteorite impact remnants on
Earth. It's origins are on the planet Krypton. In fact,
our club's local collecting area does not include a collecting locale. However, our
mall toy store has
cloned samples available for a modest fee.
Here are some good references sites:
Metropolis, Illinois Chamber
DC Comics, Inc.
The Super Museum, Metropolis, Illinois
"Kryptonite Handbook", DC Comics
"Superman Returns" Movie Prop Replica
Available for Collecting from DC Direct
Licensed by DC Comics
Crystal prop from the original
Courtesy of ScreenUsed.com
Key "Smallville" TV prop
made by ReplicaProps.com
Photo by bazaro_sephiroth (eBay ID)
Licensed by DC Comics
green glowing Kryptonite replica
Photo by Paul Anthony, Jr.
Returns" Kryptonite prop replica
in collector's edition box with card
Licensed by DC Comics
monument, Metropolis, Illinois
Photo by HeroicWorld.com
The main use for
Kryptonite is to weaken Superman to facilitate his destruction by any arch
villain. The acclaimed television series, "Smallville" offers a different
treatment. You will have
to tune it for developments.
As I mentioned above,
there are at least six colors of Kryptonite, and each affect Superman
rather differently. For example, the best known Green Kryptonite weakens Superman.
variety makes him surly. To learn more, consult the comic handbook:
In reality, the name
"Kryptonite" has been used by companies and their products. Two
examples are: Kyptonite Performance Boats and
Liquid Kryptonite, a food supplement made by
Bio-Core USA. And, "Kryptonite" is the name of a popular song by Three
Here is where DMS Members can add their Kryptonite
photos to share with us.
Until Next Time
We hope you have enjoyed our all too short visit to
Kryptonite. Please join us next month,
for another article, and we shall journey together!
Until then, stay safe, and happy collecting.
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of our fellow
collectors, authors, curators, professionals, and club members who made this
work possible. Thanks.
Paul Anthony, Jr.
bazaro_sephiroth (eBay ID)
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