Just found this thread, thought I’d chime in with a little historical perspective.
Sept, 1941, in darkened movie houses around the country, a new cartoon appears for the first time to American audiences. Produced for Paramount Pictures by the Fleischer Studios, Superman makes his animated debut. " In the endless reaches of the universe, there once existed a giant planet known as Krypton " we are told in off screen narration. " It burned like a green star in the heavens, and civilization was far advanced there. It brought a race of supermen, who’s mental and physical powers were developed to the absolute peak of human perfection" continued the narrator. We are then told how the sole survivor (a baby) is rocketed to Earth, as Krypton exploded into a million fragments.
A necessary narration to an audience for whom Superman was little known, but growing in popularity. And that (for the most part) is all we knew of Krypton, for many years. Writers would, over time, add important meat to the bones that was Superman’s home planet history. With Kryptonite, Kandor, Krypto and Supergirl among them. The Last Son of Krypton was becoming anything but.
Flash forward (pun intended) to 1979, DC issues it’s first mini-series, World of Krypton, by Kupperberg and Chaykin. Almost 10 years later, a new WoK 4 issue mini-series by Byrne and Mignola would be published in '87-88. As Byrne was assigned the task of updating the Superman legend, following the first CRISIS. In 2007, a hc novel by author Kevin Anderson titled The Last Days of Krypton, would take another stab at telling the story of the long dead planet and it’s people.
Now, in 2022 we have what is the latest World of Krypton (vol #3), out now. Preceded as it were, by another fine article from everyone’s favorite HCQ, last Dec. “Great Rao”, I’d forgotten all about that brief, tip-of-the-hat to the Superman mythos, in the Sandman’s Endless Nights storyline from 2003. Nice catch Alex! This new 6 issue mini-series has Venditti and Oeming attempting yet another retelling of that story. This time based on a whole lot more history. It’ll be interesting to see what we get, this time around. And, as this is Black History month, I wonder what more we’ll learn about Vathlo Island? Seems to me, that would make an interesting mini-series, in and of itself.
Stay safe, be well.