The K-Metal from Krypton
|"The K-Metal from Krypton"|
Cover art by Angel Criado and Bob Rivard from the K-Metal from Krypton restoration website.
|Artist(s)||Joe Shuster Studio (original material)|
|Penciller(s)||Jon Bogdanove, Wayne Boring, Paul Cassidy, Angel Criado, Shane Foley, Leo Nowak, Bob Rivard, John Sikela|
|Colorist(s)||Randy Sargent (restoration)|
"The K-Metal from Krypton" is an unpublished Superman story written by Jerry Siegel in 1940 and originally illustrated by the Joe Shuster Studio. Although the comic contained story developments that DC Comics (National Comics at the time) may have ultimately concluded could be potentially damaging to the franchise, the reason that the story was never published is not known. This storyline features the precursor to Kryptonite called "K-Metal" and Lois learns that Clark Kent is Superman; thus helping him with his escapes and his adventures. This might have altered the status quo from that point on.
Like all Superman stories of the 1940s, the adventure originally had no title. The earliest known occurrence of the name "The K-Metal from Krypton" for the tale was in Gerard Jones' 2004 book Men of Tomorrow. The story remained forgotten and unknown from 1941 until 1988, when Jerry Siegel's original script and story outline was rediscovered in deep storage in the DC Comics library by Mark Waid.
The surviving original story pages were worked on by Wayne Boring, Paul Cassidy, Dan Komisarow, Leo Nowak, and John Sikela. Artist Jon Bogdanove has agreed to contribute new artwork to the project. The comic was being restored, colored and published online, but was never completed. The website includes all completed pages. For uncompleted pages, scans of the original artwork or script page are also included. The restoration team is looking for any copies of the missing pages that they can find, and aim to replace any redrawn pages with restorations of originals if available.
- Jones, Gerard. Men Of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book, 2004, pg. 181-183, ISBN 0-465-03656-2
- Waid, Mark. K-Metal: The "Lost" Superman Tale, Alter Ego #26, 2003
- "Superman Through the Ages! Forum: K-Metal Komplete". Forum.superman.nu. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
- "Presenting "The K-METAL from KRYPTON!"". Superman Through the Ages. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
- "The K-Metal from Krypton: You Can Help". Superman Through the Ages.