Official Press Release
The line between comic book fiction and reality blurred together today in the form of a white, brittle rock. Kryptonite, the sometimes green, glowing mineral that has plagued Superman for decades was discovered somewhere outside the confines of a paneled page – specifically, Serbia.
A new mineral, matching the chemical composition for kryptonite suggested in 'Superman Returns,' was discovered by a team of geologists in a Serbian mine, according to London's Natural History Museum. Unable to find a suitable match to a known mineral, the geologists turned to the Internet, which revealed the rock's relation to the most famous element in comic books.
"The universe is full of mysteries, and some have been foreshadowed by comics," said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President and Publisher. "We look forward to scientists figuring this one out."
The real world version of "kryptonite" – which according to media reports will be officially named "jadarite," after the place where it was discovered and because it does not contain the element krypton – is white, does not glow and is reportedly harmless to humans and/or natives of the planet Krypton.
Despite the harmless nature of this world's kryptonite, Superman is far from off the hook. The first storyline in the newly-launched ongoing SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL series, from writer Darwyn Cooke ( New Frontier ) and artist Tim Sale (whose work has been featured on NBC's "Heroes"), revealed a new take on Superman's first encounter with the malicious mineral, and how it affected a young Superman's early career as a hero.
The mineral, which is a potential source of lithium and boron, will be put on display tomorrow at the West London museum. Reports that the mineral will be encased in lead are unconfirmed.