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Astrophysicist finds Krypton candidate for DC Comics Superman story

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DC Comics has enlisted the services of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to apply real-life science to Action Comics.

The scientist identified a distant planet in the Corvus constellation, some 27.1 light years from Earth, that could serve as Superman's home planet of Krypton in the comic book.

'Action Comics' #14

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Action Comics Issue 3 featuring Krypto

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"One of our staffers reached out to him to see if he'd assist for a story we were doing, and he actually came up with a location," DC co-publisher Dan DiDio told The New York Post.

"By applying real-world science to this story, he has forever changed Superman's place in history. Now fans will be able to look up at the night's sky and say, 'That's where Superman was born'."

Tyson will make a guest appearance in this week's Action Comics #14, in which he will help the Man of Steel discover the location of his home world.

"As a native of Metropolis, I was delighted to help Superman, who has done so much for my city over all these years," said Tyson.

Action Comics #14 goes on sale on November 7.

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