The Fortress of Solitude

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Notable Residents
Superman, Superman Robots
First Appearance
Action Comics (Vol. 1) #241 (June, 1958)
Location
The Antarctic
Points of Interest
Alien Zoo, Giant Diary, Trophy Room

The Fortress of Solitude is a location in the DC Universe and the hidden antarctic base of Superman.  Superman uses it on occasion to keep trophies and important items, as well as do research and meditate.  It is actually Superman's second base, the first being the less-famous Secret Citadel, hidden somewhere outside of Metropolis.

History[edit | edit source]

Pre-Crisis[edit | edit source]

Superman built the base with his base hands sometime after the construction of the Secret Citadel (Superman's original base, located outside of Metropolis) and designed it that only he could enter.  The Fortress of Solitude was now located in the Arctic wastelands, built into the side of a steep cliff and was only accessible by using a giant key that only people as strong a Superman could lift.  The key was also located miles away and due to the fact that the arctic location of the Fortress, one would often have to face fierce weather, meaning that even if one was as strong as Superman, they would need to locate the key and fight the weather, which few could do even with super powers.  Superman would go on to fill it with trophies of his victories, as well as tributes and shrines to his fallen birth planet, Krypton, as well as his friends, loved ones and even his enemies.  The Fortress would also become home to Kandor, a Kryptonian city shrunk to extremely small size that Superman rescued and kept, in the hopes of restoring them to normal size. 

Post-Crisis[edit | edit source]

Following the event known as the Crisis, the timeline was rewritten, as was the history of the Fortress of Solitude.  In this continuity, Superman actually kept three locations as his Fortresses of Solitude.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name "The Fortress of Solitude" first appeared in Doc Savage pulp stories, which was the name of the base of the title character.
  • Despite so many adaptations of these comics, only a few had an explanation of how the superman managed to get in there and the others did not: The new DC films said they had a digital player and in the cartoon Justice League Action, Krypto was the watchdog of the place. The rest of the adaptations did not represent the place as being difficult to enter because no one knows where it is and that is all.
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