Thursday, 12 February 2009

SMALLVILLE (Supermans' lowly village) - where in the world is that?

This article is about the fictional town in which Clark Kent lives. For the article about the television show itself, see Smallville (TV series).

Smallville is a small rural town in Lowell County, Kansas, USA. It was founded in 1831 by Ezra Small. Clark Kent has lived in Smallville all his life since being adopted into the home of Jonathan and Martha Kent. Smallville is located within driving distance of Metropolis (in Abyss Chloe Sullivan mentions that it was "something like" a two hour commute. Whether this was one way travel time or round trip wasn't made clear), 425 miles from Hub City, and near Granville. The current population is 45,001. [1] The local newspaper is the Smallville Ledger. The local radio station is called KROC. A fertilizer production branch of LuthorCorp is located in Smallville, known as LuthorCorp Fertilizer Plant Number Three.

Smallville was proud of its status as the Creamed Corn Capital of the World until 1989 when it became the Meteor Capital of the World. Life is centered on Main Street, as it has been for two hundred years. Generation after generation has used the same bank, gas station, and library. There are many family-owned farms and acres of cornfields. The town borders Morley Reservoir.

When the meteor shower of 1989 occured, it caused all sorts of mutations and destruction to the town and its citizens. It was where the ship bearing the infant Kal-El landed after its journey through space from Krypton. The Kents adopted him, and Clark attended school in Smallville, graduating from Smallville High School in 2005.

Smallville itself changed dramatically in the years following the first meteor shower. It was dubbed "America's Weirdest Town" by a national news magazine, and it seemed that strange, unexplainable things were always taking place in the quiet hamlet that seemed so normal on the surface. Bizarre occurrences-- such as a 150-pound tomato, a golden retriever that gave birth to a two-headed puppy, and the miraculous recovery of a critically ill woman given no chance to survive by her doctors -- became increasingly common in Smallville.

Another meteor shower struck Smallville in 2005 and a widespread blackout originated from the town in 2006. The blackout was called Dark Thursday and affected the entire planet of Earth.

Smallville has played host to the Lowell County fair and holds an annual Harvest Festival with a pageant in which they crown a local girl Miss Sweet Corn.