Who's Who in the Superman Comics
Kent, Clark Joseph
Award winning journalist and novelist. Clark Kent was born in Smallville, Kansas, where he grew up on his family's farm. He played football in high school (Man of Steel miniseries
#1), Following his graduation from high school, Kent wandered the world for a while, but finally attended Metropolis University (World of Metropolis
#2). He became [briefly] the protégé of world-famous journalist: Simone D'neige, in Paris.
Kent's first journalism job was with the Daily Planet, where he had the honor of getting the first full length story on Superman. He has a reputation for getting many of the stories about Superman. He has won numerous journalism awards, and has published three novels.
Kent's reporting has frequently gotten him into trouble. Following his series which brought down Intergang, Intergang put a contract out on him. His apartment was bombed, and Kent was presumed dead, but it turned out he had been in hiding. During the destruction of Metropolis by Doomsday, Kent was again presumed dead, missing in the rubble. However, shortly after Superman's return, he was found trapped in an old fallout shelter. Conduit (Kenny Braverman) was a childhood friend of Kent's, and, spurred by jealousy, tried to kill Kent and all of Kent's friends during his reign of terror in Metropolis. Once again, Kent went into hiding until Superman stopped Conduit.
Kent is married to fellow Daily Planet journalist, Lois Lane. They live at 1938 Sullivan Place, Metropolis. They have no children.
Unknown to all but a very few people, Clark Kent lives a double life as Superman. Among those who know this secret are: Martha and Jonathan Kent, Lana Lang, Lori Lemaris, Batman, Wonder Woman, Mr. Mxyzptlk, John Henry Irons (Steel) and Kent's wife, Lois Lane. At first, Kent saw Superman as no more than a disguise, a way he could use his powers while still maintaining his normal life. As time went on though, he came to see that it was not a either/or situation, but that he was a combination of both identities. His Clark Kent identity is important to him. He cherishes all his journalism awards, as awards fairly won, knowing that if the judges knew that Superman had been the author, that knowledge would have influenced their decision. It is Clark Kent who permits Superman to remain part of the people, as he can move among them as Superman cannot.
First Appearance: MOS #1 (July 1986)
Who's Who in the Superman Comics
This is a listing of many of the notable characters and a few places that have appeared in the Superman
comics from the 1986 revamp up until around 2008.
NOTE: A new, and more current version of the Who's Who is currently being worked on and can be accessed by clicking here.
Although Superman often appears in other DC Comics, this text's information is limited mainly to what has occurred in the regular Superman comics.
Many thanks to Scotty V, Derrick Lyle Coleman, Dean Vanek, Genevieve Clemens and Benjamin Grose who all helped out at one time or another with writing and updating these Who's Who descriptions.
The listings are displayed as follows:
- Surname, Firstname - Text describing the character, place, object, etc...
Relevant issues of the Superman comics are listed as such:
- SUP = Superman
- MOS = Man of Steel
- AOS = Adventures of Superman
- ACT = Action Comics
- MOT = Man of Tomorrow
The Issue Number for each of these titles is written in this manner: #000. (e.g. SUP
First Appearance refers to the issue since 1986 unless otherwise noted.