Who's Who in the Superman Comics
Power Girl was originally an inhabitant of the dimension that housed Earth-2. The daughter of Zor-L and Allura, baby Kara was rocketed to Earth when Krypton tragically exploded. Unlike her cousin Kal-L (who would become Superman), Kara's rocket was programmed to take a less direct route to Earth. Therefore, she was nourished and cultivated in her vessel, which acted as a biomatrix. When Kara finally landed on Earth, she was a blond, busty 19 year-old female; already educated about her origin and her new homeworld Earth. Superman met her craft, and the two cousins quickly bonded.
Superman informed Kara of her vast powers and abilities - none shared by the mortal mankind of Earth. She then adopted the identity of Power Girl, and became one of Earth's newest and most powerful super-heroes. With her cousin's clout and sponsorship, Power Girl became one of the newest members of the legendary Justice Society of America. Along with fellow younger members Robin and the Star-Spangled Kid, the trio was shortly known as The Super Squad. Regardless, Power Girl emerged as one of the JSA's most active members.
As a member of the Justice Society, Power Girl made her presence known, and never shyed away from challenging such veteran heroes as The Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman. She also formed a close friendship with The Huntress, who was the daughter of the recently deceased Batman and Catwoman. Power Girl would be one of a shining array of superstars protecting the cosmos. Along with the likes of Black Lightning, Firestorm the Nuclear Man, The New Gods, Mister Miracle, and Zatanna the Magician - Power Girl was one of the new prototypes for so-called "modern super-heroes". On Earth-2, Power Girl remained a prominent hero, and even lent a measure of credibility to Infinity Inc., a group she joined that comprised the sons, daughters, and super-powered apprentices of JSA members.
Power Girl's reality came to a bitter end at the conclusion of Crisis on Infinite Earths. She found herself an outsider, residing in a realm not her own. Now, her very history was in question, and for some time she was led to believe that she originated from Atlantis, as the grandaughter of a fabled sorcerer and lord. Power Girl found some measure of clout as a member of the Justice League. But questions about Power Girl remained: she seemingly shared most - if not all - of Superman's powers...but even The Man of Steel couldn't account for a Kryptonian origin for the heroine. More recently, Power Girl has followed a seemingly destined path. She joined the Justice Society of America, and began wearing a costume that matched her original Earth-2 incarnation.
Things finally culminated when the Earth-2 Superman returned from limbo to rescue his cousin. Informing Power Girl of her original origins, perhaps the "original" Superman has reawakened one of the most powerful heroes, giving Power Girl a rejuvenated, purpose-driven life. Only time will tell if we ever see Power Girl return to prominence as an invaluable member of the extended Superman Family...
First Appearance: All-Star Comics #58 (Feb 1976)
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.