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Lex Luthor

Lex Luthor from Superman Birthright #5.
Art by Leinil Francis Yu.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #23 (April, 1940)
Created by Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
In story information
Full name Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor
Team affiliations Injustice Gang
Injustice League
Secret Six
Notable aliases Mockingbird
Abilities Genius-level intellect

Vast resources and personal wealth
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Lex Luthor is a fictional DC Comics supervillain and the archenemy of the superhero Superman. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the character first appeared in Action Comics #23 (1940). Luthor has played divergent roles within the separate continuities of DC Comics, ranging from pulp-inspired mad scientist to amoral businessman.[1] Following a character makeover during the 1960s, an origin story depicted Luthor as an embittered scientist who blames Superman for a lab accident which caused him to go bald. In the 1980s, he was rewritten as a Machiavellian industrialist and white-collar criminal, even briefly serving as President of the United States.[2] He is regarded as the archenemy of Superman. A fictional character is any person, persona, identity, or entity whose existence originates from a work of fiction. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ... Joseph Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-born comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, first published in Action Comics #1 (March 1938). ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... They LAUGHED at my theories at the institute! Fools! Ill destroy them all! Caucasian, male, aging, crooked teeth, messy hair, lab coat, spectacles/goggles, dramatic posing — one popular stereotype of mad scientist. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the portmanteau word retcon – refers to the act of changing previously established details of a fictional setting, often without providing an explanation for the changes within the context of that setting. ... Detail of the portrait of Machiavelli, ca 1500, in the robes of a Florentine public official Niccolò Machiavelli (May 3, 1469—June 21, 1527) was an Italian political philosopher during the Renaissance. ... “Tycoon” redirects here. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ...


Gene Hackman portrayed Luthor in the 1978 Superman film, and later reprised the role in two sequels. The role was inherited by Kevin Spacey in the 2006 film Superman Returns. The part of Lex Luthor been played by several actors on American television, including Sherman Howard in the television series Superboy, and John Shea in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Michael Rosenbaum currently portrays Lex as a younger man on the CW series Smallville. In 2006, Wizard magazine rated him the 8th greatest villain of all time.[3] Eugene Allen Gene Hackman[1] (born January 30, 1930) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor. ... For the franchise, see Superman film series. ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... For the video game of the same name, see Superman Returns (video game). ... Sherman Howard is an American actor. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Superboy is a half-hour live-action television series based on the fictional DC Comics character Superboy. ... John Shea as Lex Luthor. ... Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a live-action television series based on the Superman comic books. ... Michael Owen Rosenbaum (born July 11, 1972) is an American actor. ... “The CW” redirects here. ... Smallville is an American television series created by writer/producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and was initially broadcast by The WB. After its fifth season, the WB and UPN merged to form The CW, which is the current broadcaster for the show in the United States. ... Wizard or Wizard: The Magazine of Comics, Entertainment and Pop Culture (originally titled Wizard: The Guide to Comics and Wizard: The Comics Magazine) is a magazine about comic books, published monthly in the United States by Wizard Entertainment. ...


Luthor is one of many Superman characters with the initials "LL" - others include Lois Lane, Lionel Luthor, Lana Lang and Lori Lemaris. For the Dutch girl group, see Loïs Lane. ... Lionel Luthor is a fictional character in the CW Network television series Smallville, played by John Glover. ... Lana Lang is a supporting character in DC Comics Superman series. ... Lori Lemaris is a fictional character in the Superman comic books published by DC Comics. ...

Contents

Fictional character biography

Conception

Lex Luthor's background has undergone several revisions, most notably during the 1970's and early eighties. When Luthor first debuted in Action Comics #23 in 1940,[4] he was portrayed with a full head of red hair. That following year, Luthor appeared totally bald in Superman #10. The reason for this switch is attributed to Leo Novak, a substitute artist hired by Joe Shuster; it is believed that Novak confused the appearance of Luthor with a bald henchman in Superman #4.[5] In spite of this error, the switch went unchanged, and the more striking appearance was adopted and became a Luthor trademark. It is of note that Siegel and Shuster's original short story, "The Reign of the Superman", featured a bald villain with telepathic powers.[6] [7]


Golden Age

Luthor debuted in Action Comics #23 (1940). Art by Paul Cassidy.
Luthor debuted in Action Comics #23 (1940). Art by Paul Cassidy.

In his first appearance in Action Comics #23, Luthor (who is only referred to by his surname) is a megalomaniacal genius who makes his home in a flying city suspended by an airship. He first tries to ignite a war between two fictional European nations as part of a larger plan for world domination. In Superman #4, he is later found hiding out in an underwater city, where he has been terrorizing the planet with man-made earthquakes. When confronted by Superman, Luthor challenges him to a contest of strength versus science.[8] Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ...


When the DC multiverse began to take hold in the 1960s, this "Golden Age" Luthor was rewritten as Alexei Luthor, Lex Luthor's counterpart from a parallel universe, specifically Earth-Two.[9] In the lead-up to the multi-issue series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Alexei joins forces with his Earth-One counterpart, each attempting to defeat the other's version of Superman. When Alexei challenges Brainiac's partnership with Lex during the Crisis, Brainiac kills Alexei to settle the dispute.[9][10] A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ... Superman, catalyst of the Golden Age: Superman #14 (Feb. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Brainiac is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain and frequent opponent of Superman. ...


Silver / Bronze Age

The Bronze Age Lex Luthor vs. Superman, from the cover of Superman (Vol. 1) #292, October 1975. Art by Curt Swan.

In his classic appearances, Lex Luthor is a mad scientist who typically plots to take over the world, or destroy it, through a number of diabolical schemes. In Adventure Comics #271 (1962), Jerry Siegel retroactively wrote an origin story that reveals that Luthor's hate for Superman stems from a past encounter:[11][12] During his youth, Lex had been an aspiring scientist and a friend of Superboy. Lex begins experiments in creating an artificial new form of life, as well as a cure for Kryptonite poisoning. An accidental fire breaks out in Lex's lab, Superboy uses his super-breath to extinguish the flames, inadvertently spilling chemicals which cause Luthor to go prematurely bald; the botched rescue also destroys Lex's artificial lifeform, along with the Kryptonite cure.[2] Lex Luthor, Superboy, Superman, and related elements © DC Comics. ... Lex Luthor, Superboy, Superman, and related elements © DC Comics. ... Amazing Spider-Man #122, July 1973, The death of the Green Goblin, cover art by John Romita, Sr. ... Superman began as a feature in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. ... Curtis D. Swan (born February 17, 1920 in Willmar, Minnesota; died June 16, 1996)[1] was an American comic book artist, best known for his work on the Superman comics spanning three decades. ... Adventure Comics #296 Adventure Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... Superboy is a fictional superhero who appears in DC Comics. ... This article is about the fictional substance. ...


Believing that Superboy intentionally caused the accident, Lex attributes his actions to jealousy and vows revenge. He first tries to show Superboy up with grandiose inventions that will improve the lives of Smallville's residents, but each goes dangerously out of control and requires Superboy's intervention. Unwilling to accept responsibility for the catastrophes, Lex rationalizes that Superboy is out to humiliate him. He continues to seek revenge, and in the process devolves into a criminal; over time he becomes Superman's archenemy. Although he is routinely sent back to prison, Lex always manages to escape to threaten the world again (early Luthor stories often begin with him sitting in prison and wearing a gray uniform).[13] This article is about Supermans adoptive home town. ...


This origin makes Luthor's fight with Superman a personal one, and suggests that if events had unfolded differently, Luthor might have been a more noble person; these elements were played up in various stories in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly in Elliot S. Maggin's text novel Last Son of Krypton. Elliot S. Maggin is an American writer. ... Last Son of Krypton is a novel written by Elliot S! Maggin and based on the DC Comics character Superman. ...


Luthor's originally-stated goals were to kill Superman and to take over Earth as a stepping stone to dominating the universe.[14] In addition to using his inventions to combat Superman's powers, Luthor also shows an affinity for wigs and disguises. Although none of his attempts to kill Superman work permanently (though a classic non-canonical story from 1961 entitled "The Death of Superman" has Luthor finally killing Superman after lulling him by pretending to go straight),[1] Luthor's persistence makes him Superman's most troublesome foe. Canon, in the context of a fictional universe, comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ...


Though he is a notorious fugitive on Earth, Luthor is revered on the alien world of Lexor -—renamed in honor of him—- where he rediscovered the planet's lost technology and rebuilt society for its inhabitants' ruined civilization. As a result, he becomes a hero in the eyes of Lexor's people, whereas Superman is detested as a villain.[15] He eventually marries a local woman named Ardora,[16] with whom he fathers a son.


After its debut,[17] Lexor appears sporadically in various Superman comics as Luthor's base of operations, where he wages assaults on Superman. During one such battle, Lex flees Earth and returns to Lexor to draw Superman to his destruction. But when an energy salvo from Luthor's battlesuit accidentally overloads the "Neutrarod" (a spire Luthor had built to counter Lexor's geological instability), the result is the total destruction of the planet, killing all of its inhabitants, including Luthor's wife and son there. Superman initially assumes Luthor has also been killed in the blast, but this is due to his unfamiliarity with the rugged design of Luthor's battlesuit. Luthor eventually returns to Earth, unable to accept his own role in Lexor's destruction and blaming Superman for it.[18] A modern spire on the Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre A spire is a tapering conical or pyramidal structure on the top of a building, particularly a church tower. ...


Crisis on Infinite Earths

Lex Luthor as he appeared in Crisis on Infinite Earths #9.

During the 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Luthor allies himself with fellow Superman foe Brainiac to recruit an army of supervillains spanning the DC Multiverse, intending taking advantage of the confusion caused by the Crisis for their own benefit. However, once it becomes clear that it is as much in their interests to save the multiverse as anyone else, Luthor and Brainiac reluctantly ally their faction with Superman and the other heroes. The Bronze Age Luthor is involved in a battle on Maltus with other super-villains to prevent Krona from beginning the experiment which created the multiverse in the first place; instead, reality is altered so that the different universes fall into their proper place, converging into one. Afterwards, Luthor is returned to prison with all his memories of the alliance forgotten. Luthor remains a foe of Superman until the DC Comics continuity is retconned in the months following the mini-series. Henceforth, the Silver Age Lex Luthor is referred to by readers as the "Pre-Crisis" Luthor. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Brainiac is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain and frequent opponent of Superman. ... A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ... Amazing Spider-Man #122, July 1973, The death of the Green Goblin, cover art by John Romita, Sr. ... Krona is a fictional extraterrestrial villain in the DC Comics universe. ...


Luthor's trademark battlesuit from this era - a heavily-armored, flight-capable suit with kryptonite fixtures embedded in its gauntlets[19] - has reappeared in modern continuity, most notably during Infinite Crisis. This article is about the fictional substance. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ...


Personality

Superman himself acknowledged that the Pre-Crisis Luthor is a man of his word who honors promises he has made. On occasion, he has come to the aid of innocents, even when doing so will lead to his capture and inevitable return to prison. Shamed by his criminal acts, Lex's parents, Jules and Arlene, disown him, move away and change their name to the anagram "Thorul". Luthor has a younger sister named Lena, an empath who grows up unaware of her familial connection with him.[20] Protective of his sister, Luthor takes measures to hide his fraternity, and is assisted towards this end by both Superman and Supergirl. Luthor considers Albert Einstein a great personal idol, and makes a special effort to escape prison around the anniversary of Einstein's birthday each year, and visit places of significance in Einstein's life.[21][22] For the game, see Anagrams. ... For the fictional character, see Empath (comics). ... For other uses, see Supergirl (disambiguation). ... “Einstein” redirects here. ...


Modern Luthor

In 1986, John Byrne's "reboot" of Superman's mythos in the limited series, The Man of Steel, rewrote the character of Lex Luthor from scratch, intending to make him a villain that the 1980s would recognize: a corporate white-collar criminal (this idea is credited to Marv Wolfman).[23] The modern Luthor begins as an almost entirely different character, with no past linkage to Superman. For other uses of John Byrne, see John Byrne (disambiguation). ... The Man of Steel was a six-issue comic book limited series released in 1986 by DC Comics, several months after the 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths completed. ... Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, which was written by Wolfman. ...


Origin

Like many supervillains, the Lex Luthor envisioned in the six-issue Man of Steel comic series had an abusive childhood which warped his worldview. He was born to cruel parents in the Suicide Slum district of Metropolis, his only friend was a schoolmate named Perry White. In his teens, Lex takes out a large insurance policy on his parents without their knowledge, then sabotages their car's brakes, killing them.[24] The Man of Steel was a six-issue comic book limited series released in 1986 by DC Comics, several months after the 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths completed. ... Suicide Slum is a notorious slum in the fictional city of Metropolis. ... For other usages of Metropolis, see Metropolis. ... Perry White is a fictional character who appears in the Superman comics, and is the editor-in-chief of the Metropolis newspaper the Daily Planet. ...


Lex is sent to live with equally-brutal foster parents, Casey and Emily Griggs, where he will wait until he reaches legal age to collect the insurance money. His foster parents conspire to steal his money, forcing their daughter (and Lex's foster sibling), Lena, into seducing Lex so they can learn of its location. Because she has romantic feelings for Lex, Lena refuses to cooperate, and is beaten to death by her father. Lex is absent from the home at the time of the murder, having been talked into going to a football game by Perry. Following this event, Lex blames Perry for keeping him from Lena's side.[25]


Upon graduating from MIT, Lex builds the LexWing airplane, the basis of his own business, LexCorp, which grows to dominate much of Metropolis.[26] Still harboring bitterness toward Perry White, Lex begins an affair with his wife, fathering a baby with her. The offspring Jerry White later learns of his true parentage during his late teens, shortly before being killed by a local street gang he was associated with.[27] Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT, MapúaTech or simply Mapúa) is a private, non-sectarian, Filipino tertiary institute located in Intramuros, Manila. ...


Decades later, on the day Lex's own daughter is born, he finally avenges himself on his foster father by hiring him to assassinate the Mayor of Metropolis. In the wake of the successful hit, Lex meets with Griggs in an alley (under the pretense of payment) and personally slays him with a handgun. Following this incident, he names his newborn daughter Lena.[28]


Man of Steel

Luthor's presence is hinted at in issue #2 of Byrne's Man of Steel series, but he is not fully seen until issue #4, over a year after Superman's arrival in Metropolis. When Lois Lane and Clark Kent are invited to a society gala aboard Luthor's yacht, terrorists seize the ship without warning.[29] Luthor observes Superman in action, and once the gunmen are dispatched, hands the hero a personal check. But when Luthor admits that he had not only anticipated the attack, but had arranged for it to occur in order to lure Superman out, Mayor Berkowitz deputizes Superman to arrest Luthor for reckless endangerment.[30] Luthor's temporary incarceration leaves him seething, and he promises to make Superman pay for the humiliation. The rivalry escalates in Man of Steel #5, when Luthor attempts to clone Superman with the assistance of Dr. Teng. Upon completion, the clone proves itself to be flawed and dangerous, eventually degenerating into Bizarro. For the Dutch girl group, see Loïs Lane. ... For other uses, see Clark Kent (disambiguation). ... Although genes are recognized as influencing [behavior] and [cognition], genetically identical does not mean altogether identical; identical twins, despite being natural human clones with near identical DNA, are separate people, with separate experiences and not altogether overlapping personalities. ... This article is about the fictional character. ...


With Luthor's "Silver Age" origin gone, Man of Steel illustrates a more base and pragmatic villain, whose motivation for opposing Superman is protection of his own illegal business interests. When Superman is apparently slain in battle with the alien monstrosity Doomsday, Luthor feels "cheated" that a "lifeless monster" had robbed him of his life's work,[31] and sinks into a chronic depression until Superman debuts again. Doomsday is a character in the DC Comics Universe, a super-villain best known for fighting and killing Superman in the Death of Superman storyline published in 1993. ...


Cancer and cloning

Cover art to Supergirl/Lex Luthor Special #1, by Kerry Gammill.
Cover art to Supergirl/Lex Luthor Special #1, by Kerry Gammill.

Luthor acquires his first prized sample of kryptonite from the cyborg Metallo, who is powered by a "heart" of kryptonite rock. Fashioning a ring from the alien ore deadly to Superman, Luthor wears it as a symbol that he was untouchable, even to the man of steel. He eventually suffers from a severe cancer in the 1990s, caused by long-term radiation exposure to his kryptonite ring.[32] (Before this, kryptonite was assumed to produce a 'clean' radiation that was harmless to humans.) Luthor's hand requires amputation to prevent the cancer's spread, but by then it has already metastasized and his condition is terminal. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x623, 83 KB)Cover art to Supergirl/Lex Luthor Special #1, by Kerry Gammill[1] This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x623, 83 KB)Cover art to Supergirl/Lex Luthor Special #1, by Kerry Gammill[1] This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the... For other uses, see Supergirl (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Cyborg (disambiguation). ... Metallo is a fictional supervillain and cyborg who appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... Partial hand amputation Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. ...


While mulling over his fate, Luthor visits the grave of his deceased illegitimate son, Jerry White.[33] He soon fakes his own death by taking a jet on a proposed trip around the world and crashing it in the Andes; this is merely a cover for the transplant of his brain into a healthy clone of himself, which he passes off as his hitherto unknown, illegitimate son and heir, Lex Luthor II; This deception is helped by a vibrant new body and full head of red hair.[34][35] Luthor II inherits control of LexCorp and seduces then-Supergirl the Supergirl (Matrix) .[36] However, Luthor's new clone body begins to deteriorate and age at a rapid rate (a side-effect of a disease that affects all clones). Meanwhile, Lois Lane discovers proof of Luthor's clone harvesting and false identity;[37] with help from Superman, she exposes the truth, and finally a despondent Supergirl (Matrix) brings him down violently. In the end, Luthor becomes a permanent prisoner in his cloned body, unable to even blink, and swearing vengeance on Superman. This article is about the mountain system in South America. ... Although genes are recognized as influencing [behavior] and [cognition], genetically identical does not mean altogether identical; identical twins, despite being natural human clones with near identical DNA, are separate people, with separate experiences and not altogether overlapping personalities. ... For other uses, see Supergirl (disambiguation). ... Matrix is a superhero, best known as the second Supergirl, published by DC Comics. ...


Aid comes in the form of the demon Neron; Luthor promptly sells his soul in exchange for Neron restoring his body to vibrant health, though he once more loses his hair.[38] Returning to Metropolis, Luthor freely turns himself over to the police and is put on trial. He is acquitted on all counts when Luthor claims to have been kidnapped by renegade scientists from Cadmus Labs, who replaced him with a violent clone that is allegedly responsible for all the crimes Luthor is charged with.[39] For the US Weather Observation Network, see NERON. Neron is also an alternative name of the Roman Emperor Nero. ... Project Cadmus is a fictional government genetic engineering project in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Relationships

Although Luthor holds a grudge toward Lois Lane for exposing his criminal dealings, he also has an unspoken love for her. On several occasions Luthor has commented that had Superman not arrived in Metropolis, he would have used his time and energy to winning Lois instead; indeed, Luthor is actively pursuing her as early as Man of Steel #2. Marv Wolfman originally planned for the two to have been romantically involved, with Lois leaving him for Superman, giving Luthor another reason to hate his foe, but John Byrne modified the story when he wrote the actual issue. For other uses of John Byrne, see John Byrne (disambiguation). ...


The post-Crisis Lex Luthor has been married eight times, though the first seven marriages occurred off-panel in Luthor's past. His eighth and final marriage to Contessa Erica Alexandra Del Portenza,[40] (otherwise known simply as "The Contessa") is based on mutual greed. The Contessa buys controlling interest in LexCorp after Luthor is indicted, compelling Lex into marrying with her in order to regain control of his company. The Contessa becomes pregnant[41] and starts using the unborn child to dominate Lex into doing her bidding. Luthor's response is to imprison her while she is drugged during childbirth, then lock her up, keeping her in a permanently-unconscious state. The Contessa later escapes to an island mansion,[42] but upon being elected President, Luthor targets her home with a barrage of missiles and destroys it.[43]


President of the United States

Cover to Lex 2000 #1, featuring Lex Luthor as President of the United States. Art by Glen Orbik.
Cover to Lex 2000 #1, featuring Lex Luthor as President of the United States. Art by Glen Orbik.

Deciding to turn to politics, Lex becomes President of the United States, winning the election on a platform of promoting technological progress. His first action as president was to take a proposed moratorium on fossil-based fuels to U.S. Congress. Cover to Superman: Lex 2000 #1. ... Cover to Superman: Lex 2000 #1. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... The Colorado Kid, illustrated by Glen Orbik Glen Orbik is an American illustrator known for his fully painted paperback and comic covers, often executed in a noir style. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Congress in Joint Session. ...


Luthor is assisted by the extreme unpopularity of the previous administration's mishandling of the Gotham City earthquake crisis. After six months, Gotham is restored and rejoins America. Ironically, Batman ultimately learns that the entire debacle was the fault of Luthor alone, which results in Bruce Wayne severing all commercial ties between the U.S. government and his company, Wayne Enterprises, in protest of Luthor's election as President. Luthor responds in turn by ordering the murder of Wayne's lover Vesper Fairchild and framing Wayne for the murder. This article is about the fictional place. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...


An early triumph of Luthor's first term is the Our Worlds At War crisis, in which he coordinates the U.S. Army, Earth's superheroes and a number of untrustworthy alien forces to battle the main villain of the story arc, Imperiex. However, as it is eventually revealed, Lex knew about the alien invasion in advance and did nothing to alert Earth's heroes to it, which led to Topeka, Kansas being destroyed by an Imperiex probe. Cover to JLA: Our Worlds at War #1. ... Imperiex, also called the Devourer of Galaxies, is a fictional extraterrestrial supervillain featured in the Our Worlds at War crossover published by DC Comics. ... This article is about the state capital of Kansas. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


Removal from office

A cadre of superheroes eventually break ranks from the Justice League and Batman, who forbid any attempt to unseat Luthor from office by force, and storm the White House. This was predicated by an attempt on Luthor's part to link Superman to a kryptonite asteroid that is hurtling toward Earth. In a desperate gambit, Luthor uses a variant combination of the "super-steroid" Venom (a chemical associated with the Batman villain Bane), liquid synthetic Kryptonite, and an Apokoliptian battlesuit to fight Superman directly. The madness that is a side effect of Venom takes hold, and during the ensuing fight with Superman and Batman, Luthor admits he had traded the creature Doomsday to Darkseid in return for weapons during the Our Worlds at War crisis; this inadvertently provides a confession, which is captured on video by Batman. Returning to the LexCorp building to regroup, Luthor finds that the acting C.E.O., Talia Head, has sold the entirety of the company assets to the Wayne Foundation (owned by Bruce Wayne, the alter-ego of Talia's past love interest). Following Luthor's bankruptcy and total disgrace, Vice President Pete Ross briefly assumes his place as President. Based on the Timeline of the DC Universe, Luthor serves less than three years. For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ... This article is about the chemical family of steroids. ... Bane is a fictional character, associated with DC Comics Batman. ... In the DC Comics fictional shared Universe, Apokolips was the planet ruled by Darkseid, established in Jack Kirbys Fourth World series. ... Darkseid is a fictional comic book supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ... “Chief executive” redirects here. ... Talia is a character in DC Comics, the daughter of the supervillain Ras al Ghul. ... Pete Ross is a fictional character who appears in the Superman comic books published by DC Comics. ... The DC Universe Timeline is a timeline of the major events in the fictional DC Universe. ...


Birthright

Lex Luthor as a young man. Cover art for Birthright #8, by Leinil Yu.

The 2004 12-issue limited series Superman: Birthright provides an alternate look at Luthor's history, including his youth in Smallville and his first encounter with Superman, with a few elements lifted from the 2001 television series Smallville. Examples of the show's influence include Lex's problematic relationship with his wealthy father, Lionel Luthor. Birthright also reinvents the Silver Age notion of Lex originally befriending Clark Kent, who shares his interest in astronomy. During a failed experiment to communicate with a lost alien civilization (Krypton), an explosion erupts which singes off Lex's hair and kills his father.[13] By the time Clark meets him again in Metropolis years later, Lex has launched a billion-dollar business and is the foremost astrobiologist in the world but has also become dangerously misanthropic. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (529x780, 342 KB)Promotional cover art for Superman: Birthright #8, by Leinil Yu . ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (529x780, 342 KB)Promotional cover art for Superman: Birthright #8, by Leinil Yu . ... Cover of Ultimate Wolverine vs. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Lionel Luthor is a fictional character in the CW Network television series Smallville, played by John Glover. ... Showcase #4 (Oct. ... The DNA structure might not be the only nucleic acid in the universe capable of supporting life[1] Astrobiology (from Greek: ἀστρο, astro, constellation; βίος, bios, life; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the study of life in space, combining aspects of astronomy, biology and geology. ...


Mark Waid has gone on the record as stating that his original outline for "Birthright" had Waid restoring Luthor's pre-Crisis background as a mad scientist and jettisoning the notion of Luthor being a respected but evil businessman. In the retrospective section of the published "Birthright" graphic novel, Waid described his view that Luthor operating free and unchallenged in Metropolis for years makes Superman look "ineffectual."[44] Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. ...


The New Secret Society

Alexander Luthor, Jr., the son of Earth-Three's Lex Luthor, returned to the DC Universe along with other survivors from Crisis on Infinite Earths as part of a scheme to create a perfect Earth, under the pretense of restoring Earth-Two. To this end, he assumed Lex Luthor's identity and created a new Secret Society of Super Villains. In response, the real Lex Luthor took on the identity of Mockingbird and formed a super-villain version of the Secret Six in order to counter Alexander's organization. Alexander Luthor, Jr. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... Mockingbird is the code name of several characters in the DC Comics Universe, denoting whoever is in charge of the Secret Six. ... The Secret Six is the name of three distinct, fictional comic book teams in the DC Comics universe, plus an alternate universes fourth team. ...


Infinite Crisis

Lex confronts his imposter In Infinite Crisis #3, but is intercepted by Superboy-Prime, who is allied with Alexander. Luthor later visits Conner Kent, who is in recovery at Titans Tower. Lex slips Conner a crystal shard which shows the location of Alexander's Arctic Fortress. At the end of Infinite Crisis #7, Lex oversees the Joker's execution of Alexander. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Superman Prime (formerly known as Superboy Prime) is a fictional character, a superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Current Titans Tower, San Francisco. ... The Joker redirects here. ...


Luthor has shown an unusual (at least by his standards) compassion for Conner Kent; it seems that by watching Superboy throughout the course of his short life, Lex came to see Conner as his son[citation needed]. At one point, Luthor is shown visiting a memorial statue of Superboy in Metropolis and placing flowers there.[45]


52

Main article: 52 (comic book)
Cover art for 52 Week Thirty-Nine, by J.G. Jones.
Cover art for 52 Week Thirty-Nine, by J.G. Jones.

In the opening weeks of 52, the Gotham City Police Department finds what appears to be Luthor's body in an alley. John Henry Irons examines the body at S.T.A.R. Labs and notes that the corpse was altered postmortem to make it resemble Lex Luthor. During a press conference, the genuine Luthor publicly states that the body is that of an impostor from another Earth, and the man truly responsible for the crimes Luthor is being charged with.[46] Though Alexander's body had a missing finger and a different appearance from Lex at the time of his death, 52 editor Stephen Wacker has confirmed that the body found in Gotham is indeed Alex, and that Luthor had it altered before the police discovered it.[47] 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ... Image File history File links 52weekthirtynine. ... Image File history File links 52weekthirtynine. ... The Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) is a fictional police department servicing the city of Gotham City in the DC Universe. ... John Henry Irons is the third hero known as Steel, a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Laboratories, usually shortened to S.T.A.R. Labs, are a research organization in various stories published by DC Comics. ...


Lex strives to rebuild his fallen reputation; he becomes spokesman for a new procedure, created by the Everyman Project, that engineers ordinary citizens to develop superpowers. During the autopsy of Alex Luthor, Lex secretly exposes John to the chemicals involved in his creating his new army of super-heroes, turning John into a literal man of steel. When approached by John's niece Natasha Irons, Lex gladly allows her to be one of his first test subjects. Using Natasha and several other volunteers, Luthor forms his own team of superheroes which are introduced as the new Infinity Inc. In week #21, Infinity Inc. is in the midst of a battle with Blockbuster (which Luthor has created as well), when he demonstrates that he can 'shut off' the powers of each of his agents; this results in the death of his speedster, Trajectory. Infinity Inc. ... A superpower is a state with the ability to influence events or project power on a wide scale. ... Natasha Irons aka the fourth Steel is a fictional character in the DC Universe, who first appeared in Steel #1 in February, 1994. ... Infinity Inc. ... Blockbuster is the name of three fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe. ...


At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, Luthor sets in motion a calculated plot to discredit Supernova, a new hero who has taken over defending Metropolis in Superman's absence: Luthor triggers a mass-shutdown of the powers of everyone who has undertaken the Everyman program, except for the members of Infinity Inc. As multiple flight-powered Everymen plummet to their deaths, underground gas mains rupture from the impact, which adds civilians to the death toll. Luthor's plot ultimately fails when Supernova is able to minimize the disaster with a spectacular rescue. Booster Gold is a fictional character, a superhero in publications from DC Comics. ...


While investigating Luthor in order to root out his motive, Natasha Irons discovers that Luthor has been testing himself to see if he is compatible with the artificial meta-gene treatment.[48] John Henry Irons leads an assault on Luthor's building; despite the destruction of his armor during the fight, he confronts Luthor - only to find himself badly outclassed, as Luthor demonstrates nearly all of Superman's powers. However, Natasha uses her uncle's hammer to trigger an electromagnetic pulse which shuts down the synthetic metagene long enough for Steel to knock Lex unconscious.[49] Lex is disgraced as a result, and later faces indictment when the members of the Everymen realize they have been used.


One Year Later and Countdown

Main article: One Year Later

One year after the events of Infinite Crisis, Luthor has been cleared of over 120 criminal counts ranging from malfeasance to first-degree murder relating to the New Years Eve massacre from "52." However, his role in the massacre has permanently ruined his public image and thanks to the machinations of Doctor Sivana, he has lost most of his wealth and all of his control over his newly reformed LexCorp, which is now being run by Lana Lang. He blames Clark Kent for writing several articles unraveling his schemes and pledges vengeance on Metropolis after an angry mob jeers him on the courthouse steps. One Year Later event logo. ... Doctor Thaddeus Bodog Sivana is a fictional comic book supervillain. ...


After amassing large quantities of Kryptonite, including kidnapping the supervillains Metallo and the Kryptonite Man, Lex uses it to power a Kryptonian battleship controlled through a "sunstone" crystal.[50] Superman manages to destroy the Kryptonite-powered ship and recover the crystal, but Lex manages to escape custody yet again.[51] Metallo is a fictional supervillain and cyborg who appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... The Kryptonite Man is a supervillain who appears in stories published by DC Comics. ...


Lex later sends Bizarro after the newly arrived "Superboy" only for the creature to be defeated by Superman. Undaunted, Lex gathers together a "Revenge Squad," to fight against the invading Kryptonians led by General Zod.


In JLA, Luthor gathers together a new "Injustice League" and, outfitted in a new version of his warsuit (although still green and purple, it no longer has clear design derivations from the pre-Crisis warsuit as the McGuinness design did), sets out to destroy the Justice League with them. The original Injustice League was the brainchild of the interplanetary conqueror, Agamemno. ...


Lex plays a large role in the Countdown to Final Crisis tie-in event, Salvation Run. Having been sent to the prison planet after his Injustice League was defeated, Lex quickly assumes control of the amassed villains, receiving competition only from Joker and Gorilla Grodd, who convince half of the villains to join them. Countdown is a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 9, 2007, directly following the conclusion of the last issue of 52. ... Salvation Run is an upcoming seven-part DC Comics Mini-Series which will tie in to Final Crisis. ... Gorilla Grodd is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics, primarily as an opponent of The Flash. ...


New Earth Origin

Countdown #34 presents a concise origin page for Lex Luthor as a backup (part of a series which began in 52), representing the new continuity for the Superman mythos as primarily outlined in Action Comics #850, elaborating on the details of this new continuity as pertaining to Lex. His origin now seems to consist of aspects from pre-Crisis continuity, Man of Steel and Birthright, as well as Smallville. He is shown to be the son of business mogul Lionel Luthor and his socialite spouse Leticia. As in Birthright and the pre-Crisis DC, Lex spends part of his adolescence in Smallville, Kansas (under the care of his aunt, Lena), where he meets Clark Kent, Lana Lang, and Pete Ross. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12 issue comic book mini-series produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to clean up their 50-year-old, convoluted and confusing continuity. ...


Lex is described as having left Smallville "under a cloud of rumor and suspicion." He later resurfaces in Metropolis, creates the company LexCorp, and becomes an enemy of Superman (who, ironically, and unknown to Lex, is his former acquaintance--Clark Kent). Luthor's rise to the Presidency and his removal from office are also recounted in the origin. This Lex is described as both a "shrewd businessman" and scientist, as well as a criminal mastermind. He is not shown losing his hair in Smallville (as in Birthright), instead it is shown as receding over time.


Appearances in other media

Main article: Lex Luthor in other media

See also

As a fictional character, Lex Luthor has appeared in a number of media, from comic books to films and television series. ...

Name

Lex Luthor's full first name has over the years been variously spelled as Alexis, Alexei, and Alexander (currently his official first name), but originally "Lex" was not intended to be short for anything. In Latin, the name "Lex" translates as "law." In his earliest appearances, he was referred to only as Luthor, with no first name given.


In Smallville, his full name is Alexander Joseph Luthor. He is named after Alexander the Great, the historical general whom Lionel Luthor most admires and encourages his son to pattern himself after. For the film of the same name, see Alexander the Great (1956 film). ...


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