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Supergirl

Various incarnations of Supergirl (from left to right): Original Kara Zor-El, Matrix, Kara in the '70s, Modern Kara, Linda Danvers, Power Girl, and Kara from Crisis on Infinite Earths. Art by Ed Benes.
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #252 (May 1959)
Created by Otto Binder
Curt Swan
Characters Kara Zor-El
Matrix
Linda Danvers
Cir-El
Power Girl

Supergirl is the name of several fictional characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, depicted as female counterparts to DC Comics iconic superhero Superman. The first incarnation of the character—Super-Girl—appears in a story published in Superman #123 (August 1958). This prototype character led to the creation of the official Supergirl, Kara Zor-El—created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino as the biological cousin of Superman—who debuted in Action Comics #252 (May 1959) entitled "The Supergirl from Krypton." As Supergirl, the Kara Zor-El character plays a supporting role in various DC Comics publications, including Action Comics, Superman, and several other comic book series unrelated to Superman. In 1969 Supergirl became lead feature in Adventure Comics and later starred in an eponymous comic book series which debuted in 1972 and ran until 1974, followed by a second monthly comic book series entitled The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, which ran from 1982 to 1984. Supergirl may refer to: Supergirl is the name of serveral fictional superheroes of DC Comics. ... Matrix is a superhero, best known as the second Supergirl, published by DC Comics. ... Kara Zor-El is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and related media. ... Linda Danvers, formerly known as Supergirl, is a fictional character that appears in the DC Comics Universe. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue American comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 to simplify their then-55-year-old continuity. ... José Edilbenes Bezerra (born in 1972 in Alto Santo, Ceara Brazil) is a Brazilian comic book artist, better known as his pen name Ed Benes. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... Otto Oscar Binder (August 26, 1911 - October 14, 1974) was a writer of American science fiction, non-fiction UFO, and comic books. ... 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. ... Kara Zor-El is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and related media. ... Matrix is a superhero, best known as the second Supergirl, published by DC Comics. ... Linda Danvers, formerly known as Supergirl, is a fictional character that appears in the DC Comics Universe. ... Cir-El was the fictional alleged daughter of Superman, who first appeared in Superman: The 10 Cent Adventure created by Steven Seagle and Scott McDaniel. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... 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. ... Superman began as a feature in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Supergirl. ... Otto Oscar Binder (August 26, 1911 - October 14, 1974) was a writer of American science fiction, non-fiction UFO, and comic books. ... Al Plastino (1921- ) is an American comic book artist best known as one of the most prolific Superman artists of the 1950s, along with his DC Comics colleague Wayne Boring. ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... Adventure Comics was a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... An eponym is the name of a person, whether real or fictitious, who has (or is thought to have) given rise to the name of a particular place, tribe, discovery, or other item. ...


An editorial mandate, the 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths depicts the death of Supergirl and DC Comics subsequently reboots the fictional continuity of the DC Comics Universe, reestablishing Superman's character as the sole survivor of Krypton's destruction. Following the conclusion of Crisis on Infinite Earths, several different characters written as having no familial relationship to Superman have assumed the role of Supergirl, including the Matrix, Linda Danvers, and Cir-El. Following the cancellation of the third Supergirl comic book series starring the Linda Danvers version of the character, a modern version of Kara Zor-El is reintroduced into DC Comics continuity in issue #8 of the Superman/Batman comic book series entitled "The Supergirl from Krypton" (2004). The modern Kara Zor-El stars as Supergirl in an eponymous comic book series, in addition to playing a supporting role in various DC Comics publications. A pop culture icon, the Supergirl character has been adapted into all media relating to the Superman franchise including merchandise, television, animation, and feature film. The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue American comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 to simplify their then-55-year-old continuity. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... The DC Universe (DCU) is the fictional shared setting where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place. ... For other uses, see Krypton (disambiguation). ... Matrix is a superhero, best known as the second Supergirl, published by DC Comics. ... Linda Danvers, formerly known as Supergirl, is a fictional character that appears in the DC Comics Universe. ... Cir-El was the fictional alleged daughter of Superman, who first appeared in Superman: The 10 Cent Adventure created by Steven Seagle and Scott McDaniel. ... Superman/Batman is a monthly comic book series published by DC Comics that features the publishers two most popular characters: Superman and Batman. ... Popular culture (or pop culture) is the widespread cultural elements in any given society that are perpetuated through that societys vernacular language or lingua franca. ... In commerce, a product is a good economics and accounting good or service which can be bought and sold. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ...

Contents

Precursors

Many Superman stories feature one-time appearances of a female version of Superman as a story gimmick. 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. ...

Superman #123: Super-Girl.Art by Curt Swan.
Superman #123: Super-Girl.
Art by Curt Swan.
  • Lois Lane (Superwoman) — The first comic to feature a female counterpart to Superman is "Lois Lane - Superwoman," a story published in Action Comics #60 (May 1943), in which a hospitalized Lois Lane dreams she has gained superpowers thanks to a blood transfusion from the Man of Steel. She begins her own career as Superwoman, complete with copycat costume. Similar stories with Lois Lane acquiring superpowers and adopting the name "Superwoman" periodically appear later. One such story appears in Action Comics #156 (May 1951), in which Lois accidentally gains superpowers, thanks to an invention of Superman's arch-foe, Lex Luthor. In the story, Lois employs a short blond wig in her crime-fighting identity, giving Superwoman an almost identical look to the later Kara Zor-El version of Supergirl.
  • Claire Kent — In the Superboy #78 story titled "Claire Kent, Alias Super-Sister", Superboy saves the life of an alien woman named Shar-La from crashing. After he ridicules her driving for being a girl, Shar-La turns Superboy into a girl. In Smallville, Clark claims to be Claire Kent, an out-of-town relative who is staying with the Kents. When in costume, he appears as Superboy's sister, Super-Sister, and claims the two have exchanged places. As a girl, he is ridiculed and scorned by men, and wants to prove he's as good as he always was. In the end, it is revealed that the situation is an illusion created by Shar-La, and Superboy learns not to ridicule women.
  • Super-Girl — In Superman #123 (August 1958), Jimmy Olsen uses a magic totem to wish a "Super-Girl" into existence as a companion and aid to Superman; however, the two frequently get in each other's way until she is fatally injured protecting Superman from a Kryptonite meteor. At her insistence, Jimmy wishes the dying girl out of existence. DC used this story to gauge public response to the concept of a completely new super-powered female counterpart to Superman. In the original issue in which this Super-Girl story was printed, she had blond hair and her costume was blue and red like Superman's. Early reprints of this story showed her with red hair and an orange and green costume, to prevent readers from confusing her with the then current Supergirl character. Much later, the story was again reprinted in its original form.

Image File history File linksMetadata Superman123. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Superman123. ... 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. ... Superwoman is the name given to several fictional characters published over the years by DC Comics, most of them being, much like the more popular Supergirl, a woman with powers alike to those of Superman. ... For the Dutch girl group, see Loïs Lane. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional DC Comics supervillain and the archenemy of the superhero Superman. ... Superboy is a fictional superhero who appears in DC Comics. ... This article is about Supermans adoptive home town. ... James Bartholomew Jimmy Olsen is a fictional character, a photojournalist that appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ...

Pre-Crisis character biography

Main article: Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)

After positive fan reaction to Super-Girl, the first recurring and most familiar version of Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, debuted in 1959. Kara Zor-El first appeared in Action Comics #252 (May 1959) written by Otto Binder who also created Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel's sister and female spin-off. Like Supergirl, Mary Marvel was a teen-age female version of an adult male super-hero, wearing a costume that was identical to the older character other than substituting a short skirt for tights. Binder also created Miss America, a super-heroine who shared little other than the name with her sometimes co-star Captain America. Kara Zor-El is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and related media. ... Mary Marvel is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine, originally published by Fawcett Comics and now owned by DC Comics. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Miss America (Madeline Joyce Frank) is a fictional Golden Age superheroine from the Marvel Comics universe. ... This article is about the original comic book character named Captain America. ...

Action Comics #285 (February 1962), Supergirl is introduced to the world. Art by Curt Swan.
Action Comics #285 (February 1962), Supergirl is introduced to the world. Art by Curt Swan.

Kara Zor-El is the last survivor of Argo City of the planet Krypton, which had survived the explosion of the planet and had drifted through space. When the inhabitants of the colony are slain by Kryptonite, Kara is sent to Earth by her father Zor-El to be raised by her cousin Kal-El, known as Superman. Fearing that she might not be recognized by Superman, Kara's parents provide a costume based on the Man of Steel's own. Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... 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. ... The birthplace of Supergirl, a city of the planet Krypton which survived the death of its native planet when it was hurled into outer space, people and buildings alive and intact, by the force of the cataclysm that destroyed the planet. ... Krypton is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe. ... This article is about the fictional substance. ... In publications from DC Comics, Zor-El was the father of Supergirl and uncle of Superman. ...


On Earth, Kara acquires super-powers identical to Superman's and adopts the secret identity of Linda Lee, an orphan at Midvale Orphanage. She conceals her blonde hair beneath a brunette wig and functions as Supergirl only in secret, at Superman's request, until she can gain (in his opinion) sufficient control of her powers. After being adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers, Superman decides his cousin is ready to begin operating openly as Supergirl.


In her secret identity, Linda attends Midvale High School as Linda Lee Danvers. In later years, after graduating from Stanhope College, she changes careers several times, holding jobs in student counseling, news reporting, and acting in a TV soap opera titled Secret Hearts. She also attends college in Chicago. Kara has many boyfriends, including Richard (Dick) Malverne, Jerro the merboy from Atlantis, and member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Brainiac 5. She does, however, shun serious commitments, putting her super-career first. The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... LSH redirects here. ... Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) is a fictional character who exists in the future of the DC Comics universe. ...


Supergirl's secret identity is a closely held secret and is known only to Superman, her foster parents, and the Legion of Super-Heroes, of which she serves as a member for a time. Like all Kryptonians, Supergirl is vulnerable to kryptonite. Streaky, Linda Danvers's orange cat, acquires temporary super-powers as a result of its exposure to "X-Kryptonite". Comet the Superhorse, a former centaur, is Supergirl's equine companion. Streaky the Supercat is a fictional character published by DC Comics. ... // First appearance of Comet, from Action Comics #292, September 1962. ...


One way DC demonstrated the epic nature of its 12-issue limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths (April 1985-March 1986) was through the deaths of important characters. In issue #7 (October 1985), Supergirl bravely sacrifices her life to save her cousin and the multiverse from destruction. When Superman continuity rebooted after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC editorial felt that Superman should be the sole survivor of Krypton, resulting in Kara being removed from continuity.[1] Unlike a number of other characters who are shown dying in the Crisis, no one remembers Kara dying or even ever having existed. The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue American comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 to simplify their then-55-year-old continuity. ... A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ...


After the events of Infinite Crisis, many historical events from the Multiverse are now being remembered. Donna Troy, after her rebirth and inheritance of Harbinger's Orb, has recalled the original Kara Zor-El and her sacrifice to save the Universe.[2] Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Donna Troy is a fictional character, a superheroine in the DC Universe. ... Harbinger is a DC Comics character created in the early 1980s. ...


Post-Crisis character biography

John Byrne wanted Superman to be the only surviving Kryptonian following DC's post-Crisis reboot of Superman continuity. As a result, when DC reintroduced Supergirl in the post-Crisis era, she needed to have a non-Kryptonian origin. Afterwards, DC Comics tried to revamp the Supergirl concept, introducing several more non-Kryptonian Supergirls. Eventually, the rule that Superman should be the only surviving Kryptonian was relaxed, allowing for a return of Kara Zor-El as both Superman's cousin and a Kryptonian survivor. For other uses of John Byrne, see John Byrne (disambiguation). ...


Matrix

Main article: Supergirl (Matrix)
Matrix as Supergirl from Adventures of Superman #502. Art by Tom Grummet.
Matrix as Supergirl from Adventures of Superman #502. Art by Tom Grummet.

After the post-Crisis reboot of Superman continuity in the late 1980s, Supergirl's origin was completely rewritten. No longer was she Superman's cousin, or even Kryptonian. In Superman v2, #16 (April 1988), a new Supergirl debuted as a man-made lifeform (made of protoplasm) created by a heroic Lex Luthor of a "pocket universe". Lex implanted her with Lana Lang's memories, and she could shapeshift to resemble Lana Lang. Matrix even believed herself to be Lana for a time. She wore a distaff version of Superman's costume, but Matrix did not have Superman's exact powers. While she possessed flight and super-strength (like Superman), she could also employ telekinesis, shape-shifting and a cloaking/invisibility power (her cloaking power made her undetectable even to Superman himself). Matrix is a superhero, best known as the second Supergirl, published by DC Comics. ... Image File history File links Supergirl-matrix. ... Image File history File links Supergirl-matrix. ... This article is about the comic book. ... In biology, protoplasm is the living substance inside the cell. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional DC Comics supervillain and the archenemy of the superhero Superman. ... Lana Lang is a supporting character in DC Comics Superman series. ... Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ...


Matrix's Supergirl form resembled the pre-Crisis Supergirl. She lived in Smallville with the Kents, who treated "Mae" like their own daughter. While new to Earth, Matrix began a romance with the DC Universe's Lex Luthor until she realized Luthor's evil nature. She left him to find her own way in the world, serving for a time as a member of the Teen Titans and a hero in her own right. Teen Titans redirects here. ...


Matrix/Linda Danvers

Beginning in September 1996, DC published a Supergirl title written by Peter David. The 1996 Supergirl comic revamps the previous Matrix Supergirl by merging her with a human being, resulting in a new Supergirl. Many old elements of the pre-Crisis Supergirl are reintroduced in new forms. The woman that Matrix merges with has the same name as pre-Crisis Supergirl's secret identity, Linda Danvers. The series is set in the town of Leesburg, named after pre-adoption secret identity, Linda Lee. Linda's father is named Fred Danvers, the same as pre-Crisis Supergirl's adopted father. Furthermore, new versions of Dick Malverne and Comet appear as part of the supporting cast. Linda Danvers, formerly known as Supergirl, is a fictional character that appears in the DC Comics Universe. ... Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) (born September 23, 1956) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. ...

Cover of Supergirl #78. Art by Ed Benes.
Cover of Supergirl #78. Art by Ed Benes.

As the series begins, Matrix sacrifices herself to save a dying woman named Linda Danvers, and their bodies, minds, and souls merge to become an "Earth-Born Angel", a being that is created when one being selflessly sacrifices him or herself to save another who is, in every way, beyond saving. As the angel, Supergirl loses some of her powers but gains others, including fiery angel wings and a "shunt" ability that allows her to teleport to any place she has been before. Image File history File links Supergirl. ... Image File history File links Supergirl. ... José Edilbenes Bezerra (born in 1972 in Alto Santo, Ceara Brazil) is a Brazilian comic book artist, better known as his pen name Ed Benes. ... This article is about the supernatural being. ...


The angelic aspect of Supergirl eventually falls from grace,[3] and Linda and Matrix are separated once more into two beings. Linda retains some of Supergirl's super-strength and durability, and although she can no longer fly, she can leap 1/8th of a mile. Linda acts as Supergirl for a while, attempting to locate her angelic aspect. After she is found in the Garden of Eden and freed from the Demon Mother, Matrix merges with a woman named Twilight and becomes the new Earth-born angel of fire. Twilight uses her healing powers to increase Linda's strength to Supergirl's levels and restores her powers of flight and telekinesis. In Supergirl #75 (December 2002), detoured on her way to Earth, the pre-Crisis Supergirl arrives in post-Crisis Leesburg. After learning that Kara is destined to die, Linda travels to the pre-Crisis universe in her place, where she marries Superman and bears a daughter named Ariella. In order to save her daughter's life, Linda ultimately allows history to unfold as it should have, with Kara assuming her rightful but tragic place in the time-stream. For other uses, see Garden of Eden (disambiguation). ... Twilight is a fictional character from the DC comics series Supergirl. ... Ariella Kent is the Supergirl of the 853rd century. ...


Upon returning to the post-Crisis DC universe, Linda abandons the role of Supergirl. Peter David's creator-owned series Fallen Angel, published by DC Comics, features a character, Lee, who is similar to Linda and explores the same themes as Peter David's Supergirl series. Prior to Fallen Angel moving to another company, Lee was written in a manner such that she could have been Linda. Fallen Angel is a fictional comic book heroine created and owned by writer Peter David and artist David Lopez, who appears in her self-titled monthly series. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ...


Though David remained coy as to whether the two characters were one and the same during the DC run of the title, after it moved to IDW, David revealed Lee's origin, which clearly showed that Lee was not Danvers. However, Fallen Angel #14 introduced "Lin," who was said to be Lee's "predecessor" in Bete Noire.[4] Lin had recently escaped Limbo, an apparent metaphor for what happened to Danvers after the cancellation of Supergirl. David was more explicit as to whether Lin was Linda Danvers in his December 13, 2006 blog entry, in which he stated: This article is about the theological concept. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Any fans of my run on Supergirl--particularly those who are torqued because Linda Danvers was consigned to oblivion in the DCU--must, must, MUST pick up "Fallen Angel" #14 and #15 when they come out next year.[5]

However, since David could not explicitly claim that a character owned by DC and a character that he owned were one and the same, he admitted: Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ...

Can I say this is Linda Danvers? Of course I can't. However, it's pretty freaking obvious that it is.[6]

According to an interview with Newsarama,[7] Matrix Supergirl is wiped from existence by the events depicted in the 2005 limited series Infinite Crisis, although Infinite Crisis writer Geoff Johns has stated that Danvers is not.[8] Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. ...


Cir-El

Main article: Supergirl (Cir-El)

A Supergirl named Cir-El appears in 2003's Superman: The 10 Cent Adventure #1, claiming to be the future daughter of Superman and Lois Lane. Although she has super-strength, speed, and hearing like Superman, she can only leap great distances. She also possesses the ability to fire blasts of red solar energy. Her alter ego is a street person named Mia. She is later found to be a human girl who was altered by Brainiac on a genetic level to appear Kryptonian; she dies thwarting a plot involving Brainiac 13. Superman Vol. 2 #200 implies that when the timeline realigned itself, Cir-El was no longer in continuity. Cir-El is unique among the various incarnations of Supergirl; she is the only one who is not a blonde. Cir-El was the fictional alleged daughter of Superman, who first appeared in Superman: The 10 Cent Adventure created by Steven Seagle and Scott McDaniel. ... For the Dutch girl group, see Loïs Lane. ... Brainiac is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain created by Otto Binder. ... Superman began as a feature in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. ...


Kara Zor-El

Main article: Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)

Issue #8 of the Superman/Batman series originally published in 2004 re-introduced Kara Zor-El into DC continuity. Like the pre-Crisis version, this Kara claims to be the daughter of Superman's uncle Zor-El and aunt Alura In-Ze. Unlike the traditional Supergirl origin, Kara was born before Superman; she was a teenager when he was a baby. She had been sent in a rocket in suspended animation to look after the infant Kal-El; however, her rocket was caught in the explosion of Krypton, became encased in a kryptonite asteroid, and she arrived on Earth years after Kal-El had grown up and becoming known as Superman. Due to this extended period of suspended animation she is "younger" than her cousin, relatively speaking (she is referenced to be about 16, while Superman is portrayed to be about 35+). At the end of "The Supergirl from Krypton" arc, her cousin Superman officially introduces her to all the heroes of the DC Comics Universe, then she adopts the Supergirl costume, and accepts the name. Kara Zor-El is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and related media. ... Superman/Batman is a monthly comic book series published by DC Comics that features the publishers two most popular characters: Superman and Batman. ... Kara Zor-El is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and related media. ... This article is about the fictional substance. ... For other uses, see Asteroid (disambiguation). ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ...

Cover for Supergirl #1 (2005 series). Art by Michael Turner.
Cover for Supergirl #1 (2005 series). Art by Michael Turner.

A new Supergirl series, written by Jeph Loeb, began publication in August 2005. The storyline in the first arc of Supergirl depicts a darker, evil version of Kara emerging when Lex Luthor exposes her to Black Kryptonite. The evil Supergirl implies that Kara's family sent her to earth to kill Kal-El as revenge for a family grudge; at the time, Kara herself refuses to believe this, but later flashbacks indicate that not only was this partly true but Kara had been physically altered by her father as a child before being involved in several murders on Krypton. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Superman, Phantom Zone criminals, and Jimmy Olsen, in front of a display of kryptonite models. ...


Supergirl also appears in Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes, in which she is transported to the 31st century, and, as a result of her disorientation, for a time believes she is dreaming her surroundings into existence until finally convinced otherwise. Although her memories of her time with the Legion were erased before she returned to the present, the mental blocks broke down upon encountering the pre-crisis versions of Legionnaires Karate Kid and Triad (Una). The Karate Kid is a 1984 movie Karate Kid (comics) is a fictional superhero who was a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. ... This page discusses the post-Zero Hour reboot version of the character. ...


Supergirl exhibits new powers, manifesting sunstone crystals from her body; so far she has only done so while under great stress (for example, when Cassandra Cain tries to kill her). Supergirl's father implanted the crystals within his daughter's body to protect her from malevolent beings from the Phantom Zone. The Zone-dwellers were released when Jor-El made the Phantom Zone Projector and exploited the Zone as a prison. Kara's father, believing that Kal-El is a lure to the Zone-dwellers, has instructed Kara to destroy him. More recent comics have cast doubt on whether this ability and past are still in continuity.


Supporting characters

Even though Supergirl is a Superman supporting character, she is also a Superman Family member, with her own set of supporting characters.

  • Zor-El and Alura — Kara Zor-El's biological parents. Zor-El, the younger brother of Jor-El, was a scientist who invented the dome over Argo City and oversaw the placement of lead shielding over the ground of Argo City, thus enabling the city's residents to survive after the explosion of Krypton. The city drifted in space for about 15 years, the residents clinging to a precarious existence. During that time, the couple had a daughter, Kara, who grew to about the age of 10-12 when the city's existence was put in peril when its lead shielding was punctured by meteors, releasing deadly kryptonite radiation. At this point, Zor-El and Alura placed Kara in a rocket ship and sent her to Earth, which Zor-El had observed using a powerful electronic telescope. Observing a super-powered man resembling his brother Jor-El, and wearing a uniform of Kryptonian styling, Zor-El (and Alura) concluded the man was probably their nephew, Kal-El, sent through space by Jor-El when Krypton exploded and now grown to adulthood. In later Silver Age accounts, Zor-El and Alura survive the death of Argo City when, shortly before the radiation reached lethal levels, Zor-El projects them both into the immaterial Phantom Zone; later they are released from the Zone and go to live in the bottle city of Kandor preserved in microscopic size at Superman's Fortress. Under the Silver Age version of the continuity, Supergirl could regularly visit with both her adoptive parents, the Danverses (see below), and her birth parents, in Kandor.
  • Streaky the Supercat — Supergirl's pet cat. In Pre-Crisis continuity she acquires super-powers after exposure to X-Kryptonite. In post crisis continuity she is a normal housecat Supergirl took in. Her name is taken from her inability to understand the concept of a litterbox.
  • Comet the Super-Horse — Pre-Crisis Supergirl's horse who is a centaur accidentally cursed by Circe into being trapped in the form of a horse. In post-Crisis continuity, Comet is a superhero who is a romantic interest of Linda Danvers.
  • Fred and Edna Danvers — The foster parents of pre-Crisis Supergirl. Shortly after they adopt Linda Lee from the Midvale orphanage, Superman reveals his cousin's identity to her foster parents, so they are aware of her super-powers. Later, they are also aware that Superman is secretly Clark Kent.
  • Dick Malverne — An orphan at the Midvale Orphanage who is one of Pre-Crisis Supergirl's romantic interests. While living at the Midvale Orphanage as Linda Lee, Supergirl meets and befriends fellow orphan, Dick Wilson. Dick suspects that Linda is secretly Supergirl and is constantly trying to prove Linda has super-powers. Later, Dick is adopted by a couple named Malverne, and changes his name to Dick Malverne. In post-Crisis continuity, Dick Malverne is a newly arrived resident to Leesburg who befriends Linda Danvers.
  • Jerro the Merboy — A merperson from Atlantis who is another of Pre-Crisis Supergirl's romantic interests, much like the relationship that Superman had with Lori Lemaris.

Streaky the Supercat is a fictional character published by DC Comics. ... // First appearance of Comet, from Action Comics #292, September 1962. ... Circe is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, centered in the Wonder Woman title. ... Lori Lemaris is a fictional character in DC Comics Superman comic books. ...

Other versions

"Supergirls", from Superman/Batman #24. Kara Zor-El, Linda Danvers, Cir-El, and Power Girl
"Supergirls", from Superman/Batman #24. Kara Zor-El, Linda Danvers, Cir-El, and Power Girl

Several different versions of Supergirl have appeared in continuity. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (410x635, 75 KB) Summary This is a scan of a comics panel from Superman/Batman # 24. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (410x635, 75 KB) Summary This is a scan of a comics panel from Superman/Batman # 24. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Supergirl. ... Linda Danvers, an Earth woman, (not to be confused with Linda Lee Danvers, the secret identity of Kara Zor-El pre-Crisis), formerly called Supergirl, is a fictional character from DC Comics who first appeared in Supergirl #1 in September 1996, created by Peter David and Gary Frank. ... Cir-El was the fictional alleged daughter of Superman, who first appeared in Superman: The 10 Cent Adventure created by Steven Seagle and Scott McDaniel. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ...

  • Power Girl (Kara Zor-L)—An alternate version of Kara Zor-El from the parallel world, Earth-Two, the cousin of Superman (Kal-L).
  • Laurel Gand (Andromeda)—Laurel Gand was the post-Crisis/Glorithverse replacement for the pre-Crisis Supergirl in the Legion of Super-Heroes, after the latter was removed from continuity following The Man of Steel reboot of Superman. Originally, Laurel was simply known by her given name. A younger version of Laurel took the superhero code name "Andromeda" shortly before the Zero Hour reboot of the Legion; post-reboot, Laurel remained Andromeda.
  • Ariella Kent—Supergirl of the 853rd century, later revealed to be the daughter of post-Crisis Linda Danvers and Silver Age style Superman from the Many Happy Returns story arc.

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Adaptations into other media

Main article: Media adaptations of Supergirl

Since the character's feature film debut in 1984, the Supergirl character has been also been adapted into animated television programs such as Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. An imposter of the Kara Zor-El version of Supergirl was introduced in the third season finale of the television series Smallville and was debunked as a human augmented by Jor-El in the same episode.The true Kara Zor-el was introduced in the seventh season, played by Laura Vandervoort. Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ... Justice League is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... 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. ...


See also

  • Alternate versions of Supergirl
  • Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
  • Team Superman - The name for the unofficial team of Superman and his supporting characters.
  • Superman Family - A 1970s anthology comic of Superman's supporting cast which continued Supergirl's stories after her 1970s solo series was cancelled.
  • List of women warriors in folklore, literature, and popular culture

Kara Zor-El is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and related media. ... Team Superman is the name of DC Comics informal team of heroes who all wear the S shield of Superman. ... Superman Family was a DC Comics comic book series which ran from 1974 to 1982 featuring primarily stories starring supporting characters in the Superman comics. ... This article is about examples of woman warriors in a number of contexts. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ Peter Sanderson, Amazing Heroes #96, June 1986. "Superman will be the only Kryptonian who survived the destruction of Krypton" - John Byrne on The Man of Steel. Excerpted here
  2. ^ 52: Week Four and Week Five, 2006
  3. ^ Supergirl #50
  4. ^  David, Peter (w),  Woodward, J.K. (p),  'Fallen Angel' vol. 1,  #14 (March, 2007)  IDW Publishing
  5. ^ David, Peter. "Fallen Angel #14 and #15: Supergirl Fans, please note", PeterDavid.net, 2006-12-13. Retrieved on 2007-06-24. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Robert. "Reflections: Talking With Peter David, Part 2", Comic Book Resources, 2007-01-21. Retrieved on 2007-06-24. 
  7. ^ Newsarama.com: Crisis Counseling: The Finale
  8. ^ The Comic Bloc Forums - Geoff, We need to talk - Page 2

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External links

Wikia (no official pronunciation[2]; originally Wikicities) is a selective wiki hosting service (or wiki farm) operated by Wikia, Inc. ... Wikia (no official pronunciation[2]; originally Wikicities) is a selective wiki hosting service (or wiki farm) operated by Wikia, Inc. ... 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). ... 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. ... For other uses, see Clark Kent (disambiguation). ... For the Dutch girl group, see Loïs Lane. ... James Bartholomew Jimmy Olsen is a fictional character, a photojournalist that appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... 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. ... Jor-El is a fictional character. ... Lara Lor-Van, usually referred to as Lara, is a fictional character who appears in Superman comics published by DC Comics. ... Martha Clark Kent and Jonathan Kent, also known as Ma and Pa Kent, are fictional characters published by DC Comics. ... Lana Lang is a supporting character in DC Comics Superman series. ... Pete Ross is a fictional character who appears in the Superman comic books published by DC Comics. ... John Henry Irons is the third hero known as Steel, a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... Superboy is the name of several fictional characters in the DC Universe, most of them youthful incarnations of Superman. ... Superboy is a fictional superhero who appears in DC Comics. ... Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Kara Zor-El is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and related media. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ... Krypto, also known as Krypto the Superdog, is a fictional character; he is Supermans pet dog in the various Superman comic books published by DC Comics. ... The Eradicator is a fictional comic book superhero (and sometimes supervillain) character having a recurring role in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... This is a list of fictional characters from DC Comics who are or have been enemies of Superman. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... 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