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    Clark Kent (Earth-38)

    For other uses of Superman, see Superman (Disambiguation).
    For other uses of Man of Steel, see Steel (Disambiguation).

    Sometimes, as dire as it may seem, the best thing you can do to protect those you love is just… get up.
    — Clark Kent to Impulse and XS[src]

    Clark Kent, born as Kal-El, is a reporter for the Daily Planet, a member of the Justice League, and the vigilante known as Superman.

    Biography[edit | hide | hide all]

    Early Life[edit | hide]

    Kal-El was born around 1982 on the planet Krypton to well-respected scientists, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van. Not long after his birth, Krypton was destroyed, and he was sent to Earth by his parents. He was accompanied by his older cousin, Kara Zor-El, who was sent by her father to protect him, though her pod was knocked off course into the Phantom Zone.[13]

    After entering Earth's atmosphere, the pod landed in Smallville, Kansas and Kal was soon adopted by Martha and Jonathan Kent under the name, Clark Kent. Eventually, Kent moved to Metropolis and began working as a reporter for the Daily Planet.[7]

    Adventures of Superman[edit | hide]

    During his first day at the Daily Planet, Kent dashed out of a staff meeting to save Lois Lane from a helicopter crash, revealing himself to the world as Superman. This caught the attention of Lex Luthor, who kidnapped Lane in his Lexosuit and threatened to kill her if Superman refused to kneel before him. Kent was almost killed during this encounter, but he and Lane were ultimately saved by J'onn J'onzz.

    At some point after this, Kent defeated Brainiac[7] and established a base of operations known as the Fortress of Solitude.[14] At some point in the early 2000s, Kent married Lois Lane, and they had two sons named Jonathan and Jordan Kent.[8] During his career as Superman, Kent also worked alongside Batman, coming to trust him so much that he gave him a shard of green kryptonite for safekeeping.[15] In 2009, Superman encountered Naxim Tork, who came to Metropolis to add him to his cosmic menagerie, but he was able to escape, resulting in Tork's target changing to Kara Danvers.[16]

    Battle of Earth-Prime[edit | hide]

    Battle of Earth-Prime

    A day after the creation of Earth-Prime, J'onn J'onzz visited Kent to restore his memories of the Original Multiverse, and he soon rushed to help the other heroes in the Battle of Earth-Prime. He, alongside several other heroes, were preparing to fight a hoard of Shadow Demons when they suddenly disappeared and the Anti-Monitor materialized in their place.

    Flying overhead with the sky team, Superman attempted to destroy the Anti-Monitor's dome with his heat vision, but he and the other heroes were soon knocked back by a burst of antimatter. As the Anti-Monitor enlarged himself, Superman again tried attacking with his heat vision, but he was soon grabbed and crushed in his hand, only escaping after being shrunk by Atom. Following the defeat of the Anti-Monitor, Kent was returned to normal size.[8]

    Formation of the Justice League[edit | hide]

    Oliver Queen's Memorial

    Hours later, Kent was on patrol when he was called by Lois, who said he was needed in Metropolis to deal with an issue regarding his sons. This surprised him, as he was unaware that the crisis had altered his past so that he had two children rather than one.

    Kent was later present at a memorial for Oliver Queen in the Hall of Justice, where Barry Allen proposed the formation of the Justice League to prevent future threats to the planet. The team then sat down at a table before being interrupted by the sounds of some sort of wild animal.[8]

    Life after the Crisis[edit | hide]

    At some point after this, Kent supposedly recommended funnel cake from the Kansas State Fair to "Barry Allen", though it is likely that this did not actually happen as it was mentioned to Iris West-Allen whilst she was still in the Mirrorverse.[17]

    War Against Heroes[edit | hide]

    At some point in the future, Kent retired as Superman and moved back to the Kent Farm in Smallville. In 2049, he was visited by Impulse and XS, who needed his help to defeat Magog, though he refused and instead told them that they could defeat him on their own if they trusted themselves. After Magog's defeat, Kent travelled to the Hall of Justice, speaking to several of his former teammates before hearing the Spectre discuss a coming threat.[7]

    Powers and Abilities[edit | hide]

    Powers[edit | hide]

    • Kryptonian Physiology: Due to his Kryptonian physiology, Kent has a variety of superhuman powers.[8]
      • Flight: Kent is able to manipulate his gravitational field to fly at hypersonic speeds.[8]
      • Freeze Breath: Kent has a much larger lung capacity than humans and so can inhale large amounts of air to expel at superhuman speeds towards his enemies. He can use this ability to freeze objects to sub-zero temperatures.[18]
      • Invulnerability: Kent is impervious to almost all forms of physical damage and so cannot typically be harmed[8] unless special means are used.[18]
        • Accelerated Healing Factor: Even when physically injured, Kent's body heals far more quickly than the average person's would and far more efficiently as the healing process does not leave scars.[18]
        • Self-Sustenance: Kent is able to travel into space without the use of specialist breathing equipment.[19]
      • Heat Vision: Kent can fire blue energy beams from his eyes, the temperature of which he can adjust at will.[8]
      • Superhuman Speed: Kent is able to move at speeds which far surpass that of most creatures or machines on Earth.[8]
        • Superhuman Reflexes: Kent can perceive things much faster than the average person, allowing him to respond to incoming attacks at superhuman speeds.[8]
        • Superhuman Stamina: Kent is able to fly for extended periods of time without showing any physical signs of exhaustion.[8]
      • Superhuman Strength: Kent is capable of lifting extremely heavy objects with ease[7] and uses his immense strength to fight other powerful foes such as the Anti-Monitor.[8]
        • Superhuman Leaping: Kent is able to jump much higher than regular people, being known to leap tall buildings in a single bound by the general populace.[8]
      • X-Ray Vision: Kent can see through solid objects provided they are not covered in lead.[18]

    Abilities[edit | hide]

    • Hand-to-Hand Combat: Kent is an expert in hand-to-hand combat and as such is able to fight and defeat almost any foe.[8]
    • Investigation: Kent is an expert investigator due to his extensive experience as a reporter for the Daily Planet.[7]

    Weaknesses[edit | hide]

    • Green Kryptonite: Kent is susceptible to green kryptonite as it is the only substance which can penetrate his skin. After being exposed to it for long enough, Kent will get sick and eventually die.[18]
    • Lead: Kent is able to see through every object except for lead.[18]

    Equipment[edit | hide]

    Current Equipment[edit | hide]

    • Glasses: Kent wears a pair of glasses as a civilian to conceal his identity.[7]
    • Items in the Fortress of Solitude: Kent, and his cousin Kara, have collected various items during their superhero careers, which are stored at the Fortress of Solitude.[19] These include a Bottled Earth,[20] Myriad, the Phantom Zone Projector, and the Solar Hammer.[21]
    • Superman Suit: Kent wears a protective suit whilst operating as Superman.[8]
    • Items from the Fortress of Solitude: Clark has collected a number of items throughout his superhero career and stores most of them at the Fortress of Solitude.
      • Cosmic Anvil: An item called the Cosmic Anvil is stored at the Fortress of Solitude according to Querl Dox.[22]
      • Phantom Zone Projector: Clark has a device known as the Phantom Zone projector that can instantly teleport people to a certain location, typically the Phantom Zone.
      • Robots: Clark has many service robots called Kelex that take care of the Fortress of Solitude when he is away. They also provide information to permitted visitors and defend the fortress from attackers.
      • Solar Hammer: Clark has possession of the Solar Hammer, a device that generates light energy when touched.[23]

    Appearances[edit | hide]

    Pilot Unseen
    Stronger Together Mentioned
    Fight or Flight Unseen
    Livewire Mentioned
    How Does She Do It? Mentioned
    Red Faced Mentioned
    Human for a Day Mentioned
    Hostile Takeover Mentioned
    Blood Bonds Mentioned
    Childish Things Mentioned
    Bizarro Mentioned
    For the Girl Who Has Everything Hallucination
    Solitude Mentioned
    Falling Mentioned
    Manhunter Mentioned
    Worlds Finest Mentioned
    Myriad Unseen
    Better Angels Unseen
    The Adventures of Supergirl Appears
    The Last Children of Krypton Appears
    Survivors Mentioned
    Crossfire Mentioned
    Changing Mentioned
    The Darkest Place Mentioned
    Medusa Mentioned
    Invasion! Mentioned
    We Can Be Heroes Mentioned
    Luthors Mentioned
    Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk Mentioned
    Exodus Mentioned
    Duet Mentioned
    Distant Sun Mentioned
    Ace Reporter Mentioned
    Alex Mentioned
    City of Lost Children Mentioned
    Resist Appears
    Nevertheless, She Persisted Appears
    Girl of Steel Mentioned
    The Faithful Mentioned
    Midvale Pictured
    Wake Up Mentioned
    Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3 Mentioned
    Reign Mentioned
    Legion of Super-Heroes Mentioned
    For Good Mentioned
    Trinity Mentioned
    Shelter from the Storm Mentioned
    The Fanatical Mentioned
    Dark Side of the Moon Mentioned
    Not Kansas Mentioned
    Battles Lost and Won Pictured
    American Alien Mentioned
    Fallout Mentioned
    Parasite Lost Indirectly Mentioned
    Elseworlds, Part 1 Appears​​​​
    Elseworlds, Part 2 Mentioned
    Elseworlds, Part 3 Appears
    Suspicious Minds Mentioned
    Goldfaced Mentioned
    Stand and Deliver Mentioned
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? Mentioned
    The House of L Mentioned
    All About Eve Mentioned
    Crime and Punishment Drawing
    American Dreamer Mentioned
    The Quest for Peace Mentioned
    Event Horizon Mentioned
    A Flash of the Lightning Name Seen On A Map
    Blurred Lines Mentioned
    In Plain Sight Mentioned
    Confidence Women Flashback
    Tremors Mentioned
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two Appears
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three Appears
    Paragons Rising Vision
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four In the Speed Force
    Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five Appears
    Infinite Luthor Appears
    The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn Mentioned
    Meet the Legends Mentioned
    Back from the Future: Part One Mentioned
    Marathon Mentioned
    It's a Super Life Pictured
    The Bodyguard Mentioned
    O, Mouse! Mentioned
    All's Wells That Ends Wells Mentioned
    The Book of Ruin: Chapter Two: Theseus's Ship Mentioned
    Rebirth Indirectly Mentioned
    Phantom Menaces Mentioned
    Prom Night! Mentioned
    Prom Again! Mentioned
    Welcome Back, Kara! Mentioned
    Deus Lex Machina Flashback
    Armageddon, Part 3 Emblem
    Savior Complex Appears

    Gallery[edit | hide]

    Promotional Images[edit | hide]

    References[edit | hide]

    Other versions of Clark Kent
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    Original Multiverse

    Earth: 167  9  96  F  UE-43  Bizarro World  UE-44

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