Lana Lang was born and raised in Smallville. She attended elementary and high school with Clark Kent, with whom she had a romantic relationship. The two maintained a friendly relationship after parting ways following high school.
Lana Lang was created in 1950 by writer Bill Finger and artist John Sikela and first appeared in Superboy #10 as "the girl in Superboy's life." Though Lana is considered Clark Kent's first love interest in DC's fictional timeline, her first comic book appearance was twelve years later than that of Clark's longtime adult love interest, Lois Lane.
During the Silver Age, Lana was the literal girl next door who was obsessed with proving that Superboy and Clark were the same person. As was common in the Silver Age, she also gained insect powers at one point after saving the life of an alien traveler who had been pinned under a tree. In gratitude for this, he gave her a bio-genetic ring. After discovering that the ring could transform the user into insects or give its user insects's powers or attributes, she became the Insect Queen and went on a number of adventures with Superboy. Lana also gained reserve status in the Legion of Super-Heroes after saving them during her trip into the future. As an adult she became a television reporter for WMET-TV, and acted as a romantic rival for Lois Lane, as both women had their sights set on Clark.
In the Bronze Age, Lana became an anchorwoman, and, for the first time since her original appearance, stopped pursuing Superman romantically, going so far as to take an assignment in Europe to forget him (Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #109). In this same issue it was revealed that Lana was a graduate of Hudson University. (Later stories had Lana attending Metropolis University.) Lana would later team up with Clark Kent to co-anchor WGBS News (Superman #317). This situation changed in the run-up to the Crisis on Infinite Earths, as Lana and Clark were shown again to be romantically involved. Also during this period, Lana was revealed to have an Earth-2 counterpart who was similar to the Earth-1 counterpart, but had left Smallville at a young age, and was accidentally turned into the villainous Insect Queen by a magic amulet. The Crisis erased this version of Lana from existence.
Lana's origin story and motivations have been constantly altered during the Modern Age. Following the Crisis, her origin was rewritten such that Lana was deeply in love with Clark Kent, who did not return her love. He revealed his powers to her just before they left high school, and when Superman appeared she made the connection and became something of an obsessed stalker. Her origin was changed again in 2003, when she and Clark were established as having had a romantic relationship in high school. This version of the character leaves Smallville shortly after Clark himself leaves to explore the world. She was changed yet again following the Infinite Crisis, and her romantic relationship with Clark was strengthened; though they still eventually broke up, they remained fairly close into adulthood.
Major Story Arcs
The Man of Steel
Lana Lang is in love with Clark Kent, but he does not return her affections. He reveals his powers to her just after both have graduated high school; she is devastated, because she has finally realized he doesn't love her. Some time later Superman appears in Metropolis, and she quickly makes the connection between the two. She becomes obsessed with Superman, and begins stalking him. Lex Luthor takes note of this and, believing her to have some inside information on Superman's identity, has her kidnapped and tortured. She does not reveal Superman's identity and is rescued by him. Her obsession with Superman cools somewhat, and the two develop a healthier, if still distant, friendship.
During the events of Millennium, Lana was discovered to be a sleeper agent for The Manhunters.
Lana marries Pete Ross, and together the pair have a child who they name after Clark Kent. Ross runs alongside Lex Luthor in the latter's bid for the presidency. The pair succeeds, and when Luthor eventually falls from grace, Ross becomes President. Lana thus becomes First Lady. However, her relationship with Ross falls apart, and she begins to romantically pursue Clark Kent again, who resists her advances. She and Ross briefly reconcile.
CEO of LexCorp
Lana becomes the CEO of LexCorp. While in charge of the company, she presides over the sale of Kryptonite to the government in order to keep LexCorp in the black, as well as overseeing the implantation of a series of Kryptonite caches around the globe designed to defend against Superman going rogue. When confronted by Superman she detonates these Kryptonite caches, creating Kryptonite dirty bombs that fill the air with Kryptonite particles, forcing all Kryptonians to evacuate the planet. She later repents and attempts to aid Superman in a fight against Atlas, and is fired from LexCorp for her efforts, under a section of her contract that explicitly forbids aiding any Kryptonians using LexCorp resources.
Lana grows close to Supergirl, and takes a job at the Daily Planet as the editor for the business section of the paper. Supergirl adopts the identity of Linda Lang, Lana's niece, and the pair move into an apartment together in Metropolis. Lana begins experiencing unexplained health problems, collapsing twice. She goes to a hospital, but apparently dies while in the midst of an operation. However, she is actually becoming the host of the Insect Queen, who takes over the hospital and kidnaps Supergirl in the hopes of using the young woman to create a hybrid army. Supergirl escapes and frees Lana of her possession. The pair briefly have a falling out over Lana's concealing of her condition, but eventually reconcile.
Powers and Abilities
Lang has no exceptional personal powers. She is of average intelligence, and average health and fitness for a woman her age. She has occasionally gained super-human powers, often during the SIlver Age. All these transformations have been impermanent, and she has spent the majority of her life as a baseline human.
During the Silver Age, Lana became the Insect Queen after saving the life of an alien traveler who had been pinned under a tree. In gratitude, the alien gave her a device called a bio-genetic ring. The ring granted her the power to transform herself into an insect's or an arachnid's form, or grant her the features and/or attributes of one. However, she was unable to use any such form, or summon any such attributes, any more often than once every twenty-four hours.
During the Bronze Age Lana once again became the Insect Queen, but she had different powers from those of her Silver Age version. Lana received a magical scarab from her father that possessed her and turned her into a villainess temporarily. The scarab granted her the ability to control insects and make them grow to massive sizes.
The Dark Knight Returns
In the Dark Knight universe, Lana Lang is middle-aged, the managing editor of the Daily Planet, and an outspoken advocate for Batman.
JLA: The Nail
Lana is a doctor who performs research on metahumans. She occasionally sneaks imprisoned metahumans out of the facility and hides them with the aid of the Kents.
Superman: Red Son
Lana Lazarenko grew up on a farm in the Ukraine alongside the man who would become Superman. They remain friendly in adulthood.
The New Adventures of Superman
Lana appears in a number of The Adventures of Superboy segments. She is voiced by Janet Waldo.
Lana appears in a number of the four-minute vignettes, called the "Superman Family Album," that end every episode.
Lana first appeared as a teenager to whom Clark Kent confides his superpowers in the Superman: the Animated Series episode "The Last Son of Krypton Part 1." She later appears as an adult in the episode "My Girl," where she is a fashion designer. She discovers Clark's secret identity and uses her romantic relationship with Luthor to aid Superman in uncovering his schemes. She also features in the episodes "Obsession" and "The Late Mr Kent." She is voiced as a youth by Kelley Schmidt, and as an adult by Joely Fisher
Lana made a cameo appearance in the Justice League episode "Hereafter," wherein she attended Superman's funeral. She also appears in combination with Lois Lane as a character called "Loana," Superman's dreamworld wife in the Justice League Unlimited episode "For the Man Who Has Everything." This combination character is voiced by Dana Delany, who usually voices Lois in the DCAU
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Lana makes a cameo appearance in the episode "The Battle of the Superheroes!" She does not speak in her appearance.
Superman: the Movie
Lana makes a brief appearance as a teenage cheerleader at Smallville High. She is shown to be attracted to Clark. She is played by Diane Sherry.
Lana is a divorcée with a young child who still has feelings for Clark, who is shown to reciprocate these feelings. She is played by Annette O'Toole
The Adventures of Superboy
Lana appeared in the pilot for this failed show. She is played by Bunny Henning
Lana appears as a childhood friend of Clark's who went to university with him, and later finds employment at the Bureau for Extra-Normal Affairs alongside him. She is played by Stacey Haiduk.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lana appears in the episode "Tempus, Anyone," which is set in an alternate universe. In this universe, Lana and Clark are engaged, and Lana is forcing Clark to hide his powers, lest he be discovered and experimented on by the government. She leaves the relationship after the main universe's Lois helps Clark to accept and reveal his powers. She is played by Emily Procter.
Lana is a major character in Smallville. She is Clark Kent's love interest through much of the series, though their relationship is very complicated. She is descended from a French witch who possesses her in the fourth season, and is frequently the target of so-called "meteor freaks," people who have been mutated by their exposures to kryptonite. She spends about half of the series ignorant of Clark's secret. She is played by actress Kristen Kreuk.
DC Universe Online
Lana appears in DC Universe Online. She was voiced by Lori Singer.
Lana Lang was ranked 91st in Comics Buyer's Guide's 100 Sexiest Women in Comics list.