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Name : Supergirl
Supergirl has been introduced several times, and with different back stories each time. To split this up I am going to focus on each Supergirl Individually and list their Alias, family and other details.
Starting in Chronological order.
First appearance: Action Comics #252
Alias: Linda Lee / Linda Danvers
Occupation / Secret Identity: University student, Theatre / Drama studies.
When Krypton exploded a large chunk of the planet was hurled away from the planet, shielded from the explosion and space under a dome. There were several hundred survivors of Krypton, one of these was names Zor-El, Jor-El’s brother.
Unfortunately due to the explosion that destroyed krypton, the large chunk of the planet they were living on was slowly turning into Kryptonite. With help from fellow scientists, Zor-El constructed sheets of lead to cover the ground until such time as they could evacuate the planet.
Several years passed while the survivors and descendants of Krypton lived in peace, life settled down for them. The survivors moved on with their lives, becoming scientists, explorers, but none actually left the city or its protective dome. Some years later Zor-El fell in love, he married and eventually had a child, Kara. When Kara was in her early teens disaster struck again.
A meteor shower bombarded the survivors of krypton, destroying the dome and puncturing the lead shielding that was protecting them from Kryptonite poisoning.
Desperately Zor-El raced against time to construct a rocket in his lab, a rocket to send his only daughter to safety. While Zor-el worked on the rocket his wife started looking for a suitable planet to send young Kara to. Eventually they found a planet where there was a man with amazing powers, Superman. Using their Super-Space Telescope and Space Radio they learned about superman’s history and that he was a survivor of Krypton as well.
Deciding they had found a safe place to send their daughter, Zor-El finished the rocket while his Wife made a copy of Superman’s suit out of their native ‘indestructible Super-Cloth’.
Barely in time Kara was placed in the rocket and launched towards earth, her mother and father, her entire race now dead, aside from Kal-El, Superman.
Arriving on Earth, Kara told her tale to Superman who explained to her that he was launched into space by his father too; Jor-El. Hearing the name Kara announced that her father was Zor-El, Jor-El’s brother. Superman announced them cousins and promised to take care of her like a big brother.
Kara immediately asked if she could come and live with him, a problem for superman as he had adapted a secret identity of earth, one Supergirl might jeopardise, even unintentionally. Testing her powers for the first time Superman and the newly christened Supergirl, The Girl of steel flew to a local town, Midvale, where they located a local orphanage.
Superman then told her that she needed to practice before using her super-powers properly, for the meantime the orphanage would be her home.
Kara adopted the secret identity of Linda Lee (Superman immediately picked up on the initials, musing if it was by sheer coincidence she picked the same initials as Lana Lang and Lois Lane), taking her into the orphanage office Superman explained a cover story to them about a ‘big disaster that wiped out her whole community’, the truth but changing the details slightly so the head-master would think that he meant a earthquake or tornado destroyed her home.
Agreeing to keep her presence on earth a secret for the time, Kara lived as an ordinary girl in the Midvale orphanage.
When night fell Kara quickly changed into Supergirl, removing her brown wig and clothing. Remembering that she promised Superman that no one would ever see her until he decided it was time for her to come out of hiding she mused that by only flying at night no one would ever see her in the dark, so that way she wasn’t disobeying him.
At the end of the first issue, Kara is seen flying over Midvale doing a ‘Secret Patrol’ when she found a movie theatre showing ‘The History of Superboy in Smallville’. After watching the movie Kara wondered to herself “Will I do as good a job in Midvale, as Supergirl? What will the future bring for me?”
During Supergirl’s first run she operated in secret, often using her powers to help others without them knowing about her. Such as creating a tunnel through the earth from Midvale to Italy to help a couple earn enough money so they could adopt one of her friends from the orphanage.
Kara developed several powers over the years aside from her ‘normal’ ones. During the first issue she showed the power of Flight, Heat Vision, X-Ray vision and Super Strength, and invulnerability. In the following issues she also showed powers such as Super Breath, Super-Memory recall and the ability to vibrate herself across the time-barrier.
End of the Road...
During this run Kara changed her secret identity from Linda Lee to Linda Danvers; she also left the orphanage to go to Stanhope College where she studied Astrology.
Kara’s first outing came to an end in Action Comics #376 when she fought alien invaders in the issue titled “The Hated Girl of Steel.” In this issue the world greatest scientists are kidnapped by aliens calling themselves ‘The Rancors’ and Supergirl is blamed for blinding a teacher at Stanhope University. Rescuing the scientists Supergirl cleared her name and returned to Stanhope.
Supergirl’s uniform during her first run was very simple, a one piece uniform consisting of a full sleeved top the same as Superman’s, a short blue shirt, red boots and a red cape. This was the outfit her mother made for her in her origin and it was kept faithfully through the entire run.
More Supergirl knowledge to come when I move on to Supergirl #2 where Supergirl actually got her own comic for the first time in November 1971.
First appearance: Supergirl, November 1972.
Alias: Linda Danvers
Occupation / Secret Identity: University student, Theatre / Drama studies.
This Supergirl continues off where the old one finished, there are no discernable changes to her history, during this run she becomes the guardian of the bottle city of Kandor. Even though this run only lasted for 10 issues it defined Supergirl as a character.
While she didn’t have many opponents in the shape of supervillians and such, this run lent more towards establishing Supergirl as a more human character. Allowing her to have a love life and meet the rest of the Justice Society.
During this run though, Supergirl suffered from many strange changes to her body, such as her hair turning into snakes that turned people to stone and her boyfriend at the time gaining temporary superpowers from a Brain-Cell transplant. She also met the amazons on Paradise Island and was christened an Amazon princess by Hyppolyta, she also fought alongside Zatana in several issue and the justice society.
Supergirl’s uniform changed drastically for this run, perhaps to show the passage of time between the first run and this one she was aged several years to be in her mid twenties. The uniform now consisted of red hot pants with a blue low cut blouse, the ‘S’ symbol was moved from her chest to above her left breast and she wore a red chocker necklace with red slipper type shoes.
While this was a short run (Nov 1972 to Sept 1973) it defined Supergirl as a character, next I’ll be taking a closer look at the 3rd Supergirl run in November 1982 when Supergirl shared a comic with ‘Masters of the Universe’
More to come soon.