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The Chronological Superman 1963:

The addition of a sympathetic backstory to Lex Luthor’s character pays dividends across the entire line of Superman Family titles, although it’s satellite super-books like Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane (wherein Luthor’s sister, Lena Thorul, debuted) and the Action Comics backups featuring Supergirl where much of the story is played out. A series of truces and detentes between Supergirl and Luthor is the centerpiece in stories such as Action Comics vol.1 Nos.296 and 297, pictured above…

Why do people think Lena will be evil? Of all the Lena Luthor versions just one is really a villain

Why do people always say that Lena has to be evil if they follow the Comics when she isn’t evil in most of them? And she isn’t evil in other TV appareances either. Let’s see what we have here:

In the comics

First version

Was first introduced in Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #23. This version of her has psychic abilities thanks to one of Lex’s experiments. She wants to work wih the FBI but they don’t let her because of her past. She joins a band of criminals only to bring them back to justice and after Supergirl discovers this she tries to get her that job with the FBI. She’s good and she loses her abilities later.

Second version

She first appears in Superman: Secret Origin and then in Adventure Comics. This version of Lena is paralyzed after an accident. She’s a single mom, she has a daughter, Lori Luthor.  Lex cures Lena but then uncures her and  won’t reveal how he did it until Superman is dead. She’s not evil in this version either.

Third Version

She’s in The New 52 era of the DC comics. This version of Lena suffered from G.B. syndrome and when Lex tried to cure her faster he left her paralyzed. She works in the labs of Lexcorp and she helps it become a global powerhouse. After a lot of stuff happens she turns against Lex and becomes a supervillian, Ultrawoman. She gains powers in this version too.

Fourth version

She’s from Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade. She’s Linda (Kara)’s best friend. They attend the same boarding school. She’s 13 and she’s super smart. She’s actually really nice and a really good friend, she’s a little antagonistic, not really a villain though. She blames Supergirl for what happened to Lex but after some things happen she changes her mind.


I don’t think Lex’s daugther, Lena Luthor II, counts because that’s not really the same character. In that universe Lex did have a sister named Lena, who was killed by their foster father, and he named his daughter after her. His daughter, Lena, was controlled by Brainiac. 

In TV shows

First Version

She was in Superboy, a TV show from 1988. Lex and Lena were abused by their father all the time when they were kids. Lex kills their parents and some years later Lena fakes her death to escape the Luthor name. When Lex finds out she “died” he tries to destroy the planet but Lena, who was found by Clark and Lana, stops him. She was good.

Second Version

She appeared in Smallville initially as Tess Mercer, who later discovers she’s Lutessa Lena Luthor. She’s the illegitimate daughter of Lionel and was left in an orphanage when she was five. She works a lot with Clark and is part of the Checkmate organization. She seemed antagonistic at first but she was good.

And then, we have our Lena and so far she seems to be nothing but good, and Katie has said so, she’s genuine and honest, what you see is what you get. So I don’t really think they will turn her into a villain

Originally posted by awitchpire


The Chronological Superman 1961:

This must have been the best day of Lois Lane’s life – not because she got dolled up and kissed a bunch of superheroes, but because she’s flat-out making Lana eat shit. “Oh, were you watching?” THAT’S NOT A NECESSARY PART OF PLAN “L,” LOIS.

Anyway, in Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane vol.1 No.29, Lois is tasked with discreetly sneaking particles of Red Kryptonite to Superman’s allies in the Justice League, so as to save him from a Green Kryptonite attack at the Fortress of Solitude. The method may have been curious, to say the least, but it’s an entertaining story with some charming asides (”my make-up is on right for a change”). Personally, I like it because it elevates Lois dramatically up from her lovelorn antics and poking around Superman’s secret identity like a nuisance, casting her as one of Superman’s trusted associates AND basically an honorary member of the Justice League of America. Last part of that sentence is basically canon, as far as I’m concerned…

Above: Kara Zor-El’s Kryptinceañera

The Chronological Superman 1962: 

The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long, as they say, and the Silver Age isn’t much different. The most inventive era of Superman’s history since his debut will still be around for a few years, but some of the sense of experimentation is beginning to fade. With many of the stories being rewritten from plots previously used in the books anywhere from a couple of years to a decade earlier, and those stories being re-used in the daily and Sunday newspaper strips, Superman’s universe begins to become a little repetitive.

Not that there aren’t still notable events. Supergirl, for instance, is officially introduced to the world in Action Comics vol.1 No.285 (Feb 1962), launching her career as a full-fledged crimefighter. The additional responsibility still leaves her plenty of time to play Cupid for her bachelor cousin, introducing him to romantic superheroine Luma Lynai in Action Comics vol.1 No.289 (Jun 1962).

Supergirl also picks up an additional super-pet – Comet the Super-Horse – in Action Comics vol.1 No.292 (Sep 1962), with Comet’s confusing origin explained in Action Comics vol.1 No.293 (Oct 1962). Thing is, however, Super-Horse actually debuts a few months earlier in a ‘sneak peek’ in Adventure Comics vol. No.293 (Feb 1962) alongside the newly introduced Legion of Super-Pets. Whizzy, 30th century descendant of Streaky the Supercat, gets a proper, chronologically apt introduction in Action Comics vol.1 No.287 (Apr 1962) and then disappears. Surely he and Streaky would’ve been tripping all over each other in 30th Century Legion of Super-Pets meetings…

A new breed of Kryptonite is also teased before its debut, this time being power-sapping Gold Kryptonite, introduced in an imaginary story in Adventure Comics vol.1 No.299 (Aug 1962). The captions assure the readers that Superman will soon encounter the Gold K in real life (which happens when Phantom Zone prisoner Quex-Ul appears in Superman vol.1 No.157, Nov 1962).

Not much comes along in the way of new villains, per se, but the Superman Revenge Squad debuts in Action Comics vol.1 No.286 (Mar 1962), a few months after the Superboy Revenge Squad debuts in Superboy vol.1 No.94 (Jan 1962).

The Legion of Super-Heroes graduates to it own feature in Adventure Comics vol.1 No.300 (Sept 1962), and new member Ultra Boy proves his worth in Superboy vol.1 No.98 (Jul 1962)

Speaking of joining, The Atom joins the JLA in Justice League of America vol.1 No.14 (Sep 1962). This puts the team’s roster at nine, not counting Snapper Carr, which decreases the small amount of space already left to Superman and his crimefighting pal Batman.

There are a couple of celebrity appearances – Antonino Rocca appears in Superman vol.1 No.155 (Aug 1962) and Boris Karloff in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen vol.1 No. 64 (Oct 1962). Superboy enjoys some imaginary stories in his book, but they’re still largely the purview of Lois Lane, who marries Lex Luthor in Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane vol.1 No.34 (July 1962) – producing the intergalactic juvenile delinquent Larry Luthor! Lana gets another imaginary story all her own, Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane vol.1 No.36 (Oct 1962) during which she meets and marries Superman III, the grandson of Superman and Lois Lane. That must seem weird.

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen vol.1 No. 64 (Oct 1962) shows Jimmy in what I’d say was his third most-famous transformation, Porcupine Boy, and there’s a great narrative arc in Action Comics wherein Superman must defend Luthor from the righteous justice of an alien world. More on that later. The true standout of this year, however, is the story appearing in Superman vol.1 No.156 (Oct 1962) The Last Days of Superman!

Erasing Women Once They Become “a Man’s” and Kåtaang.

*90′s synthesized alternative rock track playing*

*record scratch stops music; freezes frame*

Yup, that’s me right there. That’s me, losing my cool. That’s Katara. The cool, patriarchy-asskicking, flawed, hot-tempered, spunky, teen- calling out her brother on blatant sexism. At least, that was Katara before she became A/ang’s ornament. 

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The Chronological Superman 1962:

The robust lives of Superman’s lookalike robots is further explored in Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane vol.1 No.30, where Lois jealously observes what she believes is Superman living an idyllic existence with a mermaid wife and super-merboy son. They’re all robots, the once-demolished Super-robot having fallen in love with a dying mermaid from another planet and building a simulacrum in her honor, which he also falls in love with and then builds a super-son for … I don’t know, I mean, you can probably assemble the pieces as well as I did, even if you haven’t read the story.

It’s troubling to imagine that Superman is capable of creating independent, sentient robot likenesses who possess some of his super-powers along with human emotions such as the desire to love and to give love in return. More to the point, that he does so all the time AND very often these robots “die” in battle with Superman’s foes or other menaces.