Real Name
Kara Zor-El
First Appearance
[Super-Girl, from an 'imaginary' story]

Superman #123 (August 1958) [In Continuity]

Action Comics #252 (May, 1959)
Otto Binder, Curt Swan
Team Affliations
The Legion of Super-Heroes, Teen Titans, Justice League of America
Flamebird, Linda Lee Danvers, Claire Connors, Kara Kent, Linda Lang
Base of Operations
Superhuman strength, speed & stamina, various extra sensory and vision powers, invulnerability, and flight
Skills and Abilities
Skilled Martial Artist

Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) is a superheroine from the DC Universe. There were many attempts to make a Supergirl prior to her official debut. Lois Lane was given superpowers in some stories and Jimmy Olsen conjured a Super-girl using a magic totem that would eventually be wished away. Merely a year later Kara Zor-El appeared. Since her death in 1985, other characters have taken over the mantle including Linda Danvers, Matrix, and Cir-El. In 2004, a revamped version of Kara Zor-El returned to the DC Universe.


A resident of Argo City on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El was the last survivor after the explosion that destroyed Krypton launched the entirety of Argo City into space. She was able to find her way to Earth, where she encountered her cousin Kal-El, known to most as Superman. Superman became a friend and inspiration and she went on to follow in his shoes as Supergirl.


Earth-One (Pre-Crisis)

Kara Zor-El was born and raised a citizen of Argo City on the planet Krypton to her parents, Zor-El and Allura. When the planet Krypton exploded in a freak disaster, Argo City survived, but was launched into space, drifting without control for years. Unfortunately, the soil of Krypton slowly turned into a radioactive mineral known as Kryptonite, and though the citizens of Argo City lined the ground with lead sheets, meteroites striking the city damaged them. Over time, the citizens were slowly poisoned and Kara, now a young teenager, was left one of the few survivors.

So that Kara may live, Allura and Zor-El created a rocket to send Kara to Earth, aware that Kal-El, a cousin, had also made his way to Earth and was now living as a superhero named Superman.

Other Media

Supergirl appeared and became a recurring character in the animated TV series Superman: the Animated Series and went on to appear as a major character in Justice League Unlimited. She also had a guest appearance in Batman: The Animated Series episode "Girls' Night Out" with Batgirl.

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