Like many esteemed members of the noble House of El, Hatu-El was a scientist and gained recognition for his contributions in the field of electrical theory. His discoveries paved the way for the invention of the electric motor and the electromagnet. The mineral Hatuar, a combination of Magnesium, Silicon and Oxygen (better known as asbestos) is named after him.
When the Vrangs conquered Krypton, Hatu-El led the revolt that drove the Vrangs off the planet, spurred by the courage of his friend Val-Lor, who openly told the invaders that he despised them and was gunned down by them.
A statue of Hatu-El holding a lightning-bolt was erected and placed within the House of El family memorial vault on the planet Krypton. The statues were blasted away and turned to Kryptonite in the final cataclysm, before being plated with lead by Superboy and transferred to Rokyn.
Hatu-El possessed no superhuman powers while living under a red sun. Had he existed on a world revolving around a yellow sun, he would have developed physical attributes equitable to that of Superman. Hatu-El was an intuitive thinker and an accomplished inventor.
- This version of Hatu-El, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
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