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Jonathan Kent was a farmer in the small town of Smallville, Kansas. He and his wife, Martha, became the adoptive parents of the Kryptonian orphan Kal-El after finding the infant alien in a small rocket sent to Earth. The Kents raised Kal-El as their own son under the name "Clark Kent". Jonathan and Martha Kent died as the result of a car accident on the night of Clark's senior prom.
His death was revealed to have been caused by the actions of Doctor Manhattan, who in the past caused Alan Scott to be killed and thus prevented Justice Society of America from ever existing. Clark thus never became a superhero as a kid. Inspired by Superman's words however, Manhattan undid his alterations. This caused Alan Scott to survive and the JSA to exist, in-turn inspiring Clark to take up the mantle of Superboy as a kid and save his parents from being killed.
It was later revealed that Batman had hidden them on a farm off the grid with the same technology he used to cloak the Batcave, before Clark revealed himself to the world to be Superman. Clark visited them later on and Jonathan asked him about the whereabouts of his grandson.
- Pa Kent was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, first appearing in Superman #1. However, in the Prime Earth continuity Pa Kent first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Action Comics (Volume 2) #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales.
- The first appearance of Jonathan Kent in Prime Earth continuity was a photograph in Action Comics (Volume 2) #1. His first full appearance was not until a flashback in Action Comics (Volume 2) #5.
- 49 Appearances of Jonathan Kent (Prime Earth)
- 3 Images featuring Jonathan Kent (Prime Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Jonathan Kent (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Jonathan Kent (Prime Earth)