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Jor-El is the father of Superman.


Jor-El was a scientist living in Kryptonopolis. He married Lara and the two had a son named Kal-El. He also created the android Brainiac. Brainiac eventually went rogue and destroyed Krypton. Before the planet exploded, Jor-El put Kal-El and their pet Krypto into a Kryptonian Rocket, while sending his wife into the Phantom Zone.[1]

He became a ghost tied to the Fortress of Solitude.[2] As his son became the superhero "Superman," he helped train his protegees. This included his niece, Kara Zor-El, and a partial clone of Kal-El, named Kon-El.[3]

Superman Family Adventures

Jor-El returns

Superman eventually freed Lara from the Phantom Zone using the Phantom Zone Projector; however, the same process didn't work on Jor-El. Instead, Kal-El used a Kryptonian chamber to bring his father back, but only for a day. Jor-El and Lara proceeded to commit good deeds across Metropolis. Near the end off the day, they would help their son battle the Phantom Zoners. After defeating Non, Jor-El returned to his ghostly form.[2]

Brainiac returned, having enslaved an enlarged Kandor and defeated a squad of Phantom Zoners and Superman Family members. Lara manipulated with fortress crystals and brought back Jor-El. While this stunned Bainiac, he still defeated him swiftly. Lara offered herself to save her family; Brainiac accepted until he learned she was pregnant. He decided to take his leave, turning Kandor into New Krypton in the process.[4]

Super Powers

Jor-El and Lara were on Kandor when Lara went into labor. While the pregnancy went smoothly, Jor-El learned that his wife and child were altered due to Lara's time in the Phantom Zone. As a result, Prym-El was a Brainiac hybrid.[5] After returning home, Jor-El was confronted by Brainiac and General Zod. They used crystals on him, returning him to his ghostly form on Earth.[6]





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