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Jor-L was the father of Superman.

While Zor-L was the more elaborate of the two budding scientists, his older brother Jor-L was the more practical. This would be later shown in their achievement and their designs on rockets that would save their respective children.

Most of Jor-L's designs were either of questionable results or impractical to the ignorant and conservative members of the ruling council. However as Jor-L's devices were, in fact, of practical use, he was either an actual member or associate of the scientific council. Zor-L became an actual member of the ruling council in the lower orders.

During his research, he met and became interested in a young librarian named Lara. Lara felt the same towards Jor-L and the two married. Early in their married life, the planet Krypton began to experience extreme internal disruptions. Fearing the worst, Jor-L and his brother Zor-L both began developing escape rockets. However, Jor-L's design was not beyond the test phase when the eruptions began to become too regular and intense. Only days earlier, his wife Lara had given birth to their son Kal-L. Although Jor-L attempted to warn the rest of the council, their ignorance and complacency led to his findings being dismissed.

That same day, as the eruptions destroyed the Planet's capital, Jor-L and Lara lept away to Jor-L's secret lab where his experimental rocket was stored. Seeing that the destruction of their planet had begun, Jor-L informed Lara of his plans to send her and Kal-L to the observed planet Sol III in another galaxy.

Knowing the rocket would have a better chance with the weight and support for only Kal-L, Lara decided to remain with her husband on the exploding Krypton, while Kal-L was rocketed to Earth where he would grow up with name "Clark Kent", later becoming the hero "Superman."



  • This version of Jor-L, 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 event and later restored following the rebirth of the infinite Multiverse during the Dark Crisis of 2022-2023. Even though other versions of the character may have appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
  • Jor-L was first mentioned in Action Comics #1, predating his first physical appearance.
  • Later incarnations of this character are named Jor-El.
  • An earlier, apparently unconnected character also called Jor-L had previously appeared in New Adventure Comics #12 in 1937. This Jor-L, an interplanetary investigator, was also created by Siegel and Shuster. Jor-L is an anagram of JeROme SiegeL .