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Lex Luthor is the archenemy of Superman.

Superman of Smallville

Lex Luthor was the genius heir of a wealthy family living in Smallville. Following the appearance of Superman, he came to believe the superhero was an alien and a front for an alien invasion. When a mysterious blur harassed the town, he noticed that it was similar to the blur left behind by Superman, only a different color. When a rocket landed on the premise of Luthor Mansion, he had the ship moved into his garage. He accidentally activated it and it went on a rampage. Luckily, Superman an the blur were able to stop it.[1]

Superman Family Adventures

Lex Luthor created a device that could absorb the powers of Kryptonians. The device ended up taking the powers of Krypto into his warsuit, but due to his proximity, his pet mouse, Fuzzy, also took some of his powers. He also took in Krypto's canine traits. Luthor went to confront the Superman Family, being defeated and being apprehended by Fuzzy. Using his animal instincts to their advantage, they tricked him into getting depowered.[2]

He would later get out of prison and witnessed a fight between Negative Superman, Titano, and the Superman Family. The fight concluded when Titano lost the Red Kryptonite that powered him, which was promptly taken by Lex.[3]

Luthor applied to be an intern at the Daily Planet. Perry White initially rejected him, but Lex forged the paperwork so he could get the job. He sent him to get coffee, but instead of following Jimmy Olsen's advice, he bought him Fancy Coffee, annoying Perry. He then sent him on assignment while he was snooping in Lois Lane's computer, during which he asked for more coffee. Lex had to parachute to the Planet and got stuck on a flag pole. Despite Perry getting his coffee immediately upon his arrival, he complained that Lex supposedly took his time. Luthor then frustratedly quit.[4]

Astronaut Jack Corben returned to Earth sick. Luthor, disguised as a doctor, snuck into Corben's room and informed the captain that he was dying of Kryptonite poisoning. He manipulated him into blaming Superman and made a suit that not only saved, but allowed him to control the changes, creating the super-villain Metallo.[5]

Luthor, aware of Toyman's failure to defeat the Super Family and Tiny Titans, disguised himself as a prison guard. He broke into the jail and gave him a piece of Green Kryptonite to power his contractions, offering a partnership to take down the Kryptonians.[6]

Brainiac confronted Luthor to take possession of his Kryptonite collection. When Brainiac learned of his history with the Super Family, he kidnapped the mad scientist hoping to utilize his knowledge. During Brainiac's battle with the Super Family, he hacked his equipment. Wanting the glory of defeating Superman, he shrunk Brainiac and used his bug to teleport away.[7]

A clone Lex Luthor was taken in by the real Lex Luthor. In order to keep him safe, Lex traveled to the Pacific Ocean and used a crystal from the Fortress of Solitude and a customized Kryptonian tube to create his own Fortress of Solitude, one made out of Green Kryptonite.[8]

Super Powers

Lex Luthor found out about Prym-El and partnered with Lord Darksid to corrupt the young lad. He manipulated Brainiac in order to stir up trouble in Kandor. His first scheme involved having Brainiac kidnap Batman to lure Superman into a trap, but they were thwarted by Wonder Woman.[9]

Luthor assembled the Legion of Doom, a team of super-villains. Using his crystals, he recruited Brainaic and Prym-El into the fold. The Kryptonians shared their plan to free the Phantom Zoners, until they were confronted by the Justice League. The league was able to defeat their rivals, only to be overwhelmed by Starro. Luckily for them, Superman and Superwoman arrived, with Kal-El throwing Starro into space and Lara crashing Brainiac's Skull Ship. Prym-El emerged as an adult while Brainac, under Luthor's control, snuck up behind Superwoman with the Phantom Zone Projector.[10] Prym-El freaked out and tried to take the projector, only to inadvertently send New Krypton into the zone instead. Enraged, he attacked Brainiac, prompting the Legion to escape aboard the Hall of Doom.[11]

When he returned to Earth, Luthor created a second Brainiac in the likeness of Superwoman. He broke into the Fortress of Solitude and showcased her to the ghost of Superwoman's husband, Jor-El.[12]





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