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Martha Kent (née Clark) is the wife of the late Jonathan Kent.

She and Jonathan, farmers living in Smallville, Kansas. The couple were unable to have children of their own and Martha prayed every day for a child.

One day while driving down a road with her husband, the couple witnessed a meteor shower rained down around them, causing their truck to be driven off the road and into a ditch. Curious as to what it was that had fallen from the sky, the couple ventured into the crater. The couple were shocked to find a spaceship and even more shocked when a young boy crawls out. Whilst Jonathan was wondering were the boy came from, Martha didn't care, Martha saw the boy as a gift from the heavens. The couple loaded the ship onto the truck and took the boy home and stowed the ship in their storm cellar. The couple had adoption papers forged naming him Clark Kent and they raise the child.

Martha loved Clark as her own and raised him with good morals and discipline. Clark had what could be described as an idealistic childhood. While Jonathan dealt with the problem of Clark's developing powers, she gave him the love and support to keep him grounded.

Martha is the person who designed and made the first Superman costume, and always keeping a spare just in case. Martha, has cared for many heroes and their secrets, such as her adopted niece Supergirl, her son's clone Superboy, and the mysterious Mon-El. The Kents even took in Krypto the Superdog, as he was destroying Clark and Lois' apartment.

Krypton Man

 Main article: Superman: The Day of the Krypton Man

When Superman was brainwashed by the Eradicator, Martha and Jonathan Kent helped Superman to snap out of the Eradicator's mental outwits.[2]

Death of Superman

 Main article: Death and Return of Superman

When Superman died, Martha and Jonathan Kent traveled to Metropolis to comfort Lois Lane,[3]but his husband suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after, Martha stayed by his side the entire time, afraid to lose Jonathan too, in the end he recovered.[4]

Death of Clark Kent

 Main article: Superman: The Death of Clark Kent

When Clark's ex-childhood friend turned into villain Conduit tried to ruin Superman's private life, Martha and Jonathan Kent were forced to go hiding in Colorado[5], but Conduit was able to track them down again, this time Superman wasn't around but they still managed to escape moments before Conduit could catch them.[6] After Conduit's death, the Kents traveled through the United States, they even met Captain Marvel in Fawcett City.[7] While the farm was destroyed, they lived in Metropolis for a while.

When Clark's engagement with Lois was called off, he rebuilt the Kent Farm by himself to cool off his mind, Martha and Jonathan reallocated in Smallville.[8]

New Millennium

 Main article: Our Worlds At War

In the new Millennium, the Kents befriended Superboy.[9]

During the Imperiex war Kansas was bombed,[10] Martha was injured but she survived.[11]


  • Martha has German ancestry from her grandmother.[12]