Thara is a Kandorian woman closely related to the legacy of Nightwing and Flamebird, and subsequently to the Superman Family. Pre-Crisis, Thara Gem-Zee was the niece of Van-Zee (Nightwing) and the wife of Ak-Var (Flamebird).

Post-Crisis, Ak-Var married a woman named Tes, and they had a daughter, Thara Ak-Var. Thara were close friends with Kara Zor-El, the future Supergirl. Thara was living in Kandor when the city was shrank by Brainiac, and reunited with Kara's parents when Brainiac captured them. Zor-El and Alura took care of her like a daughter. After being rescued by Superman and the foundation of New Krypton, Thara would become the hero known as Flamebird.

Thara was created by Edmond Hamilton and Curt Swan, first appearing in Action Comics #336. (1966)

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