Val-El was a native of the planet Krypton and a respected member of the House of El. He was known as a great explorer responsible for discovering lands that would later become known as Bokos,Vathlo and Lurvan.
The tablet written by Bur-El taught Val how to build a compass, which he used at the helm of the sailing ship 1-Val. Val-El and his brother Tro-El were the first from Erkol to set foot on Vathlo where they befriended the native population and replenished their supplies.
A statue of Val-El holding a ship's wheel was erected and placed within the House of El family memorial vault on the planet Krypton. The statues were blasted away and turned to Kryptonite in the final catastrophe, before being plated with lead by Superboy and transferred to Rokyn.
- Loadstone compass
- 1-Val, 2-Val, 3-Val, 4-Val
- This version of Val-El, 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 limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
- 2 Appearances of Val-El (Earth-One)
- 5 Images featuring Val-El (Earth-One)
- Quotations by or about Val-El (Earth-One)
- Character Gallery: Val-El (Earth-One)